Genre: Sexy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 17, 2018
There are two kinds of women in the world – those I can bang, and those I can’t.
My teammate’s sister?
She’s a can’t.
I moved in with her to protect her from a nasty ex, not to be the next guy in line.
She’s the brains.
I’m the brawn.
She’s the fruit.
I’m the sausage.
She talks too much.
I don’t talk at all, if I don’t have to.
Should be easy to resist her.
But every minute I spend with Felicity is another minute she gets under my skin. She makes me feel like something more than a dumb puckhead with a big Zamboni pony. And it’s getting harder to remember why I need to keep my hands to myself.
Beauty and the Beefcake is a vegan-friendly standalone romantic comedy featuring a hockey player whose vocabulary is the only thing smaller than a hockey puck, a book smart but aimless ventriloquist with too many voices in her head, a dilapidated old house that may or may not be haunted, and no cheating or cliffhangers.
I’ve been struggling with this review, but only because this book is so amazing that I’m struggling with the appropriate words to describe the awesomeness of this book. This is one of those books where you think you are getting one thing then it turns out you get something completely different and unexpected, but so much MORE than you could ever hope for. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this big, quiet brut that only speaks in grunts and GIFs. He truly epitomizes the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Ares is so much MORE than you expect. By the end of the book, I was completely wrecked in the best possible way.
Let’s back up a little. Yes, this book is a complete stand-alone. All of Pippa’s books are stand-alones but with interconnected characters. We’ve read about Ares in each of the books, even if it was just a small cameo. If you haven’t read any of Pippa’s previous books you won’t feel lost. But I can guarantee that you will want to go back and read them once you are finished with this one. To me, Ares was just a side character. I did wonder why he was always so quiet, and I knew there had to be more to his story. I was more excited for another Pippa book than Ares specifically. I will read anything she writes. Because of this, I was completely blindsided! Ares is now my favorite hero of all of Pippa Grant’s books. Yes people, Ares is so much more amazing than you could have thought.
When I talk about the awesomeness of Ares, I can’t leave out the incredible Felicity. Felicity is hilarious, quirky, and struggling to find her place. But the most important quality of Felicity is that she sees Ares. Don’t we all want someone who sees us as who we really are? These two characters truly bring out the best in each other. This book has you cheering for both of them every step of the way.
You will get the same hilarious antics and over the top situations as you normally would in any book from Pippa. But this book has so much heart to it. That’s the only way I can describe it. You’ll be laughing out loud and spewing your drink, but your heartstrings will also be pulled…well, more like yanked. I am so amazed at how Pippa could take this character and write this book. It’s my favorite of hers so far (and I truly didn’t think she could top Knox from Stud in the Stack). I definitely need an Ares Berger in my life and you need to read this book.