Here’s the first thing you should know: this is not a fairytale. Happily-ever-afters are fables, and Prince Charming is a sweet little lie.
I know all this because he taught me.
Once upon a lifetime ago, the rich, arrogant, sinfully gorgeous, and tragically broken dark prince of the Hamptons was my tormentor. My darkness, my shameful attraction, my all-consuming, forbidden temptation.
I hate Sebastian Crown because nine years ago, for one night, I was stupid enough to think I loved him. And I’ve been paying for it ever since.
Except now, he needs me to help him save his empire.
…And he’s not taking no for answer.
She’s my nemesis. My addiction. My weakness.
I used to tell myself I hated Anastasia Bell – for being poor, for not worshipping the ground I walked on, for looking at me like she pitied me for being me.
When the rest of my world always told me yes, she was the ever-provoking no.
She thinks I’m a monster – a tragic, fucked-up, broken beast.
She doesn’t know the half of it.
Because she can’t begin to know the crimes of my past, or imagine the things I’ve done to her behind the scenes since she left this place.
Years ago, I thought breaking her would fix me.
I was wrong.
Now I’ve got her in my sights again, and this time, I won’t be letting her go. Even if it means we both go down in flames…
I have to say it. I find the romance market completely oversaturated with fairy tale remakes, which kind of drives me nuts. My annoyance is followed by the secret baby romance, (and all of the many baby-centric romances, makes me evil, I know!) the lovers-to-friends, billionaire takes a virgin, followed closely by anything virgin. So, what I’m trying to get across is that it takes a really special book for me to choose one of these, hence Beautiful Beast.
We have Sebastian Crown, our beast of the tale. He’s a total jerk. 9 years earlier, he humiliated and broke Anastasia Bell and ran her out-of-town. Now, she’s back, and it’s not for the reason she thinks.
Bastian is the rich guy living in a castle and Ana is the poor gardener’s daughter who Bastian lives to torment. But he has his reasons for running her out-of-town, and he has her reasons for bringing her back. Both of them are broken, can Bastien be saved?
I really enjoyed this take on Beauty and the Beast. Bastian is a complete and total jerk, but through going back and forth from when they first meet at childhood to the present, we get to see just what drives Bastian’s behavior. A wonderfully sexy take on the classic fairy tale! And Hello! Just LOOK at who is on the cover! Mmm I’m having a meltdown myself!
4 Fairy Tale Stars!
Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Aubrey Irons enjoys writing about bold, sassy, and intelligent women and the hot, cocky, and quite typically forbidden bad boys who love and lust for them. Gripping stories, guaranteed happy ever afters, and LOTS of heat.
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