Author(s): Rachel L. Demeter
Series: Fairy Tale Retellings #1
Published by Self-published on March 15, 2017
Genre(s): Historical Romance
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.
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Disclaimer: This is an edgy, historical romance retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. 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.
Beauty of the Beast is a slow-burn romance that features a descriptive, richly detailed, and atmospheric writing style.
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Rachel L. Demeter is a new to me author, so I had no idea what to expect. I chose to read this book because it was a retelling of one of my all-time favourite fairy tales. In addition, I was curious to see how she would handle a timeless tale for a mature audience and I have to say she did a remarkable job. A captivating story, which had me hooked from the first page. I found myself completely immersed in this magical tale. The characters were intriguing and made for an interesting read, but the one that captured my heart was Prince Adam Delacroix.
“Adam was a flesh-and-blood enigma, a beautiful master that she ached to unravel. His music was enough to leave her breathless- and his refined mannerisms and the innate way he held and asserted himself reaffirmed that cultured upbringing”
“Winter melted into spring, and along with it, the icicles that had clung to Adam’s heart deftly fell away like shackles””For so long, I’ve lived as if I’d died. I’ve forgotten how it feels to be alive, to breath fresh air and feel the sun on my face.””Everything seemed to fade away while the heat of their bodies mingled as one. Her heart banged against her ribs as she sought the depths of his eyes. At this range, flicks of gold contrasted against his sky-blue irises. Much of the sadness seemed to have vanished, leaving an almost boyish delight in its wake”