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296 pages, Paperback
First published July 25, 2017
“Do you know how to get to the rose garden?”
“No, you can’t go there. A monster lives there.”
Shaw Hollander is desperate.
Broke, unemployed, and determined to help his ailing mother, he falls on the good graces of a wealthy benefactor who is willing to give Shaw a job at his mansion in order to pay off his mother’s debts. Suddenly finding himself surrounded by lavish riches, he has no idea what his duties truly entail until he’s sent to the rose garden and meets the tragically mutilated Isobel.
“I wish I could give you twice the amount of pleasure for every second of pain you’ve ever suffered.”
People didn’t generally let others see their vulnerable parts until they felt safe. You never knew if someone else would be disgusted, or think less of you, or if they’d use your weakness as leverage to hurt you. It was purely human nature and self-preservation to vet a person first before letting them prove to you that you could trust them enough to see if they’d continue to like you in spite of, or even better, because of your flaws.
So it must suck that the most vulnerable part of Isobel was right out in the open, on display for everyone to see… Which only made me more determined to gain her favor. One day, she’d look me straight in the eye without ever worrying about hiding anything. That was my goal.
The Beauty and the Beast re-telling wouldn't be so special, except Beauty = HIM and Beast= HER, that certainly is special. Hearing the roles were switched, I immediately had to read it. The fact that it's narrated from his POV only is even more attractive. I enjoyed every minute of it, and although it may sound funny - she hurting him in the end was very refreshing. 😁 I would even enjoy more grovelling on her end...
This is my first book from Linda and I liked the writing just fine, except the beginning. The Hero seemd too girly at times - his reaction to certain situations was a little strange. Later on being described as a hot muscular male was hard to believe - I expected some blushing nerdy fella, not someone like Robbie Amell, but whatever... The writing got better after that.