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How Beauty Met the Beast: Book One of Tales of the Underlight | [Jax Garren]

How Beauty Met the Beast: Book One of Tales of the Underlight

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 following a scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn't see.
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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 following a scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn't see. After she's kidnapped by thugs and rescued by a man with a very familiar voice, Jolie becomes a pawn in a struggle she never knew existed.

Hauk knows he cannot have her, and resolves to protect his heart and his secrets. But as they work together and grow closer, he finds new reason to keep fighting. Dare he risk hope in a new life, one where Jolie can see past his ravaged face and where their friendship can grow into something more?

The trilogy continues in How Beauty Saved the Beast.

©2012 Jax Garren (P)2012 Audible, Inc

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    Penny Cincinnati, OH, USA 01-11-13
    Penny Cincinnati, OH, USA 01-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Very pleasant surprise!"
    Would you listen to How Beauty Met the Beast again? Why?

    Definitely. A fresh take on an old classic. Well written with living breathing characters that it didn't take long to like. I'm hoping the ride won't stop here. Looking forward to more from this author and these characters! I originally bought it thinking it was short and inexpensive and I couldn't loose. Well I didn't! Thanks Jax!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wesley...he is just heartbreaking and so deserving of more and has hope. I also love that he doesn't have a drop of self pity.


    What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

    She did an excellent job with the voicing. I could easily tell one character from another and she is one of those women that can do male voices well also.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Buckle up Buttercup!


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this instead of using a credit, just because it was inexpensive and I save credits for more expensive books. Credit or cash...it's a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mandy LONDONDERRY, OH, United States 01-01-13
    Mandy LONDONDERRY, OH, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it! Can't wait to read the next one!"
    If you could sum up How Beauty Met the Beast in three words, what would they be?

    romantic, tortured, hopeful


    What other book might you compare How Beauty Met the Beast to and why?

    Can't think of any off hand.


    What does Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was great overall.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kt 04-22-14
    Kt 04-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "great book!!!"
    What did you love best about How Beauty Met the Beast?

    I love the relationship between the characters. There's no down time in this book. Action throughout from beginning to end.


    What other book might you compare How Beauty Met the Beast to and why?

    This of my favorite book series. Action from beginning to end. Not your typical romance story.


    Have you listened to any of Therese Plummer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Therese Plummer does a great job performing this book.her voice matches the character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have never felt so happy at the end of a book before. Couldn't stop smiling at the end of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Love love love this book!! Definitely a must read!! Or listen lol

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Stamford, CT, United States 07-29-13
    Amazon Customer Stamford, CT, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "It should have been only one book, not three..."

    The book was broken into three parts and sold as three different books. Tough, I enjoyed the story, it most definitely NOT worth 3 credits. One credit yes, but not three…. I feel a little cheated.

    Theresa Plummer is a fantastic narrator. I am adding her to my favorite narrators list to watch out for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Tampa, FL 05-22-13
    Amazon Customer Tampa, FL 05-22-13
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    "Everything great in a book, and in a narration!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How Beauty Met the Beast to be better than the print version?

    Only a little bit. The book was magical, but Therese is a hella good reader. She really got the characters and their situations and feelings... and all of that came through in the reading


    What did you like best about this story?

    How well every feeling and emotion came through. You don't just read one of Jax's stories, you FEEL them.


    What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was fantastic, her voices for different characters was consistant, and she really knew how to put the emotions of the customers into her reading. Her reading it was, mixed with the vivid imagry of the story, made this like a movie!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It's a heart stopping, panty dropping, ass kicking good time!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ebony LANSDOWNE, MD, United States 02-24-13
    ebony LANSDOWNE, MD, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Can't Wait For More!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How Beauty Met the Beast to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version but Therese Plummer did a wonderful ob as always.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Hauk! He is so damaged on the outside but once you know him and what he is all about you can't help but to love him.


    What does Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings every character to life. I was so glad when I saw she was the narrator I just had to purchase the book on her alone.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Could you love a beast.......


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy the book it is worth it. I know its short but the action and romance are great! give it a try!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 03-08-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 03-08-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "A Disappointment...,"

    I bought this book because of the reviews and was quite excited for this sexy, Steampunk retelling of my favourite fairy tale, but I sadly was very disappointed. To start with I felt a little concerned that beauty is only 17 and working in a strip club.I don't think that is legal or moral. The book was not very sexy or very Steampunk. There's only one sex scene at the very beginning, but it felt forced. And the whole time I just kept thinking "how is this physically possible?"! There was a cloth screen between them so I must have missed something, because otherwise it just wasn't possible to be doing what they were doing.

    As for the Steampunk element, well, I did kind of like how it was portrayed. It's more underground Steampunk, literally. There's the Underlight society which is located underground and that's where all of the steam and clockwork is. But we don't get to see too much of it either way, since our hero and heroine are on the run from an enemy society. I'm still not fully clear on what was happening with that. I just kind of nodded my head and continued reading and was glad to reach the end.
    Glad the book was only a few dollars or I would have felt very ripped off

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    Cheryl H 06-07-13
    Cheryl H 06-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't waste a credit"

    I just couldn't get into the story or the characters in this book. Seemed too highly implausible, even for a fantasy storyline. The narrator did a good job, but that's about the only good thing I can say about this audiobook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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