Cutie and the Beast: Roommates to Lovers Single Dad Romance

· Cipher Office Book 3 · Smartypants Romance
5 reviews

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Living with her mother seemed like a good idea at the time. But Elliott Donovan’s living arrangements are not working for her anymore. Desperate to get back on her financial feet after a divorce and out from under her mother’s thumb, Elliott takes a job in the child care center at Weight Expectations, a local gym.

It has everything she needs – family friendly hours, more pay than she expected, and a super cute trainer who just happens to have part of his house for rent.

Abel DiSoto was living the good life until his wife walked out taking half of the family income with her. The blow to his ego was bad enough, but after a fire at the gym scattered Abel’s clients, and consequently his commissions, he’s stuck figuring out how to make ends meet, too. Renting out the master suite of his house to his new co-worker seems like an easy solution. They’re both mature adults, they both have eight-year-old daughters, and their work schedules coordinate so they can lend each other a helping hand to ease the burden of single parenthood.

The only downside? Living like a blended family when you’re not actually a family can present some challenges.

Welcome back to Weight Expectations, where the unexpected is likely to happen.

‘Cutie and the Beast’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book #3 in the Cipher Office series, Knitting in the City World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

5 reviews
DJ Sakata
May 3, 2020
I am enamored with M.E. Carter’s deft and agile writing style, endearingly flawed yet well-meaning and hard-working characters, and the relevant and relatable issues tucked into her well-crafted and highly engaging storylines. I have relished these cleverly amusing Smartypants Romances, each one has been a snarkalicious smirk-fest and most have been giggle-snort worthy as well. M.E. Carter’s contributions to the series have provided me with both and I had the fleeting thought of amassing an altar of sweatbands and sweets in tribute to her keen wit, snappy banter, and amusing yet insightful observations. However, I was unable to follow-through on this scheme, as the materials seemed to mysteriously disappear as I pondered the design. I am already eagerly awaiting the arrival of her next missive on my beloved Kindle.
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Bibliophile Chloe
April 14, 2020
Oh how I enjoy Ms. Carter's stories! They are full of laughs and swoons! This is the story of the struggles of single parenthood, mixed families and finding love! Elliott is a single mom, looking to start her life over after a divorce. She wants to find her independence again. She is a great mom and a brave woman. She may be an older gal, but she is vintage in the best ways! Abel is a newly single dad, he is struggling with single parenting, his finances and is looking for a roommate to help share the costs. Voila! Enter Elliott and both of their problems are solved! The flow of this story is phenomenal! The dialogue is full of wit and realism. The struggles of living together, both with young daughters and finding their groove was epic. Abel and Elliott's feelings for each other grow from friends to more was organic and so lovely to read. I also applaud the younger man, older woman basis of this story! I could empathize with Elliott's vulnerabilities and her "traditional" way of thinking. It was so swoony to see Abel break down the walls around her heart and thinking. This is definitely a book I would highly recommend!
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Angie Reed
April 14, 2020
Elliott has got to find a job and a place of her own for her and her daughter. Her interview at Weight Expectations went better than planned. Now she can starting looking for her own space. Able is trying to do the best for his daughter Mabel but with his financial situation realizes he needs a roommate. I loved how these two always put their daughters first but also never let go of each other. Loved it!!
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