GENRE: Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 13,853 words
Beau is a down-on-his-luck street artist living on the streets of Seattle. One rainy night, he is accosted by a group of fag-bashing thugs, intent on robbing him of his art supplies and humiliating Beau for who he is. Beau is beaten into unconsciousness ...... And awakens in a bedroom, head bandaged, with no memory of how he got there. Outside his window pine trees and mountain vistas beckon.Beau’s tale grows more mysterious when a large, muscular man begins bringing Beau his food. The man says nothing -- and wears a wolf mask. When he finally does speak, it’s only to tell Beau to call him “Beast.”What secrets does the mask hide? What do these two outsiders have in common? And will their odd circumstances bring them to the brink of love -- or rip them apart? Inspired by the timeless fairy tale, this is a haunting love story that reveals that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.EXCERPT:Note: may contain sexually explicit scenes of a homoerotic nature.
This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and normally I'm not a big fan of fairy tale retellings. In general, I prefer original stories - even though I've been known to watch a movie remake or two. But I liked the sound of the blurb, and I'm a fan of Rick R. Reed's writing, so I thought I'd give it a chance.
I'm glad I did. And this also teaches me a lesson that I need to take more chances with my reading!
The characters in the story are great. Beau is an artist and he has been told many times by the person he's painted that it's like he can see into their souls and paint their true selves. This makes for a believable premise for when he meets Beast, and how Beau so easily sees beyond his scarred face.
Beast himself is the gentle giant type, a really sensitive guy who's trying to hide his hurt behind a mask (literal and metaphorical). But when Beau sees him, he's touched. And scared for his heart.
This book contains lightning-fast insta-love, but since this is a fairy