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No one ruffled Cisnetta Fowler’s feathers like Major Atrates Geswin, the infamous Ugly Dukeling. Her first glimpse of the handsome alien hybrid had her dismissing his crass moniker, until his abrasive attitude proved the gossip to be true. He was an arse, but an arse that she both needed and wanted. Thankfully, Cisnetta was one tough bird who never turned-tail and ran.


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No one ruffled Cisnetta Fowler’s feathers like Major Atrates Geswin, the infamous Ugly Dukeling. Her first glimpse of the handsome alien hybrid had her dismissing his crass moniker, until his abrasive attitude proved the gossip to be true. He was an arse, but an arse that she both needed and wanted. Thankfully, Cisnetta was one tough bird who never turned-tail and ran.

30 review for The Ugly Dukeling (Cosmic Fairy Tales)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Roberts

    A lovely, fun, sweet read with a historical flair that had me smiling almost the entire time! Cisnetta was a wonderful woman, so understanding and patient, and perfect for Atrates. As for Atrates, our hero, I adored the foul tempered, possessive, insecure man. And his relationship with with Cobbs, Cisnetta's pet swan, was just hilarious. Wonderful writing, and amazing world-building, especially for a shorter read. And the heat between the hero and heroine was through the roof! Loved it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    *WARNING* contains sexual content I think the the fairytale of the "Ugly Duckling" and this one are really nothing alike, although, I believes the moral is the same, but you should read it and judge for yourself. This is definitely different with the frenesia concept (not telling what that is). Genetically modified beings traded for technology. All things sci-fi, not to wordy and of course an HEA for the perfect SFR.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Oh, I liked this one. A powerful man who's internalized all the abuse his father has thrown at him for being a hybrid and a woman who chooses to see more than the surface and who gently guides said man into accepting himself with her own acceptance. GOOD STUFF. Atrates is...he's kind of like an unsocialized animal when he first crosses paths with Cisnetta. He grumps and snarls and is not good with social cues. He also dislikes this failing in himself and that makes him even grumpier. Oh, I liked this one. A powerful man who's internalized all the abuse his father has thrown at him for being a hybrid and a woman who chooses to see more than the surface and who gently guides said man into accepting himself with her own acceptance. GOOD STUFF. Atrates is...he's kind of like an unsocialized animal when he first crosses paths with Cisnetta. He grumps and snarls and is not good with social cues. He also dislikes this failing in himself and that makes him even grumpier. Fortunately for him, Ciss sees straight through all his snarling and broodiness and gives him kindness in return. Which confuses the poor guy. He's used to being a freak (or a stepping stone for societal gain) and he has no idea how to categorize her when she doesn't treat him as one. As for Ciss, she really does see him. Not the obvious physical differences that set him apart, but how his father chipped away at his sense of self until he lashes out as a protective measure. MAN, I like snarly alien dudes. And I LOVE the moment their walls come tumbling down when they realize their special someone isn't going to cut and run and leave them on their own. *thumbs up* -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    Don't get me wrong, it's a cute story, but the plot was so choppy. The introduction we are given to the world this story is set in wasn't clear to me and seemed all over the place. There was no clear cut sentence telling me the backstory of this world and that ruined some of the story. I also didn't understand some of the plot line involving certain characters within the story. All in all, two stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jannie Cv

    A fairytale fantasy! This story just doesn’t want to be stuck in a single category. It’s fairytale, with sci-fi setting, in a country firmly ensconced in days of yore. I adore our broody hero and his helpful, rescuing lady-love. The quirky, humorous phrasing tickles my fancy. The word-play is fun! There are many allusions to the Ugly Duckling fairytale, but this is a unique story that delivers the same moral message. Colorful, witty, and thoroughly enjoyable!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Serena Buffaloe

    Not Ugly , just different !! This is the 3rd book in this Cosmic Fairytales series that I have read. They have all been exceptional , and this book is no exception !! In this story , we have an " ugly " hybrid Atrates, who is the 1st born s Son of the Duke. This Duke only really wanted the technology that was promised by integrating Atrates into his family . So , just as soon as he received this tech , he divorced the Duchess, and his New duchesses son became the heir !! Poor Atrates , and Not Ugly , just different !! This is the 3rd book in this Cosmic Fairytales series that I have read. They have all been exceptional , and this book is no exception !! In this story , we have an " ugly " hybrid Atrates, who is the 1st born s Son of the Duke. This Duke only really wanted the technology that was promised by integrating Atrates into his family . So , just as soon as he received this tech , he divorced the Duchess, and his New duchesses son became the heir !! Poor Atrates , and his Mother were forced to the dowger house , and he was pretty much an outcast.Every one knows who he is , and because he looks different , and acts different , he believes that the people he encounters don't care for him over much ..... Fast forward years later , as the old duke lay dying, Atrates returns. In this story the inhabitants have issues with frensia. It took me a while to catch on , but for women it leads to almost a fanatical energy that must be siphoned from a male. The reverse for men , in that they must take from a female . Cisnetta has a LOT of her energy to give and even with two partners , she seems to have an excess. What follows is a romantic story of acceptance and love, along with a tiny bit of humor, and understanding . Don't know about you , but I " read " in an accent sometimes , and this book flowed better for me in an Old English accent !!! Now , I am on to the next book in this series !!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Anderson

    Such a great story and mash-up! I was provided an ARC for an honest review. When I learned of the Cosmic Fairy Tales, and Fairy tale/Alien mash-up idea, I was really intrigued to see how the author would pull off this well known story with the Alien twist, and she does not disappoint. By taking these familiar tropes and crafting something completely new, and something so good is truly the mark of an amazing storyteller. I will admit that I could not put this book down until I reached Such a great story and mash-up! I was provided an ARC for an honest review. When I learned of the Cosmic Fairy Tales, and Fairy tale/Alien mash-up idea, I was really intrigued to see how the author would pull off this well known story with the Alien twist, and she does not disappoint. By taking these familiar tropes and crafting something completely new, and something so good is truly the mark of an amazing storyteller. I will admit that I could not put this book down until I reached the end, and even with the HEA was left wanting more stories from this remarkable world - and from Cobbs! I really enjoyed the way that this story unfolded, and while using the very familiar "Ugly Duckling" elements still managed to be sweet and touching. I ended up feeling that this would have been a book that I would have selected to read - even without the hook of the mash-up idea. I love wounded book boyfriends and Atrates is very swoon worthy! Cisnetta while a bit quirky is such a sweet match for him, I love how they found each other. And the humor, Cobbs is just too funny! Well done! I can't wait for Bex's next book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Oh, how I loved this book! Major Atrates Geswin, who's second-in-line to be duke, is quite a grumpy curmudgeon. Atrates is an alien hybrid, a halfling, who is scorned by his regal father. He's called home, as the old man is on his deathbed. Atrates would rather be as far from the estate as possible when he, literally, runs into the beautiful and vexing Cisnetta. Cisnetta Fowler is in the employ of Trone, Atrates' brother. She is the protector of abused women and the owner of one very unruly blac Oh, how I loved this book! Major Atrates Geswin, who's second-in-line to be duke, is quite a grumpy curmudgeon. Atrates is an alien hybrid, a halfling, who is scorned by his regal father. He's called home, as the old man is on his deathbed. Atrates would rather be as far from the estate as possible when he, literally, runs into the beautiful and vexing Cisnetta. Cisnetta Fowler is in the employ of Trone, Atrates' brother. She is the protector of abused women and the owner of one very unruly black swan. She knows how to deal with a male with ruffled feathers. Be patient during the world building in the first couple chapters, because then you'll discover how brilliantly this story has been written! It's technical, but all makes great sense as the story unfolds. Ciss is a gentle soul with a frenetic energy. She gets the job done at ALL hours. Atrates has something she needs and she has something that soothes Atrates, as well. To find out what happens you'll definitely want to read this "Ugly Duckling" story re-fashioned! It was a right, clever romp!! 5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ronika

    So this book was such a great retelling of a great fairy tale! I loved the imperfection (mostly their own perception) of both the hero and the heroine! They are perfectly imperfect in every way! Atrates (What a name right?!?!) has been dismissed his whole life as imperfect and as a result has become bitter and angry. Cisnetta Fowler is a caretaker/savvy business woman who has also been treated horribly for things that have nothing to do with her ability to help Atrates's brother and run a women' So this book was such a great retelling of a great fairy tale! I loved the imperfection (mostly their own perception) of both the hero and the heroine! They are perfectly imperfect in every way! Atrates (What a name right?!?!) has been dismissed his whole life as imperfect and as a result has become bitter and angry. Cisnetta Fowler is a caretaker/savvy business woman who has also been treated horribly for things that have nothing to do with her ability to help Atrates's brother and run a women's shelter of sorts (can't give away too much!). As if their story isn't wonderful enough there is a side set of characters that I absolutely adored! Both Atrates brother (Trone) and his lover (Naosim) are wonderful additions to the story and I want them to also have a their own HEA story. Plus! There is Cobb! He's Cisnetta's pet swan! All attitude and pure beauty! Gotta love that in a black swan!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marina Simcoe

    I simply adore the way the author skillfully blended the charm of a historical romance into this clearly Science-Fiction story. It was something I've never seen done before, and wouldn't have expected to work, but the result is amazing! The characters felt alive. Atrates—strong and even brutish, yes so very vulnerable, my heart broke for him. And Gisnetta—practical, level-headed, and with a difficult past herself. The sex scenes were superbly crafted, leaving me hot and bothered and in I simply adore the way the author skillfully blended the charm of a historical romance into this clearly Science-Fiction story. It was something I've never seen done before, and wouldn't have expected to work, but the result is amazing! The characters felt alive. Atrates—strong and even brutish, yes so very vulnerable, my heart broke for him. And Gisnetta—practical, level-headed, and with a difficult past herself. The sex scenes were superbly crafted, leaving me hot and bothered and in a near 'frenetic' state myself. :) And the world building left me wish for many more stories set in this world. This is a second book I've read by Ms McLynn, and she has already become one of my one-click authors.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    5 UGLY-NOT-SO-UGLY STARS!! I just LOVE Fairy tales retellings and much more when there is a reverse character! To take such dear fairy tale and give it a new spin AND make it a sci-fy romance....that takes great imagination and talent!! Bex gifted us with Atrates and Cisnetta’s story where they both have to fight the hurt and damage done to them in the past. Atrates is the epitome of a damaged hero but the one that takes the glory is Cisnetta (IMHO), she is so clever, understanding and patient t 5 UGLY-NOT-SO-UGLY STARS!! I just LOVE Fairy tales retellings and much more when there is a reverse character! To take such dear fairy tale and give it a new spin AND make it a sci-fy romance....that takes great imagination and talent!! Bex gifted us with Atrates and Cisnetta’s story where they both have to fight the hurt and damage done to them in the past. Atrates is the epitome of a damaged hero but the one that takes the glory is Cisnetta (IMHO), she is so clever, understanding and patient towards Atty...its really such a joy to read their love story. Cant forget our lovable Cobbs cant we?? He’s the cherry of this cake we never knew we needed!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nerdy Housewifey

    Okay So this was sci fi written like a regency novel. I do not like historical romance and avoid it like the plague so this was not my cup of tea at all. For it reading like a historical novel it was also bogged down by a lot of the sci fi elements. I know those two things seem like they counter each other but I promise it’s true. So much time was spent on the alien race and their agreement etc I feel like the relationship was a rush job. I barely got to know the two main characters and *sna Okay So this was sci fi written like a regency novel. I do not like historical romance and avoid it like the plague so this was not my cup of tea at all. For it reading like a historical novel it was also bogged down by a lot of the sci fi elements. I know those two things seem like they counter each other but I promise it’s true. So much time was spent on the alien race and their agreement etc I feel like the relationship was a rush job. I barely got to know the two main characters and *snap* love.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lenna

    Fun and cute I liked this take on the ugly duckling. It was cute and fun and the characters were very likeable. One thing that was tough was the world building. I had a real hard time understanding what was going on with transfers and the two species and figuring it out with multiple alien names and character names thrown in as I read. It might've been nice to have a "once upon a time" prologue explaining the aliens, the world they're all on and the transfers as a prologue. The s Fun and cute I liked this take on the ugly duckling. It was cute and fun and the characters were very likeable. One thing that was tough was the world building. I had a real hard time understanding what was going on with transfers and the two species and figuring it out with multiple alien names and character names thrown in as I read. It might've been nice to have a "once upon a time" prologue explaining the aliens, the world they're all on and the transfers as a prologue. The story was cute enough that I got through it and still give it five stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bubbles The Book Pimp

    Another fantastic instalment from this creative author. A blending of historical romance/sci fi romance and fairy tale retelling of the ugly duckling. I adored the main characters. A was a wonderful gruff protector marshmallow riddled with angst and low self esteem and C was a perfect heroine for him. ♥♥ I really enjoyed this book, it’s another prime example of why this author is one to watch. Filled with originality, charm and wonderful chemistry. This book was unputdownable. Another fantastic instalment from this creative author. A blending of historical romance/sci fi romance and fairy tale retelling of the ugly duckling. I adored the main characters. A was a wonderful gruff protector marshmallow riddled with angst and low self esteem and C was a perfect heroine for him. ♥️♥️ I really enjoyed this book, it’s another prime example of why this author is one to watch. Filled with originality, charm and wonderful chemistry. This book was unputdownable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Taylor

    Have no idea what to call this.....scifi, fantasy, fairytales???? How about we just go with awesomeness for the win???!! No idea how she does it but this is going to be a world that we need more of, I'm fascinated by these hybrids......need to know more. The side characters intrigued me too! Atrates and Cisnetta were perfect for a scifi fairytale......nailed this story and left me all happy and satisfied but wanting more too. Perfect way to feel after the end of a great read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shasha

    Sci-fi romantic fairy tale I enjoyed this sci-fi twist on the ugly duckling. The low self-esteem worked well for the story. I was irritated at the redundant descriptions in the beginning but they were short. And the cover model isn't dark enough to match the story. Read in KU

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This felt like an amazingly written balance of Jane Austen meets Scifi Romance. It was a beautiful story that not only touched my heart, it make me laugh out loud and had me smiling as I read the ending. I absolutely loved it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andie

    Wonderful as always Bex McLynn is one if my favorites. Loved this fairy tale, and as always her humor. Her world building is one of my favorites, she creates these amazing worlds, that appear in color in ones mind.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kameka Johnson

    Interesting read. Wish it was longer Interesting read. Wish it was longer. Gave it 4 stars because the plot needed a bit more development. I'm interested in reading more from this author.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Gillman

    Loving the pet swan I have to admit I struggled at first to get into the lingo/pace of this remarkable tale as I'm unaccustomed to regency romances. But after my initial struggles the story flowed and drew me in page after page. Too soon the book ended with me wishing for more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Utterly delightful Her characters are always a rare treat but the cantankerous swan stole my heart. Do yourself a favor and put McLynn on auto purchase. I don't think she's got a bad book in her.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lillianne Arai

    Sweet This was a good story. I didn’t get that many similarities to the ugly duckling but it was interesting the way it played out. I don’t have a great understanding of the dynamics of their world.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Atlantis Blake

    This retelling is so awesome, I enjoy reading it very much. Couldn't put the book down. I've always loved the way Bex writes and hope to read more of her books. I've enjoyed reading all of her books and I add this one to my reread list. I can't wait for more of her books. I'm so excited!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    3,75

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Book Shelf

    Swan This is a cute and hot fairytale based on the ugly duckling story with lessons we can all learn from this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This is a delightful version of The Ugly Duckling fairytale. I love the character of Cissnetta who's reactions to situations is fresh and Atrates is tough and grumpy but with hidden depths. And then there is Cobbs (and what can you say about that!) All in all, a great read for fans of syfy romance and fans of fairytales. Enjoy!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Erwin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Smith

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