{Review} Beautiful Beautiful by Heidi Garrett

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{Review} Beautiful Beautiful by Heidi GarrettBeautiful, Beautiful by Heidi Garrett
Series: Once Upon A Time Today
Publisher: Half-Faerie Publishing (Self-Published) on November 13, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 90

Our Rating

0.5 Stars

Movie director Kerrin Mayham has an eye for beauty. Now her years of struggling on the indie film circuit are about to pay off. She's the front-runner to win Golden Pinnacle's Director of the Year. Winning will mean generous financial backing for her next project, and the most bankable actors in the industry are already signaling interest in the leading role. How will she decide which Adonis is right for the part of Demion Glass?

In this contemporary retelling of the eponymous Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, Kerrin's journey leads her to discover a deeper meaning of beauty.

Beautiful Beautiful, a contemporary fairytale novella, is the first release in Heidi Garrett's new Once Upon a Time Today collection. (Adult language & situations, no explicit sex)



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Kerrin has made the climb from intern to actress to director, and while her hard work and vision has paid off, she’s finally getting the industry recognition she deserves. With her prestigious award comes new opportunities, including working with a big budget studio and screen testing the most beautiful man she’s ever laid eyes on.

Anthony is a mystery. While he seems simple and unassuming, there are hints of shadows, from the way they hardly speak with each other to his frequent stays in the restroom — where one (along with Kerrin) can only assume he’s indulging in illicit drugs. Though if the book cover is any indication, I can certainly understand why Kerrin doesn’t question anything at first. In fact, I’m pretty sure it was the cover that had me so intrigued in the first place.

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The story is told from Kerrin’s point of view in the form of a fantastical fairy tale in which she indulges her daughter. Witches, never-ending spiral staircases, and fantasy foretell each real-world chapter that follows, hinting at danger and deceit. At first, I thought it was an interesting way to introduce the story, though by the time I was halfway through, I was tempted to skip those scenes altogether. They just felt so unnecessary and took me out of the moment too often.

However, the classification of “romance” for this story is extremely misleading. Kerrin’s relationship with Anthony is absolutely casual; he shows up, they go to bed, and he leaves in the morning.  As even the smallest details of their coupling are not shared with readers, it’s impossible to gain any real perspective of the true nature of their relationship.  In fact, aside from knowing he’s to-die-for gorgeous, we’re not told much about him until after he shows a much darker side. Even then, the facts are shared by the police, not Kerrin or Anthony himself. As for romance, the part where finally our princess does end up with a prince, it is practically non-existent. Sure, we know from the fact that Kerrin’s essentially telling her daughter her own story that there is a happily ever after. But the only semi-romantic scene is when Kerrin is finally asked out on a date by the true Prince Charming — someone we barely get a glimpse of before the story ends.

TheVerdictHad the story not been so short, I doubt I would have even finished it. Far from being a romance (as it was billed), it’s one woman’s cautionary tale relating how she very nearly fell into a trap before finding her happily ever after — an event that is mentioned but doesn’t play out for us in the book. I went in expecting quite a bit more than I got, or at least expecting some romance, and I was ultimately disappointed.

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About Heidi Garrett

Heidi Garrett is the author of the contemporary fairytale novella collection, Once Upon a Time Today. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters.
She is also the author of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series, a fairy tale/high fantasy mashup about a young half-faerie, half mortal woman who must save both the Enchanted and Mortal Worlds.
Heidi was born in Texas, and in an attempt to reside in as many cities in that state as she could, made it to Houston, Lubbock, Austin, and El Paso. She also spent a decade in southern California, but was disappointed to discover it seldom rains there. Now Heidi lives in Eastern Washington state where she's content experiencing the four seasons with her husband, their two cats, her laptop, and her Kindle.
Being from the South, she often contemplates the magic of snow and hopes to remind readers that: Once Upon A Time You Lived in an Enchanted World Too…

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