In the dating world, there's a certain grading system with which you're undoubtedly all too familiar. Akin to a beauty contest scorecard, a person's attractiveness is ranked from one to And generally, it's presumed that the beautiful Amazons among us the eights, nines, and 10s should only date each other - while the "uglies" of the bunch the twos, threes, and fours must stick to their own Quasimodo kind. But, every now and then, a couple pulls the switch off this genetic equilibrium. Now, I'm certainly not going to put myself into the same camp with the Julia Roberts and Padmas of the world I've welcomed men into my bed who were short, fat, or balding sometimes all three , while I, thankfully, am none of those things. Despite those relationships not working out in the long run, they did end up being some of the most rewarding dating experiences I've had.
FaceTime and Zoom dating have become more popular since restaurants and bars shuttered months ago. Instead of meeting up in person, people are opting to meet over computer and phone screens, nestled in the comfort of their homes. Which begs the question: do you still go all out with your beauty prep for a date that's over the phone?
There is the benefit that the screen provides you with an automatic blurring filter and you only really need to get "dressed up" from the waist up. We - or at least I - have already decided that jeans are out of the question and yoga pants or leggings are the only way to roll for digital interactions. But considering video chats are close up, hair and makeup are a bit of a different story. Do you go with a quick and easy makeup routine or move forward with your normal glam prep? Do you go all out with your hair, embrace the messy bun, or just curl the front pieces and neglect the back because, well, who will ever know?
Ahead, we spoke with six women to find out what their beauty-routine prep for a virtual date looks like these days. View On One Page. Photo 0 of 3. Previous Next Start Slideshow. Around The Web. You May Also Like. Little Kids. Katy Perry. I don't think there's anything that's going to convince me that Beau's characterization was harmless and just a sexy break from reality. It's a fucking tragic reality for far too many women.
And it isn't romantic. This review can also be found on my blog View all 55 comments. Oct 16, Yelena rated it did not like it. Allow me to start out by saying that I was prepared to like this book.
I was looking forward to a fun, supernatural romance with a spunky heroine and a sexy hero. I was even prepared to overlook the fact that the heroine is named Bathsheba although admittedly, I cringed with increasing intensity every time he calls her Sweet Bathsheba actually, I might have thrown up in my mouth a little just then.
But I might have managed to enjoy the book, if the heroine was not so excruciatingly idiotic. I have committed myself to protecting and looking after my dear little sister Sara Trouble with a nasty ex-boyfriend. But I have sworn to protect and look after her always, despite the fact that she can turn into a wolf with claws and teeth and my biggest talents include falling down a lot and giggling. And as for the fact that she frequently loses control when shapeshifters swing by the office and turns into a wolf unexpectedly.
No one will even notice. Oh, hey! Oh - the were-cougar just saved my life from. Not sure what it was. Oh, well. Have I mentioned how hot he is? And here comes his friend Anyway, his friend is offering me some little pills.
He said that the were-cougar told me to take them. I guess they look harmless enough Ok, so it turns out that the were-cougar has drugged me and kidnapped me. And so he can have lots and lots of hot sex with me.
Or where I am. Have I mentioned how hot my were-cougar is? What is so attractive about this woman? I find it difficult to believe that any intelligent, self-made businessman as he is portrayed would find any interest at all in such a twit. I also find it difficult to believe that all of a sudden, in under a week, these two have fallen madly, inseparably in love. Maybe you should go ask one of them.
But in the meantime, thanks for taking the time to read my long-winded rant of a review. View all 7 comments. Aug 09, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: urban-fantasyshapeshiftersparanormaladult-contentlistened-to-audiobookread I wanted to try it out so I picked up the second installment to test out because it was the one with the highest goodreads ratings.
I could tell there was a backstory I was missing out on but it wasn't too bad. It earned a shiny four stars from me and I knew it was a series I wanted to continue. So, now I'm starting in proper order. Beauty Dates the Beast is the first installment in Jessica Sims 's adult, urban fantasy series titled: Midnight Liaisons. Midnight Liaisons is the name of a paranormal dating service matchmaking not escort that brings together all kinds of romance-seeking members of the supernatural community.
Humans are definitely not included. However, awkward circumstances bring together our werecougar hero and very human heroine. Romance ensues, also a little mystery, a lot of suspense, some unnecessary drama IMOand a crazy horror-filled ending that brings everything together.
It sets up for book two beautifully and I might just have to re-read that one again Soft, curvy women. Adorably cute story Felt like a cheesy 80's movie.
I do look forward to more of the series with sexy were-cougars! Feb 11, MelissaB rated it liked it Shelves: paranormal-romanceshapeshifterskindlefirst-person-povreads. Okay story but the heroine did some dumb stuff, like running straight into danger and not trusting the hero at all. She was frustrating.
I wish we would have had the hero's point of view, I didn't get a good read of his feelings for her.
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Beauty Dates The Beast was cute, fun, and sexy with some action an mystery laced in. I really enjoyed it because I assumed it was going to be another basic retelling of Beauty and The Beast, but it wasn't. The Beauty in the story happens to be Bathshebaand the Beast is Beau. Now, Bathsheba is a regular ol' human woman in her mid-twenties just trying to keep herself and her little sister safe.
Bathsheba and her sister work at the Midnight Liaisons Agency, which is a dating service for the Beauty Dates The Beast was cute, fun, and sexy with some action an mystery laced in. Bathsheba and her sister work at the Midnight Liaisons Agency, which is a dating service for the paranormal. Beau is a sexy cougar on the prowl for a date after being stood up by another, little does he realize he's about to get far better than what he lost. There's a lot of fun dialogue and teasing that goes on between Bath and Beau because they're both good-natured people with a sense of humor.
Bath even uses my favorite phrase "balls to the wall", which earned her major brownie points. The romance is definitely a slow building one with a lot of sparks and sassiness. What I really liked was that Bath kinda took the lead and decided when she was ready to move forward because Beau was trying to be respectful and understanding. The villains in this story were horrible and totally deserved their fate in the end.
I totally cringed when they were introduced or had any dialogue because they were just so sick and twisted. One of the villains doesn't really appear or act villainous so when it comes out their nuts, it's a bit surprising! Bathsheba and Beau have different ways of handling these evil folks, and that's what keeps the story moving. Bash wants to handle everything on her own because she's use to being the protector, so Beau trying to help her elicits funny reactions.
Overall, I enjoyed the story because the romance was the focus, but there were other things going on that helped bring these two together. I felt like the story was very cohesive and the plot was strong, specially when it came to describing the monster lurking around looking for Bath. Thanks to Miss Angela for suggesting this one and the rest of the series:D! View 2 comments. Oct 26, Jess rated it really liked it Shelves: own-kindle.
More like 3. I rounded up, because I really did enjoy this book, even with the issues I discuss below.
This was a fun, light, fast read. The funny back cover copy and a recommendation from an author I trust were enough incentive for me to give it a shot, and I'm glad I did. The story was interesting and fast-paced, and I have to admit that I stayed up well past my normal bedtime to finish the book in one sitting. It's been a while since a book captured me that well. I did have a couple More like 3. I did have a couple issues with the story.
While they are only minor spoilers, I'm going to put them in the spoiler tag, so read at your own risk. Disclaimer: I tend to gloss over the good and really hit the things that annoyed me in my reviews, so take my list of issues below with a grain of salt. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I'd find a more, ahh, experienced woman sleeping with a man she met five days ago a little fast, no matter how hot. For a virgin to do the same, especially when she knows he's using her for his "heat" problem, seemed a little unlikely.
My second issue was that Beau drugged and kidnapped Bathsheba, and then wouldn't tell her where they were or let her see her sister. I don't care how much it was for her protection, yadda yadda, that is completely not cool.
This scene happened maybe halfway through the book, so I had no real stake in Beau, and I was urging Bath to get the hell out of Dodge and not look back. The fact that she caved so easily made me lose a lot of respect for her.
My final issue was the end. If the heroine can kick ass think Kate DanielsI find this pretty believable. When a normal human like Bath does it, I think she's an idiot.
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After Beau extracts her from that mess, the book ends. It doesn't end in the middle of a sentence, but it felt like it did. I turned the page, expecting something to wrap up the story and found nothing.
The only saving grace was the Kindle version had an excerpt from the next book, which picks up exactly where this book ended, so it gave a little more closure to the end. Bathsheba and her sister, Sara, both work at a dating service for supernatural beings called Midnight Liaisons. Beau calls looking for another date since his canceled and decides he wants Bathsheba.
Only problem is that humans can't date supes Being a fan of Jill Myles and her Succubus Diaries series along with having already read the first chapter or so, I had a pretty good feeling that I would like this book and I did. I loved Bathsheba I loved how Bathsheba and her sister, Sara, both work at a dating service for supernatural beings called Midnight Liaisons.
I loved how she took care of her sister although I think she maybe took it to an extreme. Beau was exceptional. I think the whole being "in heat" thing was funny and reminded me of the guys in Black Dagger Brotherhood and Bella. I thought it was really sweet when Beau was trying to be romantic with the picnic date view spoiler [ cutting up the blanket into a heart?
The ending was really good and set up nicely for the next book although I really would've liked a bit more of Ramsey and Sara in this one. Guess I'll have to wait till November !
Favorite line: "Something slithered against my shoe and I recoiled. Was that his tail? Dec 21, Melanie rated it it was ok Shelves: paranormal-romance1st-person-povliterary-drivelshifters-i-d-love-to-werefluffy-funlibraryvirgin-no-moreplain-and-or-curvy-h.
For some reason, the concept of this story reminded me of Gena Showalter's work, especially her earlier stuff. It was definitely lighthearted, and meant to be fun, with a curvy, virginal and supposedly quick-witted heroine - but the whole thing really came across as just plain cheesy IMO.
I'm sorry to say it Jessica Sims aka Jill Mylesbut Showalter could have done this a whole lot better and by that I mean in a way that at least made sense.
Pretty much right from the get go, this book had For some reason, the concept of this story reminded me of Gena Showalter's work, especially her earlier stuff.
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Pretty much right from the get go, this book had me going "huh? A hunky alpha were-cougar Beau calls, whose setup date has canceled on him and coerces her into going out with him. Now, Bath has already informed the readers that dating service does not equal escort service via dealing with a perverted caller early on. BUT on her date, we learn that Beau is looking for a service provider because apparently, a she-cougar is going into heat soon and it'll "affect" him.
So, I guess dating service really does in fact mean escort service. For some reason this question is never really answered. This was just one of the many plot devices used to drive the story forward that didn't make sense to me. In the end I ended up pretty much skimming my way through the book looking for any redeeming juicy bits unfortunately there weren't many and sending up a hallelujah when I finished. It occurs to me I should really start a DNF shelf Jun 11, Ezinwanyi rated it really liked it Shelves: paranormal-romanceshapeshifterswerewolvesfantasyfaecat-shiftersaudiobookwendigofairy-talestantor-media.
Bathesheba and her sister Sarah work at Midnight Liaisons dating service which services the Supernaturals dating needs. When a client is stood up, Bathesheba has to fill in or risk the wrath of a very important client. In addition, Bathesheba couldn't anger her boss Giselle who was blackmailing her with information pertaining to Sarah, which would compromise Sarah's safety. What's Bathesheba to do when she's being pulled in so many directions?
I enjoyed this story. It wasn't too heavy and it Bathesheba and her sister Sarah work at Midnight Liaisons dating service which services the Supernaturals dating needs. It wasn't too heavy and it wasn't overloaded with sex. Sheba and Beau were cute. Beau was consistent, loyal and sexy. He was a good shifter leader and he added integrity to the clan. I'm not sure why this is a retelling because Beau was handsome, rich and powerful.
But it's supposed to be a Beauty and the Beast retelling. This was a really cute, funny and sexy paranormal romance! A very quick and light read. This was my first book by Jessica Sims aka Jill Myles and it won't be my last This was a great first book in a series, and I really look forward to continuing it!
Bathsheba and her sister work at a dating agency especially for paranormal creatures. Enter Beau He will be headed into heat in a week's time, and he needs a date to help him get through it.
Although he is looking for a shifter, after speaking with Bath, he becomes This was a great first book in a series, and I really look forward to continuing it! Although he is looking for a shifter, after speaking with Bath, he becomes enamored and wants only her, even though she is only human.
Their "courtship" is very cute and was enjoyable to read. And while Bath is as taken with him as he is with her, she tries to pull away because of her sense of duty to protect her sister and her secret. Nonetheless, Beau is smitten and doesn't take no for an answer thank goodness!
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One of my favorite moments between them, other than the really hot smexy time, was when he was trying to romance her during the heat. Luckily, Beau does all be can to protect both Bath and her sister, Sara. While I figured out who the bad guy was, there was still quite a surprise at the end as to who was helping him. I didn't see that one coming. I really did enjoy this story, but there were a few times where I wanted to slap Bath upside the head for her poor decisions.
I think there where quite a few holes in the story as well, that I would have liked more explanation for, or just some more detail. I would have liked to read more about the history of Beau and JT, more history and story about the Wendingo, more story about Beau and his ex, and what happened exactly when she left him, more backstory on the wolf pack and why Bath and Sara did everything in their power to avoid it, etc.
Also, there were times when I thought Bath would have checked up on Sara more since protecting her was her goal in life, but instead, she glossed over it, and didn't question things the way I would have expected her, too. I was also very shocked when although Jason had accidentally drawn blood on Bath's shoulder with his claw, but Beau never smelt or noticed it that night. That seemed very odd to me since shifter senses are so in tune to everything, especially as Beau had "marked" her as his own.
Nonetheless, even with all those inconsistencies and lack of details, I really enjoyed the book, and I look very forward to reading Sara's story next.
I just wish we didn't have to wait so long for it.
Mar 25, Cat Russell Addicted2Heroines rated it liked it. Lingerie was ammunition in the war of the sexes, and I planned on loading my guns. Sometimes silly, often sexy, it's just what you'd expect from Jessica Sims aka Jill Myles, author of the Succubus Diaries.
The synopsis which is hilarious shows that this book is on the lighter side and suggests that it will be filled with sexual situations. So as long as you keep your "I picked the laciest, sexiest bra and underwear and put them on under my jeans and sweater. So as long as you keep your expectations reasonable and have an idea of what you're getting into, then this will be a very hot and enjoyable read. I loved the idea of Midnight Liaisons, a supernatural dating service where Bathsheba and her sister Sara are both employed.
The company carries a very strict no-dating policy between the supernaturals and the humans who work there. We're quickly introduced to Beau Russell, sexy clan leader and all-around alpha male. He forces Bathsheba to bend the rules by accompanying him on a date, a move that could potentially cause her to lose her job.
Although the concept of Midnight Liaisons was fun and original, the remaining story line was a little bland and predictable. We paranormal romance junkies have read this a thousand times before - alpha male claims or marks protagonist, will do anything to have her, lots of growling or purring ensues, throw a couple of obstacles in the way, some steamy sex scenes and a fairly predictable ending. Even though this story line has a "been there, done that" feel to it, I would still recommend it to anyone looking for some good old fashioned supernatural smut.
Because let's face it, we all want to read something naughty and less thought-provoking every now and then. An excerpt for the second novel in the Midnight Liaisons series is included at the end of this book, but no word yet about the release date.
View all 10 comments. Oct 09, Isabella - Madly in Love with Books rated it did not like it Shelves: im-besitzprintfantasybig-nope. But this one is the bad trope of all existing bad tropes. I started this after I read book two in this series, which I also didnt like too much, because the characters and the plot were weak and shallow.
But nevertheless, I decided to give this one a try, cause you know, according to book two, Bathsheba was the strong sister. How I fucking wish.
It already started off horrible. The Hero is forcing the heroine on a date, because otherwise she would lose her job. Then he lets her wait at the bar for twenty minutes, while watching her, because that is not a fuckboy move and creepy at all. While he is behaving creepily at the first date another man turns up and behaves horrible, to which the hero barely reacts. Little reminder: do NOT go into a house, when someone broke into it!
You run as fucking fast as you can and get help. Second little reminder: do NOT take fucking meds from a complete stranger, because the Hero, whom you have barely known a few hours, says so.
No surprise, since he treats her like fucking shit himself. And since the heroine lets herself be treated like fucking shit, what can I say? That was the point were I threw the book into the corner by the way. I like trashy romance, okay? I can turn off my brain and just enjoy a shallow, interesting story.
Just no. Fucking no. And what I read from other reviews, this shit is not getting better. I gets - unfuckingbelievable - even worse. Bathsheba is a human pencil pusher working at a paranormal dating service. She is fiercely protective of her younger sister Sara and has gladly sacrificed her own personal happiness in order to keep Sara safe from a werewolf pack that hunts them both. When a cancelled date puts her job and safety in jeopardy, Bath is forced to step in and ends up on a date with Beau, a were-cougar who made my Alpha loving heart race.
Supernatural politics, past vendettas, and an unnatural paranormal danger threaten to extinguish the sparks that fly between these two, but Beau refuses to let go of what he wants, and Bath is finding it harder and harder to remember why she keeps running.
There is also a strong suspense element kept me up way into the wee hours of the night. This has all the ingredients that make up a classic romance novel, but with a paranormal twist that heightens everything. The future books in the Midnight Liaisons series will feature new characters and new romances.
Sexual Content: Scenes of sensuality. A few graphic sex scenes. Sexual assault. References to rape Oct 21, Francesca the Fierce Under the Covers Book Blog rated it really liked it Shelves: read-audio-booksgenre-paranormal-romancehumorbooks-read This review was posted at Under the Covers If you are looking for a hot and funny paranormal to spark up your summer, then let me sell this book to you.
In a nutshell, Bathsheba is a human female working for a paranormal dating agency. She takes the calls, meets with clients, sets up dating profiles and tries to arrange dates. Her job description might have to extend to dating them when Beau calls in and his arranged date fell through and he needs someone stat. After a few minutes on the phone This review was posted at Under the Covers If you are looking for a hot and funny paranormal to spark up your summer, then let me sell this book to you.
Female beauty is not only a set of genetically determined data but also the ability to stand out from the crowd. No wonder European women are considered beauties. They are not only beautiful by nature, but also constantly highlight their merits. If you date a single European girl, you may notice that the girl chooses very feminine outfits, and. Beauty Dates the Beast is the first in the Midnight Liasons series and cracked me up from page one. It was funny, sexy and though predictable at times, I really enjoyed the concept. A dating service for those of the supernatural persuasion?/5. Apr 02, John Mellencamp has a new woman in his life. PEOPLE confirms the singer, 68, is dating celebrity skincare expert Nurse Jamie, Mellencamp and his….
After a few minutes on the phone with Bathsheba he decides he wants her Because he's a were-cougar going into heat! Oh but of course the craziness in Bathsheba's life doesn't end there because her sister was turned into a werewolf a while back and she's been hiding that fact from others.
Now the werewolves want that lone wolf female and Beau might be her only protection. Sound fun? It was extremely entertaining and a pretty short read, actually. I liked the fact that there was plenty of humor, even when it was a bit over the top. And of course I can't help but mention the fact that Beau was pretty sexy and very controlling and possessive alpha male, which worked well for me.
Bathsheba might not be my favorite kind of heroine but I have to give it to her for doing everything in her power to protect her sister, even if that meant putting her whole life on hold and giving up on the one man she actually really wants to be with. To be together they have to overcome some obstacles and learn to trust each other, but I can't complain about the getting there process either.
With plenty of things happening around them, lots of bad guys after them and plenty of sparks flying. Had a great time reading it!
Nov 12, Lover of Romance rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites-shelfgenre-paranormaltop-favoritestopic-alpha-malephysical-librarystyle-1st-in-a-seriespubtopic-laughs-and-gigglescharacters-shape-shifterstopic-virgin-heroine.
Bathsheba, works for a company that sets up dates for paranormal beings of every kind. Although she is human, she knows that she must never date the clients. When a certain prestigious client, Beau.
Then when sparks fly between them, she knows she is in deep trouble. Because not only is it forbidden to date Beau when it could easily get her fired from her job, and after having to Bathsheba, works for a company that sets up dates for paranormal beings of every kind. Because not only is it forbidden to date Beau when it could easily get her fired from her job, and after having to protect her sister, she knows its very dangerous to get involved with Beau Beauty Dates The Beast is the first in the Midnight Liasons series, and the first book by this author.
I was at the bookstore I think I loved pretty much everything about this book and I can hardly wait for the sequel. From the first few pages I was drawn completely into the story, and fell in love with Bethsheba and her sister, very endearing characters, and then the moment we see Beau I think I fell in love with this hero Jan 21, Sissy's Romance Book Review rated it really liked it Shelves: xoxo-after-darkseriesshifterfirst-book-in-a-seriesparanormal-sci-fi-fantasysome-what-alpha.
This is book one in the "Midnight Liaisons " series. This was somewhat violent toward the end, so I just wanted to let you know in case that was a issue for you.
It wasn't for very long but just making note of it. Bathsheba is somewhat on the run with her sister but they have been working at a paranormal dating company. Bathsheba is a human and has been trying to protect her younger sister who was bitten by her abusive boyfriend. Her sister even though she is can turn into a wolf she is afraid of This is book one in the "Midnight Liaisons " series. Her sister even though she is can turn into a wolf she is afraid of them and does not want to join a pack.
So they go on the run to try to get away from the wolf pack. Bathsheba had killer her sister abusive boyfriend so that is another reason they are on the run. Beau who calls into the dating site to report his 'date' has canceled and he wants a replacement. Of course Bathsheba answered the phone and Beau finds that he likes her right off the bat.
So Beau insist that she be his fill in date. Beau is also a shiftier and this puts off Bathsheba because she is scared that he will smell her sister wolf sent on her. But she is also scared to loose this job.
So she meets up with Beau and that starts a chain of events that they have to overcome to be together. May 10, Ren Puspita rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Paranormal hardcore fans. Shelves: paranormal-romanceshapeshifterthere-are-hot-menspecial-abilityfamily-themeannoying-charaexpect-better-for-the-sequelanimal-characterstubborn-charaalpha-hero.
More like 2 and half star actually.