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I Belong


Review: Beauty’s Beast by Amanda Ashley

Beauty's BeastTitle: Beauty’s Beast

Author: Amanda Ashley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1420135627 (Zebra/Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-1420135626 (Zebra/Kensington)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

Beauty

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…

Quick & Dirty: A retelling of Beauty and the Beast as well as Phantom of the Opera, this book – while promising – just didn’t work for me due to a slow pace and lack of character depth.

Opening Sentence: Erik Trevayne, seventh lord of Hawksbridge Castle, stood at his wife’s beside.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

When Erik’s first wife died, her mother placed a curse on him, telling him he would slowly turn into a beast. The curse is now halfway complete, with the left half of his body completely covered in fur. He still has a promise to keep to his father though: to produce an heir in order to carry on the family name. His plan is to marry, get his wife pregnant as quickly as possible, and then kill himself before the curse is complete. Erik decides to go to the prison to find a wife, thinking a woman saved from death would not care who she married. There, he finds Kristine, a woman literally hours away from the gallows. They quickly marry and begin the process of trying to beget an heir. Something unexpected happens though: Erik begins to care for her and she for him. The curse is still slowly making its way through his body though, and they are having no luck finding a way to break it. Is Erik doomed to become a beast now that he’s finally found the woman he loves, or will they find a way to break the curse?

I’m not always interested in fairy tale retellings, but the description for this book had me intrigued. Then, when I realized it was a retelling of Phantom of the Opera as well as Beauty and the Beast, I found myself getting excited. Unfortunately, the book never really delivered. It moved very slowly, the characters were not well developed, and there were many cases of repetition, which made reading feel very tedious. Needless to say, I was actually happy when the book ended because it meant I could move onto something else.

As I said, the characters weren’t well developed and felt very two dimensional. Kristine is the heroine who is absolutely beautiful and excels at everything she attempts. Erik is the tortured hero convinced that no one could ever love him. And that’s about it. Neither character is really developed much beyond that. Thus, the love story is very hard to get sucked into. In addition to the lack of character development, the love story was just hard to believe in general. I was given no evidence as to why Kristine was suddenly enamored of Erik. He visits her room a couple times, and all of a sudden, she’s fascinated with him. I have no idea where the love came from, and that made it very hard to enjoy myself as I was reading.

Overall, I’m very happy to have this book behind me. I wish I could find something positive to say about it, but I just did not enjoy it at all. I haven’t read any Amanda Ashley books before, so I can’t say how this one measures up to her other works. Unfortunately, due to my experience with this tale, I probably won’t be trying any of her other books.

Notable Scene:

“Look at me, Trevayne.”

Unable to resist the power in Charmion’s voice, he looked up, felt himself impaled by the hatred blazing in her witch-black eyes. Her heated gaze trapped his, holding him immobile so he could neither move nor look away.

“A rutting beast you were, a beast you will become. Not all at once, my selfish one. Day by day, the change will come upon you, until you have suffered for every tear my daughter wept, for every drop of blood she shed this day.”

“No!”

She nodded once. “As I have said it, so it shall be.”

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FTC Advisory: Zebra/Kensington provided me with a copy of Beauty’s Beast. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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