Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Beauregard and the Beast
Author: Evie Drae
Series: Once Upon a Vegas Night #1
Heroes: Adam & Bo
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 206 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 20, 2019
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: His greatest prize can’t be won in the octagon.
Champion MMA fighter Adam Littrell needs no distractions as he prepares for the fight that will determine whether he retires. But when he opens the door of his swanky Las Vegas home to his new personal assistant, Bo Wilkins, staying focused becomes a struggle.
Aware of Adam’s surly reputation, Bo doesn’t expect to like his new employer, let alone fall for him. But Bo is pleasantly surprised when a shared love of books leads them to study for their GEDs together and plan for a life after their current careers. Adam won’t be able to fight forever, and Bo wants a relationship on equal footing.
But just as their relationship is getting off the ground, the sister Bo raised needs his help, and he drops everything. With Adam’s final match looming and Bo in a different city, reuniting will be the real challenge.
This was such a sweet story! I was intrigued when I read the blurb because I’m extremely curious about MMA fighters and I really love stories about boss/employee relationships. I really liked that Adam was such a different person than his MMA fighter persona. He’s a sweet, compassionate guy while the Beast just doesn’t care about anything. When Bo shows up, he soon realizes that Adam isn’t the cruel man he thought but someone he can kind of relate to. It was sweet seeing them bond over common things and how they both grow as characters.
I really enjoyed this one but I did have a few issues with it. For one, it was just too smutty for my tastes. Add to that, I really did not like Bo’s sister at all. She was a spoiled little brat and Bo and Adam just allowed her to continue that way so she really annoyed me especially since she seemed so ungrateful. I mean, Bo literally gave up his life for her, to work so hard to put her in a good school and her way to handling things is to get wasted and party all the time.
Then there is Bo, who I did love, but it frustrated me that he had such issues and morals with Adam paying for things yet he had no issues sleeping with his boss… who paid his salary, paid for the food he cooked and ate, paid for the house he lived in. I just felt it was a little odd that he didn’t put up more of a fight to not sleep with his boss so it felt a little hypocritical to fighting Adam so much on paying for things. Plus, I would have liked to see Adam and Bo getting to know each other more outside of sex.
All in all, I did enjoy this one. I loved the characters and I did ultimately enjoy their relationship and their journey together. I had a few issues with it and really wished we could have seen more of them getting to know each other but it was a very sweet story overall and I’ll be interested to see where things go from here.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*