About the Book:
The three Sullivan sisters, named for the Three Graces of Greek legend who embody beauty, charm and grace, don’t live up to their names. Belle is no beauty. Charisma lacks charm. And Grace is somewhat less than graceful. But this doesn't deter their ambitious mother from bribing three bachelors to escort them to Colorado Springs’ beautiful Garden of the Gods.
When the girls overhear their escorts mocking how little they resemble their names, each girl makes a wish at the magical Three Graces rock formation. Belle wishes aloud for beauty, but only so she can use it as a weapon to punish the cads who hurt her sisters. Her true wish is for revenge.
Handsome viscount Kit Stanhope regrets his rude remarks and apologizes to Belle. He’s surprised when she tells him that's not enough. If he truly regrets his behavior, he has to make her beautiful in time for the Founders’ Day Ball. Kit isn’t sure he’s up to the task. But, intrigued by the spirited Belle, he agrees to assist her transformation from an ugly duckling into a swan with the help of a mysterious Greek dressmaker with muse-like qualities.
Unfortunately, Belle makes a rather awkward swan. Still, after a few embarrassing escapades, she masters the flirtatious language of the fan and takes the town known as Little London by storm. Belle soon finds herself falling for the viscount and his sinful mouth. It seems he returns her regard, but she can’t renege on her promise to humiliate him . . . can she?
Will her secret muse grant the wish she voiced . . . or the one she holds in her heart?
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Revenge is Sweet, But at What Price?
Kit, second son of a viscount, feels as if the girls overheard their discussion, so the following morning he apologized to all of them but most importantly to Belle. Having decided to make the men who hurt them fall in love with Belle so that she can hurt them like they hurt her and her sisters, she asked Kit if she could hire her to make her beautiful and to escort her to the Founders Day Ball. But with most revenge plots, one by one she got her revenge but at the cost of a bit of herself and guilt.
As the story progresses, Belle is finding herself falling in love with Kit and second guesses her decision to get revenge on him, even after he apologized. Kit finds himself developing feelings for Belle as he is looking for an investment or a well-off wife. He suspects Belle’s motives for wanting to become beautiful and sought after. He is witness to the humiliation Belle wrought upon two of the men who had said hurtful things her and her sisters. He is upset to think that he is next because he truly cares for Belle, especially after all of the time he had spent with her and witnessing her transformation from plain girl to a confident and beautiful woman.
As I journeyed through the story of Kit and Belle, I was able to feel the hurt and anger that Belle, Charisma, and Grace felt as they overheard the malicious comments of their companions. I loved the additional otherworldly touch that was incorporated into the story with the Three Graces, Greek goddesses that are the embodiment of beauty (Aglaia), charm (Thalia), and grace (Euphrosyne). Each goddess decides to grant their wishes but one at a time. It was entertaining seeing how Aglaia uses a bit of her magic, which she uses to grant all three of Belle’s wishes. The spark between Kit and Belle is small but in the end, they declare their love to each other. I might just read this again, eventually.