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In creating the Beast, Dante Bartholomew, Grey has handed us one of the more conflicted MCs in all his books. By introducing Dante, and us, to Beau Clarity, who has hidden issues and conflicts of his own, Grey has created a spin on the standard beauty-and-the-beast plot line that is beautifully written and perfectly paced.
Both Dante and Beau could have devolved into stereotypes without Grey's steady, and very realistic, hand. He gives Beau the strength of his experience as a counselor to smack Dante around with a dose or two of reality. (It is sort of a "Snap out of it!" approach displayed by Cher in "Moonstruck," but more gentle).
The way Dante's demons come to the fore and how Beau and he are forced to deal with them are wrapped in a cocoon of sweet supporting characters, including a couple of children that enchant Dante when everyone expects him to be a cold beast. There are also one or two nasty people along the way who are complicating their lives, but they are plot foils.
But in the end we have another triumph by an author who always grabs you on the first page and won't let you go until you are quite done with what he wants to tell you. Bravo, once again!
I felt for Dante Bartholomew, I could so easily see where he could do what he did. his wife dies in a tragic accident, and while cleared by the police, her family still blames him. He was a figure in the community, grew up there from a child, have but himself away from everyone in mourning his best friend. Her family couldn't see her depression so they said it was murder and started lots of of rumors calling him 'The Beast of St. Giles. So he stays hidden.
Then he gets drawn out, and meets a cute man and some children that called to him. It was a wonderful, touching story of overcoming and finding love at the most unexpected time. Five stars for the best story development
I thought Dante Bartholomew made a perfect beast, and I liked that he didn’t have any disfigurements to make him be the default beast. He was beautiful on the outside, but the death of his wife and the resulting guilt led to him being reclusive and being the beast that the community expected. But the servants at Bartholomew Manson see the kind and caring side of Dante that the community doesn’t get to see. My favorite servant was Roberts and the cook Harriet. You could feel how much love and respect they had for their employer. When his lawyer badgers him into going to a fundraising event in addition to sending in a sizable contribution, he meets counselor Beau Clarity and the children he works with.
I thought Beau Clarity was a perfect beauty. But his beauty came from his heart and soul. Although he wouldn’t say that he’s classically beautiful in face or form, the way he cares for the community by offering his help through the community center with free substance abuse counseling and classes for the children of substance abuse families shows what a beautiful person he is. Although if you ask Dante, he’s beautiful on the outside as well as on the inside even with all of the scars on his chest left by a bear attack when he was a child. I really enjoyed how Beau and the child, Bobby, helped bring Dante out of his cold persona at the fundraising dinner and convinced him to come and volunteer at the community center.
I liked the interactions between Beau and Dante. The story has a slow burn romance to it, and it felt perfect for how closed off Dante was and how hard Beau had to work to bring Dante out of his shell and defrost his heart. But Dante has lots of guilt over his marriage to his best friend Allison and how it ended in tragedy, and until he learns to forgive himself, he won’t be ready to move on.
And I loved the end of the book, I had the biggest sappiest smile on my face, and my heart was full of happy thoughts.
So if you are looking for a modern-day retelling of the fairytale the Beauty and the Beast, then I would give this one a try. I know I thoroughly enjoyed it.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***
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