Review: Beauty’s Beast by Amanda Ashley

September 12, 2014 Review 3

Review: Beauty’s Beast by Amanda AshleyBeauty's Beast by Amanda Ashley
Published by Zebra on September 2, 2014
Genres: Historical, Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Multiple sex scenes
Reviewed by: Libbie
3 Stars

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..

It’s got to be a daunting prospect to retell the Beauty/Beast plot, considering how many times it’s been replayed, and not just in movies but in other books, too. (Beastly comes to mind.) But BEAUTY’S BEAST does a fairly good job of giving the Beast a new spin and sets the story in a nicely vague old world setting. In the end, though, it mostly pales in comparisons.

Kristine’s struggle to understand the man she’s found herself wed to is intriguing, and she keeps very close to the strong-willed, independent thinking Beauty intrinsic to the story. Erik’s Beast is definitely a new spin, and heartbreaking in his struggle against what he’s becoming as well as his unwanted and growing feelings for his wife. And I have to say this. The spell-casting witch is all kinds of evil. The counter-balance to her dark magic, the mage, spun a side plot that was more distracting instead of adding to the story, but the witch gave me the shivers.

I will give BEAUTY’S BEAST this; it treated the sexual aspect of a marriage that was admittedly, on Erik’s part, simply to fulfill a promise to beget an heir, realistically. He beds her on their wedding night in much the way I’d expect for the assumed setting of the book. To do anything else would have had a ring of “I don’t think so” to it, at least to me, and it’s handled well. In fact, watching Kristine and Erik grow to care for one another in spite of the rather cold and dispassionate bed visits is one of the strongest aspects of the story.

BEAUTY’S BEAST is a stand alone and while I’m satisfied with the ending and the story itself, it’s not going to be a story I go back and reread.

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