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How Beauty Met the Beast (Tales of the Underlight #1)

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The Beast

Scarred. Damaged. Living with a terrible secret. Agent of the Underlight Wesley "Hauk" Haukon has nothing left but the fight for liberty against the oppressive Order of Ananke. He's starting to lose hope…and then he sees her.

The Beauty

Despite her night job as a burlesque dancer, grad student Jolie Benoit has always played the mostly good girl. That all changes fol
ebook, 38000 words, 152 pages
Published November 19th 2012 by Carina Press
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A great introduction to a series; I loved the dialogues, the main characters, the fast storyline. I didn't care so much for the world building, it seemed a bit convoluted to me (modern era with a few steampunk elements and a touch of magic thrown on top) but then I'm not one for these settings ever, and I once more confirmed that I strongly dislike children, may they be 5 or 15, in romances. Really, Whitney is worse than Dani fo the fever series:( At least her part was too small to ruin my enjoy ...more
Series Review (no spoilers)

The Tales of the Underlight trilogy is a romance, fairy tale retelling, modern steampunk, magic and mythology all rolled into one - I'm shelving it under UF because it's a more general shelf but it's not really. As you can imagine, something this ambitious was bound to falter and fall apart at the seams but the characters were so compelling and the narration was so well done that I listened to them back to back, something I almost never do. Jax Garren is definitely an
Jessica Scott
I received this book from Carina Press. Full disclosure that Jax is a friend of mine.

Now with all that out of the way, I loved this story! It's part 1 of a 3 book series so the romance is left unresolved but I LOVE Hauk and Jolie. Theirs is such a unique, deep romance. I'm a sucker for a really scarred hero and Hauk is scarred, physically from the war. I love how Jax didn't gloss over the real wounds he has or make everything magically go away, either.

The story isn't resolved so she needs to g
Mimi Smith
3 stars

Wesley "Hauk" Haukon has given up on finding love a long time ago, when he was severely burned during his service in Afghanistan leaving him badly scarred and dishonourably discharged. Now, he's fighting for a different, worthy cause. He's fighting for freedom in a world where most people have forgotten it's meaning and essence. And he's perfectly happy with his life. Well, not really, but he's learned to accept it. Then he sees her. Jolie Benoit. Good girl. Burlesque dancer. And a woman
Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
Warning. This is definitely not for children. This book is very, very much so for adults. As in, this is not your Disney version of Beauty and the Beast. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good story. On the contrary, this will be a series I am definitely going to read. Why? Because it’s not all about the adult content, and I love a good romance that also has a good story line, and this is one of them. Not to mention the dystopian society. At least, that’s what I got from it. Its very close to th ...more
From the minute I heard about How Beauty Met the Beast I knew I wanted to read it, I love fairytale retellings and a steampunk style Beauty and the Beast retelling with a heroine who works as a burlesque dancer had me intrigued! Unfortunately the story didn't live up to my expectations and I found myself feeling disappointed.

I'll start with the positives and the main one of those is without a doubt Hauk. Our beast in this story is an ex soldier who suffered from third degree burns on over 80% of
Wesley “Hauk” Haukon lives a lonely existence, his work as an agent of the Underlight is the only acceptance he has found since he was burned badly in a fire and his disfigurement makes others uneasy. Needing a place to hide, Hauk finds himself entranced by the new burlesque dancer, Jolie Benoit and a sensual outrageous act he performs behind the shadows to bring her pleasure. Everything beautiful is what Jolie possesses to Hauk’s beast like qualities, but when Jolie is attacked Hauk is by her s ...more
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. It was hard to stay interested. Things not developed enough.

The setting needed more description. Not enough details about why the powerful ones were in control, what was their agenda, why is the world like whatever it is, and why do some live in secret - the Underlight, and what is their agenda.

The characters were interesting but needed more explanation. I wanted to know why Hauk had special abilities - his healing and he could sense violence when it was nearby.

The story needed more t
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I enjoy fairy tale twists and while Jax Garren's How Beauty Met the Beast is obviously meant for mature readers, it is easily one of the most entertaining publications I've had good fortune to come across.

I know gushing is not best the way to go when composing a review, but folks, I got nothing else. In rare form I have absolutely no complaints. Garren's heroine, Jolie Benoit, is smart, sassy, and en
Mandi Schreiner
I’m a sucker for a beauty and the beast trope. Wesley Hauk has third degree burns over 80% of his body and is missing a leg due to an explosion when he was in the military in the middle east. He was the only person to survive that explosion, and later gets blamed for it. He deserts and ends up in a place called the Underlight, a secret organization that lives under the city of Austin in a complex tunnel system. Started 100 years ago, they are on no government records, no public utilities etc. Th ...more
Samina ~ Escapism~
Wesley Haukon is on the run. While running after completing an assignment,with the Order of Anake chasing him, he seeks shelter at a burlesque dance show party. Here he sees the lovely Jolie Benoit giving her debut performance. Enchanted by her beauty, the scarred, defaced and damaged Hauk follows here into back stage. Somehow turned on by a stranger whose face Jolie has never seen, she has a sexual encounter straight out of her dreams. So when she wakes up after being attacked, she finds hersel ...more
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I am a sucker for all things Beauty and the Beast so I jumped on this opportunity to read this novella. However, I found that I was unable to really connect to the author’s voice or the characters. I found the world to be interesting at first, but then as it became more detailed, I found that I could not really keep track of it all. It seemed a little messy to me and I think my initial confusion stayed with me throughout the entire novella.

At times the writing was OK, b
FV Angela
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How Beauty Met the Beast is supposed to be a retold version of Beauty and the Beast steampunk, urban fantasy style. While I agree to the urban fantasy, I wouldn’t exactly say this is steampunk. While reading the blurb the word burlesque and the phrase “ scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn’t see” caught my eye. Hey, I’m always up for fancy, beautiful strip
Four stars is probably generous, but I was so delightfully surprised by this short little book that I'm in a generous mood. The book was too short to fully flesh out the characters and do a lot of world building. The main characters had an intense and rather unrealistic (but oh so hot) first encounter. But after that initial encounter the relationship between the two main characters developed at a much more natural pace for me. I could buy their growing attraction and friendship. Plus, this book ...more
Mad Scientist
Short Concoction of a Review

The Mad Scientist needs to express that I did really enjoy this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. However, I do feel the need to point out that just because there were a few words dropped of the Steampunkery sort does not mean it is Steampunk. There is much potential and I am looking forward to seeing the author expand on the Underlight World! Machinery, underground living & magic!

Now that I put the heavy before the tea let us move to the good parts of How Beaut
I had finally decided to start on this book because the third and final book will be out soon. This is another retelling of beauty and the beast with the background of some modern stempunk-ish thrown in.

Wesley 'Hauk' Haukon is the most physically scarred hero that I ever read. He is always wearing a hoodie jacket and leather glove to cover up himself after being burned in Afghanistan's military barrack. He is a war veteran, but now he is a fugitive accused of the tragedy that killed him comrade

First of all, this is not steampunk.
It takes place in the present. Hauk is an ex-Army Ranger who fought in Afghanistan. Why would anyone label this as steampunk I have no idea. His whole unit was killed in the fire and he almost didn't make it. The accident left him scarred for life and a wanted man. Jolie is a daughter of a media mogul and she is secretly working as a burlesque dancer.

The story and their first encounter start after her show. It was lust at first ... sight, though it c
3.5 stars
This title came to my attention after two friends (Katie and Nadine wrote positive reviews. As always with such case, it just intrigued me.

Unfortunately, I wasn't as impressed...

It wasn't bad, I still planned to read the next story. However, it wasn't a smooth-sailing read. The first 1/4 part of the story, I was VERY annoyed. I didn't like how these two strangers (Hauk only saw Jolie that night on stage) doing horizontal tange without even exchanging names first. Plus I disliked the fee
I might be rounding up a little here, but this was really, really great. I've seen this novella around, but it just didn't sound like something I'd be interested in. And then! I read Carly's review of it and THAT made me want to check it out and I'm so glad I did.

The romance in this is really sweet. So Hauk, the hero, is very, very, very scarred with burns. And here's the really cool thing. Sometimes Jolie will think of him in a negative way because of his physical appearance and, just as you're
3.5 stars

I'm very happy with this book. Well, not the supernatural parts of it because they almost bordered on the silly, but the rest - the parts where Hauk and Jolie carefully stepped around each other and unexpectedly found a rapport growing between them.

Hauk is a wanted man who has joined an underground group fighting against the corporates who run the world. This world is very reminiscent of ours, only with even more power allotted to the rich and a cult secretly running the world. It's bas
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Review copy courtesy of the publisher via RT Con 2013

Although my enjoyment of this book would maybe give it a 3 or 3.5 star rating, the sheer romance of it all bumped it up to 4 stars! I've read that this is some kind of re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast tale. To be honest, I'm not very familiar with that story other than the general idea of it. So I'm not able to comment on whether it is or is not a re-telling and if it is, I have no idea if it's a g
One of my favorite fairy tales is Beauty and the Beast so it should come as no surprise that I actively seek out romance retellings of this awesome story. That is why my interest was peaked by Jax Garren's debut urban fantasy/steampunk romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It takes the classic fairy tale and gives it a supernatural twist while keeping the spirit of the original. The characters are fascinating, the love story is swoon-worthy, and the plot kept me flipping pages all night.

How B
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)

This short novel is very, very tricky. I keep trying to think how to place it and the solution eludes me.

It's a bit of a fairytale retelling, a very much all growed up Beauty and the Beast. But I can't quite call it that. There are some steampunkish elements, but that label doesn't work either. There are some romantic elements, but if I called this a Romance it would imply certain traditional tropes that just aren't here. There is action as well as a bit of magic too, along with mysterio
How Beauty Met the Beast starts off with a bang. Actually, I re-read the synopsis to see if it matched up with the story because events (sexy times behind stage) occur that I was not expecting. I wasn’t bothered by these events, just surprised and slightly mislead into thinking the story was about one thing when it turned out to be about another. Overall, I enjoyed the story, the characters and the plot; this wasn’t just a how they met story, but one about relationships, what holds them together ...more
Gwenyth Love
Before stating anything further I have to make this one thing very clear. THIS IS NOT A YA NOVEL!

OK. Now that I have that out of the way, let's continue!

This is one quick and steamy novel of awesomeness! I have always been a huge fan of the whole Beauty and the Beast theme, and Jax Garren doesn't destroy my faith in the story type at all. in fact, I have the urge to rush out and re-read all BatB novels right this minute!


There is so much to love in this novel, and not a lot to not like.
Mar 04, 2013 Izzy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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As a fan of reading retellings of classic story tales I have to say this was an easy book for me to pick up. I was excited to see how it'd be refashioned to a more modern day with a twist. So at $1.99 I was quick to snatch this book up.

The plot follows Jolie a rich girl who has fled her family to Austin, TX and started being a burlesque dancer while she studies for her doctorate. She's rebelling from her strict family life when she meets Hauk a disfig
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
Let’s see where to begin...

I have mixed feelings about this book. It gave me genre whip lash. After reading How Beauty Meet the Beast I feel like I read a contemporary romance that wanted to be a paranormal romance with steampunk envy.

The world building was all over the place. I was confused at first if the time period was past, present or future. Or if it was an alter world but as I continued to read I figured out it was modern day and time but only because the hero was in the army and station
Jolie Benoit is a beautiful burlesque dancer but she’s also a graduate student, an heiress and suffering from the loss of her grandfather. Her grandfather and Jolie seemed to be kindred souls, not conforming to society’s norms but being who they truly want to be. Leaving her family behind she has embarked on a life in Austin, she moved here to care for her ailing grandfather but now that he’s passed she’s set up her own roots.

Hauk, Wesley Haukon, was badly disfigured in a fire during his militar
How Beauty Met the Beast, is a retelling of the classic tale.

The beast: Hauk, a former American solder who, after a fire in Afghanistan, is horribly scarred.
Beauty: Joile, a student, and burlesque dancer.

In the beginning of this book there is a very hot sexual encounter, I assumed would set the tone for the rest of this book, I couldn't be more wrong. But really that was fine with me because we were given the chance to watch Hauk and Jolie's friendship develop and a trust build. Both seem to
How Beauty Met the Beast is a modern spin on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. It is the story of a young burlesque dancer named Jolie Benoit who is rescued from a kidnapping and near rape by Wesley Haukon (who goes by the moniker Hauk). Hauk is a badly burned ex-Army ranger who now works for a secretive underground movement dedicated to fighting injustice called Underlight. Jolie is the daughter of a rich media mogul who may be in fact be in league with Underlight's enemies. Jolie and H ...more
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