Of Beast and Beauty
7 fairytale kingdoms
7 daughters of Eville
Everyone dreams of marrying a prince--except for me. I am nothing more than a pawn in my adoptive mother's diabolical plot against the seven kingdoms. I was the chosen tool, her sharpened blade that would cut the deepest into the heart of the kingdom of Baist. But like all deadly weapons, my wedding is two-edged sword that could cost me my soul.
For I am Rosalie, one of the adopted daughters of Lady Eville, and it is my duty to enter into a loveless and hate-filled marriage with the narcissistic Crown Prince of Baist. My choices and heart are not my own to give. Yet even in the thick of dire situations, beastly vengeance can give way to beautiful attraction.
Rosalie isn't one to do as she's told, so she does what any rational person would do. She sneaks out. With the help of her servant Pru, she's able to see outside the castle. However, she never expected to run into Xander. Since he hasn't seen her face, Xander thinks she's just a servant instead of his wife. As Rosalie takes on the name Rose and continues to sneak out, she finds herself bumping into Xander again and again. Why is he so different to her when she's Rose?
If things weren't bad enough, there's a beast terrorizing Baist. It's killing men and Xander is trying to do everything he can to hunt it down. Rosalie knows she can be more help if only Xander would let her. The tension between the two is palpable and Rosalie soon finds herself thinking more and more about the prince.
OF BEAST AND BEAUTY is a dark romance full of magic and twists and turns. It also shows us how mean some people can be when they judge others based on rumors. I have to admit that Xander is unlikable for most of the story, but eventually he grows on you. Especially when you learn his secrets. Rosalie is an angry character who just wants to find her place in the world. When the two are together, the emotions are raw and innocent and it makes you want to ship them even more.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of darker fantasy, fairytale retellings, romance, magic, Beauty and the Beast, and witches.