!! potential spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!
Beauty of the Beast
(Fairy Tale Retellings #1)
by Rachel L. Demeter
Genre: Adult, Historical Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling, Gothic Romance
Publication Date: 15 March 2017
Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.
A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST
Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.
A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE
Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…
Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.
Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales reimagined with a dark and realistic twist.
Disclaimer: This is an edgy retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
Wow the disclaimer certainly wasn’t kidding when it said “strong sexual content”. I expected like one or two of such scenes, not for it to take up 10% of the book.
Beauty of the Beast is a realistic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, meaning that there is no magic, no talking furniture and no enchanted rose. Even though there were differences in the story and characters, I felt that it still maintained the essence of the original story, which is the “Beast’s” quest for redemption and the undying love between the “Beast” and Belle.
The silent plea shined in his gaze, laced his every touch, his every word.
Love me for me. Nothing more, and nothing less.
What was the “Beast’s” family like? Did they rule a kingdom? Did the “Beast” have any siblings? What happened to them? In this retelling, we are given a backstory for the “Beast” which really helped add more depth to the character, even though it came with scars and nightmares. It made him less of a stuck-up narcissist and more of a tortured man who has seen some dark things during his childhood that made him lose his faith in humanity, thus making his search for faith and redemption even more meaningful.
The problematic “Beauty and the Beast is basically a girl falling in love with her kidnapper” storyline is resolved as well. This version of Belle isn’t bound to the “Beast” by any sort of deal, but instead she chose to stay with him out of her own free will because it was the better alternative to what awaits her at her hometown.
While I love how the author took time to develop the chemistry between the “Beast” and Belle, there was just too much lust for my taste. One or two explicit scenes, that I can handle. But constant thoughts about how they want to run their hands over their lover’s body and make love to him/her? What are you, hormonal teenagers? I also wish that she’d spend a little more time on the other characters, especially the “Beast’s” best friend and Belle’s supposed fiancé. More plot than “plot” thanks (-:
Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of fourteen years. She enjoys writing poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.
Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mother would record them for her. She holds a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, she ensures every character is given a soul.
Rachel endeavors to defy conventions by blending elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.
Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.
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