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Seductively dark and irresistibly enchanting, the Beastly Trilogy is now available in one delectable omnibus!

Depravity - Benella is concerned with two things: avoiding the two village boys who torment her, and scrounging for food to help feed her family.

Unfortunately, the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast. When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed.

Yet, the fate isn’t one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom - a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose. 

Deceit - 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.

Devastation - Abused and rejected, Benella strives to regain a purpose for her life and finds herself returning to the last place she ever wanted to see. She must learn when it is right to forgive and when it is time to move on.

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Great retelling of the fairy tale

I loved the story but the the multiple 'several minutes' drove me insane, I would have loved the books even more if the author left them out or used other words to express the passing of time.

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  • rook
  • 12-08-20

An awful lot of sexual peril for little payoff

I've been trying to read through as many Beauty And The Beast remix / re-tellings as I can find and this one was one of the more difficult to get through. I'm not a reader who shies away from difficult or taboo subjects in books (or romance novels) but this one had SO MANY instances of attempted rape, sexual peril, and pushing of sexual boundaries that the book was difficult to get through, especially when many of the scenes were presented as sexy or desirable. Beyond about 50% of the named male cast being attempted rapists or deliberate accomplices to attempted rape, the male love-interest is constantly pushing and overstepping the sexual boundaries the protagonist sets. He licks her behind after she bargains a "no touching" rule, repeatedly forces her to walk around naked or barely clothed in his house to temporarily receive her clothes back as a "reward," steals into her bed and ruts against her as she sleeps ... it's behavior that doesn't really abate throughout the trilogy, nor is it ever acknowledged. The LI seems to largely have one emotion through the first two books: horny-anger. (Hornger?) He spends most of the first two parts of the story destroying furniture and forcibly having sex with members of the enchanted household as a placeholder for the protagonist. He never comes across as an enticing love interest, or one with any particular depth. The main character grew on me over time but her personal convictions are half-baked from a storytelling standpoint. I honestly couldn't follow her personal reasoning for the last third of the story; it felt like she was being obstinate for the sake of a third book existing. Also, personally, I found some of the gender essentialism very strange and off-putting. There is an important scene fairly early on where is the protagonist learns that it is all women's responsibility to assuage men's natural "pent energies," because all men become hostile when they are aroused. This knowledge becomes a cornerstone of the protagonist's inner monologue for much of the rest of the story. I know these books were written in the 2010's, but it felt like reading magical reasoning from a book from a romance novel from the 60's or 70's. Utterly bizarre. All that said, the reader was very lovely and had a good masculine reading voice for the male characters! I had no complaints on that front. I would listen to more audiobooks from this reader but probably not from this writer.

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  • pattyjean
  • 13-10-20

what a bummer

I had great hopes for this book until it just drags on and on and on. it feels as though the arthur wanted to live in the world they created they kept making excuses to drag the story on. they might want to call it sexual tension but in reality it's not even that. it turns a good book boring. there are so many great ideas but they went no where with them and just wanted a bunch of almost sex seens. there is no build up just a boring dialog of almost nothing. great concept but I would grade a D and have them try again. not even threw the 2nd book and had to write a review. :( I will finnish it but I have a feeling ill want my credit back and pick another actual author that can fallow threw.

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  • jessica hunter
  • 11-07-20

love it! 💚💚💚

i loved it i could not stop listening... i am a nurse working covid and this book made me able to relax!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-20

I think I’ve listened to this 100x

The story is well written and the narrator does an amazing job portraying each character’s personality. My go to when I need a good quick re-read.

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  • Angela
  • 24-06-20

looooove

This is the 2nd time listening to this series, and I rearly ready stories more then once! I love the twists and turns thrown into this classic fairytale.