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Nick Fairfax vows to do whatever Lord Bane Dunsaney desires for one year. In exchange, Nick's family gets a chance to regain their fortune. Is this the worst mistake of Nick's life, or will it lead to a love only found in fairy tales? Book 1 of our modern, M/M retelling of Beauty & The Beast.*

*Cursed: Broken is the first book of a 3-book series, which will all be published in 2016.*

Sensitive, aspiring photographer Nick Fairfax wants nothing to do with his family's corporate business, or their vicious, cold-blooded lifestyle. Intending to give up his inheritance and pursue his art, he arrives at his father's office, only to find that Fairfax Industries has fallen to a scarred man in a hooded cloak.

The man is the reclusive billionaire Lord Bane Dunsaney, and he is bent on destroying the Fairfaxes. But when he sees Nick, *everything* changes. Bane offers the Fairfaxes the chance to regain their fortune if Nick will reside at Moon Shadow, his secluded mansion, and do whatever the billionaire wants for a whole year. Nick has no real choice other than to agree to Bane's terms.

At Moon Shadow, Bane lords his power over Nick, going even so far as to take Nick's phone, computer and beloved camera away. The billionaire claims such measures are to protect his *privacy*, but Nick is convinced they are so Bane can control *him.*

Each is determined to see the worst in each other. But as time passes, Nick glimpses a Bane that is much more than the cold-hearted figure that he met in his father's office. He discovers that Bane is a man betrayed by love and no longer believes in it.

But what Nick comes to know about Bane is nothing compared to the man's true secret. Bane is *cursed.* He is a tiger-shifter who has *no control* over his beast. And that beast wants Nick.

*Cursed: Bound,* Book 2 of the series, is in progress and scheduled for late summer 2016! To find out more, check our blog here because we post often: http://welcome.raythereign.com/category/raythe-reign-team-blog/

*Raythe Reign produces escapist, romantic M/M shifter, fantasy, scifi, adventure, and urban fantasy books and graphic novels.*

©2016 Catherine N Tetzlaff (P)2016 Catherine N Tetzlaff

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Interesting Story

This is an interesting story. Well written and with likeable characters. The narration is good as well.

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A strong start to a heart wrenching love story

I love the books written by X. Aratare, so when I discovered they had been recorded as audiobooks I swiftly collected my favourites Cursed and The Merman. I have since gone back and purchased all the works by X. Aratare.
This story has an uneasy premise the young man sold for one year. But the author handles the material well and draws you in, so much so you find yourself routing for a character you should hate given their actions. Not only are Nick and Bane likeable and their actions understandable, but so are the secondary characters of Omar and Jade. Nick's family however..... They are hard to forgive and you feel maybe they are getting what they deserve.
I listen to this story again and again.
But heads up this is part of a series and therefore this and book 2 end on a cliffhanger. If you don't like this you might be better with the short story Cursed Smoke, which features the same characters but a different meeting and story arc. However, all the places and situations evolved in Cursed Smoke can be found in main Cursed books.

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Excellent Retelling In A Unique Way!


This first instalment is great, setting a great foundation for the storyline and characters.

Looking forward to hearing the next instalment 😁

Michael Dean (Pauley) is excellent as usual - just love the sound of his voice🥰

Definitely worth the 5🌟’s 😊

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A wonderful retelling of a classic.

I loved the story so far, very emotional. I will definitely be listening to the rest of the series.

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Great start to the series

Enjoyed this book and was eager to get the rest in the series, despite the narrator not being my favourite and being a bit nasally. However, I’ve since listened to the last two books and it really goes down hill and I will be returning those two. Such a shame as this book laid the groundwork for something good.

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A very interesting take on beauty and the beast

I debated starting this series for about two months, then for some reason I finally gave in (partially coz it was Michael Pauley reading it) But I am so glad I did, this is the first book in the series and it's a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Nick's family are rotten to their core, all apart from Nick of course, Blane is a very lost and damaged soul. When the two first meet it's not pretty, and there's a rough and bumpy road ahead of them.

A beautiful story that just gets better and better the further you get into it.

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  • Donald
  • 03-08-16

Initially confused; now I understand...

The entire premise of this book was fantastic...indentured servitude, undeniable attraction met with a refusal to accept. I loved the adventure that the author was taking us on...but...the ending of this book sucked, with a big ole exclamation point! I wanted an happily ever after and I was left hanging. It was not until I reread the publisher summary that I realized that it was the first part of a three part series...that was a relief and now I am anxiously awaiting the next part of this series and will be better prepared when I finish part 2, knowing there is a part 3. Love the characters and I think that the narrator, Michael Pauley does an exceptional job!! Waiting patiently (mostly) for the next installment...

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 03-08-16

Except for the cliffhanger - so good!

In what is a familiar story to anyone whose read or watch Beauty and the Beast, Nick is “given” to Bane for a year of indentured servitude so that Nick’s family can regain a chance at their family fortune.

Bane hates Nick’s family for it’s greed and avarice and lumps Nick in with the bunch. Nick, on the other hand, is actually nothing like his family and is actually about to split with them due to these differences. But when faced with the option of helping them out he chooses family loyalty over his own self interest.

While in Bane’s care Nick finds himself slowly developing feelings for the cold but enthralling Bane. Bane, too, finds there is more to Nick than he’d thought.

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This is the first book in a three part series. Knowing my own impatience, I wish I’d waited because we are left with a definite cliff hangar at the end.

This is a very slow burn romance between our two MCs and it’s done very well. It’s a great re-telling of an old fairy tale with a male/male twist.

While I definitely enjoyed this and was captivated the moment I started listening, I was a little disconcerted by the Nick/Tiger interactions… but I think it was tame enough for most people.


Audio: Michael Pauley does a great job with this. He gives it a very dark air and handles the various accents with ease. Highly recommend this as a way to enjoy this story.

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  • Soriea
  • 24-07-16

Great retelling of an old classic

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the character development. That is basically the entire book and it was great to have a story instead of them ripping their clothing off every other page. I loved the whole thing. Bane's tortured past, the servant Omar, whom is more family than servant and Nick. Nick's corrupt family and so on. Unlike everyone else, I felt enough of the ends were tied up to satisfy me until the next story. It was open enough to have much more to explore between these two and we still have to get Bane to say those three little words.I think I have found myself a new author. This was my first book by her and I loved it.

Have you listened to any of Michael Pauley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I've listened to all of Michael's Michelle Howard books, but Michael, this is your best work out of the ones I've heard. Holly crap did you give Bane a sexy voice and Omar was also well done. Good job! I hope to see you do more varied voices in the future.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moments about Bane and Alistair as well as Bane's father. I hope we get more nitty gritty details next book. I love a good tortured hero.

Any additional comments?

Really excited to have found this author and I will be buying more of her books on Audible.

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  • Roger
  • 19-06-16

Warning... this is only half the book.

I really liked this story. It is well done. BUT, at this point (6/19/2016) only half the story is available. I AM SO FRUSTRATED. It isn't like a series of books with the same characters but one major story arc per book. This is literally, half a book. It is great but almost stops mid-sentence. Online, I found out the other half will be called Cursed:Bound but the author hasn't finished it yet. I wouldn't be so mad but I really like what is available so far. Why would an author publish half a story? It is dishonest and seems like a con job for the reader/listener.

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  • Lord_Theoden
  • 03-02-17

Nothing really happens

there are a couple of sexually charged dreams and daydreams but no real stuff, that being said I liked the intimacy the characters had without touching, a glance here a glance there, whispered confessions, talking so close they are inches away from each other, it was pretty awesome.
I must say I absolutely abhorred Bane's "friends" oh god I hated that part of the story so much, which comes close to the end though, but I did like Omar he was the main force driving the story and bringing the characters together.
If you want to get this book be ready to get the next cause this story ends on a pretty low note.
P.S. the narrator was fine.

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  • Violet B.
  • 11-01-17

Delicious 😋

Wonderful beauty and he beast MM sexiness.
Great narration , this is a cliffhanger.
Give a go it's yummmy.

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  • Kindle Customer AgLeaf
  • 04-07-16

How do you solve a hundred year old Indian Curse?

Excellent writer and narrator!
Even with similar plot, so many differences has me wondering what X. Aratare will do with all the characters next.
Please release Part Ii soon?

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  • Mark
  • 20-02-21

OMG!!

I can't believe this story, It is SO good. I listen to it lot's and then I restart it! Michael Pauley does a phenomenal job!

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  • 💋 Serenepw
  • 19-12-20

🌹This was good! Real good.

First, I must say the music brought the dramatic feel to the story. Then, I must say the narrator brought not only the drama, but the story to life. He was amazing. Omar, the supportive character was a precious part of the story. And Bane and Nick the two main characters brought the heat, passion, drama, suspense, and every other element that made ,'' Cursed,'' one hell of a story! I so highly recommend! Enjoyed.🌹

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  • Queen of Halloween
  • 11-12-20

This is One of the Best Books I've Ever Read!

This is not my usual cup of tea and I only found this author and series because the narrator is one of my favorites. So glad I gave this a try because it's one of the best books I've ever read and will be seeking out the rest of the series and more rom this author. Highly recommend!