Saturday, February 11, 2017

Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L. Demeter (Fairy Tale Retellings #1)

Beauty of the Beast
by Rachel L. Demeter
Publication Date: March 15, 2017
Publisher: Rachel L. Demeter
Genre: Dark Fairy Tale Re-telling
Print Length: 288 pages
Available from: Amazon
 Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.


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.


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.


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.

Disclaimer: Adults only. This is an edgy 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 indented for readers under the age of 18.

  Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L. Demeter
(Fairy Tale Retellings #1)

Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1)Another Fairy Tale grows up, gains some dark realism and proves that without love, even a saint can become a beast from within their heart and that love can make anyone beautiful in the eyes of those who love them. Rachel L. Demeter has shown her writing chops once again as she turns an already dark tale into an edgy read that will rock you back on your heels.

He was just a child the day his world became a living nightmare that stole his family, his youth, his heart and created a monster scarred and disfigured. It was better that the world thought the entire royal family died that day than to know their prince was too disfigured to look upon. Alone in an ancient castle, Adam has no one except the ghosts of his past and a promise of a lonely and bleak existence until the day he finally breathed his last breath. But a terrible storm brought strangers to his door, a beautiful young woman and her deathly ill father. Reluctant to let them in, lest they cower at his face, the fire in the young lady’s soul and the love she had for her father pulled on his last shred of humanity.

Isabelle is running from a monster already. The monster she was betrothed to, handsome to look upon, but vile enough to ruin her for any other man in the most demeaning and dehumanizing way. Guess he didn’t count on the inner strength of a woman like Isabelle or her ability to deceive him.

What had Isabelle got them into in this dark and dank castle? In an act of a seriously ill and delirious man, her father makes a mistake that causes Adam to literally toss him into his dungeon like the beast he appears to be. It will be that act that reminds him of the love of family as Isabelle makes a bargain in hopes of saving her father. It will be a bargain that will open both of their eyes to the meaning of true beauty far beyond the mere flesh.

Prepare to be horrified, to feel uncomfortable at times and to be charmed by the resiliency of blossoming love. Feel the inner turmoil of the pain each has endured and admire Isabelle for her capacity to move ahead and to trust in what lies underneath Adam’s scars, even if decades of torment have started to kill his very soul.

Rachel L. Demeter wants us to feel more than the enchantment of a fairy tale romance. She wants us to react with more than sighs as she adds some dark reality to her tale. All the better to see how love can transform two lonely souls into one powerfully bonded love. I cannot recommend this one enough! Definitely a gem to be uncovered!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for introducing me to this. i'm interested in reading now.