Safely hidden within the estate's enchanted walls, Benella no longer has time to fear her tormentors. She's too preoccupied attempting to determine what makes the beast so beastly. It might be the taxing visits from the aged enchantress who cursed him or his growing vexation at not being allowed to touch Benella.
In order to gain her freedom, she must find a way to break the curse, but first, she must help him become a better man while protecting her heart.
Intended for adult listeners due to sexual situations, violence, and moderate language.
©2015 Shattered Glass Publishing LLC (P)2016 Shattered Glass Publishing LLC
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"Drawn out awakenings"
This book was a little more than the development of trust & friendship between a kind hearted human female & a male ogre-like man in beast form. There is NO sex during the vast majority of the story but some innuendos, nakedness, primarily flimsy seduction of Beauty, her flirting & tempting Beast w/ no fulfillment (until almost the end). And the ways the Beauty gets Beast to act differently in spite of his sexual desire, has been done plenty, ways like getting him to laugh, have fun or treating him better than others in just humane ways. Nothing new to see here, folks.
The writing is good but just a little bit more than a YA bedtime story most of the story. The bit more because the f-word is used twice, though not during any act. Body parts were not named on the female. Instead it was referenced by words like "curls" or "being parted. Almost 4 hrs into the story there's minor touching; five hrs in there's breast touching. And later there's cunnilingus 2x near the end.
Very much like a fable, the story seemed to have a specific goal of change for 1 of them & then focused on it in multiple ways to affect the change. After so many & the associated angst I grew tired. The reason for the efforts begin to be dubious & manufactured. And Beauty begin to act more like a child who didn't get her way.
There's a 5-min sneak peek of the next and final part of this story. But I'm not interested.
Overall, I'd rate this a 3.5
I love everything about this book. The characters, writing development and pace. So many twists and turns that lead to a major cliffy.
In Deceit, we learn more about the beast and slowly see the underlining of his layers. It was so welcoming and refreshing. Benella shows great growth and maturity but still shows us that being naive or vulnerable isn't ways bad...
Sierra Kline kicks major mics in this book. She was so on point that I actually thought there was more than one narrator for the book.
Kiddos all around for MJ Haag and I cannot wait for Devastation!
"A long slow moving story"
A better edited story would have made this a wonderful listening experience.
The performance was the only saving grace in a story that went on too long.
Depravity, Deceit and Devastation, the Beauty and the Beast trilogy by M.J. Haag should have been one book. The story drags on so long; you tire of Beauty, her nasty sisters and her good intentions. There’s so much potential with this story that editing could have fixed. I suffered through to the end but it wasn’t worth it.
I rarely do reviews but this was a good choice! well worth the credit used
"No sophomore slump here"
Love love love it on to part 3 for me! This is an adult retelling of my fave fairy tale and this installment is the most brutal. Secrets and lies all over the place.
"Enhanced by Narration, a Connection Grows"
Absolutely! Of course, I would recommend listening to Book #1 first (Depravity). This story is so well-written, and Sierra Kline's narration brings the words to life. It a pleasant listening experience.
The growing connection between Benella and the Beast.
I love her accent, the array of voices she gives to the different characters, and the flow of the story as she narrates.
YES! I almost did.
I love this set of audiobooks.
"Love!!!! Steamiest of the three books!"
I liked this series a lot but maybe liked this book the most. It was the steamiest of the three books. Not too many sexual scenes, just enough. Well written story and characters are so well developed. A good listen!!
"I'm in love! Doesn't hurt that some scenes fogged up my glasses"
I love this telling of beauty and the beast. She is even strong in this story than the one I heard as a child.
She faces many hardships because of her sisters and how nice she is. I feel her niceness will be her undoing. She doesn't try to hold the monsters and the would be rapists at fault or try to find a way to stop them.
I so happy I decided to pick up this book it was a joy to listen to. The narrator is amazing she brought this tell to life.
Grab this book you will fall in love with it!
listened to both books so far, they are interesting, different take kinda... but very predictable. I enjoy the beauty and beast story so I'm listening however if your not a fan of hearing the save story over again with a slight change, this would not be the story for you. If you do like it, by all means grab it
"Audio brings this tale to life!"
I had already read Deceit, A Beastly Tale book 2 in ebook but the audiobook is just amazing! It really brings so much depth to this already wonderful story! I can't recommend these books & audio editions enough. Warning: This is an adult retelling of Beauty & the Beast.
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