Beauty and The Wolf by Marina Myles.
Isabella Farrington’s marriage was hasty. For all her new husband’s riches, Lord Draven Winthrop is whispered about, avoided, and feared. Yet Isabella is drawn to Draven’s dark good looks, his strength, the charm he can turn on as easily as she can blink. The impoverished daughter of an Egyptologist, she knows there are rumors about her, too, and the amulet she wears. Nothing more than superstitious babble. . .
But when Isabella returns to Draven’s remote coastal manor, she senses there is something more at work in the grim gardens of Thorncliff Towers than superstition. Draven is passionate and seductive, but he has a brutal, uncontrolled side too, and a history of secrets. To live in peace she must discover the reasons behind a gypsy curse and a mother’s scorn. Especially when she learns Draven believes his sweet young bride is doomed to a fate even darker than his own. . .
I love fairy stories – always have, and Beauty & the Beast is one of my personal favourites. Marina does a great job of weaving the old child’s fairytale into an adult version whilst adding in a few supernatural twists. I truly think that there isn’t enough romance in the world, so to spend a few hours in a gothic paranormal traditional romance novel – is precious indeed. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the guy on the front is an eye-treat! The story was solid and the twists were a welcome addition to the traditional story.
From a writer’s perspective, there were a few cliches littered through the book – but I don’t think that can be helped as she was following quite a strict fairytale plot. There were some lovely turns of phrase in there and the plot moved quickly enough for me to not even notice I’d read the whole thing in only a few days.
I’d give Beauty and the Wolf 4 out of 5 stars – if your life is feeling a bit tired, your husband/boyfriend isn’t paying you enough attention, then grab a copy of this and immerse yourself in a supernatural Wuthering Heights style fairytale with an adult twist – you deserve a romance to get your teeth into!