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Review: Beauty in the Beast by Christine Danse

Posted February 29, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Journeying by steam-powered sled to London’s Frost Fair to perform, Tara and three friends are trapped in a blizzard in the woods. A gruff, handsome stranger offers them shelter-and wants one thing in return. Stories.

The travelers are glad to oblige. Their host, Rolph, is especially captivated by Tara’s story of an orphaned girl raised by the Fae in the world of the spirits. Equally intrigued by Rolph, and aware of an electric pull between them, Tara encourages him to share a story of his own. When Rolph weaves a tale of a man who is doomed by his own folly to turn into a wolf at the full moon, Tara suspects there is more than a grain of truth in his words.

When the veil between the mortal and spiritual worlds is parted, and danger threatens, will Tara make the ultimate sacrifice to save Rolph?
Four travelers are trying to get to the Frost Fair in London when a blizzard hits. They finally come upon a cottage and the owner is nice enough to agree to take them in until the storm passes. As the storm rages the four travelers, who are actually a storytelling troop, decide to tell stories to thank the owner, Rolph, for taking them in.
Beth tells a story of a knight who beats a dragon that is quite entertaining. But while Beth is telling her story, her friend, Tara, is checking out the owner. She is thoroughly intrigued by the man and drawn to him a way she can’t explain. It seems that he is to her as well but is avoiding her gaze in embarrassment. Then Tara tells her tale of an orphan who is raised by the Fae and by wolves. Rolph then tells his own story about a man so taken with alchemy that he creates a potion that eventually turns the man into a werewolf of sorts.
Tara and her friends end up being stuck when their stomper (a steam powered conveyance) doesn’t weather the storm all that well and they have to go for parts. Rolph takes Tara and her friend Fred into town and while there Rolph and Tara talk and become friendlier. Tara definitely feels something for Rolph but she can’t quite figure the man out – he just doesn’t give any of his feelings away. And why is he telling her to stay inside when he’s outside and seems to be running through the wood? Something is definitely hinky going on and she wants to know more.
I don’t think I’m describing the book very well because there’s so much going on below the surface of the story that it’s hard for me to express the thoughts and feelings that this book brought to me. There were feelings of sadness as the stories were told – as well as smiles. There were thoughts about the attraction that you could feel growing between Rolph and Tara. The feelings between the couple were so submerged yet the way the author wrote them you still knew that they were there.
This is definitely not your typical romance as we just don’t get that much background on the characters other than through stories, and there’s really no “romantic” interaction between Rolph and Tara. Despite that, however, I had no problem seeing the attraction and affection growing between them.
If you like something a little different – a left turn from your regular romances then you should definitely consider reading Beauty in the Beast…it’s worth reading.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Carina Press 
Releases March 5

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What I Read Last Week

Posted February 28, 2012 by Tracy in Features | 11 Comments

Ah another week passes and I’m behind the 8 ball. One of these weeks I’ll get my shit together and get this posted earlier. Don’t hold your breath though. 🙂

I have to tell you this cute little thing…my youngest and I were sitting on the couch on Saturday just enjoying sitting next to each other.  I was reading and she was watching a movie.  Whenever I have a book with a cover of a shirtless guy I show her and she usually say, “Mom!” in a shocked voice.  I, of course, just show her to hear her indignant “Mom!” Well, she must be getting used to it because I showed her the cover of Changing the Game.  She looked for a few seconds, paused and then calmly said, “It’s like Thor with an epic tan.”  OMG lol  She cracks me up.

I’ll get right to the books this week:

I started off the week with A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean. This was the story of a man who is seeking revenge. He ends up using his childhood friend to get back land that he once lost while gambling. It was a really good book but I definitely didn’t like the hero for most of the book. You can read my thoughts here. 4.25 out of 5

Next was Spellbound Falls by Janet Chapman. I’ve only read one Chapman book before and it just wasn’t my cuppa. I read the premise for this book and was intrigued. It was good but it wasn’t what I thought. It labeled as contemporary but the hero is from Atlantis and is hundreds of years old. That screams paranormal to me. Lol Anyway, a great romance but the rest…sad to say, not as good. I read this one for The Book Binge so when my review posts I’ll let you know and you can read more if you’re interested. 3 out of 5

Beauty in the Beast by Christine Danse was my next read and this was kind of a fantasy/steambpunk novella that was really good. I’ll post my review this week and tell you more.

Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss by Maya Banks was my next read and it was good! I wasn’t sure what to expect but I liked it. Our “hero” is courting a girl just so he can make a merger with the girls’ father. In Devon’s defense he DID want to tell Ashley all along what was going on but the dad wouldn’t allow it. Ashley is of course crushed when she finds out the truth (and you knew she would!) but she tries to make a go of it, losing herself in the meantime. I’ll post my review next week. 4 out of 5

Alpha Instinct is the first book in the Moon Shifter Series by Katie Reus. I’ve liked Katie’s book in the past and this was no different. The story is about a wolf shifter pack whose had a terrible tragedy. All of the men and pregnant females of their pack have died. The story centers around the pack but ventures off into different romances and definitely some suspense. I’ll be posting my review of this next week. 4 out of 5

Changing the Game by Jaci Burton was next. This is the story of Gavin who is a MLB player and his agent, Liz. Liz pulled some nasty shit in the last book so I wasn’t loving her as I went into the book but she had paid a price for her mistakes and was trying to move on. Liz has been in love with Gavin for the past 5 years but she doesn’t want him to know. Liz and Gavin start a sexual relationship but that’s all it is to both until things get a little more serious – and then Gavin got nasty. I really liked Gavin and understood his thoughts but hated the way he treated Liz just bothered me. Besides that I really liked the story. 3.75 out of 5

The Letter Z by Marie Sexton was the story of Angelo and Zach as well as Matt and Jared when they all head off to Vegas for a few days. Matt & Jared and their conception of how Angelo & Zach’s relationship when their out and about. Then Zach’s ex boyfriend, Jonathan, shows up and there’s a wee bit of tension…ok, maybe a lot. Lol I really enjoyed seeing all guys from the Coda books and this was a really great little story. 4 out of 5

Last for the week was Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton was the story of Jonathan (yes, Zach’s ex) and Cole (who is Jared’s friend and used to be his fuck buddy). The story was about 2 men who at first glance are complete opposites. One who’s bright and flamboyant and the other who’s stiff and a bit dull around the edges. Can the two be together and make it work around their many, many issues? Read and find out…believe me, it’s worth it. 4.5 out of 5

My Book Binge Reviews that posted last week:
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Happy Reading!

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