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Summary

I could save him, but he would ruin me.

The beast.

The creature that stalks the forbidden wood.

The dragon prince.

He has suffered a fate worse than death. We all have. A curse put upon us by the mad king.

We are a kingdom locked in time. Shifters unable to feel our animals. Stuck here by a deal between the late king and a demon who seeks our destruction.

The only one keeping this kingdom alive is Nyfain, the golden prince to a stolen throne. The last dragon shifter.

He's our hope.

He's my nightmare.

When he catches me trespassing in the forbidden wood, he doesn't punish me with death, as he's entitled.

He takes me, instead. Forces me back to the castle as his prisoner. Seeks to use me.

Apparently, I can save him. I can save the whole forgotten kingdom, locked away by the demon king's power.

But it would mean taming the monster beneath his skin. It would mean giving myself to him.

It would mean my ruin.

This is a dark and spicy Beauty and the Beast retelling featuring an anti-hero, a strong heroine, and a humorous supporting cast. This is an enemies-to-lovers and possible fated mates story suitable for 18+. It's the first of a trilogy, ending on a cliffhanger.

©2021 Hazy Dawn Press, Inc (P)2021 Hazy Dawn Press, Inc

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Get Ready to get Tangled in the Thornes

Captivating, Dark and Steamy! This Tale has a very Beauty and The beast feeling... well if the Beast lived in a Castle full of Lusty demons that is!! Regardless, of its similarity to the classic tale, it still had a unique feel to it and I found that I couldn't put this one down. The Narrator and Audio quality was excellent only adding to the enjoyment. my only disappointment was that I have to wait fir the next book to find out what happens next!!

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Sex scenes written in juvenile crudity

Loved the story but the sex scenes were written in a surprisingly crude, clumsy fifth form toilet wall genre rather than adult eroticism. Very disappointing given KF Breene'S usual standard.

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  • AJ
  • 27-10-21

Loved it!!

I have to admit the book was much better than I thought. After seeing mixed reviews I wasn’t sure even though I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve listened to by Miss Breene. It’s the first time I’ve listen to a book that is narrated by Tillie Hooper and I really enjoyed it. Can’t wait for the next book. 5 ⭐️ from me 😁

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Twisted fairytale

I love a twisted fairytale and this version of Beauty and the Beast by KF Breene was done it so well. Finley is a bad a$$ and she’s so funny she won’t let anyone or anything get in her way and if anyone does they will pay for their discretion . When she meets Nyfain he’s not very nice to her but she gives as good as she gets and it soon becomes apparent there’s a chemistry between them. I’m going to start ATOR now , I’m a big fan of the narrator under her usual name so it’s no surprise how well she narrates these books.

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Great start 👏

Great start and concept to a well-known brand. these twist on a fairytale is brilliant. can't wait for the second in the series already pre ordered the book.

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Another Brilliant Book

K F Breene just gets better and better..
what a hot sexy book with a great twist on a fairytale..
looking forward to the next one...

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  • Jeffrey Alvarado
  • 21-10-21

Deliciously Dirty Beauty/Beast Twist

THIS BOOK IS NC17 – If you’re a Young Adult genre fan – move on. If you’re looking for something dirtier than the standard vanilla romance books, get this book. Don’t forget to pack your pearls – Breene’s new dark fantasy series will lead you through her kingdom of loyalty, darkness, and steam. Just watch out for that kinky dungeon party along the way.
I hated twists of established fairy tales/characters/movies. Until KF Breene wrote one. And I’m sure it’s now ruined me retellings from other authors. I also had not read erotica books but naturally Breene’s great at that too. Then again, I’d read a eulogy if she wrote one, but that’s beside the point. I always enjoyed her sex scenes from her other series’ but never realized how most of them were “vanilla” till now. This book is perfect for those looking to experience a little more kink without being TOO erotically adventurous. Yet. But be prepared, I hear the rest of the series will test those boundaries. I loved how the main character, Finley, had never really been adventurous either but given the opportunity, chooses where she might be interested in pushing her line. It’s a powerful “broadening your horizons” story without being overbearing. Don’t get me wrong though. There are plenty of crazy kinky scenes in the castle that she stumbles across. And I’m told we have even more to look forward to in the sequel.

When it comes to the retelling of B&tB, the very basic concepts are there, but are faint enough that it isn’t distracting. You fall into the unique & dark story to find small breadcrumb reminders; but get quickly distracted by the next twist. I really cannot quit raving at how well done AROR is. It’s NOTHING like the original. Which makes it that much more enjoyable. And drives you mad wanting to see/read what could happen next. Fkng masterful is the only way I can describe it. In the best, most erotic way possible.

What stood out to me the most though was how fast and deep (haha pun intended) the plot was developed. Even with all the sexual angst & situations that pepper the story from cover to cover. It really was amazingly done. Nothing felt incomplete plot-wise because of all the time spent on sex, but rather left you wanting more. Although I will say I felt like I needed a shower to wash all the deliciously dirty scenes away from my mind. Possibly after reading them one more time for the road…

The narration is wonderfully done! I love Tillie Hooper (and her non-romance pen name) so I was so excited to hear she is narrating this series!

Lastly, I was so lost in the developments toward the end of the book that I had no clue I was rapidly approaching the end. I MAY have cursed colorfully aloud when I reached what I realized was the final line in the book. Forget wanting the next book. I need the entire SERIES. NOW.

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  • B 👑
  • 21-10-21

Amazing adult retelling with different twists

Those worried about triggers; Dark does not mean forced, there is none of that here. Just different kinks, some characters do refer shame sex, though it is all consensual.
A more mild KF Breene is Magical Midlife series, more spicy, but not as much is The Darkness series.
Happy Reading!

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  • Kim Mullican
  • 07-11-21

Nah, just not for me

I scoop up every book Breene writes but this...just wasn't for me. There's technically nothing wrong with the book. I just wanted it to be over. The hot scenes weren't hot, just uncomfortable. Again, this is a personal preference. The author's writing is still top-notch. This book just made me queasy and I like smut.

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  • JamieKoep
  • 28-10-21

Naughty Beauty and the Beast

This is such a twisted and naughty take on my favorite fairy tale!! Well written and steamy in the best ways. I thought the dirty talk was a bit much. But otherwise it’s perfect!! Cannot wait to see what happens next for this fantastic world!

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  • melinda a rister
  • 22-11-21

Beauty and the Beast meets a porn film

Geez, how did this book ever get these positive reviews?? Decent narration but each chapter is centered around a sex scene. Every character is so hyped on hormones it’s laughable. Seriously. Terrible.

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  • Christy Brakebill Helton
  • 30-10-21

Amazing!!

YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS!! Whoever’s reading this, stop what you’re doing & listen/read this immediately! You will not regret it! I love this world & cannot wait until the next!

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  • Morgan Waggoner
  • 29-10-21

I’ve never laughed so hard

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, K. F. Breene is the most talented and hilarious author. She is one of the few authors to ever make me laugh out loud to the point of tears and then actually make me cry shortly after.

Her ability to write such strong and complex characters in unsurpassed. I’ve also never relate more to a character than I do to Hadriel. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person… but… here we are.

And Tillie Hooper is the freaking bow on top of the this gift of a story. She brought these characters to life in such an amazing way. Her performance of drunken Hadriel in a purple monster costume had me ROLLING!

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  • Jennifer B.
  • 27-10-21

Not bad

So just to warn you, this book is dreadfully slow until about chapter 10, but after that it picks up and is quite entertaining. I have listened to many of KF’s books and have loved them all, but she normally does PG. This book goes beyond PG to NC-17. I liked how even though this is a beauty and the beast retelling, it doesn’t follow the story completely. KF has put her own twist on it and it’s actually quite funny. Cliffhangers sucks, but I’m excited for the next one. The narrator did a phenomenal job with all the voices.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-21

So bad I can’t rate it.

If you’re uneducated, low frequency, and have no idea what good literature is, then this is definitely your book!

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  • Storyworld
  • 02-12-21

Once upon a time

I found this incredible author and fell in love with her stories.
This tasty treat is no different, well a wee bit...
Reading the book was a very sexy experience. Listening to it? They took it to a whole new level.
You hear just how wonderful this story is written.
Absolutely delicious.