My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Beauty and Beast retelling in a fae world, of course, I am IN ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Curse of The Wolf King was quite a sweet and lovely retelling of the classic story of which I have read quite a large number in all variations. But Tessonje Odette has used her own special tricks to make this retelling enticing, the major highlight being, this is a much lighter and brighter version of the story without the dark intensity that the story usually evokes. The hero Elliot was a riot, the first scene as a wolf where he enacts pain to gain sympathy brings a smile to one’s face and from then on, every interaction between Gemma and Elliot was absorbing to read.
The romance segment of the story was developed as a slow-burn, the author hasn’t used many inner monologues exploring the protagonists’ feelings but one can sense their growing fondness and attraction with each other from subtle looks and touches. As much as I loved Elliot, Gemma was not a character I was entranced with, her aloof attitude makes her a bit too selfish in my opinion. YES, there are reasons, why she would run away from any crowd interactions, but the vulnerability that causes her reaction never gets reflected. The secondary characters, unlike the original, do not have any deeper influence on the story but it was interesting to see how the author has shown the heroine as a woman passionate about her desires and wishes.
A fantasy retelling of the tale as old as time that would be loved by fans of this genre.
A Beauty and the Beast Retelling
Librarian’s Note: an alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here.
A beastly fae king with a deadly curse.
A devious bargain to break it…
All Gemma Bellefleur wants is to leave her past behind and forget the day scandal broke her heart. But when she’s captured by a trickster fae king who threatens to hold her for ransom, she’ll find herself at the top of the gossip column yet again.
Plagued by a curse that will soon claim his life, the human-hating King Elliot will do anything to save himself. And if Gemma can use that to her advantage, she might be able to bargain her way to freedom. All she has to do is help him break his curse.
There’s just one hitch—to do so, they’ll have to trick someone into falling in love with the beastly, brooding Elliot.
With a devious alliance made, their scheme begins, bringing Gemma and Elliot into very close quarters. Soon, an unexpected desire stirs where once there was only hate. But Gemma must fight it. For when the curse is broken, Elliot will return to his true form—a wolf—and be lost to her for good.
Can Gemma sacrifice her budding feelings to save the king’s life? Or will love force her to give up something even greater…her heart?
*NOTE this book is upper YA/NA featuring mature situations and some adult language. The romance is slow burn but leads to moderate steam.
Curse of the Wolf King is a complete stand-alone novel set in the same world as The Fair Isle Trilogy. Journey back to Faerwyvae or begin your adventure for the first time with this enchanting tale. Each book in the Entangled with Fae series can be read on its own and in any order. Happily ever after guaranteed!
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