I don’t usually read fairytale re-telling’s. They tend to be predictable and boring. Of course, I shouldn’t have expected normal from James Cox! Belle has become a terror, stealing books from towns with her mercenary army. Depressed and lonely Beast (Adam) is in the castle just as trapped as when he was the beast. Then Gaston comes around, still injured from the big fight but wanting to make amends. When these two lonely men get together it’s a complicated, lust fueled connection. Can it grow deeper? What happens when Belle returns?
First take a second to appreciate that cover. It’s so gorgeous! Okay, okay. Review time. I love how the twist is Belle. She's totally terrible and greedy. Her character doesn’t make a big appearance but brief snippets that have an air of darkness. Beast is a depressed guy, who is falling out of love and doesn’t know what to do. I love his character. He’s gruff and grumpy and did I mention he’s got a dominance thing going on? Yeah, that’s right, Beast now likes to tie men up and make them scream (shivers). Gaston just wants to do the right thing. After all this time his eyes are finally open to the wrongness of villains. The romance between them is so damn hot. There is no doubt there is a 5 heat, orgasmic, cold shower, oh my God did I read that right, kind of sexy in this book. The plot is also really interesting with the evil Belle twist. The ending is a bit brief but I liked how the author wrote it. It sort of pays homage to the classic stories and sets up a happy ending that left me so satisfied.
This is not your average fairytale, James Cox brings a unique twist to revive Beauty and the Beast. The Forest of Dark Delights is a must read!
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