Publisher: Noble Romance
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 1
Lady Kathryn's father has sent her to court to find a husband, but being penniless and disinterested doesn't bode well for her success. Bored by the petty intrigues of court, she finds her loneliness is eased when the king charges her with the care of his newest acquisition: an uncanny black wolf. What the king doesn't realize is his remarkable pet was once Gabriel, his favorite knight, cursed into wolf form by an unfaithful wife.
The beast's too-knowing eyes and the way he seems to understand her every utterance convinces Kathryn the wolf is more than what he seems. Resolving to restore him, she doesn't count on the greatest obstacle being Gabriel himself. The longer he stays in wolf form as a captive of the court, the harder it becomes for him to remember his humanity. And to fight his wolfish urges to maim and kill.
As Gabriel and Kathryn grow to care for one another despite his horrific curse, rumors of an uncanny wolf reach the ears of Gabriel's former wife and her unscrupulous new husband, Reynard. Together, they plan to dispose of the king's pet, knowing if Gabriel ever regains his human form he could strip them of everything they have schemed so hard to gain.
Only Kathryn's affection and determination stand between Gabriel the wolf and Gabriel the man. But when Reynard returns to court, will Kathryn's love be enough to keep Gabriel from exacting a brutish revenge that will condemn the wolf to death?
The Beauty’s Beast by E.D. Walker is the ideal Beauty and Beast. The beauty, Kathryn, does not shy away from the beast, Gabriel, whom she looks into his deep blue eyes and sees something in him, human. Walker does a great job in writing this book in such detail about the life that Gabriel had with his wife and how he became that beast due to her indiscretions and betrayal.
Kathryn is just a lonely girl after losing her mother when she was a teenager and her father sending her to the King to see after her and maybe find her a suitable husband. After Kathryn tends to the beast after saving him in the forest from being killed only makes her realize that she cares and adores the beast and maybe love. The beast, Gabriel, feels the same way but only one thing is standing in his way of finding true love. He was been a wolf for the past 2 years, cursed, and of course who can forget his wife. Very well written by Walker with such grace of how someone can fall in love with someone else with the unimportance of looks but of how they are truly inside.
A quote from the book writing so well, "I banished my first lord to inhuman exile, and God condemned me to live like this. To live and die a leper and an outcast, so I may know threefold what I have inflicted upon the filthy werewolf. But never, never will I help him back to his human form. If I must die accursed and contemptible, then I will not go alone into the fire." Even after her acknowledgement of being cursed by her own betrayal she does not have the heart to free Gabriel.
I highly recommend this book, The Beauty’s Beast by E. D. Walker for readers that love the idea that nobody should judge a book by its cover. What counts is within, not how they look.
5 Tea Cups!