Beauty of the Beast
by Rachel L. Demeter
Fairy Tale Retellings, #1
Publication Date: March 15, 2017
My Rating: 4 Stars
Length: 342 Pages
Genres: Historical Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling, Gothic Romance, Adult
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🌹 Book Blurb 🌹
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.
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🌹 MY THOUGHTS 🌹
So I’ll just say this and get it out of the way – Beauty & the Beast is NOT my favorite fairy tale, well other than the elaborately stocked library in the Disney version. That being said, even though it isn’t my favorite I still wanted to give this book a chance because I am generally a big fan of fairy tales & alternate versions of them.
This story follows Adam Delacroix and Isabelle Rose; two strangers who happen to meet when Isabelle and her father are traveling to a merchant fair. Just like the classic telling of beauty and the beast, they seek shelter in the castle through a storm, but when Adam catches her father stealing and he throws him in the dungeon. Isabelle makes a deal: her life in exchange for her father’s. Unfortunately tragedy strikes, and she finds out what a monster Adam really is. I won’t spoil the ending for you, so you’ll just have to read it to see.
The way the author wrote this it is not an exact retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast. But there are enough similarities that you feel like you might know how the stories going to go and then the author throws a curve ball. I think the characters were very realistically written; Isabelle is a young naïve woman who turns out to be not as naïve as she appears and Adam is a recluse hermit who turns out not to be as mean spirited as Isabelle initially believed. The journey their relationship goes on was quite a roller coaster. They started out as hating each other and then went from enemies to friends to possible lovers? It took on a realistic and understandable direction. The chemistry between the two is very strong and every time they I thought they would get together the author took it in a different direction. Like I said I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I will say that even if you are like me, and not a huge fan of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale, you will enjoy this story. I highly recommend it.
🌹 Meet the Author 🌹
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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