Review: The Perks of Being a Beauty by Manda Collins

The Perks of Being a Beauty - Manda CollinsPublisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (June 18th 2013)
eBook: 125 pages
Series: Ugly Ducklings 3.5
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The beautiful Miss Amelia Snow is not accustomed to being snubbed by the gentlemen of the ton. But when her mother dies unexpectedly, forcing Amelia to take employment as companion to a wealthy cit’s daughter, she quickly learns to play down her looks or risk losing her position. When her employers, the Smithsons, decide to throw a country house party, she is determined to fade into the background. But how can she when the Smithson’s guest of honor is Lord Quentin Fortescue, the childhood friend who stole her heart?

Younger son, Lord Quentin Fortescue, is far more interested in his host’s cotton mills in the north than he is in courting the man’s dim-witted daughter. But it’s the girl’s companion who makes him look twice. Years ago, Miss Amelia Snowe rejected his proposal without a backward glance. Quentin has molded himself into just the sort of man she’d have wanted back then, but is Amelia still the smug beauty who broke his heart? And can either of them risk their newfound positions to indulge the fiery attraction that burns between them?

Review:

This was a nice novella for Amelia Snow, considering how in the first three Ugly Ducklings book we’ve only seen her as someone who’s quite spiteful and mean. Collins does a wonderful job of making Amelia more sympathetic without being  unrealistically out of character.

It was a light read and I enjoyed the relationship between Amelia and her charge; I felt that’s where you could really see her be the better person she wanted to be.  Amelia and Quentin’s relationship was very sweet and was able to slightly overcome the inherent problem of novellas (being a bit too short to build that solid relationship without it seeming insta-love) with the fact they they have had a history together that wasn’t just lust or romance, but a friendship too. There were cute moments and fun moments and moments of redemption; a lovely and entertaining read. It’s nice to see a girl who changed her ways and deserve her happily ever after.

{*Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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