The suspicious death of Dante Bartholomew’s wife changed him, especially in the eyes of the residents of St. Giles. They no longer see a successful businessman… only a monster they believe was involved. Dante’s horrific reputation eclipses the truth to the point that he sees no choice but to isolate himself and his heart.
The plan backfires when he meets counselor Beau Clarity and the children he works with. Beau and the kids see beyond the beastly reputation to the beautiful soul inside Dante, and Dante’s cold heart begins to thaw as they slip past his defenses. The warmth and hope Beau brings to Dante’s life help him see his entire existence—his trials and sorrows—in a brighter light.
But Dante’s secrets could rip happiness from their grasp… especially since someone isn’t above hurting those Dante has grown to love in order to bring him down
Review by Mary
(Book Reviewed here Previously)
The nature of this beast is in his beastly behaviour rather than appearance. Does such a handsome man hide a hideous nature? I liked that Beau was not ready to accept everyone else’s verdict that Dante was a beast. Both of them have their secrets but Beau has learned that sharing them can make them less scary. After all his name is Clarity it’s only appropriate he can see things clearly. Where as Dante has put himself in his own hell. He has withdrawn from any social contact. The only people who know him are the staff at the house.
I have always liked the way Andrew Grey writes. He has a way of writing a gentle story that has a powerful message. In this story we see a man who by trying to do the right thing is vilified. He believes he doesn’t deserve to be happy. Like all of Andrew Grey’s characters both Dante and Beau are believable everyday people. With secrets and faults that cloud the way they live. You just can’t help but get pulled into their lives rooting for the happy ever after ending. If you are looking for a feel good story I recommend this one.
5 of 5 stars
Review by Morgan
I’m definitely in agreement with most of Mary’s review. I think Andrew Grey is a very straight forward writer and that appeals to a lot of people. I think the allegory and metaphor in this was a little over the top, but it was still very fun and the message absolutely clear.
If you’re a fan of the re-done fairy tale this is for you! If you want a subtle romance – this isn’t it.
4 of 5 stars
Jack Wesley is a relatively new narrator and I think he does a great job with differentiating voices, expressing emotion and his voice quality is good and easy to listen to.
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars
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