In the third book in Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe.
Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.
On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.
When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.
But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My favourite fairytale combined with one of my favourite series?? Um OKAY THEN. 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻
So yeah. I freaking loved this. There are so many great moments. I love both the way it ties in to the stories from the first two books and the way it mirrors beauty and the beast without it being super in your face. Plus there’s some great mini shoutouts to the Disney movie that I spotted, as well as loads of other nerd culture references! I loved that.
Rosie is totally adorable, and I love her friends – especially Quinn and their mission to be homecoming overlord (honestly still giggling at that title). Vance takes some softening around the edges, but that’s the whole point. I love them both.
My only issue with this book is now I want to reread the whole series 💙💙💙
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