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Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twistA BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PASTReclusive 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 agoA BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURECaught in a fierce snowstorm beautiful and strong willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much than he appears to be When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father she bravely offers herself in his placeBEAUTY AND THE BEASTStripped 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 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 Beauty and the Beast 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 Beauty of the Beast is a slow burn romance that features a descriptive richly detailed and atmospheric writing style

10 thoughts on “Beauty of the Beast

  1. says:

    5 Little Prince Stars This is my first time reading Rachel L Demeter and I freaking loved it I fell in love with Beauty and The Beast as a little girl when I seen the Walt Disney movie for the first time I guess it was my first taste of damaged scarred bad boys There is just something so beautiful about seeing past the surface and finding true love no matter the flaws Plus beast gives Belle a whole library and what woman could resist a man that gives you a whole room full of books So I try to get my hands on every retelling I come across Beauty of the Beast was a great retelling of the classic I felt it was like a cross between Beauty and the beast phantom of the opera and maybe a touch of Cinderella thrown in there I love that instead of Adam the beast being a magical cursed beast he was just severely scarred Adam's backstory was a heartbreaking and dark one Seeing what he lived through at the age of 11 got me right in the feels My heart bled for Adam and I fell in love with him too Isabelle was easy to love She had such a bright spirit She loved her father and was loyal to her step sisters even though they were worthless and didn't deserve her loyalty She was caring and had a good heart She was a perfect Belle Adam and Isabelle were adorable together There was such a sweet build up to their love that it felt natural and real I loved how because there is no magic in this that Adam doesn't magically because handsome Isabelle truly loves him scars and all I felt Rachel L Demeter did a great job of writing a complex and multifaceted villain Raphael was evil but his character was so well developed that I could understand why he was evil and though I hated him I at times felt sorry for all he had lived through too I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and I loved the epilogue It had everything I adore about the classic Beauty and the Beast with just enough difference to still feel new Beauty of the Beast was a wonderful read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves Beauty and the Beast

  2. says:

    Isabelle allowed herself to slip inside the fabric of her dream world—a beautiful realm of make believe THERE ARE JUST SO MANY UOTES THAT I WANT TO POST ON HERE FROM THIS BOOKThis story is about a girl who made a brave choice of leaving behind a world of abuse This story is also about a royal prince who learns to survive his physical and mental scars after watching his family get murdered when he was just 11 years old These two collided and created a beautiful tale of survival friendship love and happiness in a morally grey world That first season when I planted the flowers I watched them with a morbid anticipation waiting for winter to choke them like it does everything else waiting for their petals to fall away and rejoin the earth But they endured They survived that harsh winter unchanged beautiful complete I thought I was living in a dream of sorts In Isabelle's mind few things were as romantic as the feel of a book in her hands The smooth slightly embossed face of the cover The scent of words and parchment that wafted toward her with each flip of the page And the countless possibilities and adventures that lay between the covers WOW This book was so whimsically written that it captured my attention wholly and left me utterly speechless I honestly don't really know what to say other than that this type of writing is so dang beautiful Beauty of the Beast by the lovely author Rachel L Demeter is a combination of Beauty and the Beast and Phantom of the Opera retelling but in a darker adult perspective I haven't really read many retellings but I can honestly say that this completely took me by surprise in the best possible way ever I loved how the author managed to keep some aspects of our beloved fairytales and wove it into her own Somehow I wasn't able to expect anything as I was reading which truly is an incredible thing plus that epilogue has the sweetest ending after this tiresome but EXCITING ride THIS IS NOT A CAPTOR FALLING IN LOVE WITH HIS CAPTIVE AND VICE VERSA STORY I REPEAT IT IS NOT Need I say ? No? Okay JUST PICK IT UP you won't regret it

  3. says:

    5 enchanting stars If I'm a monster mademoiselle it's because man's cruelty has made me soThis book is so beyond anything I could have ever expected The author recreated the original Beauty and the Beast story with a sexy and dark edge and I completely LOVED it Rachel L Demeter's writing is just beautiful So beautiful in factmy kindle is literally FILLED with highlightsHere are some of my favorite uotes character and scene descriptions Adam was a flesh and blood enigma a beautiful master that she ached to unravel His music was enough to leave her breathless and his refined mannerisms and the innate way he held and asserted himself reaffirmed that cultured upbringingWinter melted into spring and along with it the icicles that had clung to Adam's heart deftly fell away like shacklesFor so long I've lived as if I'd died I've forgotten how it feels to be alive to breath fresh air and feel the sun on my faceEverything seemed to fade away while the heat of their bodies mingled as one Her heart banged against her ribs as she sought the depths of his eyes At this range flicks of gold contrasted against his sky blue irises Much of the sadness seemed to have vanished leaving an almost boyish delight in its wakeI highly recommend this book to ANYONE and EVERYONE who enjoys a good romance novel that toys with your emotions and leaves you with a shit eating grin on your face after every page

  4. says:

    45 starsBased on one of my favourite fairytales Beauty of the Beast is a darker wonderful retelling of the classic with a Phantom of the Opera feel and whilst there are naturally similarities it's very much it's own story centralised around strong charactersRachel L Demeter is a new author to me and her storytelling kept me gripped from start to finish Adam and Isabelle uickly worked their way into my heart breaking it along the way and piecing it back together You must stay here as my mistress For as long as I demand Perhaps forever Isabelle Rose is a lot of Belle and a little bit Cinders focussed on her ailing father whilst trying to ignore her shallow greedy step sisters But it's what she experiences before meeting Adam that shows her strength and whilst this is very much the darker element it's pivotal to both hers and the overall story and Rachel has handled it with sensitivity Needless to say I loved Isabelle for her heart and her strong willed determination despite her experiences Prince Adam Delacroix is a contradiction of himself and for someone who is withdrawn and living his life as a recluse he has a strong confident presence yet underneath is the vulnerable tormented but gentle thoughtful man that you would expect I’ve done things I don’t expect forgiveness for Isabelle But being with you It makes me yearn to be a greater man I adored this couple together from the moment they met and as the focus is completely on them for a large part of the book we go through every step of their relationship with them from the hate and the fight to the walls around their hearts beginning to crumble and them beginning to beat for one another who has been here for you in your hours of darkness? Being book one in the Fairytale Retellings series I'm very much looking forward to seeing which favourite Rachel L Demeter brings us next and the twists she creates Copy received courtesy of IndieSage PR for an honest and unbiased opinion

  5. says:

    “Love is joy love is suffering love is tenderness love is beautiful Love is you” Well shit My feels searches entire room uestion of the day Do you guys have cameras on me ?????? A lovely person recommended this book LITERALLY right after I finished watching the actual movie a couple days ago I'm onto you peopleeeeee AND YES the movie was fantastic When I mean fantastic I actually meant Luke Evans because heart eyes he got some strong visuals coughsAnyway I went into this book fully convinced I'd be getting a cute fluffy light read BUT you guessed it Tweebs was definitely wrong I was a few chapters in and then began to realize Wait what the heck What kind of?? THIS AIN'T NO CUTE FLUFFY LIGHT READ WHO LIED TO ME??? This is a dark retelling And it was fucking amazing That is all

  6. says:

    Love is joy love is suffering love is tenderness love is beautiful Love is you Buddy read with this loser who I finished without Oops This is the third ?? Beauty and the Beast retelling I've read and it is unlike anything I've read before and I mean that in a good way This book is dark beautiful lustful and downright awesome I loved reading it so much though I had a few problems with it I binge read this and finished it the day i started it Thats how awesome it was Also spoilers aheadPrince Adam Delacroix our beast is left scarred and burned in a castle isolating himself from everyone and letting them all think he died the night he witnessed his family brutally murdered in front of his eyes Isabelle Rose beauty has to take care of her blind and sick father and in order to get the money to treat him she is forced to be married to rich Raphael aka Gaston aka mother fucker who sexually assaults her and does whatever he wants to her When Isabelle and her father find a way to flee Raphael and hope for a better life they get stuck in a storm and have to seek shelter in Adam's castle Adam slowly start feeling human again and starts to have these feelings for IsabelleI loved Adam's character so much I loved the way the author just has Adam characterized as a scarred human and not a beast who is cursed and must turn handsome in order for Isabelle to have her happy ending He is scarred and broken and I loved how Isabelle falls in love with his every flaw and accept his scars and disfigurement The love they felt for each other is so real beautiful and desperate The character development for Adam is incredible He goes from rude and cruel to loving caring and human I felt Adam's need to be loved his insecurities about his scarred body and the way he also had to come terms with accepting himself for who he was I hated Raphael He's a disgusting sexual predator who assaults Isabelle and will do anything to have her He's a dickhead and I hated him ※I had a lot of problems with the writing It was extremely repetitive Adam would constantly talk about Isabelle's luscious chocolate curls He would constantly talk about HER FREAKING CURLS AND HOW MUCH HE WANTS TO TOUCH THEM It got so annoying Like Adam I get it Stop saying it over and over again The repetitive writing is the only thing I disliked about this book and I'm glad it didn't make me entirely hate the book I still enjoyed Rachel's writing It's beautiful and descriptive Also Rachel is such an amazing and cool author She reaches out to her readers talks to them and gladly takes any feedback She also wrote one of the best BB retellings ever Overall I really really really loved this book and I binge read it so fucking hard I literally finished it in a day and abandoned my BR partner Solomon bc I just could not stop reading The author did say she was going to fix up the repetitive writing and I would love to do a reread of this book someday to see the new changes I really enjoyed this and can't wait to read Rachel's other work

  7. says:

    45In this remake of this classic tale there is no magic no curse not even a singing tea cup Belle aka Isabelle is a support your family make sacrifices and do the best you can kind of beauty The beast is Prince Adam is a horribly scared man emotionally and physically his best friend is a dog named Stranger who he rescued Sebastian is still a servant of sort to his family of a friend Belles’ tormentor is a wicked abusive man with money power and wants to own her in the worst way The characters are complex the relationship is earned in a slow painful process that I completely enjoyedIsabelle runs from her tormentor and home after a horrific series of events and sexual abuse at his hands Her plan to take her blind ill father and find a new life for them is thwarted when the weather turns and they are forced to seek shelter at a dank depressed castle behind rusted gates When the door opens and she is greeted by a huge man in a dark cloak and a growling giant dog she nearly turns back toward the sure death of the storm Forcing this dark giant to let them in drawing on her determination to improve their situation she begins a series of events that had me up all night reading while my household slept The beast Adam lives in his past He is a living nightmare swimming with the ghost of his past day and night Living alone in a decrepit castle with his dog and family relics He feeds his unhappiness and sorrow with solitude and bitterness When this woman and her father crash into his solitude he does not adjust easily and become the gentle host He overreacts to a simple event that will cut a deep wound in Belles heart He has little to no experience with other people he is like a lost child acting out He stole my heartOh Ms Demeter created a repulsive character in Raphael Belles tormentor Deplorable actions and words a complete piece of rot I couldn’t have hated him so what does she do ? She gives him a background that almost had me feeling sorry for the vermin That was a tricky little twist of the knife I was feeling a tug not he old heart strings until he pulled the trigger and killed well I’m not telling you who He wasn’t her only wicked man A most trusted man broke the heart of his friendI can’t wait to read from this author She twisted me around her finger with her wonderful story telling The words were beautifully pulled together and created an adult version that does justice to the classic

  8. says:

    Purely MagicalBreathtakingly BeautifulDark yet whimsicalEnchanting and hauntingMesmerising and unforgettable These are just but a few words that come to mind when I think of this fantastical retelling of Beauty and the Beast Not only has the author successfully woven a story filled with the heartbeat of the original she has also fused it with the dark elements of The Phantom of the Opera as well as snippets of Cinderella I found myself immersed within the hauntingly beautiful pages filled with descriptive words that floated magically in a way that had me completely engaged and falling in love with this beautiful rendition of a story that is a favourite of mineI cherished every word and felt every feeling My heart pounded repeatedly and my senses heightened by the heartbreak the characters endured and the tenderness in which their love for one another grew over time Our Beast Adam Delacroix is that of a scarred man both physically and emotionally He has shunned the outside world living within the halls of his tormented past withering away and forgetting what it's like to be alive Enter our Beauty Isabelle Rose and his non existent life will forever change Both escaping pasts that would consume them whole if they allowed it these two slowly strip away the layers that would unleash their truths and bring about a love that would stand the tests of time It was such a breathtaking sight to behold so to speak and an experience that will forever be in my heart Our dear and wonderful author has spun a tale that is filled with so much love and hope of longing and beauty of healing and faith that what we see presented on the outside is never what it seems That the way we look isn't representative of who we are I would love to thank the author Rachel L Demeter for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review And in doing so I have fallen in love with the way she can capture my heart with her splendid way with words Absolutely stunning

  9. says:

    Full review update 25 starsI need to scream the word TRIGGER because there is extremely graphic rape It is not glorified but it is extremely disturbing The writing hooked me from page one I mean seriously guys this might be the best prologue I've ever read I was floored and TOTALLY into it I had no doubt it was going to be a five star bookAnd then things started to change First of all I need to commend the writing I can't even tell you how many lines I highlighted because of how beautifully written this book is The rest? Perhaps its personal preference but the story just didn't work for meWhile the story is reminiscent of the Disney version probably the closest I've read yet it still holds up on its own as uniue No magic here folks and it is MUCH darker Not to mention the issues the book deals with everything from abuse rape PTSD etc Does it handle them well? Most of the time yes but I definitely had some issues with it Especially with the rape No it is not glorified in the least OR made romantic in any way but my uestion is why? Why describe it in great detail? No it isn't the beast who does it It's the 'Gaston' character FYI I don't know I was just disturbed The other issues I had were the pacing While I wanted to soak up the language I was also trying to keep my eyes open for large chunks at a time The overall story Ie the romance was okay at first but then got cheesy lustful and just not my cup of tea I think I'm just done reading Beauty and the Beast retellings It's than likely personal taste but I'm just not into the disturbed man going after the damsel in destress trope I'm probably in the rare on that one This book also reminded me of 'Romancing the Duke' so that's probably a good tell on whether or not you'll like this I see some comparing it to Phantom of the Opera and that kinda fits too but I LOVE Phantom of the Opera soooo I don't knowAdditionally I didn't connect to the romance The author was certainly going for the 'healing' aspect of romance where both characters involved are recovering from PTSD but I just didn't buy it Lust overtook the healing aspect and it just felt awkward at times I don't want to say too much aside from that I DID appreciate little bits for instance Isabelle DOES stand up to Adam when he crosses a line personal boundaries Anyway I think I'm a rare one here as I've seen only positive reviews for the most part But it just wasn't my cup of tea unfortunatelyMy Blog Instagram Twitter Etsy

  10. says:

    Beauty and the Beast has always remained close to my heart and a constant source of inspiration It fills me with such joy to share my own retelling of this timeless breathtaking tale Although my interpretation is filled with shadows it also embraces light hope second chances and of course true beauty and love Writing Beauty of the Beast was an incredible emotional roller coaster one I was reluctant to get off of when I typed “The End” Both Adam and Isabelle had attached themselves to my soul―completely and irrevocably ❤ I hope their tumultuous journey from darkness sweeps you away and brings a well loved story vividly to life