Beauty and the Curse

This book just didn't really do it for me. The premise was interesting, if a bit problematic for me -- the whole idea of her essentially having to barter her virginity away kind of gave me a squick.

I think the problem for me was mainly because it's in novella format. There's both a limit on the length and there's also time constraints within the story itself.

Anabel is truly cursed to be ugly -- this isn't something lightweight like a port wine birthmark or premature silver hair. As a result, I really had a hard time believing Chase fell in love with her that fast. Chase apparently is capable of seeing past her hideous facade to the person beneath -- but honestly, with what was there, I couldn't find it credible. I had many moments of cringing at what was going on when Anabel was trying to seduce him and it was fairly uncomfortable reading because it felt like she was using him, almost coercing him into doing this for her. The added twist also didn't ring true for me.

I think that this would have worked much better for me if it had been novel length and Chase and Anabel had enough time to actually form a relationship and an attachment. As it was, it fell short of the mark.

Book Blurb for Beauty and the Curse

Cursed by a jealous witch, wealthy recluse Anabel Charming is destined to grow uglier with each passing year. Only by having sex before her twenty-first birthday can this virgin’s spell be broken. Yet no man will agree to sleep with the humpbacked, pockmarked, one-leg-shorter-than-the-other “Freak of Park Avenue.” When handsome Chase Singleton shows up on a quest to retrieve his grandmother’s long-lost talisman, which Anabel now possesses, Anabel is willing to give up the jewel…if Chase agrees to break her curse. With two days left before her chance at a normal life is lost forever, Anabel and Chase discover the reality of beauty, the power of sexual healing, and the meaning of love.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2014 3.00