A Beauty and the Beast retelling with a dark twist you won’t want to miss…
Belle’s Betrayal by Aria Adams is OUT NOW!!
And you can read an EXCERPT below!!
MY REVIEW – 4.5 STARS
Well, unlike others, I loved this, especially this slightly irreverent and off the wall humour. Perhaps that’s partly due to being British, like the author.
Marea was by parts tough cookie, foolish girl and bewildered captive. That’s not to imply her character felt inconsistent but rather she had depths and layers to her personality. Cole and Brendan were slightly harder to connect to, well their ‘castle’ versions were anyway, which is the whole point of the story.
It’s a very loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, please don’t expect any of the Disney story line in this! In fact it’s a pretty dark tale for the most part, Cole in particular subjects Marea to some horrific abuse. Some of the scenes/events may push buttons with their very dubious/non-consensual nature. However the whole fantasy/paranormal style setting removes this book so far from reality that personally I find it easier to condone/accept.
I loved how this book didn’t end where so many other books would have done, but actually tied up those loose ends that other authors would have conveniently forgotten/ignored. It meant the book continually surprised me with it’s twists, turns and unexpected plot developments. Alongside the darkness was some very British humour, tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecatory and with more than a hint of sarcasm.
“They want to destroy me. Use me. And they have no souls.”
Cast out of her village. Left as a sacrifice on the doorstep of a mysterious castle. Fighting to survive. Marea Belle’s only sanctuary is a mysterious mirror-world buried deep within the castle, where she falls for two men. But when their darkest secrets are revealed, how can she ever hope to redeem them?
This 60,000-word novel is a dark why choose fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The protagonists are the villains. The heroine endures much suffering. If you like your HEAs to come at a great price, this series is for you.
Formerly published as The Belle Jar.
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The brute’s muscles actually rippled as he carried her to the stairwell. Marea’s stomach flip-flopped at the idea of being put back in a bell jar. What sort of magic was that, anyway? She’d never seen anything comparable.
In the half-light of the experiment room, Marea saw only glimpses of the items in the room, visual rumors of the things to come. There was a flash of reflected light on a ladder of metal which could only be a chain. A few spindles of wood standing to attention above something indiscernible in the dimness; were they for a rack or something else? The smell was also very telling. Rust and perhaps seawater. Unmistakably blood, although whether it was animal or human, she didn’t know.
The beast was joined by the other one. Marea tried very hard to remain calm as they laid her down on a big wheel. While one man bound her wrists with thick leather straps, the other bound her ankles. The thin spindles of the wheel were uncomfortable to lay on, and she already wished this was over.
“You brought the spark wand?” Coal asked. Brendan nodded and pulled out a long thin stick with a beautiful hexagonal crystal set into the top. Marea wasn’t sure if she imagined it, but there seemed to be tiny bolts of lightning moving through the crystal. What was it for?
“Stupid girl,” Coal began. “The only way you can leave is if you surrender your soul to us.
About Aria Adams
Aria is an author of dark erotic romance that dances on the boundary between horror and romance. Her heroes are not always immediately obvious, and neither are the villains. Her books often have elements of horror, and the characters at the end of a story are forever changed by the events that befell them. But she always makes sure there’s a happy ending, even if the characters have to work for it.
Aria also writes the warm fuzzy romance stuff as Katie Douglas, where she has had USA Today and multiple Number One bestselling books in the US and worldwide.
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5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.
4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.
3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.
2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.
1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.