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The Black Beast of Belleterre

A Beauty and Beast Victorian Christmas Novella
Narrated by: Siobhan Waring
Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical

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Publisher's Summary

The Beauty and the Beast: a haunted and hidden lord, a desperate young beauty, and a marriage of convenience between two people who yearn for more....

James Markland, Lord Falconer, knows that he is ugly, very ugly, and he lives a life of seclusion, wearing a heavily cowled mantle to conceal his face from the world. When he learns that a neighboring girl, the exquisite, young Ariel Hawthorne, is about to be sold into marriage with a revolting lecher, he offers her the only protection he can: his name. Of course it will be a marriage in name only, because what woman could want him?

A talented artist, Ariel is cursed by her beauty and vulnerability. Though she never sees her husband's face, she is drawn to his kindness and generosity, but he is determined to push her away. Will he allow her to love him before it's too late? Perhaps the magic of Christmas can bring them together....

This seasonal stand-alone Regency novella is also published in the author's Christmas Revels collection.

About the Author

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author, Mary Jo Putney's novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs, three Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, and the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America, she has had numerous books listed among Library Journal’s and Booklist's top romances of the year.

©1992 Mary Jo Putney (P)2020 Mary Jo Putney

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  • 10-07-2020

Mary Joe has done it again.

I truly enjoyed this book. I am a fan of all beauty and the beast. But this was special keep writing girl you do great work

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  • 09-07-2020

A delightful version of Beauty and the Beast

I originally bought this on Kindle to try out the author. I like to get shorter works of authors first to see if I like them. I am always curious about Beauty and the Beast versions to see if they make a good story that doesn't involve Stockholm Syndrome. Mary Jo Putney did a nice job with this. When I saw that Siobhan Waring was the narrator, I decided to get the audible version as well. And of course, Waring does a lovely job narrating the story. First of all, I like that there is no magic in this one. James Markland, Lord Falconer, is a scarred man who doesn't just have visible scars, he also has mental and emotional scars because of how he was raised. Ariel is beautiful, of course, but more importantly, she is a talented artist who has learned how to make the best of her life. I particularly like that Lord Falconer has an extremely loyal staff of people working for him and he is a haven for those who are abused and/or damaged. Because it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling, you know how it will end. What I found most intriguing is HOW that end was achieved. It felt like a real choice. It felt like what should happen. It is a delightful novella that I recommend.

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  • sammie
  • 25-04-2020

Short and sweet

A nice listen... It has a typical romance storyline but with a lovely twist very enjoyable...xx