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How Beauty Loved the Beast (Tales of the Underlight #3)

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It’s all been leading to this.

Jolie Benoit has become a skilled agent of the Underlight, relying on her savvy to complete assignments while Sergeant Wesley Haukon was out of commission. But an unexpected clue to the Order of Ananke’s diabolical scheme rattles Jolie, and she turns to Hauk for comfort.

It’s been years since Hauk took comfort from the touch of another person,
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Kindle Edition, 141 pages
Published May 13th 2013 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Beth
Apr 15, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
Wesley Hauk and Jolie Benoit have been training together for quite a while now. Their friendship has grown deeper and Jolie desperately wants to share in physical affections, but Hauk is still haunted by his disfigurement.

The Order of the Ananke has been injecting members of the Underlight with an unknown substance. Unsure of what its effects will be, the Underlight is sure its nothing good. Jolie and Hauk take on insurmountable odds when they must enter the Ananke’s temple to uncover the secret
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Lani ⚔⚔  the Destroyer ⚔⚔
2.5 stars. On one hand I liked seeing Jolie and Hauk get their HEA but too much of the book and series was spent not talking and that frustrated the shit out of me. I wasn't so into the ending either - with Hauk and his scars and the glossed over resolution with Underlight and the bad guys.
Melissa
May 20, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Ooooh, SQUEE!!

This was SUCH a fabulous book, an amazing ending to a GREAT series!!

This is Book 3 in The Underlight series by Jax Garren. I've told you how much I love this narrator,

and don't think she's EVER been better than she was for this book. It's like she BECAME these characters!



This book centers much more on the actual relationship between Hauk and Jolie ~ and it

needed to. Hauk is terribly scarred, and missing most of one of his legs ~ I would have found it totally not believable if h
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Elena
I should have known the ending to this series based on the source material Garren was using, but I held out hope. Alas, I was disappointed.

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Marisa
I really, really, really enjoyed this series. The problem I have with most romance books (of any genre) is the cheese factor.

The book can be angsty as fuck. The main characters won't be able to express their feelings for 3/4 of the book, and then BAM! an epiphany is had, and the last 50 pages are filled with "I love you. You make the sun rise, and the wind blow. You're the reason my heart beats. I never knew what love was until I found you. Blah, blah, blah, more cheese on heart shaped crackers
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Kelly
Apr 17, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I honestly don't think I can adequately express how very, very much I adore this entire series. Everything about it works for me. From Hauk's first time with Jolie to the relationship that developed between them as the story progressed. I just love it to pieces. This installment allowed their relationship to move forward physically while showing Hauk's insecurities with his scars and imperfections. The reality of his scars doesn't scare Jolie but this isn't about Jolie. It's about Hauk being com ...more
Claudia
May 16, 2013 Claudia rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book was definitely the best but also the most emotional of the series. I liked how Mrs. Garren dealt with Hauks insecurities and the way Jolie fought for her love and how it changed her

The story is nicely done and well paced. The world building was quite interesting although not so different from ours. Maybe that is the reason I like the idea of the Underlight. I think I would like to read another book of this series with the same main characters. The secondary characters were interesting
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Erin
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I loved the first installment of Tales of the Underlight series and adored the second, but it is with the third, How Beauty Loved the Beast, that Jax Garren joins my short list of all-time favorite authors.

The sexual tension between Hauk and Jolie has been building for two books so I'm willing to bet most readers were thinking it was about time these two got together, but I think fans will have a lot
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Katie
May 19, 2013 Katie rated it liked it
For a good 70% of this, I thought I was going to like this better than my friends have so far. I continued to like how Hauk and Jolie's relationship was dealt with. I thought both their insecurities were realistic and well-handled.

But I didn't like the ending much at all. (view spoiler)
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Angie
Dec 14, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

I was very eager to read this conclusion to the Underlight Trilogy. In How Beauty Loved the Beast, Jolie and Hauk finally take that next step in their relationship. It felt like a long time coming, but it was certainly worth it! The focus is much more on the romance in this installment and I quite enjoyed that. Even though they’ve decided to start dating, there’s still something holding Hauk back from Jolie. I felt so sad for him, since he believes that Jolie
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Jennifer Whitehead
May 07, 2013 Jennifer Whitehead rated it it was ok
Shelves: fun-beach-read
Modern Fairy Tale

Thank you NetGalley, Carina Press, and Jax Garren for allowing my to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

Well, I really wish I would've jumped on the bandwagon a little sooner with this one. I did not have the opportunity to read the first two books in this dystopian romance set in Austin, TX. I feel like I didn't get to know some of the side characters as well as readers of the previous books did. I also would've enjoyed Hauk's and Jolie's developing romance more, if
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Traci
Aug 20, 2015 Traci rated it it was amazing
Shelves: need-to-re-read
Review for books 1-3.

This is one of the best re-telling of the beauty and beast trope I've had the pleasure of reading. This story was imaginative, creative, thought inspiring, heart breaking, funny, and beautiful. Hauk is one of my favorite heroes I've read this year, maybe ever. He was a complete character and I hesitate to even call him that, how about instead I say he was a complete person. Its very rare you come across someone that is as fleshed out and dimensional as Hauk and Jolie were. M
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Siew Ee
Nov 18, 2013 Siew Ee rated it liked it
I love the traditional fairy tale of Beauty & the Beast; that’s why I cannot resist other stories of this same theme, be it the 1991 Disney movie version, the 1980s TV series (starring Linda Hamilton & Ron Perlman) or retellings in book versions. So, when I came across Jax Garrens “Tales of the Underlight” trilogy, it took priority on my to-read list.

This being a trilogy, the author had three whole books to develop the relationship between Jolie and Hauk into a real and meaningful one. I
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Kathie (katmom)
May 29, 2013 Kathie (katmom) rated it it was amazing
GOSH, I LOVED THIS!

I read book one in this series, and missed book two "How Beauty Saved the Beast" but that's okay. Although I will go back and read HBStB, Ms. Garren was very good at "catching us up" without going all info dump on the reader.

This series doesn't cover a lot of time, HBLtB is about two months after the first book. A lot happens in each of these books and the action is almost non-stop.

The title of this one, How Beauty Loved the Beast, is very appropriate. The UST has been buildin
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Beyond the Squee
May 28, 2013 Beyond the Squee rated it it was amazing

Book three of Tales of the Underlight

It's all been leading to this.

Jolie Benoit has become a skilled agent of the Underlight, relying on her savvy to complete assignments while Sergeant Wesley Haukon was out of commission. But an unexpected clue to the Order of Ananke's diabolical scheme rattles Jolie, and she turns to Hauk for comfort.

It's been years since Hauk took comfort from the touch of another person, though his love for Jolie is deep and powerful. Uncomfortable in his skin, scarred by a
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Ami
3.35 stars

While I was happy that Hauk and Jolie finally got in on -- and their sexual scenes was fun, I wasn't impressed with the action/resolution regarding the Underlight vs. Order of Ananke plot; it was rushed and choppy (I mean, what the heck happened (view spoiler)). The built-up was good but it all inflated like balloon. I felt like the third story focused more on how Hauk and Jolie got together but forgot about the accompanying action storyline.

Also, I was a b
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Emily
Jolie Benoit doesn’t know what to call the new relationship she has with Sergeant Wesley “Hauk” Haukon, now that he is getting out of the hospital she plans to make it clear how she feels about him. Hauk still feels he is not good enough for Jolie, his scarred body still makes him recoil worrying that Jolie will turn away if she gets a close look. Jolie wants Hauk bare, she loves him regardless of what he looks like, it is everything that is inside that is important and he treasures her.

With a n
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Annie
Oct 21, 2015 Annie rated it liked it
ARGH! Like, I like these characters so much and I was hoping for so much after the first two books but I honestly just felt let down because yes - the source material was kept true, but there was so much more that could be added if expanded on and it would have made this so much better! I just feel the characters (and readers) deserved more.
Wendy
Aug 18, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: aug-13
"How Beauty Loved The Beast", by Jax Garren, is the third novel in the series "Tales Of The Underlight". It still reminds me of one of my very favorite shows "Beauty And The Beast" from the 80's.
Once again, I adored Hauk and Jolie was an amazing heroine. Jax Garren gives us two different characters, at the start of the series, that are fated to be together and we feel their connection and incredible chemistry through all three books.
She shows us how love can overcome fear and insecurity and tha
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Yona
Apr 10, 2014 Yona rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This series was something different and it was quite interesting. And I'm a sucker for books with the theme - Beauty and the Beast.
GONZA
Apr 15, 2014 GONZA rated it liked it
I'm still wondering why I waited so long to read the final of this dystopian series that I liked so much, but sometimes I do, I refer to prolong the pleasure ... However Hauk and Jolie are really a lovely couple, I have something to fault regarding the end, but all in all the words of the author have explained why she decided to end the book as the tale to which it is inspired. Cute, now I hope that she writes soon some other book!

Mi sto ancora chiedendo come mai ho aspettato tanto per leggere i
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Diane
May 15, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uf-pr, 5-stars
The epitome of my love of this series is the relationship between Jolie and Hawk, the intensity of which makes my heart ache while tears flow from my eyes. Sure, there are some flaws in the story, but this is a great modern day version of Beauty and The Beast.
Roxanne
May 15, 2013 Roxanne rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

After that ending all I can do is give a dreamy sigh and say "awwwwwwww". I also hope there is a spin-off series because there was a lot of loose ends that I'm curious about.
Paris
Nov 02, 2014 Paris rated it really liked it
This final book in the Tales of the Underlight series was my favorite of the bunch. A lot goes down in this book regarding the Order of Ananke and their plan. There is a lot to be worried about and to cry over, but it’s really what happens between Jolie and Hauk that made me fall for this book. These two have come a long way from the first book as far as their relationship as progressed from strangers to friends to lovers. Although, Hauk has had feelings for Jolie since the beginning, he is unsu ...more
Nadine
May 21, 2013 Nadine rated it liked it
3.5 stars

For the first maybe 60-70% I liked this but then things got...weird. I had the feeling that the author suddenly realised that there was too much story left but not enough book. I mean,I can live with a bit of *handwaving* here and there. Not EVERYTHING has to explained but here we got too many things that were not really thought through and made little to no sense
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Anna
Oct 10, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
How Beauty Loved the Beast is the much awaited conclusion to the very successful sci-fi series, Tales of The Underlight written by Jax Garren and let me tell you fans of the series won't be disappointed in the least. I know I wasn't! And how could I ever be when Garren's writing style and the way she portrays her heroes and their emotions is simply irresistible!

If you read my reviews of the previous two books in the series then you know how much I loved everything about Jax Garren's writing styl
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Jessie Potts
May 14, 2013 Jessie Potts rated it really liked it
What it's about: This is the third book in Jax Garren's Tales of the Underlight series, and I recommend reading the first two books. Even though it can be read as a stand-alone, the back story and growing friendship between the two start in early books. Wesley Hauk is scarred and feels disfigured, and it's this reason that has kept him from sharing physical affections with Jolie. There are big changes looming on the horizon, and Hauk needs to accept Jolie's love and meet her on equal footing or ...more
Amanda P
Finally, Finally, we get some action and I’m not talking about the violent kind. For the first two books we have been leading up to this, Jolie and Hauk have been dancing around each other. We knew how Hauk felt but Jolie was a bit trickier. She took a bit longer to realize her feelings ran deeper than friendship. At the start of this book, Hauk is in the hospital recovering from almost dying, again… Jolie is still living life as an agent, but is restless without Hauk at her side. She knows how ...more
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
**I received a free e-copy of this book from Carina Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

**Warning! This review will contain spoilers for earlier books in the Tales of the Underlight trilogy.


Well, this one sealed it! Jax Garren is definitely an author I will be keeping my eye on for years to come and her Tales of the Underlight series is one I will return to when I need a sexy, intriguing fairy tale. While this one was far from perfect, I found it to be highly entertaining and ad
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