Loving an Ugly Beast

Loving an Ugly Beast

by Danielle Monsch

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Once upon a Time, in a Kingdom that was just a little twisted (oh yeah, and kinda far away), Fairy Godmothers Rule! Elf Kings drool, and two people were pondering the question – What makes a Beauty, and what makes a Beast?

Too bad they didn't bother to share their answers with each other...

Known as Beast in his village for both his hulking size and multitude of scars, Benton long ago resigned himself to a life without love. He was content with his solitary existence – that is, until Nissa entered his life, and suddenly this beast wanted to become a beauty.

Plain and plain-spoken, Nissa came to the village three years ago looking for a fresh start and a quiet life. She had both until the day her friend Benton disappears and a new man arrives at the village – handsome, charming, and intent on courting her. Which is very strange, because since when does a beauty want a beast?

A Fairy Godmother comes a'callin and grants Benton his wish. Now the Beastly Benton is the Beautiful Byron, and our B intends to use this new identity to make Nissa fall in love with him. However, scars don't have to be visible to exist. Will Nissa's past destroy any chance of their Happily Ever After?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016368900
Publisher: Romantic Geek Publishing
Publication date: 02/13/2013
Series: Fairy Tales & Ever Afters , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 659,267
File size: 347 KB

About the Author

Born to the pothole-ridden streets of Pittsburgh, PA, USA Today Bestselling Author Danielle Monsch started writing in a time long ago, a time when there were not enough vampire stories to read and she had to write her own to fill the void. Yes, such a time of darkness did indeed exist.

Danielle writes stories full of fantastical goodness and plenty of action, but always with lots of romance (and a bit of woo-hoo!) mixed in. Vampires and Werewolves and Demons and Angels, Sword & Sorcery, Fairy Tales, Updated Mythologies and the like - if it's out of the ordinary, it's fair game for her stories.

Go to www.DanielleMonsch.com for one-stop shopping with everything to do with Danielle - there you can join her newsletter ( follow her on twitter, and like her on facebook. Just want to send Danielle a quick email? Easy enough, that's .

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Loving an Ugly Beast 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly developed characters. Ridiculusly long sex scenes. I basically just skimmed the last half of the book and still couldn't finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read, but I have a problem with stories that don't stay true to the period. At first I thought that it was my imagination that this story was set in the distant past, despite the Fairy Godmother, but as I kept reading I was sure that it was indeed set in the past. The snappy current dialogue was so out of period and just a little distracting. It was all over the place. My fellow readers know what I'm talking about, but with that being said, I did enjoy the story. I'm an avid reader, so I can adapt quickly enough to still be able to enjoy a story that has issues. I like Ms. Monsch' writing style and when she nails it like I think she did in Stone Guardian, it's all good. I'll look for more of her work to read and enjoy.
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LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Wow! Another HOT captivating fractured fairy tale... I didn't want to put it down ...  This book was a re-telling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. Nissa has fallen in love with Benton and he with her. Nissa, though, is plain and doesn't think that Benton could ever fall in love with her. AND Benton thinks of himself as the Beast and doesn't think that Nissa could ever care for him that way. When Benton's fairy godmother offers him one wish, Benton wishes to be an attractive man. His wish is granted, but with a caveat: he can't tell anyone, including Nissa, that he is Benton. How can he get Nissa to fall in love with him now? I loved this re-telling! Danielle's imagination obviously knows no bounds!  4 STARS!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
LOVING AN UGLY BEAST by Danielle Monsch is an interesting Regency Historical Romance. Magic turned a scarred man into a beautiful man but at what cost? Will his beloved Nissa still love him when the scars are gone? Follow Benton and Nissa's story in "Loving an Ugly Beast", a re-telling of "Beauty and the Beast". Nissa loves Benton scars and all, no matter what but not all scars are visible. An interesting tale of magic, passion and love. Fast paced, quick read! Fairy Tales just may come true after all. I enjoyed these two characters flaws and all. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loving an Ugly Beast was my first introduction to Danielle Monsch's writing. What a wonderful find! I have always loved Beauty and the Beast and wanted to flip right back (okay, swipe back on the reader) to the first page and experience the whole wonderful story again. Beautifully written, heartfelt, and with that trademark Monsch twist, this was the one that had me glomming all of her stories and added her to my auto-buy list. Short enough to read in one sitting, but long enough to satisfy all those things we look for in a good romance, Loving is a great entry in the Fairy Tales and Ever Afters series. I, for one, hope Ms. Monsch gives all those old fairy tales her brand of updating! Enjoy!
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Loving an Ugly Beast  Full of sizzling heat and raw emotions, Loving an Ugly Beast is an alluring take on the Beauty & the Beast mythology.  Full review available at RomanticReadsandSuch(dot)wordpress(dot)com.  
JessicaLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
I loved this novella! There are not many novellas that I can say that about - in fact I can count them on one hand. I always feel that there isn't enough time to really let the story breathe and develop, but Danielle did a superb job of fitting in all of the elements that really bring a story to life. I loved the characters of Nissa and Benton, and Marie actually made me laugh out loud as the cranky pregnant friend who doesn't hold anything back. This truly is a great love story, that really touches on the important theme that if you REALLY love someone, you love them for who they are inside, not what they look like on the outside. I also loved the twist involving Nissa towards the end of the book. I totally didn't see that coming! What's even better is that it didn't feel contrived at all. It actually added to the story and further explained why Nissa is the way she is. And, I must also mention that Danielle Monsch is a REALLY good writer. This book flowed so effortlessly and beautifully. I was never jolted out of my "dream" world by a misplaced word or clumsily explained interaction. Rave reviews all around from me! Favorite lines from the story: "I am drawn to you. I don't know why, but it happened the first moment I saw you. It drives me crazy that you don't see yourself as special, because I know the truth. Out of everyone here, you are one of the few who is truly worthy. Your goodness radiates from you....You have the most wonderful laugh and I don't think angels could have more beautiful eyes than yours. If this world was made of only people like you, heaven wouldn't be necessary." (Bryson to Nissa) "It's not right if the outside takes precedence over the inside. But that's not what you feel....In time, when you put your children here - you know this is going to grow and stretch don't you? And while it will shrink down after every birth, with each child it will get a little flabbier and it will never be this flat again. Does this mean you don't want me to have your sons?" "Never. I want as many as you will give me." (Nissa to Benton and his response)
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celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. Yes, there is Magic. Yes it is a quick read but it made one wish it was real. I guess if there was a moral to this story it would be to tell the people you love how you feel about them. Reading this story used all my emotions-happy, sad, angry and best of all loving. Sometimes I really wish there was this kind of Magic. But then if everyone could use this it wouldn't be magic anymore. Please give this author a chance to become a favorite.
Patmelo More than 1 year ago
I needed some fresh air from what I usually read, I love dark, sexy stories and I don't hide that my favorite genres are PR, Erotica, Romantic Suspense, and some Romance, but sometimes I like to wonder off to other realms. From the author Danielle Monsch comes a book that in one sentence could be described as " the beauty is in the eye of the beholder".  A sweet historic romance set in the country, where tortured souls try to start fresh and have their happily ever afters. Known as Beast in his village for both his size and multitude of scars, Benton long ago resigned himself to a life without love and was content with his solitary existence, until Nissa entered his life. Nissa is no beauty, plain, she came to the village three years ago to start a fresh new life. After her friend Benton disappears and a new man arrives at the village, handsome, charming, and with the intent on courting her, the peace she so hard claimed for her life is gone. A fairy godmother gives Benton his greatest wish, to be a beautiful man and not a beast, and now is the time for Nissa to fall in love with him. But scars are not always visible and the fact that Nissa's past is a tortuous one may it destroy the chance of happiness for both of them ... Almost like a fairy tail, we're swept away into magic land were fairy godmothers still grant wishes to those that have a troubled soul and help them find their true love. The main characters are two troubled souls, with scars sometimes visible, sometimes not, but filled with kindness and love for each other. Benton is susceptible to what others around him think and Nissa is wary of people who are beautiful because beauty can only bring pain and sorrow. I loved Benton's character and the way he developed through out the story, always having Nissa's back and safety in mind. On the other hand, Nissa was the sweetest woman, passionate, strong, brave, and never giving up on Benton. This one is quicky but for a short story very satisfying. The book is for all that love an historical romance with lots of love and enchanted worlds with happy ever afters. Published on February 14th., 2013 by Romantic Geek Publishing ARC acquired through NetGalley for an honest review