Title: The Beast of Ravenston
Author: Kelly Martin
Series: A Shattered Fairy Tale
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
Elizabeth Adams, a former maid of the evil sin collector Frederick Dodsworth, is sent to the isolated town of Ravenston to be the servant of notorious duke Nicholas Wellington — nicknamed “The Beast” because of his bad temper and scars that have disfigured him from a fire. Nicholas makes a deal with Mr. Dodsworth: the name of the person who set the fire in exchange for making Elizabeth’s time at Ravenston a living hell.
After seeing what he’s capable of, Nicholas fears he has truly become the beast he is rumored to be and tries to make the consequences of his horrible actions up to Elizabeth somehow. Spending time with her causes feelings he’d long forgotten, and he finds himself falling for the gently beauty. He can’t let that happen, however, because he has to know who set the fire. He has to know who to punish. And he has to atone for his part in his wife’s death.
Years old lies are revealed.
Secrets are uncovered.
And one man has to choose between the family he desires and the revenge he’s waited so long for.
After all, a beast is always a beast.
The Beast of Ravenston is an amazing adaptation of a classic story. I am excited to share this book by Kellly Martin with you! She has taken a beloved fairy tale and breathed new live into it ❤
The “Beauty and the Beast” idea is nothing new, but I have never seen someone use punishment as a means of bringing them together. Our “Beauty” (Elizabeth) is sent to “The Beast” (Nicholas) by her “owner” for betraying him. Nicolas is known for being a ruthless and horrible man, a reputation he worked hard to get and keep. Elizabeth is you quintessential naïve sweetheart. But don’t misjudge her – she has a strength within her to rival most.
Elizabeth and Nicholas’s story is full of tragedy and heartache, the kind that eats away at your soul and as a reader, I just ached for them. My heart hurt.
There were even nods to other versions of B&B that we all know and love – a yellow dress, an amazing servant, and a fantastic library (and one hell of a scene in that library), You will not be disappointed, I swear.
I will say, there is a bit of a cliff-hanger – I was surprised by that – but even if you aren’t the biggest fan of those, the book is still worth reading. I give this one 4.5 cups 🙂
He allowed her feet to touch the floor and, without breaking contact with her lips, walked her backward until her back hit the bookcase. Nicholas wrapped his hands around her hips and lifted her off the ground, and Elizabeth’s legs wrapped around him. He raised her hands against the bookcase and held them over her head. Ache and need filled him, and he just wanted to take her. He could. He knew he could. No one would ever know. No one would know, and, by the way she reacted to him, she wanted it too.
Nicholas took both of her wrists in one hand, and with the other, he ran it up her leg, past her knee and toward her hip. Her back arched under him, and he, for the first time, released her lips.
She breathed as heavy as he. She looked at him with the same intensity he felt. She wanted him. Beyond all reason known to man, she wanted him. How could she want him after everything he’d done? After what he was? How could she?
Elizabeth’s lips were red and swollen from the fierceness of his kiss, and reason came back to him. What was he doing? He had her like a common whore against the wall in his library. He had his hand almost on places men should only be allowed on their wedding night. He had her wrists in his, and he wanted her more than any woman in his life.
The music ended, but he did not want to let her go.
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