- Changeling Press, LLc
- Release Date
- September 2011
LGBTQ, Urban Fantasy
Once upon a time, there was a handsome king who trusted no one. He brought many bedmates to his concrete castle overlooking the city, but allowed none to say an entire night, for he believed love was beneath him.
Then a vengeful witch placed a curse upon him, turning him into a beast by night. By day people sensed his savageness and turned away from him. Shunned and feared, the king learned the meaning of true loneliness.
In the city below lived a beautiful young man named Bobbi who struggled to support his family. Outlaws abducted him and dragged him to a dark forest, but they didn't know someone lurked in the shadows.
That night the beast would kill, an exiled king would fall in love and a curse might be broken...
Oct 17, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
159 people found the following review helpful
I guess I have a weakness for books based on fairytales. There is something naughty in giving the innocent characters from my childhood the grown up and sexually charged roles. If the author manages to keep the romantic note to the story as well, there just might be a hit in there somewhere.
This particular story is about Gideon, a wealthy man who is afraid to love and instead pushes people away. His methods are hurtful and merciless, but once he takes Shawn into his bed, a witch with dangerous powers, he realizes that riches and good looks can't replace what's in one's heart.
Bobbi is a young man who cares for his family but dreams of becoming a performer. He has his own drag act in a club on weekends, and after one such night, he is attacked by men thinking him a woman and taken into the woods.
It's not difficult to guess who saved whom and what happened next in this story, but predictability isn't necessarily a bad thing. I expected every event and still managed to enjoy this story as something sweet, quick and passable.
Instead of the fairytale, this story reminded me more of the movie Beastly which is also based on a book – one I haven't read. I assume it was because of the modern feel to the story and the rich man as a main character, but I do honestly prefer it that way.
While an entertaining story, this book lacked content. There were just enough pages to tell everything quickly, but not nearly enough of them to make this story stick in a person's memory. From the very first page, it felt like there was a race, and the plot as well as the characters had a limited amount of time to reach their ending. That amount of time felt like mere minutes and really downsized my enjoyment of this story. There should have been more details and development of the characters, not to mention the longer span between the moment they actually meet each other to the moment they fall madly in love.
Turning a known story into something different and original takes effort, and the last thing an author should do is cut down on the number of pages. Despite that, I liked this story. It was sweet, quick and it took my mind off more serious things.
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