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The Monster Within: Elemental Love (A Coming of Age True Love Fantasy Romance Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Cerys du Lys
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Book Description

Can true love exist inside the heart of a monster?


After being exiled and forced into an arranged marriage with the terrifying Demon King, Solace had all but lost hope of ever knowing happiness. The commanding Demon King, Bastion, turns out to be far less monstrous than his reputation, though. Will she be able to find love and kindness in this most unlikely of places, or will treacherous falseness and the sinister fate of a prophecy be her undoing?

From USA Today Bestselling Author Cerys du Lys ~

Exiled from her home, cast out and condemned for simply existing in a cruel world with no place for her, Solace is sent to become a sacrificial bride for the Demon King. In accordance with an ancient pact, humanity must offer the leader of the monstrous host a wife once every hundred years. The arranged marriage is meant to maintain peace, and yet...

The stories told about monsters and the terrifying aspects of the Demon King are anything but reason for rejoice. Abandoned by fate, orphaned at a young age, despised from the start despite her smiles and attempts at friendship and happiness, Solace has no choice but to become some monstrous abomination of a bride.

But... Bastion is unlike anything she expected. The Demon King is nice to her, offering safety and kindness in exchange for... what? In order to retain succession to the throne, a demon must provide an heir; when a demon couples with a human, the inevitable fate of the woman is to die from the demonic energy growing inside her.

Still...

Between the life she once had, the intimate emotions stirring within her, and the need to belong, to have companionship and something truly of her own, Solace struggles to come to terms with her situation. Bastion may not hate her--is it possible for him to love her?--but their union will be her final act.

They have time; there's no reason to hurry. Or, they had time...

Conspiracy and treachery threaten Bastion's sovereignty. An inauspicious prophecy foretold nearly a century ago tells of a monster living within the Demon King, waiting to destroy humanity. And Solace is the key to this cataclysm.

All Solace ever wanted was happiness and love; a home. Struggling down a path filled with self-discovery and deception, can she learn how to stop The Monster Within and finally find her happy ending, or is she destined to become the catalyst to devastation?

Emotional, enchanting, and sweet. This compelling romance of dominance and desires, kings and queens, peasants, monsters, and maidens will captivate you, fascinate you, and leave you feeling absolutely enraptured.


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Cerys is a USA Today bestselling author. She has charted on numerous hot new release lists and best sellers lists internationally and with multiple books. She lives in the Greater Boston area in a small town in New Hampshire. She spends her days writing, read-ing, learning, and working. And maybe sometimes she flirts with the mailman. Some of her most favorite activities involve understanding and learning about emotions and relationships. She adores pondering sexuality and sensualness. Most of her writing delves into this in some way, exploring reactions and relationships between different people. While she enjoys writing erotica and erotic romance, her goal is to also keep a certain literary appeal to the writing instead of something purely pornograph-ic. Every story she writes has a delightful plot along with the more devious and delicious scenes we all want to read. She prefers romance settings, with the occasional monster or fairytale. Her secret kinks include reluctance, interesting paranormal creatures, romance(even with monsters), and fun. She loves writing about all of these things, though very strongly acknowledges that fantasies are fiction and nothing more.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2731 KB
  • Print Length: 574 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cherrylily ~ Sweet Historical Medieval Adventure (January 23, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HQKFNC2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wholly cow is this book hot December 31, 2013
Format:Paperback
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. When I got this book I was not sure what to expect I knew that this author put out amazing books but this was above and beyond anything I had expected. I am not big on giving books 5 stars but this book deserves it and more. Wen I started reading it on my kindle I thought oh I can read this book and put it down for a while and finish it the next day because it is longer than some of the books I have read recently. This book is first centered around a woman named Solace and what she has had to go through in her life. About 4 chapters in she is chosen to be the Demon Bride's sacrifice. Secretly it is where the towns people send a woman to die. Who we meet then is Bastion the demon king but he doesn't seem evil. The story centers from this point on on these two main characters as well as Bastion's twin sister Faith. She is so funny sometimes I found her to be the perfect comic relief at times. I don't want to say to much except for what you think you know on some of these characters is not as first appears. It is an amazing story that will hold you to the very end. This story does come to a full conclusion but does leave it open if the author wishes to write more in this series. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Imagination! January 3, 2014
Format:Paperback
I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review, so here it is. I was not sure what to expect from this one. But I was very excited about the story when I finished. We start with learning about Solace and what her life is like in the small town of Glenwood. Where she is hated by most every one in town. She is told that she can't do anything right, sew, cook, clean etc. She believes that the towns folks must be right or they would treat her differently. She has very very low self-esteem and at times I wanted to reading into my kindle and shake her to stop thinking so negatively about herself. When she is chosen to be the bride of the demon king, her life will change but not for good for long. Things are about to happen to Solace, Bastion, Faith, and others in the demon land. There are demons, elves, wisps, fairies, and tree creatures. This story will take your imagination on a ride and if you like that kind of story, then you should hold on and enjoy the ride of The Monster Within. I love Cerys du Lys's writing style and really enjoyed thins one. Looking forward to reading more from her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Satisfying January 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Cerys kills it in this novel. As soon as I loaded it up in my kindle and started reading I found myself in a world just surreal enough to grip me and not let go. I haven't lost myself in a novel, turning page after page without hesitation, in quite a while.

Solace is a resident of the small town of Glenwood, but she's absolutely reviled by everyone there. After being chosen to become the Demon King's wife, she gladly accepts, if only to stem the tide of anger and hate that flows from everyone's lips. As someone who has suffered years of doubt and self-inflicted blame for things that were generally out of my control, I connected with Solace from the very first paragraph. Following her journey wasn't easy, but very rewarding.

Bastion, the Demon King, isn't as vile as his reputation says. The Demon King has a soft heart, and is touched by Solace's years and years of strife. The romance that blossoms between the two is exciting to follow and fun to behold.

Cerys' writing style comes off effortless and engaging. I'll keep my eye out for more from her in the future!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! January 10, 2014
By Patti
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved everything about this book. This could have been yet another story about a human and fantasy creature falling in love, but Cerys du Lys elevated it to something unique and riveting.
I rooted for Solace from the moment I met her. Who hasn't felt ostracized at some point and longed for escape? Solace finds a surprising love in the Demon King, Bastion. He connects with Solace, moved by her years of being vilified by her people. I can't say much more without whipping out a spoiler alert, but if you're looking for a fantasy romance with a relatable heroine, a complex, moving hero, and incredible world-building, check out The Monster Within. You won't regret it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! January 10, 2014
By QuinnX
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wow! I was stunned with how fast I got pulled into the exciting world that the author created. This book was a perfect blend of fantasy and romance that kept me reading page after page. This was a very 'adult' kind of fairytale, with metaphors and themes woven throughout, but it was also a lovely romance filled with some very hot scenes. Thanks to the author for such an enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book January 5, 2014
By KJMaus
Format:Paperback
I received this book from the author for a fair and honest review.
First let me tell you I have never really read many monster books, and that I love series books. This book can be read as a standalone book, but has the capability of being a series, which I am really hoping for.
This is a love story first and foremost that just happens to be about monsters. And there is a message in it: to accept people as they are and for who they are, for the good that they do and not because of past prejudice. Solace being a case in point. She has never been accepted for the caring, kind and loving person she is. Instead she is hated for the past, supposed sins of her parents. She is given as a sacrifice to the Demon King. The future includes ogres, demons, dark elves, wisps, pixies, seraphs, humans, love, sex, and of course strife. I love the way that Cerys writes. The way she has with words to bring you into the story and the timeline of it.
I truly loved this book and I hope that the stories and the host of characters in this book will ensure many more books to come. After all, I love series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
You can not go wrong with this author, she is very talented. Get your book today, Love this book and this series.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marinesgirl77
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Slow read to start. Too much time spent with female lead feeling unworthy. Ending kind of leaves you hanging.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the world Ms
WOW! I must say that I am pleasantly surprised with the way this book went! At first, I was a little irritated with the main character, Solace. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the true meaning of love
Cerys du Lys makes wonderful novels , this story sends a message to all readers which would be don't judge a book by its cover. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jan
3.0 out of 5 stars Great World building lost in repetitive info dumping...
This book took me a bit of time to really sort out in my brain. As a whole, the world building was rich, well thought out, and nearly zero plot holes and for the most part I was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Future Slayer Girl (aka: kitten)
4.0 out of 5 stars The Monster Within
**Free copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This book turned out to be really good. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jessica Loves Books
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good writing
I'm sorry, I tried to like this book, I read it all the way through but it's tone is completely childish, the characters are all monotone and there's no real development. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Graham
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea!
This book really needed some editing it was not the even mediocre to say the least. I don't review avery book I read because I read a lot but, I have to review this one so I can... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great story!
I just finished reading this really great book and love how the author was able to build us a completely new and amazing world. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rose Martz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I was pulled into this story right from the start. The author weaves a wonderful romance along with a great adventure in this wondrous world. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gabrielle
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Cerys is a USA Today Bestselling Author. She has charted on numerous best sellers and hot new release lists internationally and with multiple books.

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Cerys lives in the Greater Boston area in a small town in New Hampshire. She spends her days writing, reading books, learning, and working. And maybe sometimes she flirts with the mailman. Some of her most favorite activities involve understanding and learning about emotions and relationships.

She adores pondering sexual sensuality, as well. Most of her writing delves into this in some way, exploring reactions and relationships between different people. While she enjoys writing steamy romance, her goal is to give you substance and intrigue with your sexy scenes. Every story she writes has a delightful plot along with the more devious and delicious scenes we all want to read.

She prefers romance stories with a little mystery and suspense and the occasional romantic thriller. While many of her novels happen in a contemporary setting, she occasionally dabbles in fantasy and paranormal romance.


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