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
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!
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
This is a beauty and the beast retelling. Jolie Benoit was a daughter of a politician who balked at the family tradition and became a burlesque dancer. One day after work, she was attacked but rescued by a fan named Wesley Hawkins "Hawk" who was dishonorably discharged after his team was massacred in Afghanistan allegedly by Hawk. Hawk was horribly disfigured by the explosion, so he tried to keep himself hidden from view.
This book had a lot of things for such short one. A lot of action and good dialogue. Of course Therese Plummer was fabulous as the narrator. It wasn't cheesy or overly romantic. The author has a very interesting plot with likable characters. I really enjoyed this one.
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.
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
How well every feeling and emotion came through. You don't just read one of Jax's stories, you FEEL them.
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!
It's a heart stopping, panty dropping, ass kicking good time!
I never read the print version but Therese Plummer did a wonderful ob as always.
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.
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.
Could you love a beast.......
Just buy the book it is worth it. I know its short but the action and romance are great! give it a try!!
I need more ears!
I am in awe of what Jax Garren has created in this new series. Especially her great idea for a sexy male hero. Both main characters are fascinating and I have already purchased the next book.
I especially enjoyed the combination of this story and the reader. Therese Plummer has the ability to do great male voices, and makes them sound sexy and sweet. I fell in love with Hauk.
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!
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.
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.
Buckle up Buttercup!
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.
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.
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