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Afflicted by a centuries-old curse, a warlord slowly surrenders his humanity and descends toward madness. Ballard of Ketach Tor holds no hope of escaping his fate until his son returns home one day, accompanied by a woman of incomparable beauty. His family believes her arrival may herald Ballard’s salvation...until they confront her elder sister. 

Determined to rescue her sibling from ruin, Louvaen Duenda pursues her to a decrepit castle and discovers a household imprisoned in time. Dark magic, threatening sorcerers, and a malevolent climbing rose with a thirst for blood won’t deter her, but a proud man disfigured by an undying hatred might. Louvaen must decide if loving him will ultimately save him or destroy him.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Natalie
  • 2019-04-26

Fantastic Read!!!

**Spoilers** This book was absolutely fantastic for 90% of it. The characters were all amazing and had distinct individual personalities. The romance between Lou and Ballard was electric. You couldn't help but cheer for them. However, the ending felt rushed. I am still not sure why the curse was broken. I'm glad it was, but I don't know what the reasoning was? Because he got hurt? I also felt that Lou's magical abilities could have been explored more. I guess I just wanted to enjoy a happy ending more, be in the moments after the curse was broken and experience Ballard and company adjusting back to a normal life.

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  • Hope
  • 2019-04-21

Not For Me

I have liked all of the other books by Grace Draven that I've read, but this one really fell flat, for me. I thought Radiance was a surprisingly good rendition of a Beauty and the Beast type tale, and felt like Entreat Me didn't come close to matching it. The heroine just wasn't really that likeable, to start with. I get that she's supposed to be a strong-willed woman who doesn't spend her time worrying about what people think of her, and that's great. But her constant control-freak bullying and threats of actual bodily harm toward almost everyone around her were over the top and not charming or clever. There was also no buildup or explanation to the main characters' sexual relationship. Sure, instant attraction does exist, but in this context we really need some sort of explanation as to why a widow who has been with no one since her husband's death would choose to suddenly fall into bed with an ensorcelled beast whose gnarly toenails she just got done clipping. The narrator didn't do it any favors, either. Her frequent and inexplicable mispronunciation of the letter "u" ("butt- cherd" for butchered, really?) was distracting. It seemed affected and made her accent sound fake. I enjoyed Draven's other books - loved Radiance - and I have no complaints about her writing style and descriptive abilities. She's also mastered the steamy sex scene. But I just couldn't get behind this one. I barely got through it on audio. Like I said, just not for me.

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  • Jessica S.
  • 2019-04-24

Disappointing

I wanted to like this story, the author has a nice style and the narrator did a fine job apart from a few mispronunciations... but I couldn’t engage with the characters at all... the descriptions of them and their character development had almost no lovable, attractive or redeeming quality...and while I have always loved the “Beauty and the Beast” story line I actually found myself rather grossed out by this one... had to call it quits when I got to the intimate scene between hero and heroine... just couldn’t get through it.

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  • V. Ewart
  • 2020-07-21

Many mispronunciations a big negative

I liked the retelling if Beauty and the Beast, but the narrator’s mispronouncing of simple words like “butchering” and “pernicious”, to name just a few, has me wondering what planet the reader is from. Couldn’t the director have corrected her? Totally detracts from the story.

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  • Sharon
  • 2020-05-16

Wonderful fairytale

I loved this retelling of the beauty and the beast tale. Grace Draven never disappoints. This was as enthralling as her Radiance.
However, this narrator has no idea how to pronounce many of the words in the story., even some everyday ones like butcher and pus (she said puss instead of pus and rhymed butcher with Dutch). Please, buy her a dictionary with a pronunciation guide!

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  • 🔵🔷🔹Del-VALLE🔹🔷🔵
  • 2019-02-18

BEAUTIFUL STORY!

Of the many retellings of Beauty and the Beast or similar stories, this is one of my favorites.

I read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Now I am thrilled to find there is this audio version. I do remember some parts a bit differently, specially concerning the cursed roses. Then again it's been a while since I read it, so I may not be remembering it correctly or I may be remembering another story, or the audiobook might have been edited. Either way it is a great story and Stacey Holmes did a great job narrating it.

This was my first time listening to Stacey Holmes, and I was afraid I might not like her as much as I like Gabrielle Baker, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Loved the main characters - they are strong willed and stubborn. Specially loved that the women were written with a backbone and not as doormats. The rest of the cast range from weak to wicked, to evil, to sleaze, and everything in between. The heroes and villains make you love them and/or hate them in equal measures.

To me it was worth the credit/money and my time so I highly recommend it. This is a beautifully told story, and I hope you enjoy this audio version as much as I did.

🌹🌹🌹5 BEAUTIFUL STARS!🌹🌹🌹

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  • Phx17
  • 2022-01-20

If we lived a 1,000 years, I’d still feel cheated

“You can’t be my savior knight forever, Lou”
Louvaen: “Watch me.”
I adored this Beauty and the Beast variation. Grace Draven has a gift for writing truly enchanting tales with unique magic, strong women, and love stories that don’t revolve around miscommunications.
You’d think it’d be easier to find other books with this winning combination, but sadly that isn’t the case. This book also has great family bonds, humor and heart, and two romances (and possibly a smidge more if you count the help…).

“You might want to hide the axe.”
It did take me a while to accept the narrator, who to me sounded as if she had a cold. But, at 1.4x, and with her phenomenal (and varied) accents for everyone down to the supporting cast of housekeeper Magda and wizard Ambrose, she won me over and I got lost in the magic of the story. I was not at all bothered by the very rare mispronunciation of words because I know (1) well-read people “see” words more than they “hear” them, evincing Ms Holmes’ book-smarts and (2) I might have pronounced those few words correctly, but I could not have carried this story off with nearly the level of skill.

“There were rules to curse breakage.”
My only other (slight) criticism is that the writing style caused confusion. First, there are past recollections in the first half that aren’t very well sign-posted; it would sometimes take a few minutes for me to realize I was hearing the tale of Cedric, Isabeau and Ballard from centuries before. Second, the magic system and curse were never satisfactorily explained. Like, why do we go thru 2/3 of the book with the castle occupants unable to talk about the curse and then suddenly they’re able to? Because rules, apparently, although no one explains the how or why beyond this vague assertion. I think I understand what finally broke the curse, but I might be wrong (saying more would be too spoiler-y, sorry).

“If we lived a 1,000 years, I’d still feel cheated”
This contains only period appropriate swearing, three nooky scenes (at 6, 7, and 10.75 hrs) that
pearl clutchers can easily FF past, and Bros Grimm levels of violence and danger. You need to work a bit, think a bit, and feel a lot. But, this is captivating, lush, and heartfelt.

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  • Yarely Alejandre Torres
  • 2021-06-23

Fine Narration

I see that some people didn’t enjoy the narration. I enjoyed the narrator’s performance.

I love the twist on the beauty and the beast tale. I did find the first half of the book to be a bit slow, but overall I felt that the characters were developed. The heroine is strong and straightforward. There was no miscommunication nonsense.

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  • Theresa DeSarro
  • 2021-04-03

Boring boring boring

I tried to hard to like this. but the story just dragged on and on. I found it dreadfully boring. i didn't mind the woman reading it. but the book and characters.....it just wasn't my cup of tea.

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  • Malu E. Krause
  • 2019-03-01

One of my top 10 books of all time

I love this book. I love that Louvean was a strong character and very straight forward. So many books I've read have this push and pull thing and I just hate that. I listened to this book from start to finish in one day...i couldnt stop. A good love story, good characters, good villains and a good book all around - spend the credit on it. Its worth it! Oh my forest king!

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