The Beauty’s Beast

The Beauty’s Beast
by E. D. Walker
Published 2010 by Noble Romance Publishing
208 pages. E-book.
Rating: 4/5

Lady Kathryn’s father has sent her to court to find a husband, but being penniless and disinterested doesn’t bode well for her success. Bored by the petty intrigues of court, she finds her loneliness is eased when the king charges her with the care of his newest acquisition: an uncanny black wolf. What the king doesn’t realize is his remarkable pet was once Gabriel, his favorite knight, cursed into wolf form by an unfaithful wife.

The beast’s too-knowing eyes and the way he seems to understand her every utterance convinces Kathryn the wolf is more than what he seems. Resolving to restore him, she doesn’t count on the greatest obstacle being Gabriel himself. The longer he stays in wolf form as a captive of the court, the harder it becomes for him to remember his humanity. And to fight his wolfish urges to maim and kill.

As Gabriel and Kathryn grow to care for one another despite his horrific curse, rumors of an uncanny wolf reach the ears of Gabriel’s former wife and her unscrupulous new husband, Reynard. Together, they plan to dispose of the king’s pet, knowing if Gabriel ever regains his human form he could strip them of everything they have schemed so hard to gain.

Only Kathryn’s affection and determination stand between Gabriel the wolf and Gabriel the man. But when Reynard returns to court, will Kathryn’s love be enough to keep Gabriel from exacting a brutish revenge that will condemn the wolf to death?

This is one of the sweetest romances I’ve ever read. It’s not the sexy kind that I love from time to time, it was just cute. I enjoyed that about it though. It had a kind of innocence to it that worked well for the story.

If you’re looking for a story with a hot werewolf who transforms occasionally to ravish the heroine, this is not your book. Gabriel is stuck in his wolf form, much like the Beast in the original tale. Also, similar to the original tale, he and Katheryn fall in love while he’s in his wolf form, giving them a relationship based on their personalities, rather than their looks. Though, I guess Gabriel sees her as a human and finds her beautiful. But Katheryn isn’t really meant to be beautiful. It’s like Pride & Prejudice or Jane Eyre. She’s plain, but attractive in the unconventional way that intelligent girls always are in books like this.

If you like Beauty and the Beast and want to read a book with a twist on the tale, this is highly recommended. It’s a very sweet story.

Prude Filter: I think there might be some language and a little violence. That’s it!

Source: Book Lovin’ Bitches E-book Tours
Purchase this book: Noble Romance Publishing | Amazon

Disclosure of material connection: I am a member of the Book Lovin’ Bitches Ebook Tours, and a copy was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Book Lovin’ Bitches Ebook Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review, nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book’s publisher and publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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