Fairy tale Retellings – Beauty and the Beast

I’ve never been a big fan of fairy tales. I’m more of a mythology gal. Greek, Norse, African you name it I’ll read it. Out of all the fairy tales I’ve seen Beauty and the Beast is one of my least favorite. So imagine my surprise when I realized I genuinely enjoyed these novels.

Title: Lair Of The Lion

Author: Christine Feehan

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis: The Beast . . .

Rumor said the powerful Nicolai DeMarco could command the heavens, that the beasts below did his bidding . . . and that he was doomed to destroy the woman he took as wife. It was whispered he was not wholly human—as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes.

The Beauty . . .

Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She’d even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion—the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco.

The Bargain . . .

Then Isabella met a man whose growl was velvet, purring heat, whose eyes held dark, all-consuming desire. And when the don commanded her to become his bride, she went willingly into his muscled arms, praying she’d save his tortured soul . . . not sacrifice her life.

I normally enjoy anything this lady writes. Christine is one of my favorite authors so I knew I was going to enjoy this story no matter what still, I was expecting this to be a pleasant read. Instead I got dragged every which way. Pleasant read my ass. I fell in love with Isabella’s strong personality and Nicolai played the perfect beast. He was genuinely scary. His demeanor was so threatening but at the same time he was so soft. I could hear his deep harsh voice in my head every time he spoke. The palazzo gave me sinister spooky vibes. Everything was not as it seemed in the novel. I mean I knew how it was going to end but I kept forgetting. I got sucked into this dark world and coompletely fogot it was a beauty and the beast retelling. Christine took this basic fairy tale and made it an Italian dark paranormal romance that in no way resembled the original script.

Title: Goddess of The Rose

Author: P.C. Cast

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis: When modern-day Mikki ends up in the strange Realm of the Rose, Hecate has been waiting for her. So too has her gorgeous guardian beast, who soon has Mikki swooning. But to save the realm, Mikki will have to sacrifice her life-giving blood.

While I have nothing but good things to say about the previous book this one left me on the fence. I picked this up because of the Greek mythology aspect. I had no idea this was a beauty and the beast retelling until we Hecate told the beast nobody would ever love him because he’s … a beast. I tossed the book across the room. Then immediately went to pick it up. Hecate is a bitch which isn’t surprising because in this series P.C. Cast makes all the goddesses bitchy. Which I get yet don’t. Mikki as a person didn’t really interest me expect for when she cussed out her date. That scene was gold. Mikki accepted her new reality way too quick for me. I was not impressed. The Guardian had this whole woe is me attitude that I really couldn’t get behind. I will say the romantic tension and word play between our too main characters was so angsty and soft. In the end though this was way too much like Beauty and the Beast. I see tell which characters represented the fairy tale ones it made it hard to see this story as it’s own.