5bat! Review: Cutie and the Beast (Fae Out of Water #1), by E.J. Russell

July 26, 2017 Review 3

5bat! Review: Cutie and the Beast (Fae Out of Water #1), by E.J. RussellCutie and the Beast by E.J. Russell
Series: Fae Out of Water #1
Published by Riptide Publishing on July 24th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic, Humorous, LGBT, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Urban
Format: Paperback
Pages: 283
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Explicit sexual content.
Reviewed by: Kim
5 Stars

Temp worker David Evans has been dreaming of Dr. Alun Kendrick ever since that one transcription job for him, because holy cats, that voice. Swoon. So when his agency offers him a position as Dr. Kendrick’s temporary office manager, David neglects to mention that he’s been permanently banished from offices. Because, forgiveness? Way easier than permission.

Alun Kendrick, former Queen’s Champion of Faerie’s Seelie Court, takes his job as a psychologist for Portland’s supernatural population extremely seriously. Secrecy is paramount: no non-supe can know of their existence. So when a gods-bedamned human shows up to replace his office manager, he intends to send the man packing. It shouldn’t be difficult—in the two hundred years since he was cursed, no human has ever failed to run screaming from his hideous face.

But cheeky David isn’t intimidated, and despite himself, Alun is drawn to David in a way that can only spell disaster: when fae consort with humans, it never ends well. And if the human has secrets of his own? The disaster might be greater than either of them could ever imagine.

Sometimes it’s fun to escape. Sometimes you want to read something that will make you smile, laugh, and feel warm and fuzzy inside. CUTIE AND THE BEAST is one of the super fuzzy books! If you love it when our world clashes with the world of fairies, dragons and magic, this book is for you.

There are so many fun characters to love in CUTIE AND THE BEAST. Alun, the deformed psychiatrist “beast” , is a grumpy cursed fae warrior who helps supernatural creatures adapt to our world, even though he is only partially fitting in himself. When David arrives and adds much needed life to Alun’s grey office, he can no longer hide in the dark corners he’s made for himself. David brings cute vases, colourful coasters and his almost  aggressively-bubbly personality. Alun’s clients love him and Alun starts to cave in too.

With a mix of mythological characters, both good and evil, there is a lot to take in for both David and the readers. The book does a good job of keeping up though, with David even voicing the frustration with not knowing all the rules just before the reader gets too lost.

David glared at him, fists clenched at his sides so he wouldn’t give in to the urge to pop Alun one right in the schol. “That’s because nobody will fricking tell me the story. How many times do I have to say it? Ignorance does not equal safety. Ignorance equals ignorance, and that can get you just as dead.”

I’m so glad someone said it! There is always a place for secrets so dark they cannot be told in paranormal romance, but they do tend to drag on. Alun has two brothers who play a large role in the story and are super interesting characters. I was pleased to hear we’ll catch up with them in THE DRUID NEXT DOOR and BAD BOY’S BARD later this year. I haven’t had this much fun with a PNR in a while.

Series Titles:
  1. Cutie and the Beast
  2. Druid Next Door
  3. Bad Boy's Bard
More Reviews: Similar Titles:
  • For more romance when our world and the otherworld clash, try the Edge Series by Illona Andrews or the Changeling series by Dani Harper.

3 Responses to “5bat! Review: Cutie and the Beast (Fae Out of Water #1), by E.J. Russell”

  1. Purple Reader

    Congrats, E.J. And thanks, Kim, for the good review. This sounds like a great series. I love fantasy and fae, and to put them in a modern setting with all that entails will be a joy to read about. –
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