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Summary

Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he's covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurt his body, but damaged his soul and self-esteem, so he's wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him.  

Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse. Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast's heartstrings.  

In 1805, Laurent has no family, no means, and his eyesight is failing. To escape a life of poverty, he uses his beauty, but that only backfires and leads him to a catastrophe that changes his life forever. He takes one step into the abyss and is transported to the future, ready to fight for a life worth living.  

What he doesn't expect in his way is a brutal, gruff wall of tattooed muscle with a tender side that only Laurent is allowed to touch. And yet, if Laurent ever wants to earn his freedom, he might have to tear out the heart of the very man who took care of him when it mattered most.  

Contains mature themes.

©2017 K. A. Merikan (P)2019 Tantor

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Intriguing concept that works surprisingly well

When I first read the blurb on this book when it came out I was a little sceptical about how it could work, well a time travelling French book clerk from 1805, Laurent makes a pact with the “devil” and ends up falling for a scarred, tattooed member of the Kings of Hell MC, Beast, in 2017?
However K.A. Merikan, as usual, managed to draw you into this world and make it work.
Now it’s out on audiobook with the ever so talented Joel Leslie narrating and I have to say what was previously a 5 star book has now been made into 6 stars!
Joel brought Laurent and Beast to life in a way books just cannot do for me, especially with Joel’s excellent French accent he used for Laurent and the way he spoke in that particular way you would expect from the period of time Laurent came from. I hope he continues to narrate the rest of the series.

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Interesting story

The concept is interesting and reasonable well written. The narration is good though not to my taste.

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nope

i expected more considering the other book i read by k.a merikan was awesome.the story seemed to be all over the place.i just didnt get it.

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  • Nica Flor
  • 04-02-19

Marvelous performance of a thrilling book

This is a sexy story. Full of passion and grit, with a beautiful romance. Beast belongs to the Kings of Hell MC, and lives his life in darkness, after suffering horrendous burns to his once beautiful face, and wishes to find someone who will love him again. Laurent, centuries before, is an indentured servant who only wishes to be a free man, and to enjoy the secret desire he harbors for men. But his wish is fulfilled in the most treacherous way, and he takes a decision that will send him to the future and to Beast with a mission. There's so much to like about this story, Beast is such an appealing character, with such a vulnerability hidden by his muscles and growl, and a deep yearning for the angelic Laurent, who seems like the answer to his darkest prayer. Laurent is beautiful, tender hearted and naive, endearingly innocent about the new world he lives in, and isn't sure how to react to Beast, but their attraction jumps off the page and the passion is explosive. The paranormal element adds a horror movie flavor to the book, and sets the stage for the next book in the series. This is a fun read, and there are no one dimensional goody-two-shoes heroes, all the characters are flawed but extremely attractive and I loved every page. Joel Leslie is magnificent and makes Laurent come alive with his lovely French accent and his uncertainty and naivete, while perfectly hitting every emotional tone required for the scenes and making the intimate moments scorching hot. I loved his performance, he is one of the greatest actors I've ever heard.

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  • Anna Rita
  • 16-02-19

This was so good *^*

Joel's narration was amazing and I can't wait to listen to the other books of the series *^*

One of the main character of this novel is Beast, a good giant, his appearance seemingly menacing and obscure, but within itself it is only a wounded and sensitive person, and which brings in even more scars than those covered by his coated body of tattoos.
Then we meet Laurent, a sweet and innocent boy who came from the 1800s, forced to make a covenant with the devil to escape the pain and fear that afflicted him in his day, and he finds himself in a completely new future with the Kings of Hell MC's members. Here he will learn how to adapt and love freedom, which in part characterizes our times, and do not forget the plastic, Laurent's true love after Beast xD
This book is dotted with sweet moments, because in the end you cannot help but cheer for their love, which will have to face a thousand puzzles and difficulties, I mean, they even have to deal with the Devil in person, but this can't keep them separated.
And I feel like the important message this novel wants to infuse is that you have to look beyond a person's outward appearance, because as you can't judge a book from the cover, you can't judge someone from their appearance, and I can't agree more.

Now I will just wait to listen to Knight and Elliot's story *--* ♡

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  • Petra
  • 19-08-20

Abuse is abuse, even with two dicks.

Beauty and the Beast has always been an effed up story; I do respect the author for trying to take it on. The plot is creative and compelling. However: manipulation, intimidation, and domination without discussion and consent are all abusive behaviors. The fact that you put two dicks in the bed does not make these behaviors more acceptable or less abusive. Period.

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  • Hannah
  • 19-06-20

Hard Pass on this 'Nice Guy' act

Honestly sad I spent a credit on this. Beast is such a hypocrite its impossible to ever like him. He spends all his time brooding over no one looking past his appearance but all (and I mean ALL) he cares about when it comes to Laurent is sex. Then he rages and pouts when Laurent shows any agency over his own body instead of just letting Beast do whatever he wants. He legit thinks at certain points in this book that Laurent OWNS HIM SEX because he has been SUCH A NICE GUY. It's gross.
Beast doesn't care that Laurent is clearly having a hard time adjusting. Beast doesn't care that Laurent just wants to take things slow and be able to say the word 'no' whenever. Beasts first thought when he thinks Laurent is *insane* is to feel sorry for himself that only crazy people want to kiss him. Like, seriously, this dude sucks so hard. What a waste of a good narrator and an interesting plot.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-06-20

A Terrible Disappointment, don't do it

I want to know what book these other reviewers were listening to because this was a serious disappointment. Of course, the story and characters were addicting but this audio adaptation was horrible and completely ruined everything.

I'm familiar with both this author and narrator and separately they're great, I was very excited for this story, but the audio just completely shit it dead in the water for me. And I mean just lord awful narration. I was so disappointed and honestly I'm doubtful I'll get the next book. I feel like this was a waste of my money...

The narrator just wasn't well suited for this type of story. He has decent emotive qualities I guess....but his vocal range is extremely limited. almost all the characters sound the same. It all becomes monotonous and blends together and just seems to drag one. At some point you lose track and are like "what am I even listening to". And for some reason the narrator is adding this sort of raspy sound to all the voices, I guess in an effort to make the characters all seem tough, but in stead it just makes them all sound old and sickly and it's very distracting. And people are raging about his french accent that is actually decent but nothing particularly notable and feels like he forgets to use half the time because he only uses it for specific lines and not narration or thoughts from that character's perspective so when he does use the accent it's almost like it comes out of nowhere. Although at least his way of speaking is much more fitting for that character than literally any of the others.

Had this book been entirely from the perspective of the French character while in the 1800s then I think my opinion would be completely different. His narration of that book would have likely been very successful but since this book has so much going on and that's not the case, it unfortunately didn't go well. Which is a shame because few chapters that are from that POV showed so much promise....

Quite honestly... the narrator ruined this entire series for me now and I wish the book had been done by almost anybody else. It's not even a pleasant word flow to listen to when it's from Beast's perspective. This left me extremely frustrated. Especially since I know the narrator is well suited in other stories I've listened to, as far as pacing, characters, and voices go. I hope to GOD that he never narrates for this author again because he absolutely and irrevocably ruined her book. In fact, I hope he never so much as ATTEMPTS to narrate even this TYPE of book ever again. I'm just really upset about it. There's nothing else I can darty to adequately express my feelings about this aside from it was very unpleasant to listen to.

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  • Richard A Shepard
  • 02-06-19

Loved it!

Sexy, romantic, great overall story line. Really enjoyed it! Check it out. You won't be sorry!

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  • BrattyOz
  • 14-04-19

Amazing story

This story is truly amazing. I had no idea where it was headed and can definitely say there was no figuring it out ahead of the ending. It captivated me completely and I enjoyed it completely. Great job! I highly recommend.

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  • Carol
  • 14-02-19

Absolute perfection

When you combine a great author such as K.A Merikan, an intriguing story, amazing characters, and superb narration by one of the best narrators in the business Joel Leslie Froomkin you’ve got 15 beautiful hours of audio pleasure. What an incredible story I loved every minute of it. Joel’s narration bring such a vast array of characters to life. You’re really in for a treat. And BTW, super hot!

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  • Charles
  • 16-06-19

Wow!

Wow!...Just Wow! Excellent writing and narration. I'll be looking for more from both. You will enjoy this book.

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  • Amanda L.
  • 07-06-19

Excellent performance

this release is the reason I dived into the world of audiobook and I regret I didn't try it earlier. The book itself is an amazing read. great characters with paranormal suspense/time traveling elements. Listening to this make everything feel much more intense. I actually wish I have more down time to listen to this faster. Joel Leslie is crazy talented and have the ability to make such distinct difference voice for all the characters.

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