"Revenge is not always sweet..."

BELLE OF THE BALL by McCutcheon is an entertaining story of discovering that revenge is not always sweet and some things are more important, namely love.

While on an outing with three handsome men, Belle and her two sisters dutifully make a wish at the Garden of the Gods for husbands. They make their wishes to the Three Graces of Mount Olympus as their mother did twenty years before them. When they overhear their dates make fun of them, all three girls are devastated by the comments and Belle wishes for revenge while secretly still wishing for the love of her date, Kit. The Three Graces decide to grant the girls their wishes: Belle, her beauty, revenge and the love of Kit.

Kit, who had already apologized to the girls, agrees to Belle's proposal to help make her beautiful. She feels if she is beautiful, she will be able to attract all three men, make them fall in love with her and then scorn and humiliate all three. What she didn't count on was her feelings for Kit. Belle decides if she can't have Kit, she will at least try to have once what she will never have again, Kit's love.

Because Kit needs the money to pay a blackmailer, he agrees to help Belle for a fee. He transforms her appearance as well as her self-confidence while slowly falling for Belle himself. But Kit knows she has a secret man she is out to impress and he stands no chance with her. The Founder Day Ball arrives and Kit escorts Belle, although he suspects she will try to get her revenge on him, as he has long ago guessed her motives.

By the end, the Three Graces are pleased with the results and decide to move on to the next sister's wishes... Charisma's for true charm and Grace's for true grace.

This story was a pleasing lesson of love prevailing over blackmail, revenge and misunderstandings. The characters were colorful and interesting and the ending left this reader wanting to read the other two sisters' stories.

Copyright 2002
For & ParaNormal Romance Reviews

Reviewed by Carol Wilson Carbaugh
Posted December 22, 2002


Other books in the Three Grace Series:
Book 2: A TOUCH OF CHARM by Karen Fox
Book 3: SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE by Yvonne Jocks (coming in 2004)


Belle Of The Ball
(The Three Graces #1)
by Pam McCutcheon

Zebra (Ballad)
January 1, 2003
ISBN #0821774565
320 pages
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