Beauty of the Beast is a beautifully crafted romance of redemption and hope. With a severely damaged hero (both physically and emotionally) and a beautiful young maiden, this retelling of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast held me captive the entire time.
“What have I done?”
Prince Adam Delacroix has lived his whole life hidden away in his castle. The painful memories of his past haunt him day in and day out. Living a life of solitude has left him completely devoid of human contact or affection. Destined to live a painfully lonely life, he has found comfort in creating music, and his sole companionship has been his dog. When a young girl and her ailing father show up at his doorstep, he is frightened and outraged by their presence in his world.
“Please…Please come back to me….”
Isabelle Rose has lived a relatively happy life with the love of her father. Despite the painful existence of her two evil step sisters, Isabelle has found peace in her simple way of life. When her family’s financial situation takes a turn for the worse, she is forced to agree to marry the wealthy Vicomte Raphael Dumont. Although she has tried to accept the upcoming nuptials, Raphael is a monster and has made no secret of his plans to make her life miserable. When Isabelle sees an opportunity for an escape, she takes it! Isabelle and her father venture out into the darkness. When a storm causes them to find shelter, she ends up trading one monster for another. But as you know sometimes things are not at all as they seem!
“I love you, my Adam. Always us.”
Told in mostly dual POV, Beauty of the Beast is a mishmash of Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, and even a slight hint of Cinderella. And yet, Isabelle and Adam create an entirely new story full of romance, tenderness, and friendship. The setting comes to life with the rich description full of dark and bright colors. The characters are complex with their broken past and a strong desire for a better future. Although I found myself drawing connections to the original story, I found this retelling to be even more fascinating and touching. The sexual tension that blooms between Isabelle and Adam is off the charts! Adam and Isabelle both find a way to discover passion, beauty, and love together. The supporting characters enhanced the tale greatly with their love or disdain for Adam and Isabelle. The blend of action, suspense, and romance was well dispersed throughout the read, and anyone who enjoys a broken hero finding love will devour every word of this beautifully crafted tale!
Overall, Beauty of the Beast is sure to delight romance fans who enjoy a beautiful fairy tale and good overcoming evil. This is my first book by Rachel L. Demeter, and now that I have had a taste, I am anxiously waiting for more!
*ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!