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.
Set in nineteenth century Europe with all its political unrest the author offers her readers not magic and curses but the aftermath of bloodshed and an unrelenting fire. Yes, our Beast is a Prince, badly burned as a child and now hidden away from sight with just a dog and the occasional visit from an old friend.
Into this picture steps Isabelle, devoted to her ailing father and oddly having almost Cinderella like step-sisters! Fear not though for events occur which mean Isabelle remains in the castle with Adam and slowly chips away at his hardened heart. Yet, as with all good stories there is a villain but here Ms Demeter makes him poignant to the point that as a reader, I almost (only almost) had sympathy for him.
Brutal at times, yet clearly a very grown up read. The romance is beautifully told and the author clearly enjoys writing descriptive prose. Nothing is rushed and I loved the way the couple grow to trust and ultimately love each other. Not always a story full of hearts and flowers though as it's injected with tragedy and surprises. With a melodramatic climax that had so much resolved at once and yet even then I understood the reasons why. A dark and sexy retelling that's emotional with an ending to satisfy the most vengeful hearts!
From a new to me author whose work I will look out for.