A Beast’s Belle is a fairy tale retold – echoing the ground-breaking BDSM Beauty books by Anne Rice.
The novel offers a twist on a classic story; Isabel is the daughter of a widowed inventor and tinkerer, but leaves home to join the indentured staff of a manor. Upon arriving, she explores the rigid structure of domestic servitude and discipline in the manor, and eventually grows fascinated with the Master of the house, a feral man with curious proclivities and voracious appetites. Isabel tries to find her way in a new life at the manor, but quickly finds herself bound up with the Master of the house and engrossed in the lifestyle and ritual the manor’s occupants share.
The last few weeks I’m into the fairy tales. Especially the ones with a twist. So when I saw A Beast’s Belle on Netgalley, I really had to request it. And yes, it is Beauty and the Beast alright. But Isabelle is not an ordinairy girl: she likes to help her father invent objects for the binding and spanking of people. And she is rather good at that. So good, she gets a special order from a curious, hooded man to produce some objects.
And she gets offered a job in his manor. But the disciplining in his manor is kind of exhibitionist, and even a bit sadist.
Although I’m not a big fan of BDSM, the story had some nice twists and turns and will give you some hot shivers. Also, the Master is an intriguing person and he kind of grows on you. Since this is only part 1, I hope that in further parts the relationship between the Beast and Isabel is further explored. Because the book ended, just as their relationship seemed to be evolving.
The whipping and drawing blood by torturing the household staff was a bit too much for me. I couldn’t quite understand the reason for this part of the story. The feasts however and the naked scenes where definitely interesting. So, now we wait for the next part. Three out of five stars from me.
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Published: March 2017
My Rating: ♥♥♥