Petals and Thornsby Jeffe Kennedy
If Amarantha can resist
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In exchange for her father's life, Amarantha agrees to marry the dreadful Beast and be his wife for seven days. Though the Beast cannot take Amarantha's virginity unless she begs him to, he can and does take her in every other way. From the moment they are alone together, the Beast relentlessly strips Amarantha of all her resistance.
If Amarantha can resist her cloaked and terrifying husband, she gains his entire fortune and will be allowed to return to her family and a normal life. But the Beast seduces her at every turn, exposing, binding, tormenting, and pleasuring Amarantha until she no longer knows her own deepest desires. Increasingly desperate to break the curse that chains his humanity, the Beast drives Amarantha past every boundary. But her desire for a normal life may jeopardize the love that will save them both.
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Meet the Author
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook. Her fantasy BDSM romance, Petals and Thorns, originally published under the pen name Jennifer Paris, has won several reader awards. Sapphire, the first book in Facets of Passion has placed first in multiple romance contests.
Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency.
An avid user of social media, Jeffe engages daily with thousands of fans on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. She frequently guests on publishers’ Twitter-feeds and reviewers’ blogs. She’s been an active member of RWA since 2008. She served two terms as president of RWA’s very large Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal special-interest chapter and continues as an advisor to the current board.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.
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Wow, what an interesting take on Beauty and the Beast. It was hard to put down and I read it in a day. The Beast has 7 days to convince Amarantha to love him. It isn't said in that way, but that's what Beauty and the Beast is all about. This book has light BDSM in it, Amarantha is a virgin and therefore everything he shows her, teaches her, is brand new. The one part that I didn't like as much, is that I felt like Amarantha didn't have much of a choice on anything and because things were so new for her I felt her fear a lot of the time. Her family got her into this but it was then left up to her to save her family. It all worked out in the end, as I knew it would, so I kept reading. Jeffe does a great job of writing stories with light BDSM that are not just about male dominance (even though I made that statement above about Amarantha not having a choice). I think the Beast knew exactly how far to push Amarantha, could tell from her reactions what she liked and when he felt he was losing control he let her go. He didn't want to hurt her and did always take good care of her. I liked that Jeffe described things very respectfully, as was typical to the Beast's character. If you like Beauty and the Beast stories, but would like a more adult version with light BDSM I would recommend this one.
THIS BOOK! I mean really.... I don't even.... Ok.... Nope, not yet.... Ok, now! It has taken me awhile to gather my thoughts on this book. I mean I loved it! Sometimes it was uncomfortable (which I kinda love with anything that has to do with some S&m). I was in love with all the characters. I knew I would adore the 'Beast', I mean most of all we know that he is the tortured soul from, arguably, the most popular Disney Animated Feature of all times! Jeffe has taken this story and woven it into something dark, sexy, and sweet all at the same time. This wasn't your average 50 Shades fan BDSM, and let me explain to you why. This was a total submission that reminded me a lot of The Story of O. The beast was in a constant state of pretty much dominating over Amarantha. I mean down to even the way the clothing was designed, (which was kinda brilliant I might add)he had her owned and claimed. The love story that was building made me want to just cry all over the place. My feels were in a constant state of weeping over these two lonely souls. I was really taken aback that although it had the same formula we all know so well, it was whole and unique the way it was told. I had never really read a B&B re-telling that moved me so much emotionally yet at the same time impressed me with how awesome the BDSM was written. Each scene was so eloquently done I was seriously thinking about doing a few with the hubby. This is a book for people that are more comfortable with S&m rather than just sugar-kink. Jeffe rode and edge with this and I loved that. As a masochist in the lifestyle I was aroused and proud of the way it was written. I dare say it is a total power exchange, but it is written as a fantasy story. If you haven't read this, if you LOVE S&m, if you LOVE beauty and the beast I say buy this stuck NOW you won't regret it.