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Abused and rejected, Benella strives to regain a purpose for her life, and finds herself returning to the last place she ever wanted to see. She must learn when it is right to forgive and when it is time to move on.

Intended for adult listeners only due to sexual situations, violence, and moderate language.

©2015 Shattered Glass Publishing LLC (P)2016 Shattered Glass Publishing LLC

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  • Leah
  • 21-10-2016

Tedious listen

I enjoyed the first two books but not this one. The same angsty internal argument over and over and over again and the feast that they endlessly prepare for in excruciating detail that never seems to arrive. The only way I could finish this book was speeding it up to 2X. The conclusion was good so if you get bored just skip to the very end.

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  • Lynn
  • 06-10-2016

Baking and the Beast

This book, more than anything, made me want all of the fresh baked bread they kept talking about. A solid listen, and my criticisms may be just my personal preferences.

Story:
I enjoyed this series for the most part as a fresh take on a familiar, beloved story. The third book doesn't feel quite as strong as the first two, although it's still good. It felt unnecessary that it's the longest of the three, with a fair amount of re-hashing of ground covered in the first two books. While the sense of the world is strong, we spend a lot of time focusing on preparations for the party without it always seeming to contribute to the plot or character development. While Benella's reluctance based on her trauma felt extremely valid, it felt to me as though that gets overshadowed by the far less believable, less mature, and less compelling notion of whether he likes her....or "likes her likes her". Still, the writing is strong, even when it veers a little angst-y, and kept me engaged wondering how things were going to develop.

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Another strong performance from Sierra Kline, particularly with the introduction of essentially an entirely new cast of characters for this final installment. I loved the voicing of Egrit. She provided a much needed fun, light-hearted break from some of the heavier sections.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-2018

Not the best in the series

I couldn’t wait to see how it all ended but found myself a little disappointed. There was a lot of angst and I wanted to strangle her sometimes for being so stupid. When they finally made love the scene did not satisfy all the build up. Book 1 was definitely the best. But glad I finished it.

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  • Janet Hardesty
  • 19-06-2018

Be prepared to yell at the characters

I finished this series in less than a week I truly wanted to yell and scream during multiple points in the story.The narration was perfect. This was one of the stories i struggled to turn off. A beautiful story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-2018

LOVED IT

there was so much detail. I was a really good series. the only thing I didn't like was how she kept forgiving people.

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  • yve.
  • 19-03-2018

surprise

I took a chance and very happy I did. Recommand all three books. I feel thay this had heat but if you dont care for a whole lot of detailed sex in your book I would pick it up. Just fyi dose have dirty talk.

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  • MsNing
  • 27-02-2018

Great

Really great dark adult version of beauty and the beast I love that it is a series mj Haag has become one of my favorite writers because her writing is relatable to real life she weaves fictional tales that you can picture come to life

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-2018

Lame ending

I really liked the first two books in this trilogy although I was a bit shocked when the second one ended as I felt it was very short for a full length novel. Then this last one dragged and dragged. The heroine was like a different character in this book and I disliked her quite a bit. Instead of a passionate, intelligent, and sexy woman she was a boring and dull child. There were flashes of the heroine I loved in the first two books, but they were few and far between.

This story should have been two books.

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  • Kay
  • 30-10-2017

I didn't want it to end

I mean, did it have to end? I feel like it could have been on-going. Okay, but honestly this series was AMAZING!!!! From beginning to end. I was thoroughly satisfied with this. Thank you M.J. HAAĢ!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-10-2017

wonderful tale

i love this series its been very intresting and a lovely tale and a different look into a beauty and the beast story

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  • Zoot
  • 01-02-2017

Fan fiction writer's almost successful experiment

This story is part of the Beastly Tales series and as such should be reviewed as all three “books” because frankly they’re all the same book. To split this up into three separate items is, well, a bit of a con to the audience.

Book 1 –
The story begins with some effective character introductions, which moves the level of writing beyond the smut of most erotica. But only slightly. The characters are not terribly deep but that is a good thing in a story like this because it avoids clumsy chapters that aren’t relevant to the, lets be honest, soft-core fun. It’s gentle tension building and teasing that is well done.

Book 2
The second part is simply an extension of the first. There’s not a lot to be said on development, as it doesn’t really differ much from the first. Continuing with a slightly heated storyline with the occasional somewhat juicy scene, the plot begins to steer into unnecessary directions. This doesn’t particularly detract from the middle chapter but certainly does set-up the final chapter for crushing boredom.

Book 3
The final chapter of the series spent a very long time, and completely unnecessarily mind you, doing a character reshuffle that simply turned out to be lumbering and graceless. The author finally introduced some level of dialogue and shift away from the 1st person perspective but it was impossible to shake the feeling that so much of it was filler. Even so, this did not help the flow as it seems the author had suddenly forgotten the point of this soft-core tease and mistaken it for an actual story.


Overall the full story should have been about half as long as it was.
It’s very easy listening but absolutely not the best quality of writing.
Better than most amateurish fan-fiction stories like this but definitely not worthy of a 3 book series, as it was undoubtedly trailing off by the end of the second book. A great buildup but massive anticlimax.

The arousal scenes were “achingly” repetitive and just completely lacked any variety in vocabulary. The main character is actually not that likable – her presentation is sickeningly passive-aggressive and unjustly self-righteous.
The two-dimensional character just falls apart by the end of the 2nd book and becomes annoyingly repetitive. For somebody that is supposedly intelligent and studious, she is incredibly stupid and ignorant. What I suspect is the written view of an imbecile for what a clever person is. She’s also annoyingly prude and frigid.

Final note – the first two “books” are written almost entirely in first person. This just feels a little strange.

All this being said - Sierra Kline once again made an excellent delivery of it. Great narrator.

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  • Leigh UK
  • 14-02-2017

She used to be so clever...

After being such a clever strong leading lady through 2 brilliant books (and I thoroughly enjoyed Bks 1 and 2), the author then lets Benella spend most of this book pondering questions with obvious answers.

I can understand that "the horrific" event would make her wary, angry, distrustful... but not stupid! Yes he needed to re-earn her trust but for a girl who spent most of the first 2 books asking all the right questions and quickly puzzling out the answers, I found this sudden reduction in intellect to facilitate a longer story truly frustrating. Thus, this last book didn't do its two precedessors justice.