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Stealing Beauty (Fairy Tales After Dark #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  65 reviews
A stubborn beauty….
Anabelle Lehala just wants to spend time with her best friend, finish law school, and provide a good life for her and her father. Her world is knocked upside down when she meets a mysterious, captivating stranger who tempts her like no one before. Refusing to be just another notch in his belt, Belle forces herself to stay away from him at all costs.

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Published March 28th 2017 by Deep Desires Press
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Rambling Rose
Just NO.

The amount of trigger warnings that should be in this book, but aren’t, are staggering. So, I’ll do what should have been done in the blurb, the intro, or literally anywhere visible before buying this book...


1.) Physical assault
2.) Sexual assault
3.) Emotional abuse

ALSO, there is cheating, and major OW drama.

Now, I love dark erotica, and dark romance, but there are certain themes I avoid. It’s usually easy to avoid books I’m not interested in because most authors include trig
J.L. Leslie
I absolutely love Jessica Collins' spin on a classic fairy tale! As I'm reading the book, I can see the original story in there, but this is a whole new level of romance and erotica brought in! By title alone, I thought Stealing Beauty would be a take on Sleeping Beauty, but it's definitely Beauty and the Beast with the male even nicknamed "The Beast" which was very appropriate! This book shows how couples can make mistakes when they're trying to figure out what they want and how forgiveness and ...more
Suzanne Paschke
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: er
This was not an easy book to give a rating for. There was a part of me that absolutely loved this book and wanted to give it a five, and there was a part that wanted to give it a 1, so I've settled in the middle with a 3. Let me explain why.

If you read this book as a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast (which incidentally is one of my favourite fairy tales) then it can stand at a five so easily. The sex scenes were written well, and there was no denying the passion and connection between Al
Sherell Cummings
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. that's it, that's the end, nothing left to be said. ...more
Ana Laura
My God this is completely ridiculous. The guy an excuse for a human being who try seduces her and when she said no he abuses her in every way possible and the author still wants to convince the reader that there is some kind of love in this relationship? And still have "friends" encouraging it. If it weren't so absurd it would be hilarious.

“Do you hear the two of you? You want me to give him credit for feeling guilty about sleeping with someone while I was in the same house?”

Sirena broke in, “B
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Stealing Beauty irritated and frustrated me. Aleks is a really despicable guy throughout most of the story. He plays so many games with Belle, he's so hot and cold that it gave me whiplash. It caused Belle to question herself, when the only person who should have been questioning themselves was Aleks. And then there's the fact that he essentially was holding her hostage when their sexual relationship started. Hm, in my mind that makes their "relationship" a forced one. Yes, he was keeping her th ...more
Crystal Viverette
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

I love this Dark romance. Aleksandr Wolfe is in for it. He has finely found a women that does not fall at his feet. Belle down to won't to be just another women to him but when she finds herself in a bad spot will she give in to Aleksandr.
I fell in love with the character's and story line. This well written story has twists and turns hot chemistry and danger.
Alexis Mills *from the heart of a bibliophile lair*
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Alexis by: Kathi goldwyn
Amazing book but the middle of it confused me... it started out really good then the middle was confusing then it draw me back at the end. I would have have it a 3.5 stars but I did a four. I wish the middle wasnt messed up but I really liked the book. I do reccomed it but eh maybe one day the middle part will be fixed. It's a really good book. I hope others would love this book. First book i read by the author and i cant wait to see what her other books are like ...more
I found this book hard to review. It was quite well-written, but while reading I found myself swinging between loving and hating it.

This is a modern, erotic retelling of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. For those who love the Disney version, you'll enjoy the references scattered throughout the book. Annabelle (Belle) was intelligent, but she lacked the strength I love about Beauty, often coming across as a damsel-in-distress.

The reasons I couldn't give this story a higher rating - the sexual assau
S. J. Ridley
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
“There sat his beauty, trying not to cry as tears pooled in her lower lids, still looking radiant.”

Jessica Collins recreates Beauty and the Beast in this thrilling and sensual twisted tale, ‘Stealing Beauty.’

‘Stealing Beauty’ centres around ANABELLE LEHALA, a beautiful law student who wants to spend time with her best friend, and provide a good life for her and her father. ANABELLE is constantly sought after by GABRIEL AVENANT, a man who believes she is his and his alone. That is until ANABELLE
Amber Feist
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stealing Beauty is a emotional roller coaster of feeling's, a beautiful spin off of Beauty and the beast vs Alpha bad boy romance that is HOT. There is some serious intense scenes, spots that make you cringe, as well as swoon. The beauty is Belle AKA Annabelle by real name her father Pierre and her own a bar, they offer weekend burlesque show's which are what's keeping the bar afloat and from paying for it self.she's a smart hard working woman who doesn't need a man, she's almost finished with s ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Steamy! That’s the first word that comes to mind after reading this book. The sex scenes are very well written with some of them being off the charts in the steam factor!

The book is a spin on the classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast, and really shows the spirit of the classic story, with a modern spin. I absolutely loved it! There were lines here and there that were very similar to the original tale that I adored. The fact that the book starts out kind of making you hate the male lead, Aleks
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a difficult one for me to rate and review. I love modern retellings of fairytales and Beauty and the Beast is a favorite of mine. I am also a big fan of darker books. Stealing Beauty by Jessica Collins had me very intrigued from the start. I loved Belle and the author followed through on a lot of the themes from the original fairytale. I felt that the author was playing with the idea of a darker romance but would never quite cross over into that territory. That's fine, the book does ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Collins stayed true to the fairy tale but brought it right up to date with her re-working.

This book has alpha males and women that are strong as well as a horrible character.

Belle was the strong willed woman who lived with her father and worked in the burlesque bar that they opened in memory of her mother that died years earlier. She had caught the eye of Gabriel Avenant while still at high school and he had told her that she was his and she was to become his wife. This did not fit in wi
Pat Freeman
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I usually don't like fairytale retells but this one was different. It caught my interest right from the beginning and I could hardly put it down! There is a really good story line that keeps moving.
This is the love story of Belle and Aleksander, she is a real estate law student in the last year of school and helps run her father’s club. Belle is a real “beauty”, feisty and one smart cookie. She is independent and nobody runs over her.
Aleks “the Beast “ is a rich lawyer and retired fighter. He
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4.5 Stars*

This is a modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast and it absolutely nails it. A couple minor issues which is the half star deduction but overall this delivers exactly what I needed! It's a sexy book with the swirls of darkness like the original. This does not water it down so be prepared that for that darkness!

The character development overall is solid. It felt like the characters were real though I do believe the author could have gone a little further especially with secondary
Ariadna Basulto
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Collins shines in this seductive and intoxicating retelling of the classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast.

Annabelle is a strong, driven law student striving for a better life for her father and herself. She is relentlessly pursued by a man, Gabriel, who is extremely possessive of her and seems to somehow believe she belongs to him. As time goes on Gabriel becomes more obsessed and aggressive in his pursuit of Annabelle, but she finds help and protection in a stranger named Aleksandr. A
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. This is a tribute to Beauty and the Beast in many ways and is fun to read. Alecs cannot understand why Belle will not succumb to his charms as he can see that she desires him just as he desires her. But Belle is made of stronger stuff and doesn't want a one night stand with wealthy Alecs. She has to care for herself and her dad after finishing law school. It is only when she is threatened by Gabriel who belie ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I rated this book 3.5*.  The premise of this book had good bones but I had some issues with where the author's intentions were as to what genre she was going for; be it dark, contemporary or romcom. That confused me. I also found the main characters childish/immature as adults. They would fight, say extremely hurtful things to each other to internationally make the situation worse like children do. I felt Aleks and Belle were "wishy- washy" with their feelings with the hot-cold back and forth. T ...more
S.K. Wee
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steamy Fairy Tale

Think contemporary beauty and the beast. Belle (Annabelle) is beauty. While struggling with saving her family's bar and trying to get a law degree, she is pursued by an arrogant high school acquaintance. Enter the beast, Aleks, a real estate developer who is also Belle's landlord. The chemistry between the two is instantaneous and tangible.
Belle is backed into a corner and ends up working as an intern for the wildly successful beast. After a couple run ins with the angry young m
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Jessica Collins books and I enjoyed it! Let me first start off with that I thought this would be about sleeping beauty so when I started reading it and saw where I had made my mistake I was like *in my Mathew McConaughey voice* alright alright alright!! I'm a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast and this one was great with its modern twist. I have been on a quest to find as many B&tB themed books to see how the author puts their own twist to it and this author has done a great job m ...more
Tory-Kristen Collins
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All twisted fairy tale book lovers
Recommended to Tory-Kristen by: Jessica Collins
Beauty and the Beast meets 50 Shades of Grey

This was a refreshing tale of Beauty and the Beast! This is the first book I have read from this Author and I will definitely be reading a lot in the future. Also, this is the kind of book that you will want a glass of wine and a comfy couch to curl up on while you read it's pages.
I love how the Author modernized it and remembered to add the key parts of the story. This story had me laughing out loud as well as crying and screaming at the characters t
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to a day off, I was able to devour this book in one sitting... and thank goodness because it was so intense that I couldn't put it down. The classic story of beauty and the beast meets erotica except with characters that actually have amazing chemistry together, and they were tastefully written. The build up for the relationship to happen was just perfection.

Belle and her beast's story will have you turning the pages faster than you can read them anxious to see what happens next. I love
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Belle has been fending off Gabriel since High School then she meets Aleksandr a man used to getting what he wants.
Belle is studying law and works in her fathers bar while fending off the unwanted advances of Gabriel who she met in high school. After a storm leaves the bar closed for a month the landlord wants them out soon. She goes to see the landlord Aleksandr Wolfe and they reach an agreement that she will work for him. An attraction flares but Belle resists as she views him as a womanizer. A
Debra Richardson
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW … This book made my Sunday!! It has everything – drama, fighting, humour, suspense, friendship, crazy, love, romance and hot amazing sex. The chemistry between Anabelle and Aleksandr is sizzling, the sexual tension is so thick you can almost cut it with a knife - page after page it drove me crazy (in a good way). Well written, flows smoothly, consistent and engaging – I read none stop, I was that enamoured. The characters you will fall in love with, laugh and cry along with, and will not get ...more
Michelle Geel
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The relationship between Belle and Aleks has been masterfully crafted to give it a more modern feel, whilst still somewhat keeping to the fairytale storyline. Aleks is a self-absorbed beast who doesn't understand his feelings for Belle and is frustrated by his overwhelming need to protect her.
The sex scenes are off-the-charts hot!
Sometimes a woman wants some tender lovemaking and sometimes she just wants to be screwed senseless. And Aleks is just t
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
he debut novel by this author is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

I enjoyed the book for the most part. I loved the interaction and banter between Aleks, Belle and their friends. The steamy scenes between Aleks and Belle were well done and really hot. And i love how he protected Belle from Gabe.

Gabe was despicable, but I didn’t get why he had such an easy access to Aleks office. Where was his security?

I got a bit annoyed at both Aleks and Belle for being hot and cold and acting like ki
Amanda Kimberley
Loved it!

I normally do not read a lot of erotic romance and I also don't read adaptations of fairytales. Many in these genres leave me disappointed because they either don't have enough plot, or the similarities to the fairytale leave me pining for the memories of the original story. But this book is different! I honestly could not put it down during our car ride from northern Texas to the northeast!

If you enjoy a twist on a fairytale that respects the old tale, while breathing new light into i
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful read!! I loved Stealing Beauty from the very beginning. It is a spin off from Beauty and the Beast. Aleks and Belle have an intense draw to one another. The chemistry between the two is insane. Aleks, is happy going through life being single. He never thought he would be able to love. Belle is doing all she can to finish school and save her families bar. There are twists and turns that you never see coming. This is my first book from this author and it will not be the last!!!
Ann Marie
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read an arc of this book provided by Booksprout for a fair and honest review. It’s 4:38 am and I just finished this book. Before reading this author’s take on Beauty and the Beast I thought the story had been done to death. This is my first Jessica Collins book and boy is it a winner! I mean stay up all night, park yourself in a chair page turner. This book was loaded with story, the pacing as divine and hold your kindle with oven mitts hot. Can’t wait for the next book. Easiest⭐️⭐ ...more
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