Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Virtual Book Tour ~ Cutie And The Beast by EJ Russell ~ (Review+Giveaway)

Welcome to the Fae Out of Water blog tour, phase one--Cutie and the Beast! I’m so looking forward to introducing you all to the Kendrick brothers and their guys, starting this month with Alun and David. As you follow along on the tours—phase two, The Druid Next Door, in August, and phase three, Bad Boy’s Bard, in September—please leave a comment and your contact information for a chance at a $50 Riptide gift card. The drawing will take place after the last Bad Boy’s Bard blog stop. Thank you so much for stopping by!

About Cutie and the Beast

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.

About the Fae Out of Water Series

Once upon a time, there were three brothers, nobles of the Seelie Court of Faerie, who set out to seek their fortunes. The eldest—

Scratch that. Rrrrrewind.

Nowadays, when tales are told in 140 character bursts on tiny LED screens, rather than spun out by the glow of a midnight campfire, even Faerie’s elite have to get with the program.

The Kendrick brothers have traded longbow for briefcase, battle steed for Harley, and enchanted harp for electric guitar.  But while they’re finding their feet in the modern world, instead of finding their fortunes, they stumble straight into love.


Check out the Fae Out of Water series!

About EJ Russell

E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.

E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

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To celebrate the release of all three books in the Fae Out of Water series, one lucky winner across all three tours will receive a GRAND PRIZE of a $50 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 23, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Cutie and the Beast tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

4.5 Stars!!!

David is a temp worker that lands his dream job when the agency he works at offers him the position of office manager at Dr. Alun Kendrick's office. Only Dr. Kendrick doesn't seem too keen on having David working for him.

Alun was cursed 200 years ago and banished from the Seelie Court of Faerie and now he works as a psychologist to the supernaturals in Portland. The last thing he wants or needs is a human in his practice, no matter how enticing said human is.

David is not intimidated by Alun's looks or his grumpy, mercurial moods, and soon Alun finds he no longer wants to push David away, which can be a recipe for disaster since humans and supes don't really mesh well. Never mind the fact that David has secrets that could potentially put his life in danger.

I absolutely loved David! He was fabulously funny and I just couldn't get enough of him. There were a couple of instances on the last portion of the book in which he frustrated me a bit, but not enough to diminish his charm. I liked Alun a lot, but his forage into martyrdom was a bit tiresome after a bit. I wanted to slap some sense into him when he suggested hiding their whatever-they-were-doing from others, even if David agreed to it. Despite that, I thought David and Alun had great chemistry and were awesome together.

I found the storyline regarding David's secret very well-done and thought out. While I suspected something, I didn't expect it to be what it really was.

I loved David's interactions with the Dragon shifter queen and her son and with the Vampire. That was really nice. And I loved David's aunt, even if she'd been keeping secrets from him.

Overall, I think this was an amazing start of the series. I'm really fond of Beauty and the Beast retellings and this was a fantastic one. It was engaging and hilarious, sweet and cute, intriguing, with some angst and action thrown in for good measure. I can't wait to read Alun's brother's stories, I really liked them both in this book.

*** Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley by Riptide Publishing for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***


  1. A not to be missed series for me. Impatiently waiting for the next books! :)
    Happy new series week, EJ.

    1. Thank you so much, Dee! You don't have to wait too long--Mal's book comes out in less than a month!

  2. Thank you for the review. I'm looking forward to giving it a read of my own.
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  3. I love the title of this. Looking forward to reading this.
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  4. Thank you for the review the book sounds fascinating and I'm looking forward to read the series.

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  5. Thanks for the review!


  6. enjoyed the blog post today
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  7. Thanks for the review!

  8. Thanks for the review. Good luck on the release.

  9. Congrats, E.J., and thanks, Mari, 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. - Purple Reader,
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  10. Thank you so much for hosting me today--and to Mari for the lovely review. <3 <3 <3 Thank you to everyone who stopped by to offer their good wishes. I really appreciate your company on the blog tour!

  11. I one clicked this one and just devoured it. Loved it.

  12. this series sounds great!


  13. Thanks for the review! I look forward to reading it.