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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Sharon Tulsa, OK, United States 06-02-13
    Sharon Tulsa, OK, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2005

    Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.

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    "Left me wanting more..."

    Great start to this story, but this is book one of three. I have read all three and this was my favorite. The book is too short, but if you are looking for something quick to fill a few hours then this is perfect. And if you like it you there are two more books which are out now so you won't have to wait for the like I did.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nadine JIM THORPE, PA, United States 12-03-12
    Nadine JIM THORPE, PA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Beastly Amazing!"

    Be careful...the cover really implies that this is supposed to be a retold version of Beauty and the Beast Steampunk, Urban Fantasy style. While I agree to the Urban Fantasy, I wouldn’t exactly say this is Steampunk. That being said this is an Adult Romance that is mind blowing breath taking and beautiful. I don't want to give a lot of details but amazing does not describe this book! The writing isgreat and the plot is well planned and executed. I loved both Jolie and Hauk. They were both well-developed characters. There were several secondary characters that added to the book.

    There was not HEA for this Beauty and this Beast but maybe in the next book....I had to keep that in mind when rating this book since this was a good start to a new series, but my only criticism was that I was left wanting...wanting to know more of the mystery about Hauk and wanting more of the relationship between Jolie and Hauk. I can only hope as I wait for the next books in the series.

    Expected publication of How Beauty Saved the Beast (Tales of the Underlight #2): February 2013; Followed up shortly by How Beauty Loved the Beast (Tales of the Underlight #3) : May 2013.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Riverdale, GA 05-20-13
    Angela Riverdale, GA 05-20-13 Member Since 2009

    I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.

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    "I really enjoyed it!"

    I loved the relationship that is developing between Jolie and Hawk. Jolie's sauciness was so entertaining. I can't wait to see how the rest of the series develops. Hawk is a wonderful hero!
    Jax Garren’s world is very interesting and Therese Plummer’s voices are distinct and very recognizable. TP is a very talented narrator.

    Over all I believe it’s going to be a good series. I have already downloaded the 2nd and 3rd books!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 02-20-13
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 02-20-13 Member Since 2009

    Books are better than TV -- Except for Outlander. That rocks!

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    "Sexy and Surprising"

    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.

    Bravo!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 02-01-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "When Beauty left the Beast wanting more."

    Story was not what I expected. More a political battle between two communes/ cult that supposedly have big clout over the world. The chemistry between the two started off hot but there was no other action. The sparks were there, but I like more action between the sheets. The writing was good the story original but too short, I believe the story could have been extended for a better book. I didn't realize it was the beginning of a series until after I had listened to it, so I will be getting the rest. Narration was good. Defiantly worth the price.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer ARLINGTON, TX, United States 12-26-12
    Amazon Customer ARLINGTON, TX, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A good start."
    What did you like best about How Beauty Met the Beast? What did you like least?

    The story was nice...but it is clearly the beginning to a series and I didn't know that going in so I was disappointed that the story didn't have closure at the end...just a very open plea for another book to continue the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Topeka, KS, United States 03-07-13
    Donna Topeka, KS, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES"
    If you could sum up How Beauty Met the Beast in three words, what would they be?

    The compassion to look beyond the exterior of a human being is overwhelming!


    Any additional comments?

    Therese Plummer is the best narrator EVER

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mary Heiskell, TN, United States 02-28-13
    mary Heiskell, TN, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "hold on for the ride!"
    What did you love best about How Beauty Met the Beast?

    Fresh ideas and take on a classic. I love that stereotypes are not stereotypical or not predictably so.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are likeable and engaging. I could find myself hoping for friends like these. I want to live in the underlight!


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

    Ms Plummer gives life to the book. Listening to the book allows me to sink into the story and live it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened in one sitting and was online looking for the second book immediately.


    Any additional comments?

    The book starts with a very "adult" bang. Don't abandon hope it quickly moves into a true storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Texas 02-21-13
    Amazon Customer Texas 02-21-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    First of all thank you to Therese Plummer who is amazing. I wouldn't have found this book or taken the chance on it if it wasn't read by her.

    I was really surprised by how much I liked this book. I usually don't listen to books that are this short but was very glad I did because this one was awesome. I must admit i was half expecting some cheesy rendition of Beauty and the Beast. However, thankfully that was not the case. This story took on a life of its own and surprisingly the characters were really well done. There is so much about this book that I loved; the romance, the action, suspense and the magic. Hauk was definitely my favorite character though. He just has so many intricate details about him and is just plain awesome. Trust me....just listen. I don't think you will regret it.

    Can't wait to finish the whole series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Smith louisiana 01-15-13
    R. Smith louisiana 01-15-13

    For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week.

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    "I want more!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! I started this book not really expecting much but got ecerything I love and more. I cant wait for the next book in this series.


    What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

    As always she done a wonderful job. If it wasn't for her I problly would of passed this book bye but she is my fav so I get everything she reads.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a book I stumbled upon from a review of a few ppl I follow on here who also stumbled on to this book and boy am I ever glad they did. I loved everything about this book and can not wait for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • sharon
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    "Magical fairy tale romance.."

    A retelling of beauty and the beast with a magical twist. Jolie a well to do rebelling burlesque dancer and Hauk a hero who looks like a monster is very much part of a small underground movement against a forcible foe with magical clout that can tear their world apart.
    I have to say the initial meeting is genius, I really enjoyed this introduction and cannot wait to read more..

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