Early Review: Beauty Dates the Beast

October 20, 2011 Review 3

Early Review: Beauty Dates the BeastBeauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims
Series: Midnight Liaisons #1
on October 25, 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 353
Sexual Content: Scenes of sensuality. A few graphic sex scenes. Sexual assault. References to rape.
Reviewed by: Abigail
4 Stars

WANTED

Single human female to join charming, wealthy, single male were-cougar for a night of romantic fun—and maybe more.

Me: The tall, sensuous, open-minded leader of my clan.

You: A deliciously curvy virgin who’s intimately familiar with what goes bump in the night. Must not be afraid of a little tail. Prefer a woman who’s open to exploring her animal nature. Interest in nighttime walks through the woods a plus.

My turn-ons include protecting you from the worst the supernatural world has to offer. Ready for an adventure? Give me a call.

Vampires and doppelgangers need not apply.

BEAUTY DATES THE BEAST, the first book in the Midnight Liaisons series by Jessica Sims (aka Jill Myles) is exactly what I hoped it would be based on the cover and description: super sexy, super fun, and full of super hot shifters.

Bathsheba is a human pencil pusher working at a paranormal dating service.  She is fiercely protective of her younger sister Sara and has gladly sacrificed her own personal happiness in order to keep Sara safe from a werewolf pack that hunts them both.  When a cancelled date puts her job and safety in jeopardy, Bath is forced to step in and ends up on a date with Beau, a were-cougar who made my Alpha loving heart race.  Supernatural politics, past vendettas, and an unnatural paranormal danger threaten to extinguish the sparks that fly between these two, but Beau refuses to let go of what he wants, and Bath is finding it harder and harder to remember why she keeps running.

If you’ve read Jill Myles’s Succubus Diaries series, you know she excels at blending humor and romance in a way that elevates both.  Under her new pseudonym, Jessica Sims, that same trademark blend shines throughout BEAUTY DATES THE BEAST but with a greater emphasis on romance.  There is also a strong suspense element kept me up way into the wee hours of the night.  Plus, I loved that the romantic tension started hot and stayed that way thanks to a very sexy twist on shifter mythology which I won’t spoil.

If you’re a paranormal romance fan you’re going to love BEAUTY DATES THE BEAST.  This has all the ingredients that make up a classic romance novel, but with a paranormal twist that heightens everything.  The future books in the Midnight Liaisons series will feature new characters and new romances.  Based on the ending of BEATY DATES THE BEAST, I’m betting that Bathsheba’s sister Sara and a certain were-bear will be up next.  Can’t wait.

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