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I really liked this retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale! I have been reading a lot of those lately (in anticipation of the release of the new live action movie), so I was worried I might start to get tired of the recurring theme. However, this author did a great job sticking to the theme while putting her own twist on several key points of the story.
Prince Adam Delocroix watched his family be murdered 25 years ago. Burned horribly while trying to save his baby sister, he has lived secluded in the castle, forgotten and assumed dead by the peasants who destroyed his family. When a young woman and her sick father unexpectedly arrive one night, seeking shelter, one mistake leads to tragedy and now Adam is faced with an impossible task: earning the love of the woman who hates him. Isabelle Rose is engaged to the violent Vicomte Dumont, a man who has abused her love for her father in order to obtain her hand in marriage. In a desperate attempt to flee with her father, she becomes trapped in a castle with a man who looks like a monster but has the gentle touch she has always longed for. But the question remains: can Beauty love the Beast?
Adam was a sweetheart, I really felt for him throughout the book. Yes, he had his moments where he was rude to Isabelle, but I also understood him and why he was so guarded. Isabelle was a gem as well, someone who had such strength of character to be willing to sacrifice herself for her father and forgive Adam for forcing such a sacrifice. They both grew tremendously over the course of the story, in confidence and in love for each other.
Great book, and I look forward to reading more by this author! She has a gift for fairy tale retellings, and I am eager to read the next book in the series.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**