Sunday, April 29, 2018

Belleza and the Brute by Jane Matisse

Author: Jane Matisse
Title: Belleza and the Brute
Release Date: April 28, 2018
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Soxsational Cover Art
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When two lost souls are brought together in an unlikely circumstance, it’ll take more to scare this feisty beauty away from a domineering beast. A story of love, loss, and learning to accept when life gives you a second chance.

Elena Salazar has taken care of her gambling-addicted brother since her parents’ death. When he calls her late one night asking for help, she’s thrown into Tristan Mercier’s life and is at his mercy. Unable to pay her brother’s debt, a contract is signed: she will live and work for Tristan for six months while her brother is sent to rehab. 

Tristan Mercier is scarred, both physically and emotionally. He lost his happily ever after five years earlier in a fire that nearly took his life. He’s broken and bitter, but with Elena’s arrival, things are changing, and the feelings he thought long buried begin to resurface.

Can this brute open his heart to give his belleza a chance?

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

It was a good job that Tristan was a decent guy otherwise this would have been a very different book.  Elena ends up in his employ as a result of her brother's inability to stop gambling to pay off his debt.  Tristan does so much more for Elena than anyone has in her life for a long time.

A modern twist on Beauty and the Beast - one of my all time favourite stories - complete with the most amazing library ever, which I so fell in love with.  Tristan struggles with his feelings towards Elena as she reignites emotions he thought long gone.  Elena brings out the best in him but he constantly pushes her away as he fights against himself.  The event that led him too this point is not as it seems to be and secrets rarely stay buried.

A sweet twist on a classic fairy tale with two very sweet characters that engaging and that you can relate to.

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Jane Matisse is a professional introvert who began reading romance novels at the age of thirteen. She graduated with a BA in English Literature in 2014 and has been working hard ever since to put her degree to good use. Although it took her two years to finally finish her very first rough draft, she is thrilled to be releasing her debut The Blogger and the Hunk soon. 

Matisse loves all things Jane Austen, will choose tea over coffee any day, is a Phantom of the Opera aficionado, and has been an avid book blogger since 2013. She currently lives in SoCal with her family and three fur babies: Max, Thumper, and Percy. 

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