Review: Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L Demeter
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.
Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales reimagined with a dark and realistic twist.
Disclaimer: This is an edgy, historical romance retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
“Funny thing, the past. No matter how hard you try to shut it from your mind, you always hear those whispers in your skull…” That low, masculine whisper curled around her like smoke. His eyes fastened shut, and he visibly shivered, reacting to lamentations only he could hear. Overwhelmed with the urge to reach out and touch him, she twisted her fingers in the sullied fabric of her robe. “It’s inescapable; a true prison in every sense of the word. Almost like being chased by a predator. The faster you run away, the more it chases you, and the more it demands your surrender…”
REVIEW: A hidden castle in the woods. A hidden world that has been stumbled on. Why would anyone ever want to live in total isolation? Secluded from the world that has been constantly moving outside, while you remain frozen in the past? Our memories can truly make someone feel helpless, alone, desperate, and much more—if you let them. Demeter engages her readers with an emotional, yet mesmerizing retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. For who could ever learn to love a beast?
Isabelle lives in a little city with her Papa and two step-sisters. She is also engaged to a wretched man by the name of Rafael Dumont. His family has power. His family has wealth. And unfortunately, Isabelle would do almost anything to aide her father with his ever present illness. Agreeing to marry Rafael was one of the most repulsive things that she has ever done. Upon her father’s last request to attend the Merchant’s Fair, she crumples to his will and asks Rafael for a favor. That is when she is brutally accosted by his foulness, only realizing that this trip could be their last chance to save themselves from a cruel fate. With the Merchant’s Fair being three days away, they head out into the stormy forest with a horse and carriage borrowed from Raphael—but Isabelle notices that her father’s health will not endure throughout the trip. Noticing a very dark and dreary castle along her path, she decides to lead her father up to the door as a last prayer of saving him from death’s door. Rest may be all that he needs, if there is a kind soul inside who will allow it. When the door opens, the owner attempts to turn them away—but Isabelle becomes desperate. What Isabelle agrees to in hopes of saving her father, may imprison her and take the remainder of her soul along with it.
Adam Delacroix, surviving prince of Demrov still lives, after everyone assumed his death—but he only lives a shell of a man. Can he open his heart to a beautiful woman and her sick father or will he live up to the beast that he has become? Living in the past changes a person, but having someone to share those secrets and lift those burdens can make the difference between life and death.
Demeter provides the reader with a twist on the original ageless tale of Beauty and the Beast. With both superb character development and an outstanding plot, the story is emotionally charged with heartbreak, fear, pain, loss, joy, and hope. The pace of this novel is fast, making it easy to read; however, there are some spelling and grammatical errors throughout the read. Since this is an advanced reader copy, these may have been cleaned up upon further proofreading, but if not, this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. If you are a reader of fairy tale retellings and historical romance, this may be perfect for you.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by IndieSage PR, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L Demeter.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of eleven years. She enjoys writing poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.
Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mother would record them for her. She holds a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, she ensures every character is given a soul.
Rachel endeavors to defy conventions by blending elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.
Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.