I’m always ready to read a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and this one did not disappoint. It’s very much based on the main source but the new elements and the modern twist blend in seamlessly.
The characters are well developed and have distinct personalities which both clash and compliment each other to take the story forward. Harper is strong-willed, smart and simple. The best part is that she doesn’t let her disability control her. Rhen, in contrast, is a complicated character. We never see him fully for what he is and what he is thinking or planning. While this keep him in a mysterious vibe, it slightly takes away from connecting with him too much. Grey, on the other hand, was more open and as a character, we came to know more about him.
The writing is smooth, well-paced with the right amount of descriptions. The romance is gradual and quite slow burning! World building is simple, compared to other retellings I’ve read. That plot twist towards the end didn’t catch me entirely by surprise but now I’ll have to wait for book 2 to come out.
Overall 4 out of 5 stars.