Beauty and Her Beast – Addison Carmichael
Beauty and Her Beast is a short novella that is placed as the prequel teaser to a new fantasy series by Addison Carmichael. I believe this is a very clever strategy announcing a new series with a novella, which enables readers to take a punt on a new author and series, while only committing a single reading session. This novella certainly delivers on that strategic goal because it’s a book that is entertaining to read, which conveys the paranormal nature of shifters, and a love fraught with conflicting forces of devotion and duty.
The supernatural fantasy of shifters, particularly werewolves, always appeals to our dramatic and adventurous side and when that encounter happens with humans, we are in for a riveting experience. Addison adds romance so we’re not always dealing with the brutal side of the power shifters can yield, but the alluring dangerous and passionate side.
Rebecca and Erik meet in a café, with Erik trying desperately to evade several men. A connection is established and a relationship flourishes. Then the harsh reality sinks in. The powers that be, will not allow this to happen. They are after all pack creatures with their territory and lineage to protect. Addison does an outstanding job creating that relationship dynamic and the external conflict preventing their commitment to each other. The relationship develops at an unrealistic speed but then again it probably didn’t have much choice considering the scope of the novella.
The next book in the series is Knight: Sons of the Alpha and this novella develops the atmosphere, scenario, and realises the werewolf depiction following many of the expected genre tropes, with a few unique bits thrown in. I would recommend this captivating and passionate story. It is an easy read that sets the potential for rivalry, subterfuge and romance.
I wish to thank Addison Carmichael for a copy of the book in return for an honest review.