Read for: Recently Added/ 2020 Anticipated Release
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Synopsis: "In the third book in Ashley Poston's Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe.
Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.
On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he's forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.
When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.
But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts."
My Review: As always, Ashley Poston knocked it out of the park with this one. I do kind of wish I had re-read the previous books before starting this one as it took me a bit to remember all the characters from them (they did only play minor roles but they are there). I loved the Beauty and the Beast elements in this story, but with a modern twist. The side characters were amazing! I want Quinn to get their own short story! Oh and Space Dad & Elias, I need to know what happens between them. I did really love Rosie, she was a great character, quirky and quiet yet knows what she doesn't want and isn't afraid to speak up. Vance was a great 'beast' with a lot of inner turmoil, I loved his development throughout the book. Even though I have not been a fan of most contemporary YA, I will always read Postons!!
My Rating: Once again I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a single day read for me and it just makes me smile. "Amara Up" is my new favorite saying. I can't help but give this one a Four Paw Rating!