November 20, 2022

#BookReview: A Ruin of Roses (Deliciously Dark Fairytales #1) by K.F. Breene

Synopsis: A spicy new twist on an old classic - a deliciously dark Beauty and the Beast reimagining.

I could save him, but he would ruin me.

The beast.
The creature that stalks the forbidden wood.
The dragon prince.

He has suffered a fate worse than death. We all have. A curse put upon us by the mad king.

We are a kingdom locked in time. Shifters unable to feel our animals. Stuck here by a deal between the late king and a demon who seeks our destruction.

The only one keeping this kingdom alive is Nyfain, the golden prince to a stolen throne. The last dragon shifter.

He’s our hope.
He’s my nightmare.

When he catches me trespassing in the forbidden wood, he doesn’t punish me with death, as he’s entitled.

He takes me, instead. Forces me back to the castle as his prisoner. Seeks to use me.

Apparently, I can save him. I can save the whole forgotten kingdom, locked away by the demon king’s power.

But it would mean taming the monster beneath his skin. It would mean giving myself to him.

It would mean my ruin.

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This is a dark and sexy Beauty and the Beast retelling, featuring a strong heroine, a dangerous anti-hero, and a humorous supporting cast. It is a full-length novel at 80k words and suitable for 18+. This is the beginning of a trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. Buckle up. The author was let off her leash.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review: Found this at the used bookstore and well beauty and the beast is my jam. So of course I had to try it.  But sadly this one was not for me. The writing was bad!! Like this was supposed to be a full on 18+ story but this ended up reading more like a low young adult novel. The writing did not meet the age of the title. The world building was a mess and the characters I just didn't care about them. 

From the Back Cover

"It was the dark, romantasy, fairytale I've been wanting. It's raw and delicious andI couldn't put it down... The undeniable energy between them crackles with carnality. Beware the broody dragons and sex demons." - Lady of Bookshire
"Dark, funny and sexy. It is undeniably a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but not as you've seen it before."

"Beauty and the Beast like you've never seen before! Darker with twists and turns to keep you guessing. And that ending!"

"A dark retelling of a classic. Beauty and the Beast has never been this tantalizing before. A true page turner."

"A spicy spin on a classic tale. This is unlike any version of Beauty and the Beast that you've seen before. Lose yourself in this dark and dangerous world. It will leave you begging for more."

"These are woods you'll want to get lost in, at least for a time. A dark, sexy spin on a classic fairy tale."

"Deliciously dark take on an old school classic. This retelling of Beauty and the Beast will open your eyes to a different world, with a storyline that will keep you entertained welcome to a different kind of fairytale."

About the Author

K.F. Breene is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Amazon Charts bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and fantasy novels. With over four million books sold, when she's not penning stories about magic and what goes bump in the night, she's sipping wine and planning shenanigans. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two children and out-of-work treadmill.  --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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