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I could save him, but he would ruin me.

The beast.

The creature that stalks the forbidden wood.

The dragon prince.

He has suffered a fate worse than death. We all have. A curse put upon us by the mad king.

We are a kingdom locked in time. Shifters unable to feel our animals. Stuck here by a deal between the late king and a demon who seeks our destruction.

The only one keeping this kingdom alive is Nyfain, the golden prince to a stolen throne. The last dragon shifter.

He's our hope.

He's my nightmare.

When he catches me trespassing in the forbidden wood, he doesn't punish me with death, as he's entitled.

He takes me, instead. Forces me back to the castle as his prisoner. Seeks to use me.

Apparently, I can save him. I can save the whole forgotten kingdom, locked away by the demon king's power.

But it would mean taming the monster beneath his skin. It would mean giving myself to him.

It would mean my ruin.

This is a dark and spicy Beauty and the Beast retelling featuring an anti-hero, a strong heroine, and a humorous supporting cast. This is an enemies-to-lovers and possible fated mates story suitable for 18+. It's the first of a trilogy, ending on a cliffhanger.

©2021 Hazy Dawn Press, Inc (P)2021 Hazy Dawn Press, Inc

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not enjoyable

sually I enjoy KF Breene- not this series it reminds me too much of the fifty shades of grey trilogy in its content.

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Full on, sexy, dark and a gripping story!

This book was definitely not what I was expecting, but I got more than I bargained for.
The characters were insane, it was fantastic.
Erotic, hilarious, dark, sexy, confusing, and intense.
Absolutely loved every second.

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Yes… just do it..

I enjoyed every bit of this story, from the soothing narrator to the sexually frustrated hero… well worth it

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Gratuitous steam

This is just relentless sex talk/scenes and swearing. There are some very funny moments, but by half way through I was sick to death of being barraged with explicit writing and quit. I wanted a novel, not endless material for ‘alone’ time.

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Best book I’ve read in years!

This book had me hooked from the start! It’s humour mixed with an awesome storyline made it so I couldn’t stop listening! And the narration was perfect! Would give 10 stars if I could! Now for the next book 😁

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  • 11-11-2021

argh! It ends on a cliffhanger!

apart from that it was highly entertaining with several laugh out loud moments.
the narrator did a good job

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  • Jeffrey Alvarado
  • 21-10-2021

Deliciously Dirty Beauty/Beast Twist

THIS BOOK IS NC17 – If you’re a Young Adult genre fan – move on. If you’re looking for something dirtier than the standard vanilla romance books, get this book. Don’t forget to pack your pearls – Breene’s new dark fantasy series will lead you through her kingdom of loyalty, darkness, and steam. Just watch out for that kinky dungeon party along the way.
I hated twists of established fairy tales/characters/movies. Until KF Breene wrote one. And I’m sure it’s now ruined me retellings from other authors. I also had not read erotica books but naturally Breene’s great at that too. Then again, I’d read a eulogy if she wrote one, but that’s beside the point. I always enjoyed her sex scenes from her other series’ but never realized how most of them were “vanilla” till now. This book is perfect for those looking to experience a little more kink without being TOO erotically adventurous. Yet. But be prepared, I hear the rest of the series will test those boundaries. I loved how the main character, Finley, had never really been adventurous either but given the opportunity, chooses where she might be interested in pushing her line. It’s a powerful “broadening your horizons” story without being overbearing. Don’t get me wrong though. There are plenty of crazy kinky scenes in the castle that she stumbles across. And I’m told we have even more to look forward to in the sequel.

When it comes to the retelling of B&tB, the very basic concepts are there, but are faint enough that it isn’t distracting. You fall into the unique & dark story to find small breadcrumb reminders; but get quickly distracted by the next twist. I really cannot quit raving at how well done AROR is. It’s NOTHING like the original. Which makes it that much more enjoyable. And drives you mad wanting to see/read what could happen next. Fkng masterful is the only way I can describe it. In the best, most erotic way possible.

What stood out to me the most though was how fast and deep (haha pun intended) the plot was developed. Even with all the sexual angst & situations that pepper the story from cover to cover. It really was amazingly done. Nothing felt incomplete plot-wise because of all the time spent on sex, but rather left you wanting more. Although I will say I felt like I needed a shower to wash all the deliciously dirty scenes away from my mind. Possibly after reading them one more time for the road…

The narration is wonderfully done! I love Tillie Hooper (and her non-romance pen name) so I was so excited to hear she is narrating this series!

Lastly, I was so lost in the developments toward the end of the book that I had no clue I was rapidly approaching the end. I MAY have cursed colorfully aloud when I reached what I realized was the final line in the book. Forget wanting the next book. I need the entire SERIES. NOW.

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  • B 👑
  • 21-10-2021

Amazing adult retelling with different twists

Those worried about triggers; Dark does not mean forced, there is none of that here. Just different kinks, some characters do refer shame sex, though it is all consensual.
A more mild KF Breene is Magical Midlife series, more spicy, but not as much is The Darkness series.
Happy Reading!

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  • Kim Mullican
  • 07-11-2021

Nah, just not for me

I scoop up every book Breene writes but this...just wasn't for me. There's technically nothing wrong with the book. I just wanted it to be over. The hot scenes weren't hot, just uncomfortable. Again, this is a personal preference. The author's writing is still top-notch. This book just made me queasy and I like smut.

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  • Christy Brakebill Helton
  • 30-10-2021

Amazing!!

YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS!! Whoever’s reading this, stop what you’re doing & listen/read this immediately! You will not regret it! I love this world & cannot wait until the next!

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  • JamieKoep
  • 28-10-2021

Naughty Beauty and the Beast

This is such a twisted and naughty take on my favorite fairy tale!! Well written and steamy in the best ways. I thought the dirty talk was a bit much. But otherwise it’s perfect!! Cannot wait to see what happens next for this fantastic world!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-2021

So bad I can’t rate it.

If you’re uneducated, low frequency, and have no idea what good literature is, then this is definitely your book!

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  • Morgan Waggoner
  • 29-10-2021

I’ve never laughed so hard

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, K. F. Breene is the most talented and hilarious author. She is one of the few authors to ever make me laugh out loud to the point of tears and then actually make me cry shortly after.

Her ability to write such strong and complex characters in unsurpassed. I’ve also never relate more to a character than I do to Hadriel. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person… but… here we are.

And Tillie Hooper is the freaking bow on top of the this gift of a story. She brought these characters to life in such an amazing way. Her performance of drunken Hadriel in a purple monster costume had me ROLLING!

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  • Krystal Jane
  • 17-12-2021

The negative reviews were right

The negative reviews say it all. There was potential for a really good book but eh don’t waste your credit because I did.

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  • K Erdman
  • 08-12-2021

ugh this is awful!

Not at all what I was expecting and I'm really disappointed. The narrator was great but the story line was just terrible! And the writing made my skill crawl. Not worth it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-2021

Not my cup of tea

Where I do love a novel that includes romance and a slight smattering of mild cursing, I was taken aback with the vulgarity of language and the distastefulness of descriptive behavior.

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  • Tigs
  • 29-10-2021

Sex scenes written in juvenile crudity

Loved the story but the sex scenes were written in a surprisingly crude, clumsy fifth form toilet wall genre rather than adult eroticism. Very disappointing given KF Breene'S usual standard.

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  • Glenese
  • 09-11-2021

Great start 👏

Great start and concept to a well-known brand. these twist on a fairytale is brilliant. can't wait for the second in the series already pre ordered the book.

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  • Carla MM
  • 29-10-2021

Get Ready to get Tangled in the Thornes

Captivating, Dark and Steamy! This Tale has a very Beauty and The beast feeling... well if the Beast lived in a Castle full of Lusty demons that is!! Regardless, of its similarity to the classic tale, it still had a unique feel to it and I found that I couldn't put this one down. The Narrator and Audio quality was excellent only adding to the enjoyment. my only disappointment was that I have to wait fir the next book to find out what happens next!!

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  • AJ
  • 27-10-2021

Loved it!!

I have to admit the book was much better than I thought. After seeing mixed reviews I wasn’t sure even though I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve listened to by Miss Breene. It’s the first time I’ve listen to a book that is narrated by Tillie Hooper and I really enjoyed it. Can’t wait for the next book. 5 ⭐️ from me 😁

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  • Rebekah
  • 07-01-2022

Warning: Unnecessary, Heavy Bad Language

Warning: I’m writing this because I wish it had been written for me.
If you don’t like swear words in books, (F-words and C-words in every other sentence) you’ll probably want to skip this one.
I’m a Beauty and the Beast enthusiast so was really looking forward to sinking my teeth in to this, but unfortunately couldn’t make it past Chapter 1 before having to return the book.
I’m not sure why authors feel the need to use so many profanities in their writing. One or two are expected in this day and age but when a novel is full to the brim with them at the first, it really detracts from the reading/listening, (in my personal opinion).
It’s an element that wasn’t needed and it ‘ruined’ the experience of ‘A Ruin of Roses for Me’.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-2022

trying to hard to be "sexy"

The story is obviously beauty and the beast but in a over sexualized twist. I liked the personality of the main character and the story but unfortunately I felt like the author tried to much to make it "sexy". Many times i felt like it came across as trying to be sexy with vulgar language and "bold actions" but unfortunately I felt like it took away the excitement and made the characters shallow and fake.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 27-12-2021

A Ruin of Roses

Great new story by K.F. Breane, this time about shifters fighting demons, and their magic. Nice beginning of a live story. Took a bit of getting used to Tillie Hopper's voice, but by the end loved it.

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  • Debbie, 1970, UK
  • 04-12-2021

A Suspenseful, Humorous & Delicious Steamy!🔥💖🐲

A Breath Of Fresh Air.🌟🌹
A Ruin of Roses
Deliciously Dark Fairytales, Book 1
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A Ruin of Roses
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A spicy new twist on an old classic - a deliciously dark Beauty and the Beast reimagining.

I could save him, but he would ruin me.

The beast.
The creature that stalks the forbidden wood.
The dragon prince.

He has suffered a fate worse than death. We all have. A curse put upon us by the mad king.

We are a kingdom locked in time. Shifters unable to feel our animals. Stuck here by ...more
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Review A Suspenseful, Humorous & Decidedly Delicious Steamy Read!😳😂😉🔥🌹
A Breath Of Fresh Air.🌟🌹
A Ruin of Roses (Deliciously Dark Fairytales, #1)

I'm not usually a big fan of Fairytales, however, when one of my 'must read' author's decides to take the plunge I'm obviously all in.👍 Oh my word, what a ride she's taken us on in this first book of this new series.😍

👑The Narrator deserves awards for her amazing work throughout this audiobook.👑

Nyfain is a hulking, brute of a man. He has patrolled the forbidden wood in his beast form since the mad King sold out the Realm to the Demon King.😡 The villagers only know he's brutal, can & will kill you if you are caught within its boundaries and that he tends to roam at night time!😳 Finley is a healer, reader, hunter & protector. She learns from books & has found a way to slow the demon curse that's been killing their loved ones for sixteen years, its not perfect but it's helping.🙏 Unfortunately one of the main ingredients can only be found on Royal grounds through the forbidden woods!😳🌿 She has three siblings, one older & two younger. They've already lost their Nana & Mum to the curse & their Dad is really ill with it too.😢

I found this story & world build refreshingly new, even though it's a twisted tale. It almost has a historical romance feel to the world build, for us as the reader. It would actually be classed as more dystopian, realistically, to the characters though. I found that so fascinating & masterful!😍 All of the characters felt sparkling & fresh. Hadriel is one of those hilarious side characters this author has become so well known for writing - Charles, Sanders, Penny, Bria & Niamh all have a new addition to their ranks in him.😍 I really liked the dynamic between Nyfain & Finley, they sizzle together, but also are clearly much more, hopefully!🙏💘🔥 The storyline is intriguing, and seems like it's going to become even more complex & is full of possibilities. So I'm really excited for book #2.🎉

(For those out there that may want to jump on the 'Oh it's an ACOTOR rip off', Please take a step back ✋ and read it first.🙏 Because you'll be proved totally wrong. This is an 18+ ONLY steamy, sweary, unapologetic read. It can, in no way, be confused with a YA or you'll have your eyes truly opened!Choo Choo 😂🌹)

🔊You've been warned!🔊

🔸If that doesn't put you off, then go & have a blast reading this complex, dark & deliciously hot read. You won't be disappointed!🌟😉🔸


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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, The Flock VIP)
  • 16-11-2021

Twisted fairytale

I love a twisted fairytale and this version of Beauty and the Beast by KF Breene was done it so well. Finley is a bad a$$ and she’s so funny she won’t let anyone or anything get in her way and if anyone does they will pay for their discretion . When she meets Nyfain he’s not very nice to her but she gives as good as she gets and it soon becomes apparent there’s a chemistry between them. I’m going to start ATOR now , I’m a big fan of the narrator under her usual name so it’s no surprise how well she narrates these books.

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  • Erica H.
  • 27-10-2021

Another Brilliant Book

K F Breene just gets better and better..
what a hot sexy book with a great twist on a fairytale..
looking forward to the next one...

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