• Moody and the Beast

  • Shadowvale, Book 4
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (644 ratings)

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Moody and the Beast

By: Kristen Painter
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
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Publisher's Summary

Shadowvale isn’t your typical small-town America. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse.

Exiled king of the goblins Robin Gallow has no choice but to live in Shadowvale. That was the deal he made with his ex-wife and current queen of the goblins in exchange for the antidote to the poison she gave him. Now, the town has become his prison, and his world is closing in on him. It’s enough to drive a man insane. 

Theodora “Moody” Middlebright wants nothing to do with Shadowvale or the royal beast she’s about to spend the next year of her life with. But her father owes the man a debt, and he’s too unwell to pay it himself. So Theo has come in his stead. Doesn’t mean she’s one bit happy about it. But then Theo hasn’t been happy about anything since her mother died. 

Turns out, Theo’s sharp wit and brash attitude are the breath of fresh air Robin didn’t know he needed, and the two somehow hit it off. But when his trust issues and her secrets collide, their budding feelings for each other are threatened with extinction.

Can Robin learn to trust a woman who’s kept her true identity hidden her whole life? Will it even matter if Theo thinks he’s the beast everyone believes him to be? Or will love give them both a brand-new start? 

©2020 Kristen Painter (P)2020 Kristen Painter

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Editing problems FIXED!

Revised review 01/05/2021:
The audio problems seem to have been resolved, so Kristen Painter and B.J. Harrison get another five stars from me! Thanks!
Initial review: I have only gotten to chapter 3, but so far in this chapter there have been 3 times that the narration is speaking over itself. I am not sure if it is from the same chapter or not. It is only a few seconds each time. I replayed it to make sure my phone isn't the problem. Otherwise, I expect the same great story,as usual. I will change my review as soon as the problem is fixed. Thanks.

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Moody little beast

Okay, I pretty much loved all things Shadowvale, but I pretty much love all things Kristen Painter, so it's expected. I've now "read" all books in the Shadowvale series, and yup, I pretty much loved them all. The one I struggled with the most was The Forgettable Miss French because both she and the male character were very isolated until the end, and while they both had some pretty funny things happen it just wasn't quite the same. What I loved about this book besides Moody and the Beast was how the story traveled between realms. The time spent in Limbo is minimal, but it was still there, and thanks to Theo, aka Moody, you get a sense of how things are in Limbo, think Snow White's country under the evil queen's rule. Yes, it's a tad predictable as you know Robin is not guilty of the crime he has been portrayed as committing in Limbo's history books, that's obvious from the get-go, so I don't feel guilty for spoiling it. Last but not least, B.J. Harrison is phenomenal. Favorite book in the series, not quite, that belongs to The Vampire's Cursed Kiss, but this was no less awesome.

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Beauty and the Beast with a Twist

Great listen, it kept me up wanting another chapter. The reader is excellent at different characters, the accent he uses I really enjoy.

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Another knockout!!!

Painter/Harrison combo always means goodness for me. Author writes amazing stories with characters that I always want to know more about, while this narrator gives them voice to the point you can picture how they look.

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audio issues

So far the story is fine and the read great as usually, there seems to have been an issues with editing. There is random audio either from later in the book or separate project in chapter 3 about 40 minutes in.

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I loved this book and it brought out true emotion

My rating scale:
5☆ - I loved this book and it brought out true emotion in me (laughter, anger, a good cry, etc)
4☆ - I loved this book.
3☆ - I liked this book.
2☆ - I didn't really care for this book.
1☆ - I did not like this book at all and probably did not finish it.

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Taming of the shrew, goblin style.

Never knew that goblins could cute, funny, frustrating, and redeeming social value. this book proves that they can. Moody is known for her temper and sharp tongue. Completely unmarriageable, until she moves to Shadowvale, to serve a 1 year indenture for her ailing father. There she meets the beast, traitorous former king of Limbo and beast. She soon realizes that what she was taught about him & believed, may not be true. Her life becomes a fast track to intrigue and adventure. Fun, enjoyable story easy to read and entertaining to hear on Audible. I read some and listened to even more, enjoying both. I recommend this intriguing romance to all in whatever format they prefer.

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I love Shadow Vale

I love the narraton and the story, it was very easy to get through. Three Cheers for Kristen Painter.

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As Dysfunctional as Beauty and the Beast

I am going to put spoilers below which I will mark in all caps so you can avoid reading if you wish and I will also denote when spoilers are done if you want to read the summation after. So I had to start and restart this one several times as it was hard to finish. I am a big fan of Nocturne Falls and although the premise of Shadowvale and the characters are so fascinating to me the execution of these stories has left a lot to be desired. This is my least favorite of the series so far. I mean yes we are asked to have a certain suspension of disbelief in these light supernatural romances-instant, intense, forever love, where we know immediately we are soulmates and want to make a family--but sometimes I start laughing at how every moment of romance is literally off a red flag list for abusive relationships. So this ENTIRE story covers about 3 days time. I'll let that sink in. The set up is a riff on Beauty and the Beast (clearly in the title), and Theo is coming to work as an indentured servant to the former King Robin for a year to save her father who owed the debt. I was so confused by Theo's constant reference to how she is super "moody" or mean and had to be to survive when that really isn't conveyed at all. She often asks honest questions but is never mean or rude despite her insistence that she is, it was a weird character trait to insist upon without any evidence. Why does the author want me to believe the MC is really difficult to get along with when she is anything but. Then the most cringe for me was the big conflict climax WARNING SPOILERS so the "secret identity" that Theo is keeping is that she is biracial (half Goblin/half Fae). Theo's mother had said for her own safety she should hide this. The need to hide this seems validated as Robin makes racist comments about how all Fae are liars and bad because his ex is Fae. When her racial background is revealed Robin is disgusted with her literally asks her how much Fae blood she has, then despite feigning with all the staff he doesn't want to be seen as the King or treated as superior tells Theo she's just a servant and he doesn't want any of her family with their terrible Fae blood to come visit. Uhhhh. Theo also asks for his forgiveness regarding this issue, and by issue I mean Robin's racism against Fae and the fact that she is half Fae and didn't mention this to him in the first 36 hours they've known each other. This is later spun as he was upset she kept a secret from him but that doesn't track with his earlier frequent comments about his hate of the Fae because his ex was Fae. Also did I mention this is all happening within the first 48 hours of these two knowing each other, Robin declaring he can't live without Theo, then can't live with her because of her racial background, then let's forget all that forgive each other and trust each other with our lives despite this erratic behavior because love. WARNING END OF SPOILERS. So overall the contrived and uncomfortable "conflict" of this story really pulled me out of the story and the portrayal of Robin made me completely uninterested in him as a romantic lead and wish Theo would not stay with him. And the entire rest of the conflict and politics that have led to a kingdom divided and a person imprisoned for unknown years is resolved in under three chapters at the end. I got whiplash from the speed of this wrap up considering almost 30 chapters are dedicated to 48 hours and the final seeming 12 hours on day 3 that include an entire nation's structure being upended and resolved in a few minutes. These stories stand completely alone, there was pretty much no connection to the town besides a few discussions with other townsfolk and nothing that really enhanced my awareness of Shadowvale. You could easily skip this volume and not really miss anything. I will continue with the series as I would love to learn more about the mechanics of the town and see more of the woman who created it all but woof this one was a rough ride and again the super weird dynamics in this couple were anything but romantic and I guess in that way do remind me of the dysfunction of the stories namesake. As always these are personal takes and some folks might not have any problem with the story and swoon over this "romance" between the couple but I found myself laughing out loud and blanching at this couple wishing Theo could get away in the same way I felt as a little girl watching Belle with the Beast, like no library is good enough to be worth that.

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Never do this!

I never post about book until I'm done. However at chapter 17, and while we all get beauty and the beast from, I am throwing out that "Rebecca" is also and inspiration here too! so good, I can wait to see what happens! #lovepepper!

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  • S. Lacey
  • 09-25-20

Brilliant!!!!

I really enjoyed this book!!! I loved the characters and I thought Theodora & Robin were perfect for each other! This was a really fun read and I can't wait for more in the series!!

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  • 10-19-20

Another great read

I love the Shadow Vale series. Clever storyline with some characters from previous stories popping in. That always makes me feel as though I'm catching up with friends. I'm sure you'll enjoy her books as much as I have.