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The Perks of Being a Beauty (Ugly Ducklings Trilogy) by [Collins, Manda]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (18 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BCFZM00
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Some novellas manage to pack in as much in terms of characterisation and relationship development as a full-length novel, but sadly, this is not one of them.

I've read and reviewed the other books in this series and have finished each book feeling that the author hasn't really done herself justice, and have approached each new title hoping that maybe this will be "the one" that changes that. Unfortunately, this one isn't that book either.

Miss Amelia Snowe, reigning beauty - and b@@tch - of the ton has fallen on hard times, as we saw at the end of How to Entice an Earl (Ugly Ducklings). Her mother has died suddenly, leaving Amelia up to her neck in debt and so she is reduced to having to take a position as a lady's companion.

In the employ of Mr and Mrs Smithson, she re-encounters Lord Quentin Fortescue, a young man she'd known in childhood, and who had proposed to her eight years previously. She had spurned him, hoping for a better match than a younger son, and he'd headed off to make his fortune in America.

Things progress as one would expect as the feelings between the pair re-kindle and the vastly reformed Amelia gets both her man and her HEA.

There are two sex scenes in a 125 page novella, both of which I would have gladly sacrificed for a little more depth of characterisation or relationship development. Quentin was little more than two-dimensional, and I thought the parts of the story that worked best were those in which Amelia is owning up to her previously horrendous behaviour and doing her best to subside into the role of dutiful and uncomplaining companion.
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