Wednesday, July 11, 2018

REVIEW: Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

Book Blurb: They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier's cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was. Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.

My Review: Where to start with this book. Let's start with the fact that within the first 13 percent of the book the main heroine is raped and the author didn't think to include a rape warning for the book. So there is your warning if you haven't read the book yet. Jean-Loup is such a predator. He won't take no from a woman so he rapes Lucie and then tries to force himself on Mere Sophie when she has disguised herself as a beautiful woman to take revenge for Lucie. When she transforms him into a beast he is described as having hooves and then a few pages later he has paws. Turns out his back legs have hooves and his arms are paws. Did I mention he got turned into a creature that is like a chimera? Of course, later we find out that the beast is actually his real self and Jean-Loup is the disguise. Both forms have completely different personalities from the other. Beast is kind and Jean-Loup is the asshole.

Let's not forget about poor Lucie in all this. After Jean-Loup is transformed Lucie is turned into a candleholder so she can watch over him and make sure he suffers. However, her and the Beast end up forming a friendship and then Lucie falls in love with her. Lucie does everything in her power to send Rose home after she shows up. But Rose ends up saving the Beast after he tries to save Lucie from her the curse and that in turns makes the Beast turn back into Jean-Loup. Our dear suffering heroine ends up turning Jean-Loup back into the Beast on his and Rose's wedding day no less. Then they fly off together to their happily ever after.

I have been anticipating reading this book since I heard about it six months ago and it was just such a major let down. I have read better Beauty and the Beast retellings than this one. I won't be picking this book back up ever and for what it's worth it's not bad but again there are better ones out there. If you're going to read this book do yourself a favor and just borrow it from the library or a friend.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

*I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. 

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