Entreat Me

Narrated by: Stacey Holmes
Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (372 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Afflicted by a centuries-old curse, a warlord slowly surrenders his humanity and descends toward madness. Ballard of Ketach Tor holds no hope of escaping his fate until his son returns home one day, accompanied by a woman of incomparable beauty. His family believes her arrival may herald Ballard’s salvation...until they confront her elder sister. 

Determined to rescue her sibling from ruin, Louvaen Duenda pursues her to a decrepit castle and discovers a household imprisoned in time. Dark magic, threatening sorcerers, and a malevolent climbing rose with a thirst for blood won’t deter her, but a proud man disfigured by an undying hatred might. Louvaen must decide if loving him will ultimately save him or destroy him.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Fantastic Read!!!

**Spoilers** This book was absolutely fantastic for 90% of it. The characters were all amazing and had distinct individual personalities. The romance between Lou and Ballard was electric. You couldn't help but cheer for them. However, the ending felt rushed. I am still not sure why the curse was broken. I'm glad it was, but I don't know what the reasoning was? Because he got hurt? I also felt that Lou's magical abilities could have been explored more. I guess I just wanted to enjoy a happy ending more, be in the moments after the curse was broken and experience Ballard and company adjusting back to a normal life.

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Disappointing

I wanted to like this story, the author has a nice style and the narrator did a fine job apart from a few mispronunciations... but I couldn’t engage with the characters at all... the descriptions of them and their character development had almost no lovable, attractive or redeeming quality...and while I have always loved the “Beauty and the Beast” story line I actually found myself rather grossed out by this one... had to call it quits when I got to the intimate scene between hero and heroine... just couldn’t get through it.

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Not For Me

I have liked all of the other books by Grace Draven that I've read, but this one really fell flat, for me. I thought Radiance was a surprisingly good rendition of a Beauty and the Beast type tale, and felt like Entreat Me didn't come close to matching it. The heroine just wasn't really that likeable, to start with. I get that she's supposed to be a strong-willed woman who doesn't spend her time worrying about what people think of her, and that's great. But her constant control-freak bullying and threats of actual bodily harm toward almost everyone around her were over the top and not charming or clever. There was also no buildup or explanation to the main characters' sexual relationship. Sure, instant attraction does exist, but in this context we really need some sort of explanation as to why a widow who has been with no one since her husband's death would choose to suddenly fall into bed with an ensorcelled beast whose gnarly toenails she just got done clipping. The narrator didn't do it any favors, either. Her frequent and inexplicable mispronunciation of the letter "u" ("butt- cherd" for butchered, really?) was distracting. It seemed affected and made her accent sound fake. I enjoyed Draven's other books - loved Radiance - and I have no complaints about her writing style and descriptive abilities. She's also mastered the steamy sex scene. But I just couldn't get behind this one. I barely got through it on audio. Like I said, just not for me.

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BEAUTIFUL STORY!

Of the many retellings of Beauty and the Beast or similar stories, this is one of my favorites.

I read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Now I am thrilled to find there is this audio version. I do remember some parts a bit differently, specially concerning the cursed roses. Then again it's been a while since I read it, so I may not be remembering it correctly or I may be remembering another story, or the audiobook might have been edited. Either way it is a great story and Stacey Holmes did a great job narrating it.

This was my first time listening to Stacey Holmes, and I was afraid I might not like her as much as I like Gabrielle Baker, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Loved the main characters - they are strong willed and stubborn. Specially loved that the women were written with a backbone and not as doormats. The rest of the cast range from weak to wicked, to evil, to sleaze, and everything in between. The heroes and villains make you love them and/or hate them in equal measures.

To me it was worth the credit/money and my time so I highly recommend it. This is a beautifully told story, and I hope you enjoy this audio version as much as I did.

🌹🌹🌹5 BEAUTIFUL STARS!🌹🌹🌹

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One of my top 10 books of all time

I love this book. I love that Louvean was a strong character and very straight forward. So many books I've read have this push and pull thing and I just hate that. I listened to this book from start to finish in one day...i couldnt stop. A good love story, good characters, good villains and a good book all around - spend the credit on it. Its worth it! Oh my forest king!

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Elegant Adult version of a classic

By Grace Draven
Narrator Stacey Holmes

Grace Draven's writing style is like a warm blanket. When listening to her stories I imagine myself cuddled up while drinking cocoa and looking out at the snow. Warm and cozy, as I wrap myself in her story. (This is an amazing feat in itself because I actually hate snow/cold weather in real life 🤣)

I really enjoyed this story as I have all of her stories so far.

This is a remix of The Beauty and The Beast. The adult version. A middle age woman finds love in a man that thought he who has only known war and curses. It's a suttle love story. You know what's ultimately coming, but writing keeps you interested in seeing how this version plays out.

If you love a good love story, then this is a great one. For the love story. There were parts of the fantasy/magical plot that felt glazed over. But the love story was... well, it was lovely.

Love the narrators performance.


If you're interested here are my notes as I listened:

How Am I Just Knowing of This Book??? I'm so annoyed with myself for reading this two years late.

When exactly is this taken place? I picture a time before electricity but little things that are said make it seem too modern...

Why wasnt magic a bigger part of story?

Lorvean seemed to incite fear in people. Enough for them to warn each other to be careful around her. The word "Viper" was used a few times in her description. But she really didnt earn such fear. She did a lot of talking, but never really did any of the acts they feared. The only time she showed any real fire to me was when she got the Axe to chop down his door. Other than that, she did nothing but "talk" about what she "would " do. Even when she was captured, I expected more fight from her. I would have liked a real fist fight where she earned her reputation before getting captured. Even a few gut punches to Gavon when he and Cinnea snuck off.

Lorvean didnt use any magic in a meaningful way... I thought by this point she'd learn a spell or two

I didn't understand why they presumed the Ballard and his son would die? Did I miss something? I've listened to the ending twice and not so sure what exactly broke the curse...

Will they continue to use the time bending spell so they can live longer?

4 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟. Great book. I've become friends with the characters. This is for my top Tier books. The story is deep with many layers. I probably finished it in a day. I'll likely reread this one when I miss the characters or need a pick me up.

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Many mispronunciations a big negative

I liked the retelling if Beauty and the Beast, but the narrator’s mispronouncing of simple words like “butchering” and “pernicious”, to name just a few, has me wondering what planet the reader is from. Couldn’t the director have corrected her? Totally detracts from the story.

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Very Good!

I enjoyed every minute of it! A hint of beauty and the beast but a completely different story line and much more fun and adult.

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I loved, loved, LOVED this story

I've loved previous novels by this author and I seen this was a freebie on Audiobook in my Escape Package so I jumped on the chance to listen!



The story follows Ballard and Louvaen. Ballard is afflicted by a centuries-old curse by his former wife. He and his son are slowly losing their humanity. Ballard has no hope until his son brings home a beautiful woman who may be the key to solving their curse. In comes Louvaen! She is determined to rescue her sister from becoming ruined by this stranger, she follows them to his castle and comes face-to-face with Ballard and his cursed life.



This was for sure a huggggeeeeee and crazy take on Beauty and the Beast. I loved it. It was a nod to the classic, but it was completely different too. Very fun! I didn't even really realize it until Ballard gifted Louvaen a magic mirror and then it dawned on me! Too fun.



I loved Louvaen. I want her to be my friend.



Ballard was sweet. But I do understand WHY his dead wife cursed him. He wasn't a nice fellow back then. He was blood-thirsty and only cared about war and power. 100% warlord with a capital W. BUT F that wife. Why curse her poor son??? He was just a baby. Gah. She was a terrible lady too.



I also liked Ballard's sorcerer and other staff members. They were fun and added a lot of charm to this otherwise dark story. Especially the sorcerer's and Lou's love/hate relationship. That was fun. Always throwing jabs and jokes at each other. I liked it.



OMGGGG that baddie was a creep. He deserved a worse end!



The narrator was fantastic. She had me hooked from the first page. I could NOT stop listening. I finished this in just a couple of sittings. She really has a great range of voices. The sister's voice was annoying, BUT it fit her.



Overall, I loved, loved, LOVED this story. I want to relisten to it! Maybe even read it one day to see if I like it just as much as the audio. I'll give this 5 stars for sure. Highly recommend it.

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Wonderful fairytale

I loved this retelling of the beauty and the beast tale. Grace Draven never disappoints. This was as enthralling as her Radiance.
However, this narrator has no idea how to pronounce many of the words in the story., even some everyday ones like butcher and pus (she said puss instead of pus and rhymed butcher with Dutch). Please, buy her a dictionary with a pronunciation guide!

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  • Micky - bookphenomena
  • 12-18-19

Fantastic story and narration

Grace Draven can literally do no wrong in my reader's eyes considering this is third book by her that I've 5 starred. This was a twisty, sinister, magical, loose interpretation of Beauty and the Beast. I'll actually take this version over my favourite Disney film, so this is high praise.

Ballard is the beast, but not in the way you might envisage before dipping your toe into this book. The curse, the beast-incarnate is both sinister and attractive. There is clever mastery in Draven's ability to create supposed unattractive even revolting men and she then doesn't make them handsome to sort the ugliness out, she makes their character, the inside, something so compelling and desirable. Ballard did 'it' for me, it's that simple.

"Wife of my soul."

Lou was a funny woman, half-shrew, yet noble, full of integrity with fierce, fierce love. I came to admire her hugely. This book was peppered left and right with amazing side characters of differing importance, Ambrose, Gavin, Cinnia and more.

I feel like the magic in this book was a character in itself. It scared me in it's evil intent. It's use of nature and Ballard's body set a shivering context. The chapter beginning illustrations just enhanced everything, they were excellent.

I need to own this book in paperback. I will read it again. I think this author is most fabulous and I love her writing for her men, her humour, the bite of sarcasm and complex but inviting stories. All hail Draven!

Re-read by audio Oct 2019, such a excellent experience in audio with superb single POV narration. I loved it as much second time around.

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  • Annie A
  • 03-29-19

BRILLIANT!!

Grace Draven has become my new go to author!! This is an amazing book with strong characters. Yes you could say it’s a ‘beauty and the beast’ novel but it is an adult version all day long!!! All the characters were interesting and had great depth! Not a dull moment in the book!!! Off to buy another book belonging to this author! This book is seriously worth a credit or a purchase! Best book I have listened to In months!!! Well done!!

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  • AngelaHillier
  • 03-09-19

Beautiful

I read this book a few years ago and loved it.
Grace Draven is an exceptional author her work is always original and extremely heartwarming.
A great performance from the narrator. She has that britsh accent which really makes the story more engaging.

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  • Imee_Benz
  • 09-25-19

***Hauntingly beautiful***

It's a very emotional and haunting story of cursed and second chances in love and redemption. I love Grace Draven ability to build a strong characters and her world building makes me feel like I am there in the story itself. I feel their emotions, hope and love.The narrative is brilliant. Stacey Holmes is amazing in doing both characters. Just brilliant*****