I have lost track of the number of modern versions of Beauty and the Beast that I’ve read in the last few years, but I haven’t managed to get sick of them yet! I just love seeing how various authors will interpret the classic tale, and create their own beauty and beast.
What’s it About?
This is the complete romance of Conor and Charisse! Charisse is still reeling from a miscarriage that tore her relationship apart last year. Her only focus is making her beauty salon a hit in Manhattan. Conor is still recovering from the death of his wife three years ago. He spends his days orchestrating corporate takeovers. Charisse and Conor want nothing more than to be left alone. But when Charisse’s dad loses three of Conor’s ships at sea, negotiations begin that land Charisse under contract to Conor.
One of the unique aspects of this novel is that it was actually released as a serial. That being said, in my opinion the evolving complexity of the main characters was the standout feature. I felt like my opinions of them were constantly changing, and that my first impressions didn’t always hold true. At first, you think Charisse’s dad is a heartless prick who uses his daughters for his own personal advantage. Eventually you come to see how he’s always treasured them above all else. As for her sister, Marie, I initially thought she was a ditzy socialite who only wanted to sleep her way to the top. However, in the end, I think she may have been the most intelligent character of the bunch. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a group of characters that have kept me on my toes so much!
Our Beautiful Beast
Something I love about any Beauty and the Beast retelling is the interpretation of the Beast, and Conor sure is a humdinger. Without question, Conor could definitely play a beast. At times I believe the term “rat bastard” came to mind. He’s not afraid to push Charisse to her ultimate limits, and he’ll do anything to have her. Even if it involves pushing her away.
Our Beauty, Charisse, manages to do the impossible by getting Conor to open up. Both characters are dealing with complicated issues from their pasts, and they struggle to deal with it on their own. It’s only when they come together, and support each other, that they can become strong enough to move on towards a brighter future as a couple.
At times I did sort of feel like the story went in too many different directions. Conor sets up deals and contracts with seemingly every character in the book. These deals were altered, dropped entirely, or sometimes tweaked slightly that it was kind of hard to keep track. I must say though, we have a stellar ending on our hands here! There is one fabulous climactic scene at the end which highlights how far Charisse has come, and grown since being with Conor. I wanted to do a fist bump I was so proud.
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: Originally produced as a serial, you can now buy all of the parts in one convenient package.
Should you read it? This novel definitely starts with a bang, and the ending was so unbelievably satisfying on so many levels you gotta love it. There were a few parts in between that dragged a bit, and it’s important to remember that Conor can be the ultimate beast every once in a while. It all comes together in the ending though!
Smut Level: These two make passionate love in a swing. Not of the BDSM variety! It’s sort of a giant bed swing in his penthouse garden. That being said, they can get pretty raunchy when they want to. At one point they even make out in her salon chair. Looooove!
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $9.99 Kindle Price. Hot Java. 413 Pages.