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Bend Her: A Dark Beauty and the Beast Fantasy Romance

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I feel like "retelling" is a very generous description, as there is no curse, he is more shifter than beast, there is no strong father/daughter bond, and the castle can be better compared to Howl's Moving Castle. And instead of the MMC pov, we could have learned about the magic system through the mage journals she was reading. So when Lisane is dumped on him, he knows his days are numbered because she’s the woman from his vision. A promising first book in this series, I would easily recommend Bend Her to any new and experienced readers of this genre, as the plot and heat will keep you gripped right until the end.

By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Being a "Beauty and The Beast" retelling you can already guess the main elements you'd find here: the castle, the magic, the library, and of course, the Beast. If you are curious about the lifestyle, please refer to other series such as The Arrangement or Fettered for your fictional introduction and instruction. Spice 🌶🌶, now there wasn't really much spice in this book, and that is OK as the plot and world building are more important.To anyone reading, this short series is 1000% worth your time and I highly recommend the audible version, the performances were stellar. The author had been posting prints on Instagram of the characters and I really thought it was going to be deliciously steamy, so I was a little disappointed. It’s pitched as a dark Beauty and the Beast retelling, and it is, but it also reminds me so much of Howl’s Moving Castle. There is a lot of world building and working on what becomes their relationship/friendship/situationship through the story. Seeing the relationship between Rhaim and Lisandro gradually grow and develop (slow burn for the WIN) was so satisfying, and kept me turning the pages, so eager to find out what would happen!

This is the first book in a dark fantasy romance series that follows the story of a princess that is kidnapped by the All-beast. The slow burn between the main characters which I know is building for some SPICE to come in the next books! The book does alternate between two characters POV, which I am not usually a fan of, but she makes it easy to follow and even easier to lose yourself in.As such, this bad guy reputation feels unfounded and he comes off more like a caring parental figure that gets angry sometimes… and justifies abuse as “training”.

I definitely enjoyed the tumultuous emotions and character development of the the heroine, Lisane, especially the slowburn build between her and Rhaim.

One of my favorites elements is how protective Rhaim is of Lisane, he gives off total "touch her and I'll kill you" vibes! Rhaim is a mage and each mage is shown how they’re going to die and in Rhaim’s vision he sees a woman. The All-beast was so fearsome and intriguing, he could not only control and manipulate beasts surrounding him but also become one himself. However, the story and plot felt underdeveloped, and the abuse, which was very clearly abuse, was meant to be sexy and alluring, but it wasn't. Victoria’s portrayal of the sheltered princess betrayed by her family and then punished and humiliated by the All-Beast was incredible.

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