Katy Regnery does “modern fairytales” and I’ve read just about all of them. This one is her rendition of Beauty and the Beast and a pretty good one at that. Don’t look for singing candelabras though.
My name is Cassidy Porter…
My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was convicted twenty years ago for the brutal murder of a dozen innocent girls.
Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware – every day of my life – that I am his child, his only son.
To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.
I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.
It’s a promise I would have kept…if Brynn Cadogan hadn’t stumbled into my life.
Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain…
Review: I fell in love with Cassidy from the moment he is introduced in this story and I knew from that moment he was gonna melt my heart. This character, for me, is what makes this story. He is sweet, kind, helpful and so very naive that you have no choice but to love him. However, the female lead, Brynn, is just a tad off. Not off in the head, but off in a way that I really can’t put my finger on. She is introduced early on (dual POV) and my feelings start with empathy, then morph into sympathy (we all know what it’s like to want closure), then into REALLY??!!??! (eye roll). I kept reading, however, and I thought I had this story figured out. Um… No.
As I devour the pages in the second half of the book we get to the part where Belle…excuse me Brynn, has to go home. We know this from the original story so don’t start with the spoiler BS, kay. Ok, so I’m all prepared for some angsty turmoil and searching for her beast but…yeah, I didn’t see it coming. And boy was I a tad upset about it. Not upset that the story wasn’t predictable, I was upset that the story suddenly didn’t make sense. It felt like the ending belonged to a different story. Like the author had to wrap it up and just went with what was easy. I can’t tell you what it is without spoiling, but…yeah…the ending. Well, what leads us back to our beast right before the end is so whackadoodle that it took this from a 5 star to a 4 star read for me.
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