Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L. Demeter was exactly what I needed right before seeing the super fab live action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It reminded me of the more realistic, somewhat sad version of the classic tale.
I loved Isabelle. She was true to the times, yet fierce and unrelenting when necessary. Her strength of character was only out shined by her ability to love. Lost, cold, and caring for her ill father, Isabelle refuses to take no for an answer when they find Prince Adam’s castle are in need of shelter. Her willingness to marry a horrible man (and omg, he is AWFUL) to ensure her family is taken care of broke my heart.
Prince Adam was very well written. The way we are shown his past really set the stage for his desire to be alone and the depths of his sadness. But the way he cared for Isabelle proved that even after years of anger and self-hatred, his heart was still strong and seeking someone to fill it with love.
Certainly not an easy read, Beauty of the Beast dives into the less beautiful side of relationships and the pain of not measuring up. But it also allows the reader to see that even when surrounded by darkness, there is always light .. if you look for it.
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.
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Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales reimagined with a dark and realistic twist.
Disclaimer/Trigger Warning: This is an edgy, historical romance 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.