Author: Allison Cassatta and Tracy Michael
Narrator: K.C. Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 03/14/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 11/24/2014
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Ara Costas has it all—riches, power, and the kind of beauty that attracts all the right people. He’s flying high and loves his life, until a serious car accident leaves him horribly scarred. Ara becomes an angry recluse, hiding away in his Chicago high-rise apartment, running his multimillion-dollar business from behind a computer screen.
Ilias Adams is a quiet farm boy who keeps his nose buried in books. A great education and stellar resume land him a job as Ara’s assistant and liaison to the board of directors. Little did he know when he signed up for this dream job that he’d end up working for the world’s moodiest, most uptight boss.
Ilias is scared of Ara at times, but he recognizes the challenge he faces when he meets Ara and sees the reason for the man’s anger. Ara is guarded and suspicious, since he can’t believe anyone can bear to look at him. Despite all this, Ilias is determined to turn the beast into a beauty again, at least on the inside, and tear down the walls Ara has so carefully constructed around him.
My View – Story:
Beast is just as its name suggests, a modern retelling of the well established “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale. And I have to admit, the authors did the tale justice. They created characters who fit the mold of Beauty and Beast perfectly but did so with their own flair and twist. The authors created two men with whom I easily connected and invested myself with. I wanted to see Ara grow out of his self imposed prison. I wanted to see Ilias get his happy ending and find love and family. I wanted to see this Beast transformed into the Beauty he has shown he can be. I loved this story. I even cried a bit at the ending.
This story was not perfect but it was perfectly executed. The authors drew me and made me overlook things I normally find annoying. The 5 stars are a reflection of their talent and ability to weave a tale that sucked me and made me forget my normal pet peeves. This was a great story. I really enjoyed it.
My View – Narration:
The Narrator did a wonderful job on reading the story. The character’s voices were unique and perfect. The accents were spot on and enhanced the story. The narrator captured the character’s personalities and emotions well. I will gladly listen to K.C. Kelly again.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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