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WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Aribelle is backed into the position of cleaning house for the horrible Mr. Thaddeus Walker. Not only is he rude, he's dangerously secretive, going out at night and coming home with injuries which seem to heal mysteriously fast. She should be keeping her distance, not trying to break down his barriers. But the more she uncovers, the more attracted she becomes until the cost of exposing his secrets fades behind the risk of losing her heart.
Thaddeus knows he should have sent the girl away instead of allowing her into his home. Now she’s asking questions he can’t answer. And the more time they spend together, the more he wishes he could pull her close and kiss her. But he can’t afford to do that. Beautiful Aribelle could never love a beast.
This is very much a modern twist on Beauty and the Beast, and I loved the twist part of it. If you're familiar with the original story, you'll know generally how the story will progress, including a dance in a ballroom in ball-appropriate clothing. But, I love the story of being able to love the inside of a person, and this story does that really well. I connected with both love interests and I especially liked seeing his growth.
The ending is also a little different which is a nice change. The only thing that really stretched my ability to suspend belief was the resolution with the bad guy. So I took off a little for that.
I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator was adequate.
4 1/2 stars
This story tugged at heart. Thaddeus was a a man that took others pain and healed them. Mean while falling in love with his housekeeper Belle. She discovers his secrets and she loves him despite his scars. He doesn’t think he can ever have Belle. But they work things out.
I was hooked from the beginning. Not only because it kept my attention, it was well written and a clean romance. Also a very good author. Good job!