Petals and Thorns - Review

Posted by Elizabeth Ryann on 8:05 PM in , , ,
When my friend Jeffe Kennedy asked if anyone wanted an ARC of her lovely new ebook Monday night, I immediately said that I did.  I don't actually think I'm capable of saying no to free books, but free books written by friends that feature the Beauty and the Beast archetype?  Yeah, I'm definitely not strong enough.  And to ensure that her contractual obligations are fulfilled,  I agreed to write a review of Petals and Thorns, her erotic novella under the pen name Jennifer Paris.  (Side note: Isn't her cover super pretty?)

More after the jump:
So the novella comes with the following information from the publisher:

In exchange for her father’s life, Amarantha agrees to marry the dreadful Beast and be his wife for seven days. Though the Beast cannot take Amarantha’s virginity unless she begs him to, he can and does take her in every other way. From the moment they are alone together, the Beast relentlessly strips Amarantha of all her resistance.

If Amarantha can resist her cloaked and terrifying husband, she gains his entire fortune and will be allowed to return to her family and a normal life. But the Beast seduces her at every turn, exposing, binding, tormenting, and pleasuring Amarantha until she no longer knows her own deepest desires.
Increasingly desperate to break the curse that chains his humanity, the Beast drives Amarantha past every boundary. But her desire for a normal life may jeopardize the love that will save them both.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play, BDSM theme and elements, dubious consent.

My Take:

She absolutely nailed (haha--I said nailed!  Sorry.) the rhythm of telling a fairy tale, and Petals and Thorns quickly takes us back to their darker roots.  Considering the entire story is only 56 pages, I found it fascinating how much character she was able to include.  Everyone's motivation, particularly the witch's (which has often seemed a little shaky to me), was extremely believable.  It was a fun, fresh new take on Beauty and the Beast, and I enjoyed it.  If you like a good fairy tale in your BDSM erotica, than this is definitely the book for you.

And if you did enjoy it, please go tell Jeffe so.  She's also on Twitter as @jeffekennedy, and she's delightful.



Excellent review - thanks! I can't wait to read this... :-)

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