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The Prince's Captive Virgin

Innocent in the beast’s bed!When Belle Chamberlain offers to take her father’s place as his prisoner, Prince Adam Katsaros strikes a deal. Deeply scarred ... read more

ISBN: 9781474052504
Published: June 2017

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Innocent in the beast’s bed!

When Belle Chamberlain offers to take her father’s place as his prisoner, Prince Adam Katsaros strikes a deal. Deeply scarred by the accident that claimed his wife, Adam isolated himself in his forbidding castle. But Belle’s innocent beauty could redeem his reputation as he reclaims his throne… He’ll release her father if Belle poses as his mistress!

Belle can neither deny nor resist her brooding captor! Adam’s burning gaze awakens a new-found desire, and every touch brands Belle as his. His ruthlessness is legendary, unless Belle can tame the beast inside…

Tale as old as the animated Disney movie

Rating By Sue,14/06/2017

Once upon a seduction...lived a reviewer who adored fantasy and fairy tales, and Modern fairy tales and Beauty & the Beast most of all. I loved how the strong, emotional beginning evokes a vivid sense of place with few words. The description paints a strong visual from the first Disney Beauty and the Beast, and leaves your imagination with nothing much to do... The heroine is strong and has agency. It's hard to credit the author for this as the beginning sets out to mirror the movie version. I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about the heroine having a boyfriend, but was happy to reserve judgement. Evoking B&B so strongly starts to become both a blessing and a curse; it’s hard to see past the Disney animated image to the M&B Modern version. I kept seeing the animated beast rather than this Prince Adam and hearing his voice. The story easily invited me in, but I think evoking it more lightly wouldn’t allow the old tale to intrude on the new. Either that or the present-day characters need to be more strongly visual to make sure the older story is merely an echo, a fairy-tale promise giving depth to the present. Maisey Yates has a strong voice – but this other voice (song as old as rhyme) overpowers it at times. It’s difficult for her to make us pay attention to her romance when we’re sharing the story with other characters conjured on the page. About 1/3 of the way through, the Modern re-telling starts to assert itself and I started to ‘see’ Prince Adam’s character as opposed to the original Beast’s and for Belle to become Yates’ Belle rather than Disney’s. Ungeneric emotion and conflict are at the heart of Maisey Yates' voice, and, as you'd expect from her books, there's a lot of emotional maturity delivered in a strong, accessible voice. When Belle faces down the angry mob (paparazzi), I like how she owns the moment, how it’s twisted. I love that there’s a transformation scene. Like the ‘angry mob’ scene, it gives a nice visual and emotional depth without intruding too much into the here and now. It's done with a much lighter touch. I would have liked that Belle instigates it, if it wasn’t another scene where she’s strong at the expense of his alpha-beastness. The hero and heroine also lose some heroicness in their treatment of her boyfriend. The black moment works from a M&B Modern-driven, hero-driven point of view. The emotional pay-off is good, it’s passionate, it fits the characters, it’s worth sticking with the story for. Yet, if a flaming torch had shed more light on Yates' Belle and Adam sooner, and on some of the wobbly stepping stones in the conflict arc, I'd have felt this so much more here. 3 out of 5 enchanted rose petals ARC from Harlequin via NetGalley in return for feedback.

the prince's captive virgin

Rating By Susan,26/05/2017

well worth reading

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