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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    You have Got to read this book

    Let me start by saying Im not a Beauty & the Beast fan. One of the book reviewers I follow on Twitter gave this book such a great review I had to check it out. For a $1.99 I thought why not. Book is 287 pages of a fantastic story. And the sheet scene... OMG it was Hot. No way nasty or cheap. Beautifully written. You feel so happy for him. Even when just touches her wrist. When she names him Wesley of the Divine tongue,, **sigh** I felt like I was cheering Hauk on. He really loves her. I appreciate the honesty of Jolie's feelings towards his appearance. The way through the book she starts to see the real man he is and not the scars. Hauk was an Army Ranger fighting in Afghanistan when there was an explosion. He has 3rd degree burns on 82% of his body. Ear, nose and lots of scars. There is no HEA which I normally would complain about. But it ends with Jolie wanting a friendship when you know she really wants more. I can not wait for book 2 When Beauty Saves the Beast in Feb 2013. Book 2 has Hauk being kidnapped & Jolie realizing her feelings are much more then platonic. Can Not Wait. Truly a good book of what could be a great series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    This is a fun new retelling of Beauty and the Beast. There are n

    This is a fun new retelling of Beauty and the Beast. There are no cliches in this story. The "beauty" is burlesque dancer, Jolie. One the night of her burlesque debut she anonymously meets "beast", Hauk. He's friends with the owner of the club and when walking in the back to meet up with the owner, he accidentally runs into Jolie while she's changing out of her costume. Only she can't see who he is because there is a sheet separating them. However, they get really close to each other and Hauk quickly retreats before she can see what he looks like. Not too much later after that there is an attempt kidnapping of Jolie where she finds out that he niece has been taken too. She enlists the help of Hauk and together they set off to rescue her niece. Jolie has no idea that the disfigured Hauk is one in the same as Wesley, the man behind the sheet.

    I really liked the characters. Hauk is disfigured from a blast that occurred while in Afghanistan. Not only is his body covered in burns but he also lost a leg. Due to his deformities he is always treated in one of two ways, pities or feared. So when he get close to the sexy burlesque dancer he is not to forthcoming with his true identity. He doesn't want to see the rejection and regret in her eyes.

    Jolie was a very strong character. When she first comes across Hauk, he is fending off her would be kidnappers. When she gets a look at his face, she is definitely taken back. However, she quickly over comes his looks. Not that she can't see the scars, because she can, but the man saved her life, the least she can do is not act like he's a pariah. She actually comes to realize that the man behind the scars is actually a great guy.

    I thought the two characters were great. I liked the addition of burlesque, you don't see that too often in books nowadays. There is some paranormal parts where there is magic involved so I would call this maybe an Urban Fantasy. There isn't a lot of romance in this and it's in an Urban setting. This is definitely a good retelling if you are into UF or even PR. The ending threw me though. There was no HEA and with How Beauty Saved the Beast coming out Feb 2013 I wonder if it will pick up right where this one left off. Either way, I look forward to more work from this debut author. I think she did a great job not only creating her characters but the world as well.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

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    I really liked this novella and since it is a novella I will kee

    I really liked this novella and since it is a novella I will keep my review short.
    After a most unexpected encounter Hauk & Jolie find themselves thrown together in unknown ways. They must learn to trust each other in order to survive.
    Jolie is beautiful and trustworthy.
    Hauk is scarred and damaged.
    But they form a relationship that slowly breaks down all barriers between what you see and what you feel.

    Jax does a great job of getting us 100% invested in these two and then leaves us hanging with the friendship card swinging between them. Can’t wait to see what book 2 has in store for our Beauty and Beast.



    Disclaimer:
    I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    A pretty good read of an adult romance version of Beauty and the

    A pretty good read of an adult romance version of Beauty and the Beast

    Warning. This is definitely not for children. This book is very, very much so for adults. As in, this is not your Disney version of Beauty and the Beast. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good story. On the contrary, this will be a series I am definitely going to read. Why? Because it’s not all about the adult content, and I love a good romance that also has a good story line, and this is one of them. Not to mention the dystopian society. At least, that’s what I got from it. Its very close to the same as our modern day world but with some tweaks here and there making it seem like a dystopian(ish) society, and, of course, there is an underworld society…that always means interesting things are guaranteed to happen. Now, this book is also something you have to follow along with because there is a lot of politics. There is also some stuff that comes as a bit of a surprise when we learn about Jolie’s past. It did almost seem a little awkward because it wasn’t something that came through in her character right away. Also I didn’t really research the book before I started reading it, so I had no clue it is going to be the first in a series and my mind kept questioning how this was all going to end in such a short novel. It was very stressful for a while, but that was all my fault. Although there are some awkward moments, there are many good ones, there are interesting characters, situations and a promising future for this series.
    Good:
    Hauk—A pretty decent guy, former army man. Overall sexy even with his scared body, which he keeps ripped by the way. He’s an alpha male, but hides it behind his scars.
    Jolie—willing to refuse her father’s money so that she can determine who she really is.
    Bad:
    Jolie—There are some aspects about her that I’m not to sure about—mainly her choice in men.
    Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
    Overall the small novel is filled with romance, action and intrigue. The writing style is well done, but the story moves fast, which means you have to make sure you’re paying attention when you read it. There is minimal humour, but there is some and it’s well placed. There is definitely passion and interesting characters, and a storyline that promises to be an interesting one. I have to admit that although the cover caught my eye the girl on the front is not how I picture Jolie, the dude in the back is how I pictured Hauk, but the girl seems more circus like than the Jolie I pictured. Overall this is a series I will be following.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 1, 2013

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