How can you not love a good “Beauty and the Beast” themed story, especially one with a real beast under a witches curse and a beauty that was destined for the gallows before he swoops in to save her? Well that is what you get with Amanda Ashley’s stand-alone novel, BEAUTY’S BEAST.


Fair of face and figure, Kristine is young, innocent, pure. Yet she has been condemned to the gallows for killing a man. The only one who can save her is a lord so infamous that some say he is the son of the Devil himself…

And the Beast

Erik Trevayne is called the Demon Lord of Hawksbridge Castle, but few know of the curse he lives under. Or the terrifying changes gnawing away at his humanity. When he weds her, all he wants of Kristine is a son. But when he beds her, a wild hope is born—that love that can tame even the most monstrous of beasts…

The supernatural aspects are just icing on the cake, but go a long way in making the story as much of an adventure as a romance.

Set in a time period that is marvelously out of time, Kristine waits for the specter of death to come and claim her as the gallows await, when suddenly she is rescued by the most unlikely of heroes, Erik Trevayne, the Demon Lord of Hawksbridge Castle.

The choice between having her neck stretched and marriage to a reclusive man of mystery is an easy one to make, but getting past the barriers that Erik has placed around his appearance and his heart will not be as simple.

With the curse upon him quickly gaining ground Erik needs an heir to carry on the family name before it’s too late and someone as desperate as he is seems the most likely answer. What he doesn’t expect is Kristine’s warm heart and that he begins to want more from her than just a child.

The deeply emotional and complicated love story between Kristine and Erik is one of self-sacrifice, acceptance, courage and hope that you won’t forget for a long time to come.

The supernatural aspects are just icing on the cake, but go a long way in making the story as much of an adventure as a romance.

I was very impressed as a first time reader of Ms. Ashley and plan on adding more of her titles to my collection as soon as possible.

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.