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Loving the Beast
Author: Naima Simone
Publisher: Breathless Press
Release Date: January 2012

Book 1 of Fairy Tales Unleashed
Book Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

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Loving the Beast

81 people found the following review helpful

Book Reviewed by Leagh C

[ Review Posted: Jul 22, 2011 ] - See all my reviews
I really loved this book. The story line was amazing and well thought out and the characters were great.

Gwen is the director of the town's community center and when financial trouble hits, she has no choice but to go to Xavier St. James for help. But Xavier isn't gonna help without a price. When she is forced to spend 7 days and nights in his bed, will she be able to hide her true feelings for her dead fiance's brother or will their time together open the door to feelings better left forgotten?

Xavier is bitter and resentful because of an auto accident that left him scarred and his father dead. With the one woman he has always wanted but could never have in his bed, Xavier realizes he may never get enough.

I love this story. It was very real and the situation was heartbreaking. Xavier was strong and sexy. I always have a soft spot for a tortured hero and this book hits the nail on the head. Xavier lost his father and was severely scarred, he lost his brother (both in car accidents), and his fiancée cheated and walked out on him because of his disfigurement.

Gwen was supportive and loving even though she had gone through her share of life's miseries. She was a very strong heroine. She didn't spend the entire book saying "poor me", she stood up for what she believed in and accomplished her goals. The sex scenes were hot and the emotion was palpable. I loved how Gwen accepted Xavier for who he was on the inside and truly believed in the saying, "Beauty comes from within" A definite must read.

There were a couple things I would have like clarified a little more. I was a little confused about when Xavier's brother was killed in relation to his car accident and I didn't feel like we got a lot of insight on Xavier's relationship with his family. Also I would have liked to know more about when his relationship with Gwen faltered.
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