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Posted February 14, 2013
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Jax Garren seamlessly pulls readers back into her action packed
Jax Garren seamlessly pulls readers back into her action packed Tales of the Underlight world. The sequel installment to How Beauty Met the Beast is longer and lovelier with dances around Hauk and Jolie's relationship, a deeper look into Hauk's past, and the inevitable surprising plot twist.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Hauk and Jolie's connection to one another is as strong as ever. How Beauty Saved the Beast opens with a very good example of how much closer Hauk and Jolie have become, and how well they've gotten to know each other. I actually liked their dancing around an official relationship because it added a touch of romantic suspense on top of the suspense of not knowing what trouble would befall the Austin Underlight. When Hauk's ex-girlfriend, Ashley, comes into the picture she not only creates tension and jealousy between the two, but gives them both a reason to evaluate their feelings. The introduction of this new character served multiple purposes: showing that there's much more to the Order of Ananke than previously thought, widening our perspective of their goals and resources and giving us the chance to learn more details about Hauk's past.
The romance is as hot and spicy as ever, but what really made my jaws drop in this installment was the surprising revelations about Hauk. While he continues to deny the existence of magic and mysticism in his world, he can't deny the uncontrollable rages that he experiences when his Jolie is threatened. The source of this mysterious affliction is unknown, until Hauk is put in a position that means the forfeiting the lives of his friends or the lives of his enemies. I already expected that the Tales of Underlight would, little by little, reveal more beneath the surface of what Jax has already shared, but never did I expect the expertly woven ties to Norse mythology.
The Tales of the Underlight is a series to read! Both How Beauty Met the Beast and How Beauty Saved the Beast are highly entertaining fantasy reads with a kick of romance and action that gets stronger and stronger!
*eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Posted February 11, 2013
The story picks up 2 months after How Beauty Met the Beast. Joli
The story picks up 2 months after How Beauty Met the Beast. Jolie's joined the Underlight and Hauk is training her to handle herself in the field. They are still in the friend territory but there is still that spark there between the two. However, Jolie feels threatened when Hauk's ex transfers to their location. It's obvious that these two were really close and Hauk seems really excited to have Ashley around. But there's not much time for Jolie to stress about it too much because the enemy has set their sites on capturing Hauk.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When it comes to a series, I generally love the first book and then lose interest as the series continues. But I wound up liking this one MORE than the first book. I loved the sexual tension between Jolie and Hauk. I loved how close that they'd become in the 2 months time since we last saw them. And I LOVE that we finally get answers as to why Hauk blacks out and goes crazy when he's fighting.
The magical world that Jax creates is awesome. I love how her hero is not this drop dead gorgeous guy but yet has the biggest heart and by far the best character of everyone combined.
"He was a behemoth of a man with scars striping and pockmarking most of his body - he'd been in a fire in Afghanistan that had destroyed more than three-quarters of his skin-and had reclaimed his damaged exterior with tribal tattoos and metal piercings."
This is an amazing continuation of the story. You can't just jump into the storyline with this one though. You've got to start from the beginning otherwise you may be a bit lost with somethings that takes place. But if you're a huge fan of paranormal romance with an urban twist, this is a MUST. I mean you get magic, burlesque, transgenders, a wounded hero and a mythical mystery all wrapped into one awesome romance. I can't wait to see where Jax takes this story next but I'll be impatiently waiting for the next book to come out.
Posted February 11, 2013
Jolie Benoit has now joined the Underlight. The Underlight is a
Jolie Benoit has now joined the Underlight. The Underlight is a secret organization, its main goal is to neutralize the Ananke. The Ananke is a goddess worshipping group of magical users that is intent on world domination and control at any cost.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Wesley Haukon, Hauk, is her trainer. An ex-military sergeant, Hauk was badly disfigured by fire. The circumstances around the accident that killed his squad and destroyed his appearance are questionable at best, but Hauk has been tried and found guilty for the death and murder of his squad and is now hiding in the Underlight.
Hauk and Jolie have some serious communication issues but one thing is for certain, the sexual attraction between them is combustible. Hauk wants to protect Jolie from any harm and Jolie just wants to be one of the team.
The Ananke is once again after Hauk and Jolie must rely on her inner strength and new found friendships to save her friend.
There is just something about Jax Garren’s writing the pulls me in. I get completely riveted to her story telling. The twist on Beauty and the Beast and not what you would expect and I am definitely thrilled with her adaptation. Jolie is from a rich family, who has deep ties in the Ananke’s ranks. Hauk is from a poorer upbringing, with an mysterious super human ability. I loved watching these two wonderful characters develop and their relationship grow. Now that I’ve read 2 books in this series its official, I’m a full fledge fan!
This ARC copy of How Beauty Saved the Beast was given to me by Carina Press in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date February 11, 2013.