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So, everyone knows the story of Beauty and the Beast, right? Well, imagine that in modern times, with two men and you have the essential storyline.
Ara was a vain, jerk. Mean, selfish, self-centered. He gets mutilated in a car accident and now can’t stand the sight of himself. He’s still so vain and self-centered that he’s kept himself locked away in his apartment for the last seven years running his father’s company.
Ilias is a farm boy who just graduated from business school. He’s trying to prove to his father that he can make it in the city and that his education was worth leaving the farm for. He applies for and is accepted as Ara’s assistant and “front man”. The face that will be presented to the board in Ara’s stead.
Ara is known to go through assistant’s like water due to his strict rules and contrary nature, but something clicks between him and Ilias and before they know it, they have moved from employee/employer to friend and then to more.
The story actually moves the couple together in a relatively short time, but it takes many pages for them to even touch. We get to see both POVs in most circumstances so we really get an in depth appreciation of what each is feeling.
Ara is deeply scarred by his experience and has so much personal growth to get to a point where he can appreciate that beauty is only skin deep.
Ilias has his own insecurities, but for the most part he is our savior in this story, dragging Ara along into the light of self awareness.
The authors have done an excellent job of following the old fairy tale but modernizing it and making it gay. I really enjoyed the depth of the characters, including the secondary characters.
The narration by KC Kelly is practically perfect. He does such an excellent job with changing characters and giving real emotion to the story. I felt his accent for Ara was more Russian than Greek, but I’m no linguist! In any case it felt “erupoean” and absolutely worked!
I highly recommend this story and audiobook and give both 5 of 5 stars.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
it started off good but then feel short... i wish i could say more ... i wanted to like this book but there was not build up to the love story ....
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