Title: Steel Beauty
Author: Dana Marie Bell
Page Count: novella (Kindle book)
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me
50 words or less: After Belinda (Belle from here on out) is horribly maimed saving a Pridemate from a psycho, she has to heal her wounds, claim her mate, move on with her life, and fend off another psycho. Sounds easy to me!
The Halle Pumas series rolls on with another winner in the form of Steel Beauty, this time starring Belinda Campbell, pseudo-villianess from previous books and Rick Lowell, Alpha of the Poconos Wolf Pack. I really, really enjoyed getting to know Belle as an individual instead of as evil Olivia's sidekick, and I think the difference between Belle's true personality and how people have perceived her all these years was illustrated really well through this story.
People like to hate Belle for her having been friends with a prize bitch in the past; they don't want to give her a chance now or entertain the thought that she might not be the horrible person they like to think she is. It's all for the best, then, when it turns out that her mate is not only not a member of the Pride, but not even a puma at all- he's a wolf, and the wolf Alpha at that. Rick Lowell is a snarly and devoted guy who wants to keep people safe, maintain the structure of his pack, and settle down with a mate and eventual family of his own. He's beyond livid when he realizes that Belle was seriously injured when she was defending a Pride mate, so having to wait until she's healed enough not only to travel, but to hold off any potential challengers, is seriously hard on them both. The text message conversations between the two of them were seriously adorable.
Unfortunately for Belle, she gets a chance to flex her muscles as Luna of the Wolf Pack right away by dealing with drama presented by Gina, resident wolf bitch who needs to be knocked down a few pegs. Belle's way of asserting herself and dealing with naysayers and people who would deny her her due is hilarious, and I won't ruin it by revealing it here; suffice it to say she doesn't take lip from anyone and will...interrupt...anyone who needs interrupting.
The relationship between Belle and Rick is sweet and fun. Rick is appalled at how Belle was treated in her Pride and vows that she'll never feel unwanted ever again. He works to help her achieve her goals and her dreams for herself but can't help getting a little snarly when she overworks her injuries. He's stunned that she feels as strongly about him as he does about her, and her demonstration of that love bowls him over. Fun fun fun.
At $2.80, this book is beyond a good deal. Why not start at the beginning with The Wallflower and enjoy all of the books? Do it!
Overall Grade: A
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