Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Beauty's Beast by Amanda Ashley

Beauty's Beast by Amanda Ashley
Excerpt

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...


Genre

Fantasy

Review

I might be a tad biased because rarely a Beauty and the Beast theme book can disappoint me. Well, of course there are some that don't measure up. This one can be rate quite high in my list of B&B book by having some prerequisite tear-jerking and heart-aching moments for witnessing the hero's suffering and being in awe with the heroine who loves with all her heart. 

We have Kristine, a convicted felon on death row, but later got brought by the mysterious Lord of Hawksbridge to be wed to him. After the initially shocked and frightened out of her wits, she decided to be the dutiful wife and hope that her future will be a bless one.

Erik Trevayne, known as Demon Lord of Hawksbridge Castle had been cursed to a slow transformation into a beast and losing his humanity day by day. However, he needs to fulfill his last duty before he can end his life, which is to sire an heir as per his promise to his deceased father.

In the beginning of their relationship, Erik only came to Kristine in the night and during their entire love making, he was fully clothed and wearing a mask. He never venture around the castle during the day and instead hide himself even from his own household staff. 

Erik can't wait for his new wife to be impregnate so that he can stop seeing her anymore. He worried he might grown to care for her, which is something he can't afford to happen. Despite his spiteful attitude, he did manage to show his tender side on some occasion. Erik is the kind of hero that make you shed a few tears for the pain he is enduring. Honestly, whenever he start wishing for an impossible with his lovely wife, I kinda want to hug him and bawl. 

I find Kristine's reaction to her new situation believable and not too far retched. She was afraid of her predicament and her new husband at first, but later she decided to seek some answer for herself. She grew to care for him over time and wish to ease his pain, but it seems like there's nothing she can do to help.

Although this book is not as erotic as I was hoping for, it was a heart breaking and touching story of a cursed man's journey in finding a woman who not only love him, but willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to free him. From the titled itself, the story is heavy with Beauty and the Beast theme. Plot wise there isn't much surprises or twist, but I still felt emotional engage with the characters and felt their despair and heartache and wondering how are they going to achieve their seemingly impossible HEA in the end. Fans of B&B theme story will not be disappoint.

Steam : Medium.

Rating 4/5

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