I picked this book up through Kindle Unlimited because I really enjoy fairy tale retellings. When I saw that this story was based on my favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, I knew I had to read it. I am so glad I did! This book was fabulous! Although similiar to the Beauty and the Beast plot, it was also very much its own realistic story.
I was impressed with the way the author created the situation that Elisa and Duncan ended up in. Duncan was definitely beastly when Elisa met him for the first time. He had a great back story, making him someone that I could relate to, knowing of his pain and struggles, even when he was being less than gracious to Elisa initially.
The chemistry between Duncan and Elisa was absolutely perfect. I loved the way things developed between them and the fact that there was a very clear faith thread throughout the book. This novel was extremely clean, while still providing a great love story. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I’m very impressed. I look forward to reading more in the series.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
His withdrawal from society and her need to prove her worth come to a head in this modern-day Beauty and the Beast retelling.
When Elisa Lucken’s interior design company is hired to decorate the huge but neglected Grimwood Manor for an impromptu holiday gala, Elisa is put in charge of managing the indoor crew. The only catch is–do not disturb the reclusive Duncan Grimwood.
Thrilled and excited about her chance to finally prove herself, Elisa is so absorbed in her work she doesn’t hear the blizzard warning that sends the rest of her crew home.
Jewelry Artisan Duncan Grimwood had a reputation of being a playboy until the motorcycle accident that left him damaged inside and out. After a year of recuperating, Duncan has withdrawn from his lavish lifestyle and now lives like a hermit ignoring his family and the terms of his inheritance trust.
Worried that Duncan will lose his portion of the Grimwood estate, his personal assistant urges him to re-enter the real world by hosting a holiday gala at the manor to display his latest works. He agrees on the condition that nobody disturbs him while he works to finish his last few pieces.
Snowed in for the weekend with his unexpected guest, Duncan is forced out of his cave. Will the beautiful decorator he’s stuck with help him find a new respect for life before he loses everything?
My Beastly Billionaire is the first in the Grimwood Legacy Series. Check for the next book, My Charming Billionaire now on preorder.
Each book in this series can be read as a stand-alone in any order, however, it is recommended, for the best reading experience, that you read them in order.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jackie Castle is the author of The White Road Chronicles a fantasy series, The Sentinel Archives for school-age readers, and newly released Madison Creek Bed & Breakfast romance series. She has also published articles and short stories in numerous magazines. She’s enjoyed many crazy adventures from working as a hairstylist, to her bravest quest: teaching children in daycare and elementary schools. Eventually, she settled down to a somewhat safer pursuit of being a Story-weaver.
Now she lives in her comfortable Texas home where she spins marvelous tales and enjoys relaxing in the evenings with her husband Bob, their children and grandchild.
Her favorite pastime, besides reading, is traipsing through her imaginary worlds in search of another story.
She looks for the extraordinary in every ordinary day that she experiences.
Find out more about her shenanigans over at Jackie Castle’s Story World: www.jackiecastle.com. There you can also sign up for her monthly newsletter.