Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Beauty's Beast by Amanda Ashley - Review #kLover


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...

I was prepared to enjoy this story a bit, but I wasn’t prepared to fall in love and be unable to put it down. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairytales, and this retelling was done beautifully and with enough uniqueness that I was waiting anxiously for what would happen next.

Kristine is an innocent young woman, who is hours away from the gallows, when she’s saved by the mysterious Lord of Hawksbridge. I loved Kristine because even though her marriage starts off a bit rough, she’s determined to make her marriage work. I love her for her courage, and her willingness to let Erik hide his issues, and not press him even though the curiosity is killing her.

Erik, was a good guy, he didn’t deserve the curse, and I think by allowing us to be in his point of view, the author endears us to him. At times his actions are very brutish and fitting with his curse of becoming a beast, but because we get to see his remorse and his true feelings, and I fell a little in love with him too.

The curse isn’t broken in the way I expected, and I liked that the author kept me guessing. I was very satisfied with the ending, and I would easily re-read this story again.

I received a copy for the purpose of review. I was not compensated for my review.