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Abused and rejected, Benella strives to regain a purpose for her life, and finds herself returning to the last place she ever wanted to see. She must learn when it is right to forgive and when it is time to move on.

Intended for adult listeners only due to sexual situations, violence, and moderate language.

©2015 Shattered Glass Publishing LLC (P)2016 Shattered Glass Publishing LLC

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Tedious listen

I enjoyed the first two books but not this one. The same angsty internal argument over and over and over again and the feast that they endlessly prepare for in excruciating detail that never seems to arrive. The only way I could finish this book was speeding it up to 2X. The conclusion was good so if you get bored just skip to the very end.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Baking and the Beast

This book, more than anything, made me want all of the fresh baked bread they kept talking about. A solid listen, and my criticisms may be just my personal preferences.

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I enjoyed this series for the most part as a fresh take on a familiar, beloved story. The third book doesn't feel quite as strong as the first two, although it's still good. It felt unnecessary that it's the longest of the three, with a fair amount of re-hashing of ground covered in the first two books. While the sense of the world is strong, we spend a lot of time focusing on preparations for the party without it always seeming to contribute to the plot or character development. While Benella's reluctance based on her trauma felt extremely valid, it felt to me as though that gets overshadowed by the far less believable, less mature, and less compelling notion of whether he likes her....or "likes her likes her". Still, the writing is strong, even when it veers a little angst-y, and kept me engaged wondering how things were going to develop.

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Another strong performance from Sierra Kline, particularly with the introduction of essentially an entirely new cast of characters for this final installment. I loved the voicing of Egrit. She provided a much needed fun, light-hearted break from some of the heavier sections.

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  • Kay
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • 10-30-17

I didn't want it to end

I mean, did it have to end? I feel like it could have been on-going. Okay, but honestly this series was AMAZING!!!! From beginning to end. I was thoroughly satisfied with this. Thank you M.J. HAAĢ!

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wonderful tale

i love this series its been very intresting and a lovely tale and a different look into a beauty and the beast story

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Favorite Series!!

I love this author under both names! I have read, and now listened to this series multiple times and each time is as good as the first.
I fall in love with her characters and find myself wishing the story would never end!
Thank Melissa and please continue your wonderful work.

-"a pretty girl with a book"

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good book

loved it. could have been better but, over all was good to listen to. read!

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Simply incredible

I bought the first book on a whim and enjoyed it immensely. Needing to know what happened next, I bought the final two of the series and was only disappointed by the series having finished. I would STRONGLY recommend these books to anyone with a love for Beauty and the Beast and any adaptations of the classic tale. These books are beautiful written. I could not put them down!
Thank you so much for having brought them into the world M.J. Haag. You truly must have a beautiful mind to have thought of this wonderous tale of struggle, challenges and love.

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Frustrating

Narration was good, story frustrating. Tried to push my way through the first two books, but the main female character was so irritating I could not finish the trilogy. I get the whole innocent girl character, and that has seen some sexually bad stuff , but hours upon hours of this inner conflict she has and displays to the main male character makes me sick of her. Not to mention that although he's not perfect, she acts hot and cold with him and messes up the chemistry that they could have found much earlier in the book. Truly had potential, but lost my interest. Shame.

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must read!!!

I tend to read a lot of books and this book was well written and kept me enthralled the whole time. which wasn't very long because I couldn't put it down. I love this new spin on beauty and the beast. just sad the series is over

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And they lived

This reader was reluctant to finish these beastly tales after the first novel Depravity. There are instances of the sexual nature that are unfavorable to many. Guess that's what earned it the title.

The characters are memorable and the plot, although a recognizable one, is so well written you won't mind. I actually loved the ending. Like the protagonist, there were times in my life that I wish I hadn't been so passive to my tormentors. we all learn our lessons in this complicated game called life.

Well done MJHaag. Absolutely loved the narration by Sierra Kline. Her accent makes the story come alive!

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  • Zoot
  • 02-01-17

Fan fiction writer's almost successful experiment

This story is part of the Beastly Tales series and as such should be reviewed as all three “books” because frankly they’re all the same book. To split this up into three separate items is, well, a bit of a con to the audience.

Book 1 –
The story begins with some effective character introductions, which moves the level of writing beyond the smut of most erotica. But only slightly. The characters are not terribly deep but that is a good thing in a story like this because it avoids clumsy chapters that aren’t relevant to the, lets be honest, soft-core fun. It’s gentle tension building and teasing that is well done.

Book 2
The second part is simply an extension of the first. There’s not a lot to be said on development, as it doesn’t really differ much from the first. Continuing with a slightly heated storyline with the occasional somewhat juicy scene, the plot begins to steer into unnecessary directions. This doesn’t particularly detract from the middle chapter but certainly does set-up the final chapter for crushing boredom.

Book 3
The final chapter of the series spent a very long time, and completely unnecessarily mind you, doing a character reshuffle that simply turned out to be lumbering and graceless. The author finally introduced some level of dialogue and shift away from the 1st person perspective but it was impossible to shake the feeling that so much of it was filler. Even so, this did not help the flow as it seems the author had suddenly forgotten the point of this soft-core tease and mistaken it for an actual story.


Overall the full story should have been about half as long as it was.
It’s very easy listening but absolutely not the best quality of writing.
Better than most amateurish fan-fiction stories like this but definitely not worthy of a 3 book series, as it was undoubtedly trailing off by the end of the second book. A great buildup but massive anticlimax.

The arousal scenes were “achingly” repetitive and just completely lacked any variety in vocabulary. The main character is actually not that likable – her presentation is sickeningly passive-aggressive and unjustly self-righteous.
The two-dimensional character just falls apart by the end of the 2nd book and becomes annoyingly repetitive. For somebody that is supposedly intelligent and studious, she is incredibly stupid and ignorant. What I suspect is the written view of an imbecile for what a clever person is. She’s also annoyingly prude and frigid.

Final note – the first two “books” are written almost entirely in first person. This just feels a little strange.

All this being said - Sierra Kline once again made an excellent delivery of it. Great narrator.

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  • 02-14-17

She used to be so clever...

After being such a clever strong leading lady through 2 brilliant books (and I thoroughly enjoyed Bks 1 and 2), the author then lets Benella spend most of this book pondering questions with obvious answers.

I can understand that "the horrific" event would make her wary, angry, distrustful... but not stupid! Yes he needed to re-earn her trust but for a girl who spent most of the first 2 books asking all the right questions and quickly puzzling out the answers, I found this sudden reduction in intellect to facilitate a longer story truly frustrating. Thus, this last book didn't do its two precedessors justice.