How Beauty Met the Beast [NOOK Book]

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Book one in Tales of the Underlight

The Beast

Scarred. Damaged. Living with a terrible secret. Agent of the Underlight Wesley "Hauk" Haukon has nothing left but the fight for liberty against the oppressive Order of Ananke. He's starting to lose hope...and then he sees her.

The Beauty

Despite her night job as a burlesque dancer, grad student Jolie Benoit has always played the...

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How Beauty Met the Beast

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Overview


Book one in Tales of the Underlight

The Beast

Scarred. Damaged. Living with a terrible secret. Agent of the Underlight Wesley "Hauk" Haukon has nothing left but the fight for liberty against the oppressive Order of Ananke. He's starting to lose hope...and then he sees her.

The Beauty

Despite her night job as a burlesque dancer, grad student Jolie Benoit has always played the mostly good girl. That all changes following a scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn't see. After she's kidnapped by thugs and rescued by a man with a very familiar voice, Jolie becomes a pawn in a struggle she never knew existed.

Hauk knows he cannot have her, and resolves to protect his heart and his secrets. But as they work together and grow closer, he finds new reason to keep fighting. Dare he risk hope in a new life, one where Jolie can see past his ravaged face and where their friendship can grow into something more?

38,000 words

The trilogy continues in How Beauty Saved the Beast.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426894664
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2012
  • Series: Tales of the Underlight
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 438,891
  • File size: 224 KB

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

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    One of my favorite things to read is a good retelling about a fa

    One of my favorite things to read is a good retelling about a fairytale, this book did not entirely disappoint. The premise of the story was intriguing. I have to say I found the single sex scene seriously lacking, it just did not seem plausible. The book lacks a creative world building that would strive to develop the plot and characters more; it seemed to be presented in the middle instead of acting like the first book in a series.

    Note: I received this book from Carina Press via Netgalley.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Loved it

    Only thing I would change instead of 3 books just do one big one otherwise loved it loved it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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 November 19, 2012

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    Jax Garren is an incredible writer with an intriguing debut nove

    Jax Garren is an incredible writer with an intriguing debut novella to prove it! The first tale of The Underlight, How Beauty Met the Beast, superseded my expectation of enjoyment. More than a fairy tale retelling with a casual twist, How Beauty Met the Beast has Garren's unique touch to a familiar theme with the added bonus of a whole new world comprised of secret factions and amazing characters.


    Amazing might be a grand understatement when describing the leads in this story. Wesley Hauk, an Agent of the Underlight, is a physically damaged and scarred ex-soldier with a condition and past cast in mystery and suspicion. He keeps to the shadows hoping to fight against the evil spread throughout the world in the most trusted places, like the government and media. After a night of a dangerous mission and high-speed chase, Hauk stumbles upon burlesque dancer Jolie Benoit. Jolie may have a job she keeps secret from her super moral and uptight parents, but she's the sweetest, most caring character in the book. Well, next to Hauk that is. Though Hauk is a muscle-heavy warrior with a scary outward appearance, he's as kind as they come, even when others shy away from his looks. Hauk and Jolie have a wonderful chemistry that doesn't take up time in the plot, but makes me wish it did. Even the secondary characters gravitate to the duo with ease enough to give the story a very homey feel.


    While I could fill this review with all the reasons why Jolie and Hauk are incredible characters, I have to mention how different this plot is. For a story written in novella style, Garren manages to create character back stories, genuine relationships, and an intricate rivalry between The Underlight and its enemy - Order of Ananke. Garren pulled me into How Beauty Met the Beast so easily, as I imagine the sequels will do just as well. The world is modern, but underground the Underlight is electricity free and filled with environmentally sound technology. Hauk's world is close to primitive and bursting with more background to be explored. The deeper you read into the story the wider the focus becomes until there's a world that feels like your own, real in just about every way.


    How Beauty Met the Beast captures the familiarity of the physically imperfect character that finds hope in someone who is not only beautiful on the outside, but the inside as well. This is one of my favorite themes, especially after reading Garren's enticing impression, because it highlights the better side of human nature. Even in the midst of hardships, danger and betrayals, Jolie learns to see deeper than Hauk's menacing appearance to his passion and the truths he tells about their world. I am so excited about the Tales of the Underlight and what the series has in store. I have to say that the next installment, How Beauty Saved the Beast, is one of the tops reads I'm anticipating!
    *eGalley provided in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog I

    Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    I found that I was unable to really connect to the author’s voice or the characters. I found the world to be interesting at first, but then as it became more detailed, I found that I could not really keep track of it all. ~ Under the Covers

    I am a sucker for all things Beauty and the Beast so I jumped on this opportunity to read this novella. However, I found that I was unable to really connect to the author’s voice or the characters. I found the world to be interesting at first, but then as it became more detailed, I found that I could not really keep track of it all. It seemed a little messy to me and I think my initial confusion stayed with me throughout the entire novella.

    At times the writing was OK, but then when it jumped into dialogue, I felt very detached from the characters. The author bombards you with a few different characters at first and really shows how they fit in the world.

    The one thing I really liked about this book was Hauk. He’s an interesting character and I loved that he isn’t your handsome shining knight. I think more authors should attempt to write heroes who are like Hauk more. I found it to be refreshing.

    This is the first book in a trilogy and since it is a shorter length, I think a lot of things happened at a very fast paced. The HEA doesn’t occur at the end of this book, but that didn’t bother me too much. For me it was my detachment from the world and characters. Unfortunately, I’m not interested enough to continue.

    *ARC provided by Netgalley

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    How Beauty Met the Beast Tales of the Underlight Book One By Jax

    How Beauty Met the Beast
    Tales of the Underlight Book One
    By Jax Garren

    Jolie Benoit was always a good girl, the type of girl her high society family expected her to be, but now she is exploring her bad side. She has been working nights as a burlesque dancer when she has a thoroughly satisfying encounter with a gruff stranger who only goes by Wesley. Wesley “Hauk” Haukon is terribly scarred, after serving in Afghanistan he sustained extensive burns over his body, now he works as an Agent for the Underlight. When he meets the beautiful Jolie he knows that there can be nothing between them, that she will never accept his appearance.

    Holy Moly! First off if you don’t know I am a military wife, one of my worst fears is for my husband to be injured while deployed. That being said I at the same time love and hate Jax Garren she did such a phenomenal job in bringing Hauk’s back story to life I ended up crying, a lot. It’s a fascinating take on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale; not only with the steampunk aspect but also having the “beast” character being injured in such a way makes the character so much more realistic. I absolutely loved this book, and I cannot wait to see what happens next between the star crossed lovers. Hopefully next time I will have a giant box of tissues by my side.
    I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review.

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    Posted February 1, 2013

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