I love fairy tales. Having grown up on tales of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin, I knew as I grew that fairy tales would be a huge part of my life. In Beauty’s Beast, I found a dark and enchanting retelling of Beauty and the Beast, one of my all-time favorites. Author Amanda Ashley has created a new and enthralling world, and set the story there. I adored the characters. Lord Erik Trevayne is such a brooding, tortured soul. Kristine Arrington is a brave and enchanting girl, caught up in a situation that is far beyond her control. The story itself has a few vital and intriguing deviations from the original tale, which, in my opinion, makes the story even better. This is a novel that anyone seeking a dark, gothic love story will adore.
Erik Trevayne, Lord Hawksmere, is beside himself. His darling wife has just died, along with their child. Heartbroken, the harsh words of his former mother in law ring hollowly in his head. He knows that, unless he can unharden his heart, he will never be happy again. Kristine Arrington is stuck in a near fatal situation, with little hope of escape. That is, until Lord Erik appears and demands to marry her. She knows his reputation. There is little she fears, but wedding him is one of those fears. Nevertheless, she consents, and before she knows it, the vows are said. As Erik and Kristine grow to know each other, they each find there’s much more about the other than either knows. Kristine is determined to love Erik. He is determined to drive her away for her own safety. In the shadows, a dark and sinister force is working to drive them apart. Can they overcome the darkness and learn to love and trust each other? Or are they doomed?
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...