Review by: Book Addict

Beauty in the Beast
by Christine Danse

Published March 5, 2012 by Carina Press

Journeying by steam-powered sled to London's Frost Fair to perform, Tara and three friends are trapped in a blizzard in the woods. A gruff, handsome stranger offers them shelter—and wants one thing in return.  Stories.

The travellers are glad to oblige. Their host, Rolph, is especially captivated by Tara's story of an orphaned girl raised by the Fae in the world of the spirits. Equally intrigued by Rolph, and aware of an electric pull between them, Tara encourages him to share a story of his own. When Rolph weaves a tale of a man who is doomed by his own folly to turn into a wolf at the full moon, Tara suspects there is more than a grain of truth in his words.

When the veil between the mortal and spiritual worlds is parted, and danger threatens, will Tara make the ultimate sacrifice to save Rolph?

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This enthralling novella, a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, pulls you in from the very first chapter. Ms. Danse does such a superb job with her descriptions and details that you can picture the story in your mind.

When Tara and her band of traveling entertainers become mired in a blizzard, they seek refuge in a nearby cabin. The cabin’s owner Rolph is gruff and mysterious, and Tara is immediately drawn to his coarse looks and heated eyes.

In exchange for the shelter and food, the entertainers offer up stories for their host. These stories were a wonderful bonus to the story, four books for the price of one! Tara coaxes Rolph to tell a story of his own, one that is more sad and haunting than her own.

As the blizzard continues and the group is forced to make repairs to their transportation, Tara relishes the chance to get to know Rolph more. They have more in common than they can imagine, and the past will be revisited in a big way. Can Tara find the Beauty in the Beast?

As entertaining as its heroine’s profession, this book will stay with you long after you’ve read the last words.

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