Beautiful by Leigh Hatchmann
ABOUT THE BOOK
My life is the envy of women everywhere. I live in a gorgeous mansion, wear expensive clothes, go to A-list parties, and attend a prestigious college.
It is a life of beauty and glamor . . . and all of it is a lie.
Behind closed doors, I am bullied by my cold and powerful father. With no money of my own, I have no choice but to obey him . . .
Until I am attacked, and a half man-half beast intervenes. Kit takes me to his home to heal, where I am immersed in his secret world. As we bond over unexpected experiences and shared interests, my gratitude changes into something that feels as old as time.
I was created for the darkness and, for a while, it controlled me. But I escaped that life and made a new home for myself.
Before Bella crossed my path, I didn’t think happiness was possible. But she not only accepts my differences, she offers friendship.
Her gentle and compassionate heart opens me up to those parts within me.
With her, I don’t feel like the beast I have always been labeled.
But the closer we get, the more I wonder if I am truly as human as she believes, and whether the mistakes of the beast can ever be forgiven . . .
When an old enemy resurfaces, Bella and Kit will need to stand firm in their love, face the brutalities of the past, and trust in the beauty that comes from within to make it out alive.
BEAUTIFUL is a sweet and dark, modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The themes of beauty, strength, redemption, and love shine through in an unforgettable tale that will make you question everything you think you know about beauty . . . and the beast.
Bella-Rosa will never be able to please her father. She is not his priority. She is his pawn. He believes that “beauty is her power” and he uses it to his advantage by “pimping” her out to prospective business partners. However, when one party goes too far and she is beaten and escapes into the woods, a mysterious man saves her life and promises to protect her. Who is this kind and generous stranger who has given her so much? And why is she asked to keep her eyes covered for the majority of her recuperation? What is he hiding?
Kit is a science experiment gone bad. Part human, part beast. He is in hiding and saves Bella. She is beautiful. She is brave. She is unafraid. But she doesn’t know his secrets and the horrific acts he has done in the past. She is human and cannot be with him. “There is no light in him. He is only darkness.”
This modern Beauty and the Beast story has a different and rather surprising ending than the others which I cannot reveal, but it clearly shows us that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And, of course, Bella becomes stronger by getting away from her toxic father and taking charge of her life. While Kit learns to find power in accepting who he is and not being defined by his past.
Overall, this is a dark and enchanting twist on one of my favorite fairy tales. Although slow in some parts, it did capture the essence of the tale.
Thank you to Ms. Hatchmann for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leigh Hatchmann is a best-selling non-fiction author, international-selling romance author, identical triplet, writing coach, editor, and hot chocolate addict. She uses her postgraduate degree in counseling to create believable, three-dimensional characters. Her certificates in forensic science and forensic anthropology help her to create realistic crime elements in her stories. She is currently completing her master’s degree in writing and has also finished postgraduate study in editing.
When not writing, reading, coaching, studying, or enjoying nature, she can be found having fun in nature with her three gorgeous children (plus one laid back dog and one grumpy cat). She is active on social media and encourages readers to interact with her there. She also writes fiction under the pseudonym A.K. Leigh and non-fiction as Alicia Leigh.
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“You were given an order. Kill Bella.”
His head whipped around and his clouded gaze landed on mine. He bared his teeth, growling at me in a new, obedient way.
Even then, I didn’t lose faith in him.
I put my hands up in a defensive gesture. “You don’t want to hurt me, Kit. I know that.”
He edged closer, then started to circle me, the way I’d seen animals do on documentaries right before they attacked . . .