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Thursday, December 20, 2012

[Mini Review] How Beauty Met the Beast (Tales of the Underlight, #1) by Jax Garren

Title: How Beauty Met the Beast
Series: Tales of the Underlight, #1
Author: Jax Garren
Pages: 104 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 19, 2012
I received an ARC from NetGalley.

The Beast

Scarred. Damaged. Living with a terrible secret. Agent of the Underlight Wesley "Hauk" Haukon has nothing left but the fight for liberty against the oppressive Order of Ananke. He's starting to lose hope...and then he sees her.

The Beauty

Despite her night job as a burlesque dancer, grad student Jolie Benoit has always played the mostly good girl. That all changes following a scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn't see. After she's kidnapped by thugs and rescued by a man with a very familiar voice, Jolie becomes a pawn in a struggle she never knew existed.

Hauk knows he cannot have her, and resolves to protect his heart and his secrets. But as they work together and grow closer, he finds new reason to keep fighting. Dare he risk hope in a new life, one where Jolie can see past his ravaged face and where their friendship can grow into something more?

I was quite excited for this sexy, Steampunk retelling of my favorite fairy tale, but I was sadly met with disappointment. It's not very sexy or very Steampunk. Sure there's a sex scene at the very beginning, but it felt forced. And the whole time I just kept thinking "how is this physically possibly?"! There was a cloth screen between them so I must have missed something, because otherwise it just wasn't possible to be doing what they were doing.

As for the Steampunk element, well, I did kind of like how it was portrayed. It's more underground Steampunk, literally. There's the Underlight society which is located underground and that's where all of the steam and clockwork is. But we don't get to see too much of it either way, since our hero and heroine are on the run from an enemy society. I'm still not fully clear on what was happening with that. I just kind of nodded my head and continued reading and was glad to reach the end.

Favorite Quotes

"We get one day -- one day -- of presents for three hundred and sixty-four days of being good. Boxes of useless crap for a year's worth of no fun? What kind of rip-off deal is that? This year, I decided..." She slowly peeled down a glove to cheering applause. "I'm going to be naughty those three hundred and sixty-four days." The glove snapped off. She let it fall and moved to the other one. (7% eARC)

"Welcome to Austin's branch of the Underlight. Organized in the eighteen-hundreds, we fight industrial control of our media, government and resources and return power to the people."
Jolie looked Hauk over to see if he was serious. "That's some mission statement. Don't most communes grow their own vegetables and call it a day?"
Hauk laughed with a cheerful sound she found heartwarming. "We do that, too. There's a greenhouse out past the kitchen." (30% eARC)

"I'm not suppose to know this, but she's a burlesque dancer. I had to look that up. It means she's a stripper but, like, classy. (81% eARC)

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