Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story – retold with a dark and realistic twist.
A Beast living in the shadow of his past
Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.
A Beauty in pursuit of a better future
Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle – unaware that its beauty and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.
Beauty and the Beast
Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…
Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.
Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales re-imagined with a dark and realistic twist.
About the Author
Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of fourteen years. She enjoys writing poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.
Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mother would record them for her. She holds a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, she ensures every character is given a soul.
Rachel endeavors to defy conventions by blending elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.
Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.
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Warning: 18+ only
Genre: Gothic Romance
Title: Beauty of the Beast
Series: Fairy Tale Retellings #1
Author: Rachel L. Demeter
Source: IndieSage PR
If Belle and Beast were your favorites growing up and you haven’t read this yet, you’re sincerely missing out. Demeter’s Beauty of the Beast is a retelling of the classical tale with a slight difference that makes the story both unique and more modern (well as modern as it can get, considering it’s the 1830’s).
Isabelle Rose is a young woman with pure intentions and a heart as beautiful as her outside. Yet with hardships and heartaches done by people who should be loving her- with the exception of her poor blind father -Isabelle is still able to hold a pretty thing within herself that everyone can see. Including the vicomte, her fiance.
My favorite part about this is how everyone has two sides to themselves. Isabelle’s sweet, but kind of a git when it comes to sensible thinking (it’s like I’m telling Harry no all over again); Adam’s a scared and introverted man with no self-confidence but all the presence of a crown prince (I heart him); Sebastien, the supposed loyal servant, is both a man who’s tired and just tries to do the right thing (ugh). It was great to see all the people who were supposed to be good have some shady bits, and the bad guys cast under a different light. In a different time and place, I might have highly favored Raphael (the fiance) and Vivian mainly because of how complex they are. I hate them for their parts in this, but I pity them for the things that had occurred that made them that way. It’s just all very complicated and lovely in a dark, messed up kind of way.
I loved the writing style, the way the story flowed between Adam and Isabelle and the others. I cried, laughed, rolled my eyes God knows how many times. It was beyond my expectation of Beauty and Beast retellings and I can honestly say that this is definitely my favorite read of the year right now. You must check it out.