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By Amanda Ashley
Kensington Books ~ Zebra
Pub Date Sep 2 2014
A Standalone paranormal romance with a fairy tale twist on a classic story from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Ashley
Fair of face and figure, Kristine is young, innocent, pure. Yet she has been condemned to the gallows for killing a man. The only one who can save her is a lord so infamous that some say he is the son of the Devil himself. . .
And the Beast
Erik Trevayne is called the Demon Lord of Hawksbridge Castle, but few know of the curse he lives under. Or the terrifying changes slowly gnawing away at his humanity. When he weds her, all he wants of Kristine is a son. But when he beds her, a wild hope is born--that love that can tame even the most monstrous of beasts...
I really wanted to like this. Who doesn't like a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, right? The first bits, where Kristine is being prepared to be executed for killing a man, just plucked at my heart strings. Then, that wedding night, ouchie for sure! She's just such a sweet little thing, just wants to be loved, and wants to pour her love out on a deserving person.
The many many many times we heard about his left hand/paw...the many many many times we got the back story repeated...wore me down. I found myself skimming many times as the back story and their angst was repeated. Now, I read this as an advanced copy, and hopefully an editor took a red pen to the repetitive narration. I'm thinking about creating a new hashtag to my reviews: #NaNoWriMoEffect. That means that the author was just repeating themselves to get more words into a manuscript.
I also felt there were some "what the heck" moments. While poor Erik is nearly changed, he comes across some werewolves! Good timing, that. AND one of the lovely female wolves says that if the change doesn't stop, she'll be there as his mate. This sort of came out of the blue sky.
Let's get to the bad witch. She's the mother of Erik's first wife, and when that poor dear died, along with his son, in childbirth, she curses him to the beastly change. But she wants it to be meted out slowly. She was a really good BAD GUY. You can come to hate her easily.
Then there's the GOOD WARLOCK. You can really like him. But why was the question of Dominique's father never put to him? I kept thinking it should be.
The end is all tied up in about five paragraphs. Rushed doesn't begin to cover it.
Now, I know you're wondering why I am giving this a THREE BOOKMARK rating. That's because the premise was good and it touched my heart. When I started skimming the repetitive narrative, I liked it much better. I liked how, once she got over being a total 17 year old girl and NOSY beyond belief, Kristine found a backbone of STEEL. She didn't just wait at home for help. She stood up for who and what she wanted. I like that. I do recommend the story, as some might not be bothered by the repetitive nature of the narration (are you tired of me saying that so many times?). I did find myself rooting for Kristine to find her HEA. You might, too.
Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington ~ Zebra, for the opportunity to read Beauty's Beast
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