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Beauty and the Wolf

by Marina Myles

Series: The Cursed Princes (1)

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"Dynamic and sensual, paranormal readers will gobble up this sexy read." --Donna Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight's Warrior " Beauty and the Wolf is a deliciously dark retelling of the classic tale that will make you fall in love all over again." --Erin Quinn, author of The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love A Union Of Curses Isabella Farrington's marriage was hasty. For all her new husband's riches, Lord Draven Winthrop is whispered about, avoided, and feared. Yet Isabella is drawn to Draven's dark good looks, his strength, the charm he can turn on as easily as she can blink. The impoverished daughter of an Egyptologist, she knows there are rumors about her, too, and the amulet she wears. Nothing more than superstitious babble. . . But when Isabella returns to Draven's remote coastal manor, she senses there is something more at work in the grim gardens of Thorncliff Towers than superstition. Draven is passionate and seductive, but he has a brutal, uncontrolled side too, and a history of secrets. To live in peace she must discover the reasons behind a gypsy curse and a mother's scorn. Especially when she learns Draven believes his sweet young bride is doomed to a fate even darker than his own. . .… (more)

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When I went on Netgalley to get this copy, I was really excited, because the synopsis sounds way good, and I had heard good things about it. This is the first book by this author, that I know of, and oh boy I was IMPRESSED!!! She has been bumped up my list of favorite authors, I just wished that she had more books out, because I just thought the Beauty and the wolf was a astounding read with a intense plot and enriching characters that lifted my spirits, and made me feel alive. So its coming out this week, so when it does....you HAVE to read this...its a MUST!!! You won't regret it.

Draven and Isabella have courted and married. Isabella didn't have much choice, with being a governess she had little option but to marry a man that is rumored to be mad. Draven had spent many years in the asylum, having thought that he was really cursed. Draven many years ago made a mistake that cost him his life and happiness. He knows that he is cursed, to spend every month under the moon, to turn into something wild and bloodthirsty. When he marries Isabella, he ends up feeling himself turn on their wedding night, and scaring her into leaving. Now two years later Isabella wants children, and with little money, goes back to her husband, so she can have security for herself and her father, and children. Only she has one problem---seduce a man that keeps resisting even though she knows he wants her. Even though Isabella knows that there is something scary and fierce about Draven, she senses something good and pure in him. There is also a part of him that terrifies her, and she doesn't know what he really is. Even though she finds herself falling in love with him, she feels that he is keeping a huge secret from her that could change their relationship. Draven is terrified into what this curse is turning him into. He feels the curse changing who he is, and now that he has found Isabella again, she represents everything good in the world, and he wants her more than air. But he wonders if this curse could destroy them both.

Draven is one of my favorite heroes, the emotional tortured kind. I really liked his strength of character, and even though there is a wild nature to him, he also has a good heart that is very evident. I enjoyed seeing how tender and feeling he is toward Isabella. He isn't too bitter with her, more with himself. He is a bit brooding, and stubborn but I enjoyed how rich his character was, and very intense at times. Isabella isn't exactly the most trusting, but I understood her side of things. I admire her strength especially when it seemed that Draven could be pretty scary. She tended to deal with it pretty well.

A very well written retelling of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. I found this one to be well done and in some ways very similar to the actual tale, but there were certain differences that added a certain flair of originality. One other aspect that I loved was that it was set in a historical setting--which isn't very common. I found it to be a fun setting for the plot. It does have a bit more of a Gothic edge to it, but I thought that was one of the positive elements to the story. Intensely packed filled romance with adventure, mystery, curses, dark paranormal elements and a exciting edge that will have you from beginning to end. Very Impressed!!! I can hardly wait for the second one to come out later this year!! ( )
  addictofromance | Apr 4, 2019 |
Read Original Review @ The Indigo Quill: http://theindigoquill.blogspot.com/2013/06/review-beauty-and-wolf-cursed-princes...

Here we have a more adult version of the beloved fairytale, Beauty and The Beast. Mix that with a touch of the traditional werewolf and you have a hero that you really hate to love. If you're a fan of the TV series Once Upon a Time like I am, you will be intrigued with Marina Myles' spin off of the tale. Just as they integrate old stories to have a more in depth plot, so has Miss Myles in Beauty and the Wolf.

I'll be honest, I was a little wary of this being another book about a werewolf, but it really wasn't too bad. Just like the vampire stories, I can only read one of these every once in a while because they have been so incredibly worn out. Lucky for me, the plot was enough to keep me going.

There were twists where I was entirely caught off guard and everything I believed up until that point was a lie. But it's okay, I survived it. And that just adds more meat to the story. The main characters were pretty well developed. Sometimes I felt that Isabella, the heroine, was slightly inconsistent, but Draven was such a well in-depth tortured soul that it made up for it enough. I thought it was a little odd that they claimed Isabella was "so beautiful" and had many prospects before Draven, yet no one had proposed to her. If this was written back in the 1800s, that seems slightly out of place.

Easy read. Good storyline. Steamy romance. Probably could use a little more work to be fully well-rounded, but it's definitely worth a read and I am looking forward to the next installment! ( )
  TheIndigoQuill | Nov 7, 2015 |
A thoroughly enjoyable historical paranormal romance. A good mix of sizzling romance and heart wrenching angst with a delightful cast of characters. I loved both Draven and Isabella. Both were strong willed and determined to see things through to their own needs and desires but find themselves intrigued with each other. The two curses working against each other were fascinating. I loved Egyptian and Gypsy lore mixed together along with the fairy tale retelling.

A very satisfying read and I look forward to more from this author.

Thank you Netgalley for the ARC. ( )
  sunset_x_cocktail | Aug 20, 2014 |
I'm a sucker for a good historical romance. I'm also a sucker for a historical romance with some supernatural goodness thrown in the mix. Not every author can combine ancient Egyptian gems with werewolves and Gypsy curses and make it believable. It was believable to me in this story and I really enjoyed the dual curse portion of the book. The reveal and finish was a touch anti-climactic to me but the rest of the book was pretty busy so I can deal.

My one problem with this story was the heroine. For about 80% of this book, she was almost intolerable. One minute Isabella was ready to proclaim her love, the next she's coldly rejecting Draven over something she already knows he can't control. She snoops through his things and finds out why he is the way he is, but the following day she's leaving him to himself. She was way too wish-washy for me. The book was supposed to be about redeeming Draven from his selfish ways but I think the person who needed it was Isabella. She conveniently forgot her own ulterior motives for returning to the marriage (to trap Draven, how noble of her) and found any reason she could to tell Draven she was going to leave him again after promising him she'd help. Despite knowing his reasons why he would have preferred not to get her pregnant, she still chose to twist the issue and say he robbed her of motherhood. She knew everything, yet she still acted as though Draven did this on purpose. He bared his soul while she said nothing. I just couldn't get behind her. Some of the speech was a little too flowery for what I perceived Draven's character to be, but it made sense. I enjoyed a lot of the book, but Isabella was quite awful for most of it and this took away from the enjoyment for me. ( )
  mandygirl.10 | Feb 6, 2014 |
*Book source ~ Many thanks to Kensington & NetGalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Lord Draven Winthrop spent time in an asylum when he was 16 and he believes he’s under a rauna curse, so his prospects for making a good marriage are dismal. Isabella Farrington’s prospects are no better since she is believed to be cursed by an Egyptian amulet given to her by her father after an archaeological dig. In addition, they have run out of money to support themselves. Isabella marries Draven to save herself and her father from starvation even though she doesn’t know him very well and Draven marries Isabella for her curse since she is fated to kill her lover and he wants his life ended. But in this using of each other they find something else. The question is can they survive being doubly cursed?

The premise for this story is intriguing, but I had a hard time connecting to the main characters. Their emotions jumped around so wildly and it seemed like Isabella kept leaving only to return again. The plot wasn’t too bad and though I had an inkling of what the twist was before it was revealed, it was still a decent one. I think the story would have faired better with more development and less rushing to the conclusion. ( )
  AVoraciousReader | Dec 15, 2013 |
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Here we have a more adult version of the beloved fairytale, Beauty and The Beast. Mix that with a touch of the traditional werewolf and you have a hero that you really hate to love. If you're a fan of the TV series Once Upon a Time like I am, you will be intrigued with Marina Myles' spin off of the tale. Just as they integrate old stories to have a more in depth plot, so has Miss Myles in Beauty and the Wolf.

I'll be honest, I was a little wary of this being another book about a werewolf, but it really wasn't too bad. Just like the vampire stories, I can only read one of these every once in a while because they have been so incredibly worn out. Lucky for me, the plot was enough to keep me going.

There were twists where I was entirely caught off guard and everything I believed up until that point was a lie. But it's okay, I survived it. And that just adds more meat to the story. The main characters were pretty well developed. Sometimes I felt that Isabella, the heroine, was slightly inconsistent, but Draven was such a well in-depth tortured soul that it made up for it enough. I thought it was a little odd that they claimed Isabella was "so beautiful" and had many prospects before Draven, yet no one had proposed to her. If this was written back in the 1800s, that seems slightly out of place.

Easy read. Good storyline. Steamy romance. Probably could use a little more work to be fully well-rounded, but it's definitely worth a read and I am looking forward to the next installment!
 

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A Union Of Curses

Isabella Farrington's marriage was hasty. For all her new husband's riches, Lord Draven Winthrop is whispered about, avoided, and feared. Yet Isabella is drawn to Draven's dark good looks, his strength, the charm he can turn on as easily as she can blink. The impoverished daughter of an Egyptologist, she knows there are rumors about her, too, and the amulet she wears. Nothing more than superstitious babble. . .

But when Isabella returns to Draven's remote coastal manor, she senses there is something more at work in the grim gardens of Thorncliff Towers than superstition. Draven is passionate and seductive, but he has a brutal, uncontrolled side too, and a history of secrets. To live in peace she must discover the reasons behind a gypsy curse and a mother's scorn. Especially when she learns Draven believes his sweet young bride is doomed to a fate even darker than his own. . .

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