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Handsome Beast

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  46 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Once upon a time ...

A modern re-telling of a favorite fairy tale -- with a twist.

On the day after Thanksgiving, thirty-year-old lawyer Nic Graziano takes a bus to remote upstate New York to carry out his foolproof suicide plan. Apparently, he needed an idiot-proof plan, because now he's soaking wet, cold, and hopelessly lost in the woods – who would have thought dying of e
Kindle Edition, 94 pages
Published June 17th 2012 (first published June 16th 2012)
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Mandy*reads obsessively*

Hmmm...well, I'll start out by saying I love fairy tales and as with most of them the 'extra ordinary and magical' aspect gives them some leeway.
The main story of Nic finding Gavin's almost totally hidden and unfindable house and the friendship and 'love' that developed was good and I liked the part of what happens to the memories, but there is one or two issues that caused me to just not enjoy the story as much as I would have liked!
So, after looking forward to this book I have to say I wa
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a short, nice rendition of the "Beauty and Beast" fairy tale.

There were some things I had issues with (e.g., the reason for Nic to go to the woods in the first place - or how fast he got over his depression - was a bit unbelievable) - but then this is a fairy tale, so being a bit over the top might just be part of the course.

I was actually surprised by how much I liked this. I'm not a big fan of fairy tales usually - they often feel outdated to me - but this one was a nice exception. T
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, paranormal
Best M/M interpretation of "Beauty and the Beast" I've read. I thought the reason for leaving was much better than others I've read and the complications afterward that kept him away were perfect. One of the sexiest things I've read in a while too.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Rounded up for Goodreads.

I went back and forth a bit deciding what to rate this novella, and finally settled of a compromise of 3.5 stars. I had a few too many reservations about Handsome Beast to give it a full 4 stars, but I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, sweet, and sexy read.

While most romances with a "Beauty and the Beast" theme feature disfigurement or otherwise "beastly" characteristics in lieu of an actual curse, Handsome Beast is a more literal take on
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I really liked this story. I thought it was super cute and I liked the characters... then I sort of skimmed through it again...

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Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Monika by: Alec Edge
Shelves: g-fairytales

I wonder sometimes what is it that makes me love these little fairytales so much, but then I think, does it really matter? This cute adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” made me smile, laugh out loud, cry, fall in love, it broke my heart, got me angry and by the end had me jumping for joy and smiling until my cheeks hurt. Ahh! Revenge can definitely be sweet sometimes.

Nic and Gavin were great MC’s both of them deserved to find happiness after having not such great things happen in their lives.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-romance
I totally loved the author's A Hard Dazed Knight so I was delighted to discover this gem when I went looking for the prequel Before the Knight and hopefully sequel. Alas, still no sequel.

Handsome Beast is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. Nic, a lawyer, has just discovered that not only has his boyfriend cheated on him with a woman but plans to marry her, too. Nic was not out to his family but the ex-boyfriend fixed that as well. With his father and uncle's disgust ringing in his ears, Nic t
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best "Beauty and the Beast" remake I've read so far. It felt like a solid 4+ Star read all the way through but the epilogue pushed it to a full 5 Stars.

If you enjoy Fairy Tale remakes I highly recommend.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Will definitely read more from this author.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: various-romance
3.5 stars
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romace

Actually a pretty good retelling of a familiar fairytale, with a happy ending.

A nice read.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Nic & Gavin.
I really am fond of the Beast & Beauty tale: my favorite one along with Peau d'Ane...
So a rewriting of this tale MM style: just too nice a treat for me!!
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J.J. Cassidy has worked for a riding stable, been a receptionist, an insurance clerk, and a freight forwarder. After that came the job at the steamship line, the Japanese Securities firm and the bank that doesn't exist anymore.

She's worked with animals -- dogs, primarily -- since 1994, and is much happier that way.

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