A Ruin of Roses: Deliciously Dark Fairytales, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
I could save him, but he would ruin me.
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.
This is a dark and spicy Beauty and the Beast retelling featuring an anti-hero, a strong heroine, and a humorous supporting cast. This is an enemies-to-lovers and possible fated mates story suitable for 18+. It's the first of a trilogy, ending on a cliffhanger.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 46 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 20, 2021|
|Publisher||Hazy Dawn Press, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,374 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#8 in Fairy Tale Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#24 in Fantasy Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#88 in Folklore (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2021
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I hated twists of established fairy tales/characters/movies. Until KF Breene wrote one. And I’m sure it’s now ruined me retellings from other authors I also had not read erotica books but naturally Breene’s great at that too. Then again, I’d read a eulogy if she wrote one, but that’s beside the point. I always enjoyed her sex scenes from her other series’ but never realized how most of them were “vanilla” till now. This book is perfect for those looking to experience a little more kink without being TOO erotically adventurous. Yet. But be prepared, I hear the rest of the series will test those boundaries. I loved how the main character, Finley, had never really been adventurous either but given the opportunity, chooses where she might be interested in pushing her line. It’s a powerful “broadening your horizons” story without being overbearing. Don’t get me wrong though. There are plenty of crazy kinky scenes in the castle that the stumbles across. And I’m told we have even more to look forward to in the sequel.
When it comes to the retelling of B&tB, the very basic concepts are there, but are faint enough that it isn’t distracting. You fall into the unique & dark story to find small breadcrumb reminders; but get quickly distracted by the next twist. I really cannot quit raving at how well done AROR is. It’s NOTHING like the original. Which makes it that much more enjoyable. And drives you mad wanting to see/read what could happen next. Fkng masterful is the only way I can describe it. In the best, most erotic way possible.
What stood out to me the most though was how fast and deep (haha pun intended) the plot was developed. Even with all the sexual angst & situations that pepper the story from cover to cover. It really was amazingly done. Nothing felt incomplete plot-wise because of all the time spent on sex, but rather left you wanting more. Although I will say I felt like I needed a shower to wash all the deliciously dirty scenes away from my mind. Possibly after reading them one more time for the road…
Lastly, I was so lost in the developments toward the end of the book that I had no clue I was rapidly approaching the end. I MAY have cursed colorfully aloud when I reached what I realized was the final line in the book. Forget wanting the next book. I need the entire SERIES. NOW.
Even if it had adult themes as the story went on, the writing felt so juvenile to me that it wasn't worth the attempt to finish.
This book is terrible. The writing style is so juvenile and obnoxiously cheesy. I think I got to maybe to the 5th or 6th chapter before I just couldn't do it anymore. It read like a fan fic written by an "edgey" teenager who just learned a couple new curse words. I honestly don't get why there are so many good reviews on this thing. Perhaps they're getting paid for it cause this book is a disaster.
But it is HILARIOUS and super fun to read. KFBreene is taking us on a wild ride through a demon cursed kingdom that fights for survival against a deadly sickness on the one side and magical imprisonment including demonic (read: sexual) tortures on the other side of the realm. What makes this book and all of the author's other work so special and uniquely hers is the specific kind of humour that heats the pages. It shines through the situations, the conversations, actions and the thought processes of the characters. Once again we are treated to the most peculiar, eccentric supportive characters whose personalities crack me up every time. Usually it's a whole crew of side characters that run the show but in this book the trophy goes to one person alone: Hadriel takes the icing on the cake. No words can describe him. Well, KF Breene obviously can. Point in case. Suffice to say: you're in for a treat here!!!
As for the romance aspect, the interactions between the protagonists are not sweet or shy or ... "romantic". Instead they are rough and raw, honest and direct. And helluva hot. I am a sucker for another device Breene uses often to deepen the main couple's connection: the merging and mating of their specific powers/gifts/magic. This makes me all mushy on the inside. Combined with the snarky humour I find myself alternating between happy sighs and genuine laughter throughout the story, leaving me with a satisfied smile at the end-for-now. What more can you ask in a book?
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Finley is a tough as nails takes no prisoners heroine unlike beauty from the fairytale and I love her more for it. She is smart and quick witted but with the biggest heart and a need to help those that need it... enter Nyfain a deeply damaged beast. He snarls and snaps and makes her angry beyond reason.
I love the character interaction, as K.F.Breene always does she hooks me and I end up truly invested in their story and wellbeing.
The castle was not as expected and nothing like the Disney adaption. I spent a lot of time laughing or at least smirking whilst reading, I won't say anything else to ruin the fun.
My only criticism... you can't leave it there!!! I need the next book as soon as possible!!
She does have a way with the everlass plant though, and has devised many elixirs to help heal, soothe, and most importantly: pause the sickness.
Finley has taken some risks over the years to harvest everlass from the Forbidden Forest when her stocks are low. Twice she has been almost caught by the beast who roams and protects the forest. But one night, he turns up at her house to cart her away for her crimes. She goes with him to save her family, only to discover that he isn’t just a beast after all. He is a man. A handsome, surly, grumpy man, covered in scars and ink. The last of the nobles, dutifully bound to protect the forest at night.
An unforeseen side effect of being around the beast, Nyfain? Her animal within surges to life. She wants to mate with Nyfain’s animal and keeps pushing Finley to cave. Can Finley and Nyfain fight their own animals? Or does their attraction stem to their human sides too, even if they’re both too stubborn to admit it?
It’s a cliffhanger! I did not know this! I need the next book now please! I really need to stop going in so blind.
A dark and dirty retelling of beauty and the beast with Breene’s trademark sardonic humour laced throughout. I absolutely love her insults and swear words, some of which are intrinsically rude, and others which are just surprising and hilarious.
There is a lot of talk about sex, and a lot of sex happening in a…scenic?…way. But not as much happening between the main characters. I think this book is mostly the delicious build-up before the explosion (hopefully) in book 2. Thank goddess it comes out next week! I’m off to pre-order.
Finally I took a, moment to sit and read.. I couldn't put it down! Oh man it's amazing.. A story we all know and yet we have no idea at the same time.. I adore Breenes writing style.. She's so sophisticated including the smut..
I'm in for the long haul.. Eagerly awaiting book 2.. Also Hadriel is like my spirit animal
I’ve read almost everything Breene has written, 98% of it was brilliant…
This was just crass and shockingly bad. I honestly tried to finish it with an open ( cringing ) mind but I feel cheated and a little dirty tbh. I’m no prude either.