• Title: The Perks of Being a Beauty
  • Author: Manda Collins
  • ISBN: 9781466834903
  • Page: 150
  • Format: ebook
  • The Perks of Being a Beauty The beautiful Miss Amelia Snow is not accustomed to being snubbed by the gentlemen of the ton But when her mother dies unexpectedly forcing Amelia to take employment as companion to a wealthy cit s d
    The beautiful Miss Amelia Snow is not accustomed to being snubbed by the gentlemen of the ton But when her mother dies unexpectedly, forcing Amelia to take employment as companion to a wealthy cit s daughter, she quickly learns to play down her looks or risk losing her position When her employers, the Smithsons, decide to throw a country house party, she is determined toThe beautiful Miss Amelia Snow is not accustomed to being snubbed by the gentlemen of the ton But when her mother dies unexpectedly, forcing Amelia to take employment as companion to a wealthy cit s daughter, she quickly learns to play down her looks or risk losing her position When her employers, the Smithsons, decide to throw a country house party, she is determined to fade into the background But how can she when the Smithson s guest of honor is Lord Quentin Fortescue, the childhood friend who stole her heart Younger son, Lord Quentin Fortescue, is far interested in his host s cotton mills in the north than he is in courting the man s dim witted daughter But it s the girl s companion who makes him look twice Years ago, Miss Amelia Snowe rejected his proposal without a backward glance Quentin has molded himself into just the sort of man she d have wanted back then, but is Amelia still the smug beauty who broke his heart And can either of them risk their newfound positions to indulge the fiery attraction that burns between them

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    1. Another winner by Manda Collins!I've read all the books in the Ugly Duckling series and I love Manda Collins' work! I am so excited for her new series!This is a charming novella about the villain in the series. How can you route for her? Amelia Snowe was a bully and pure evil. But as always, the evil ones are the broken ones. She got better throughout the course of the series and I was hoping to get her book! And I did.In this book, an unfortunate turn of events have made Miss Snowe into the pai [...]

    2. Posted on: Buried Under RomanceI was initially reluctant to read about a character who was an obvious antagonist in Manda Collins' previous books, but upon reading this novella, I had really grown to like Amelia Snow, for her change of character was not only believable, but heart-warming. Her mother's sudden death had left Miss Amelia Snow destitute, forced to seek a position as a lady's companion to a family whom in the past she would have snubbed. Suffice it to say, Amelia had experienced an e [...]

    3. Miss Amelia Snow, noted mean-spirited beauty of the ton, has had a turn of fate. After her mother dies and she is left with no money, she takes on a job as a companion where she tries to blend in and help her charge find a good match. When a childhood friend arrives at a country house party, she remembers how she broke his heart and how he has always had a piece of hers. However, Amelia turned into a different woman after she went to London with her mother, who always told Amelia that all other [...]

    4. Actual rating: 3.5I haven't read Manda Collins' Ugly Ducklings series, besides one which I DNFed, but I'm tempted to go back and skim them just on the basis of seeing this novella's heroine in action. I didn't feel lost at all for not knowing her previously in the books, this can easily be read as a standalone. It's an enjoyable, light novel; the characterization was a little one-dimensional, but overall, this was an enjoyable, easy little read. Whatever fault there was can be attributed more to [...]

    5. THE PERKS OF BEING A BEAUTY is a sweet and heartwarming story of redemption, forgiveness and second chances.When I finished reading How to Entice an Earl, I was surprised that Manda Collins obviously intended to redeem the Ugly Ducklings' arch nemesis, Amelia Snow. Amelia had been so despicable, I doubted Ms Collins could make me see her as a sympathetic heroine. Well, not only did I like and sympathise with Amelia, but I truly wanted her to have her Happy Ever After!All Amelia's actions reveal [...]

    6. Romance readers are notoriously tough in their judgment of female characters, and so redeemed heroines are much rarer than redeemed heroes. I admit that I was a scoffer when I first heard that Manda Collins was going to write Amelia Snowe’s story. I don’t have much forgiveness to offer mean girls, and I already thought Cecily, Juliet, and Maddie were too quick to accept Amelia’s apologies in How to Entice an Earl. I should have trusted this author.Collins shows her readers a truly repentan [...]

    7. This review was originally posted on The Historical Romance Critic.Thoughts After Reading:I've enjoyed every installment of Manda Collins' "Ugly Ducklings" series, and her latest novella - The Perks of Being a Beauty - is no exception. The story's redeems the main antagonist of the series, Miss Amelia Snowe, as she suffers setbacks and reunites with her childhood love.Miss Amelia, the heroine, use to be the reigning beauty of the ton. She was at the pinnacle of society, flirting coyly with every [...]

    8. This is a short reason why I love historical romancesI needed this little novella to remind me!

    9. In this novella, which both concludes Manda Collins’ Ugly Duckling series and introduces characters who will appear in her forthcoming novel Why Dukes Say I Do, readers are re-acquainted with Miss Amelia Snowe, the stuck-up, sharp-tongued young woman who had previously scorned and mercilessly mocked the three cousins who were the heroines of those books.It’s no exaggeration to say that Amelia was a total bitch in those novels, someone who could not bear to see others succeed where she did no [...]

    10. Read this review on Got Fiction? Book BlogAfter the last Ugly Ducklings book, I actually found myself wanting to hear Amelia’s story. This novella is my wish granted! Amelia Snow has been the darling of the ton and was definitely the most beautiful lady on the marriage mart. But if all this is true, why is she still unwed? Short answer, Amelia’s a jerk. She’s been horrible to the other ladies in the ton, primarily 3 whom she dubbed The Ugly Ducklings. All 3 of whom are married to men who r [...]

    11. View more of my review and others at my blog: mynotsovacantshelfThis review will be pretty short as it was a pretty short novella. Amelia Snow was someone I came to hate in the series because of her stuck-up attitude, but in the final book of the series we definitely see a change in her, and understand why she is the way she is. Having lost her mother and her wealth she is now in a much lower position than what she is accustomed too, and finally feeling the sting of Karma. But, I will admit I fe [...]

    12. When an author can take a character that they've previously made me hate and turn them into a credible heroine, I feel that they are talented at their craft. I loathe mean girls, so I was amazed that Manda Collins could make me feel any sympathy for Amelia Snowe, much less convince me to like her. I have not yet read the book that comes prior to this one, so I don't know how gradually the transformation of Amelia occurred, but she ended up making a great counterpart for the kind, forgiving Quent [...]

    13. Amelia has been a thorn in my butt in the series, the bully who gets off on preying on others. In this novella, Amelia turns over a new leaf and I actually enjoyed reading about her.It wasn't annoying at all and it was so heartwarming to see her genuinely caring for her charge. Readers are told of her backstory and why she behaved like she did before.Nevertheless, I was happy for Amelia finally getting her very own HEA and at the same time am very sad to see this lovable series coming to an end. [...]

    14. (Originally posted at Doing Some Reading)This is the novella starring the beautiful Miss Amelia Snowe, the mean child in The Ugly Duckling series.Although she was mean and hateful (we really did dislike her) in the previous three books in the series, she finally gets to have her own HEA and hero.And we get to see how she came to be the way she is and can begin to reform our thoughts about her in this little novella.Okay so her Miss Amelia Snowe’s mother has passed and she is now destitute and [...]

    15. I always like to start reading a series from the first bookThis book, even as a series, is also independent, and you can perfectly understand everything that happens to the characters.Young, beautiful, in full season to meet and fall in love, Amelia and Quentin did not have this opportunity. Due to a misunderstanding between Amelia and her mother - explained the story - it was forced to decline the offer of marriage the young Quentin, since he was 'only' the youngest son of the Duke.Quentin marr [...]

    16. A lovely romance novella. The Perks of Being a Beauty was a quick, wonderful read about the redemption of a heroine. I really liked this novella.I'm going to be honest, I haven't read the previous books in this series (The Ugly Ducklings), where Amelia was the antagonist. So, I don't know the full extent of her crimes. But, from the quick recaps in this book, it sounded pretty bad. But, I think people deserve second chances, so I like romance where the hero or heroine has a chance to redeem him/ [...]

    17. This novella takes place after Collins previous Ugly Duckling series where Amelia is somewhat of a villain. She mentions to Quent all these horrible things she has done to the Ugly Ducklings but also shares how she apologized and is now friends with them. This is my first book by Collins and while I have heard of that other series, I didn’t realize it was connected. To not have any spoilers I would read the other series first although this one does stand alone as a complete short. Miss Amelia [...]

    18. Posted on What I'm ReadingLast night, I finished The Perks of Being a Beauty by Manda Collins. If you had read any of the Ugly Duckling books you would remember Amelia Snowe and how dreadfully awful she had been. Funny how life can knock ya down when you least expect it to happen. Seriously, Amelia was horrible person when she was on top of the world. Once she was knocked down from her pedestal, she realized she needed to change her behavior. Especially since she was hired to be a companion. You [...]

    19. This review will appear on Romantic HIstorical Lovers on June 21.Amelia Snowe was once the belle of the ball. She was determined to marry someone from peerage. But that all changed when her mother died. She’s been left penniless. Now she works as a lady’s companion. Instead of her past horrible behavior, she’s now the epitome of grace of civility.While assisting her companion at a house party, she’s faced once again with her childhood friend and former suitor, Quentin Fortesque. Since he [...]

    20. Got this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange of an honest review.A very sweet historical romance novel. It has been a while since I have dug into a historical romance book, I do miss them. When I first got a review copy of The Perks of Being a Beauty I didn't realize It was a novella until I cracked it open. Either way, it satisfied my thirst for this genre for now and introduced me to yet another new author to me!When Miss Amelia Snowe's employers, the Smithsons throw a party [...]

    21. I received an arc of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The novella is often a difficult format to do well but Collins succeeds with this story. This is the first thing I've ever read by the author so I had not been introduced to Amelia in any of her previous books. I liked the concept of the mean girl learning from her mistakes and changing her ways. I feel like her changed ways were shown in the ways she interacted with her companion, Harriet, and the way she takes on a [...]

    22. The Perks of Being a Beauty is the fourth book of the Ugly Ducklings series but can be read as a stand alone (difficult will be you not be tempted to read the others)It tells the history of Miss Amelia Snow, once the beauty of the ton, now unmarried, after 5 seasons, and poor since her mother's deceased, she starts to work as a companion for young Harriet Smithson, the daughter of untitled rich family.It looks like Amelia was some kind of a villan in the other books, but has redeemed herself and [...]

    23. “The Perks of Being a Beauty” is a novella that follows up the three excellent books in her Ugly Ducklings Trilogy. Miss Amelia Snowe was definitely the villainess of those three books, making life miserable for the heroines by her cruel behavior. In this book she has fallen upon hard times and finds herself reduced to being a companion to the young daughter of a middle class couple. Into her life comes an old friend and onetime beau, Lord Quentin Fortesque. Years before, Amelia had turned d [...]

    24. Miss Amelia Snow is infamous amoungst the ton for her beauty and also her cruel tongue. But soon after turning a new leaf and apologizing to the three girls, the "Ugly Ducklings", whom she bullied the most she has come upon hard times and now works as a ladies companion. In her new circumstances she never expected to see Lord Quentin Fortescue the man she refused and broke his heart as well as her own, and she certainly never expected to still be in love with him after all this time. Could he st [...]

    25. 3.5ish stars;This was a nice novella for Amelia Snow, considering how in the first three Ugly Ducklings book we've only seen her as someone who's quite spiteful and mean. Collins does a wonderful job of making Amelia more sympathetic without being unrealistically out of character. It was a light read and I enjoyed the relationship between Amelia and her charge; I felt that's where you could really see her be the better person she wanted to be. Amelia and Quentin's relationship was very sweet and [...]

    26. I have not read Manda Collins' Ugly Duckling series, but I do know that Amelia Snow was the snob who bullied the ducklings unmercifully. Now, her star has fallen. Her mother died, leaving Amelia penniless, and she has accepted the job as paid companion to an industrialist's daughter. Lord Quentin Fortescue, younger son of a duke, was the first man that Amelia turned down, and in the eight years since, he has been married and widowed. Now, they are thrown together at a house party hosted by Ameli [...]

    27. Amelia gets her comeuppance! For readers who have enjoyed the Ugly Ducklings trilogy, “The Perks of Being a Beauty” is a fun follow-up novella. I feel sure that if one has not read the others, there’s a great deal of subtext that is missing and the novella would be fairly mundane. However, for those of us lucky enough to have context, finding out what becomes of that little b**ch, Amelia Snowe, is a good read. Poor Amelia, after he monumental meltdown in the last Ugly Ducklings book, has l [...]

    28. I really enjoyed this novella. I actually would have liked a full novel. It was nice to see the change in Amelia & get some understanding about her behavior & past. I loved Quentin, I would've liked to have learned more about him. He's the 3rd son of a duke & had proposed to Amelia years before but she refused him because she wanted better prospects. After she broke his heart he married a woman who already had a child. When she passed he continued raising her. There is so much more w [...]

    29. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it details the life of a haughty beauty of the ton (usually the antagonist in any historical romance) AFTER circumstances cause her to fall from favor/station. Throw in a chance meeting with a once jilted suitor and you get a good deal of verbal dancing. I like the fact that there was true penitence from the heroine for past misdeeds and that the jilted suitor can see past his bitter recollections to get to understand and know each other as they are NOW and [...]

    30. They say there is a story behind every villain -- well, the villainess of Manda Collin's wonderful Ugly Duckling trilogy definitely has a story of her own, masterfully told by Collins. I was dubious and curious how Collins could do this and was pleasantly surprised. By the end, not only was I rooting for the little mischief-maker, I was glad she found her own happily ever after! There is only one problem with this book -- I wish it were even longer. Delightful!

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