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Entreat Me Another great fairytale fantasy romance by Grace Draven ENTREAT ME is a creative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and unfolds with a slow cadence that sets the tone until the final ultimate test of true love versus true evil Behold the beast, my beauty A four hundred year old curse meant to turn man into beast during the magical flux has captured Ballard and his son Gavin Isolated in his crumbling castle, Ballard shoulders most of the curse in hopes Gavin can have a normal life And jus Another great fairytale fantasy romance by Grace Draven ENTREAT ME is a creative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and unfolds with a slow cadence that sets the tone until the final ultimate test of true love versus true evil Behold the beast, my beauty A four hundred year old curse meant to turn man into beast during the magical flux has captured Ballard and his son Gavin Isolated in his crumbling castle, Ballard shoulders most of the curse in hopes Gavin can have a normal life And just maybe find a way to break the curse What strange madness gripped this place that no one not even her sister who d been known to weep over a crushed spider seemed bothered by the horrendous sounds emanating from the castle depths Louvean, a dark haired widow, and her beautiful sister Cianna find themselves Gavin s guest at his father s strange and remote cold castle, but the horrifying sounds beneath the floors tells them it may not be the safe haven they sought They agree to spend the winter in exchange for protection against a morally reprehensible creditor, time which Ballard and Gavin need to learn if these two ladies can help break the curse The castle had a strangeness about it places where torchlight flickered one way while the shadows it cast scampered another stairs ended in opposite directions without ever turning I loved all of the characters in this story Grace Draven has a way of writing heroes and heroines thick with both virtues and flaws, and Ballard and Louvean are no exception Before the curse Ballard was a ruthless warrior married to a woman he did not love in order to take her land Louvean has a well deserved reputation as a shrew, which was nothing less than entertaining Her tit for tat comments were priceless, especially when going up against the castle s magician The romance between Ballard and Louvean was the main focus of the story, and it was endearing I loved how Louvean was able to look past his appearance, especially during the flux, and love the man inside And Ballard growing need for Louvean was down right palpable at times They made a great couple, and their romance quite believable He hadn t known it was possible to embrace lightning until he d held her, and the experience had left him exhilarated Do you love herFor those wondering, this story is different than Master of Crows, a book I still consider one of my all time favorites ENTREAT ME is a slower paced story without as many moving parts It remains focused on the romance and not as heavily on the fantasy, dangers and world building While I would have loved the story to move faster in places and give usof the nail biting world building, I think the pace of this story worked great It was equally as captivating, just in a different way then with MOC Thanks to Grace Draven for providing an ARC of this story. Afflicted by a centuries old curse, a warlord slowly surrenders his humanity and descends toward madness Ballard of Ketach Tor holds no hope of escaping his fate until his son returns home one day, accompanied by a woman of incomparable beauty His family believes her arrival may herald Ballard s salvationuntil they confront her elder sisterDetermined to rescue her sibling from ruin, Louvaen Duenda pursues her to a decrepit castle and discovers a household imprisoned in time Dark magic, threatening sorcerers, and a malevolent climbing rose with a thirst for blood won t deter her, but a proud man disfigured by an undying hatred might Louvaen must decide if loving him will ultimately save him or destroy himA tale of vengeance and devotion Eh Not my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling.Most of this book reminded me a lot of the Disney movie You could almost make a checklist and compare the two, that s how similar their timelines and scenes are The only differences are the little twists to make this versionadult And by twists I basically mean bloodshed and boning A lot of boning Almost too much boning The female lead was hit and miss for me At times I really liked how blunt she was, but there s a difference betwe Eh Not my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling.Most of this book reminded me a lot of the Disney movie You could almost make a checklist and compare the two, that s how similar their timelines and scenes are The only differences are the little twists to make this versionadult And by twists I basically mean bloodshed and boning A lot of boning Almost too much boning The female lead was hit and miss for me At times I really liked how blunt she was, but there s a difference between being blunt and being an asshole, and she seemed to have no grasp of that Most of the time she just opened her mouth and word vomited all over everyone around her, without tempering the things she was saying to take into account that they had FEELINGS It got old She was also hypocritical, and prone to violent tendencies whenever anyone didn t agree with her or do exactly what she wanted That got old too The male lead was dark and broody and mysterious For all of five minutes It didn t last long enough to get old There was almost no build up between the two of them, and because of this there wasn t any lingering tension in their interactions to keep me interested or engaged They simply fell into bed together pretty early on and then got to know each other Very Slowly This was a lot like Master of Crows for me in that I kept waiting for something ANYTHING to happen But still, minus a few typos it s a well written book with some lovely passages I d definitely recommend it for people who love retellings and are craving a slow burn romance 4.5 Only You Can Break My Curse StarsI love fairytale retellings and beauty and the beast is really my favorite to read retellings of This is probably because I love the idea of seeing through the broken beast, to the heart of the man inside How can you make the retelling even better for me Change it up just enough, sprinkle in some witty banter, a cantankerous wizard and some sexy times Although, you sort of had me at sexy times, I m easy like that.Entreat Me is a slow burn It takes a li 4.5 Only You Can Break My Curse StarsI love fairytale retellings and beauty and the beast is really my favorite to read retellings of This is probably because I love the idea of seeing through the broken beast, to the heart of the man inside How can you make the retelling even better for me Change it up just enough, sprinkle in some witty banter, a cantankerous wizard and some sexy times Although, you sort of had me at sexy times, I m easy like that.Entreat Me is a slow burn It takes a little time to get really going and most of the story is dialogue and character interactions with some real action towards the end.I loved The lore changes instead of one beast there are two A father and son cursed by a dying woman Both trapped in their own ways and in need of a beauty to save them Louvaen, a widow, comes to the castle to protect the virtue of her sister Cinnia in case the son s intentions are not honorable making the possibilities of two couples The Roses they were a living breathing thing that seemed to carry all the hate of the woman who cast the curse in the first place I liked how the Flux worked and Ballard was scared from his time in the magic ebs and flows like the tides but not truly all beast until the Flux hit.The Sorcerer his interactions with the household and Louvaen in particular were hilarious I loved there semi hatred for each other and how they teased one another Upon her return from Monteblanco, she d thanked him for not bespelling her off the cliff Keep your thanks, he told her And an eye on your ale I m brewing something that turns shrews into toads While you re at it, brew something that bestows courtesy and swallow a cup or two yourself, she shot back The Slow Burn Love Story It was easy to like Ballard, the man took on the brunt of the curse to free his son from it even though that meant that he would carry most of the scars The way that Louvaen could see into the man that he was and slowly open up her own heart after losing her husband is the kind of love story that I really loveYou can spout honeyed lies better than any court minstrel Her small smile faded when he lifted a hand to cup her cheek No false words, Louvaen All you have to do is breathe, and you seduce me He watched, entranced, as a blush purled up her neck to her face and into her hairline The protection of Cinnia s Virginity Gavin took a long time trying to woo Cinnia I liked that everyone was so worried about what a delicate flower she was and protecting her from knowledge of the curse and its affects I m was so glad when that all played out and she was stronger than anyone believed But it made for some hilarious times as Louvaen made sure that her sister s maidenhead stayed intactLad better quit dawdling and marry the girl, or I ll kill him before Louvaen does This is getting bloody tiresome guarding an uncracked pitcher like it s the crown jewels Magda chortled Best entertainment we ve had in years, I m thinking Those two slinking off for privacy, and your lover flying after them like a hobby on the hunt Ballard shook his head Come get me if Gavin returns full of holesThe Humor it was sometimes subtle but it was everywhere I chuckled to myself so many times throughout the story I really enjoy the way that Grace Draven weaves her tale and some of the funny things that happen along the way Like using the enchanted mirror to check on their father only to find him tupping the neighbor and just little gems like this thrown in as well The week prior to her taking to childbed, they had agreed he would choose the name if she bore a boy, and she would choose it if she bore a girl I don t trust you not to call her something silly like Aurora or Buttercup or Snowdrop, she told him And if you named her Briar Rose, I d have to kill youThe ending of the curse didn t really go as I thought it would and I actually liked the changes incorporated here It wasn t as simple as true loves kiss and I think that that made it all the better.The DrawbacksWell there really weren t many for me The beginning is a little slow but I never mind an author taking about 20% to get a good foundation going And the middle there are quite a few sexy times.but again I enjoyed that part so I really liked it but still not for everyone The Wrap up and epilogue gave me just enough to keep me satisfied but I always want a littleit seems when I m really loving a story.Overall If you like fairytale retellings with sex in them, then I highly recommend The world building and characters were a lot of fun I still think that I liked Radiance for straight up Romantasy a little better but this is one of my favorite Beauty and The Beast retellings Holy Cursed Roses I thought this was just a fluffy read between some good books but boy, was I wrong.Instead of a stale re telling of the Beauty the Beast fairytale, I got a very well shaped world rich with magic, a twisted curse, many layered characters and some impressively steamy scenes.Louvaen and Cinnia are sisters and live with their father Well, actually, Cinnia and the father are living with the widowed Louvaen in the house she once lived in with her husband And Lou has taken to the Holy Cursed Roses I thought this was just a fluffy read between some good books but boy, was I wrong.Instead of a stale re telling of the Beauty the Beast fairytale, I got a very well shaped world rich with magic, a twisted curse, many layered characters and some impressively steamy scenes.Louvaen and Cinnia are sisters and live with their father Well, actually, Cinnia and the father are living with the widowed Louvaen in the house she once lived in with her husband And Lou has taken to the task of keeping her beautiful sister safe from the numerous suitors as well as her father out of the debter s goal However, her father really is stupid and not very skilled when it comes to business ventures, exposing his daughters to a cruel Don intent on getting his slimey hands on Cinnia Thus, the beautiful but in no way stupid girl goes with the man she s falling for, believing she can very well protect herself and the family An enraged and very worried Lou follows her to a forbidding castle that houses a sorcerer, a feisty cook, two maids and a very scarred lord to say nothing of some weird hissing roses that blossom even in winter Hilarity ensues, especially because of Lou s shrew like character though, personally, I think she was just brutally honest and her own person, which is why I liked her so much.Yes, some turn of events are predictable because of the fairytale this story re tells But that never got in the way of me enjoying the banter and comedic situations or the smexy times.Considering how highly I rated some smut novellas in the past despite them having no plot but insta everything, I cannot but give this the full 5 star rating for having a very well thought out story full of a realistic slow burn between the two main characters along with intelligent and heartfelt banter, endearing characters, and a detailed magical world I m quite picky when it comes to romances, but this is the second book by Grace Draven and I have to admit her writing works for me.This story reads as a dark gothic fairytale where horror as well as the romance are brought up to an adult level With possessions, werewolves, curses and scary magic Grace Draven s books have enough darkness to them to keep the suspense and intrigue going and whilst the romance is sexy and plays an important part you can take it all away and it will still be a I m quite picky when it comes to romances, but this is the second book by Grace Draven and I have to admit her writing works for me.This story reads as a dark gothic fairytale where horror as well as the romance are brought up to an adult level With possessions, werewolves, curses and scary magic Grace Draven s books have enough darkness to them to keep the suspense and intrigue going and whilst the romance is sexy and plays an important part you can take it all away and it will still be a sound and interesting story.Recommended for readers of dark fairytales, fantasy romance, Beauty and the Beast retelling fans 3.75 starsFirst, shout out to my friend Beanbag for gifting me this story This was her way of protesting the outrageous price inflations publishers are charging readers for kindle and hardcover books Thank you so much for including me in your protest and choosing to share some of your favorite authors with me Thank youuu Review time A twist to the Beauty and the Beast fairytale that is probably not for everyone I wasn t sure if it was for me given the heroine of this story Oooh boy Louvae 3.75 starsFirst, shout out to my friend Beanbag for gifting me this story This was her way of protesting the outrageous price inflations publishers are charging readers for kindle and hardcover books Thank you so much for including me in your protest and choosing to share some of your favorite authors with me Thank youuu Review time A twist to the Beauty and the Beast fairytale that is probably not for everyone I wasn t sure if it was for me given the heroine of this story Oooh boy Louvaen Demunda puts any and all sharp tongued self proclaimed shrews to shame.She s something else I usually, normally write off uptight pinched mouth heroines like this after 5 minutes, especially if they spend so much time strong arming and verbally incinerating others without batting an eye And oh yes she s one of those Brace yourself But.she grew on me Beyond the prickly exterior, you have to really admire her strength, intelligence, resourcefulness and sharp wit She showed the bravery and spine usually saved for the heroes of the story who come charging in guns blazing, Louvean did a lot of the saving here instead Of herself and those she loved So kudos there Now I personally could have done without the whole are you still a virgin drill sergant routine she would obsessively screen her sister with That got tiresome and went really overboard I didn t like her much when she was in Dragon Sister Mode It was overbearing and just too extreme and reminded me of what a grandmother would do But when she s around the hero Ballard, I enjoyed her I honestly was surprised how easily she warmed up to him I found it a little too easy to be honest given her guarded tempermental personality She doesn t trust very easily and yet somehow seemed to warm up so quickly and easily around Ballard I found it sweet yet conflicting to her character.Grace Draven s stories and style of writing isn t for everyone It s fantasy, fairy tale, historical, gothic combined Her dark writing with funny spots of humor oddly works There are some moments where you question what era exactly the story takes place given some of the colorful unvarnished blunt dialogue There are a lot of twists and turns on this take of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale Instead of one cursed prince no Princes here you are dealing with two view spoiler Instead of true love breaking the curses, it causeschaos hide spoiler I thought Ballard was way too kind and forgiving of his crazy wife who cursed not only him but her own son as well The curse itself is so layered with so many trap doors that you can t help but feel hopeless for both men and the women who love them.Now the reason I m struggling between 3 and 4 stars are 2 reasons One, the pacing was too slow in the second half, especially at the 70% mark I felt things came to a crawling hault for no reason It feltlike a conclusion rather than 30% left of the story to go The author deciding to focus and drag out the final show down between Lou and Jamenin Gaston in this case just took forreeeeever to wrap up Your protoganisits are literally withering away in a castle but yet you are focusing on the mundane daily going on of making tea, sitting by the fire and bickering with neighbors It just ruined any sense of urgency and climax It made the payoff a little underwhelming in the end because I just wanted them to just get there As much as I loved the characters I found myself really fighting not to skim pages to get to the end How many cursed fluxes do the poor guys have to go through The other thing that I didn t 100% love Ballard s final beastly form I know I know, that seems too specific and nitpicking but I m a visual reader If I can t picture things clear enough, my mind wanders and I scramble to fill in the blanks and what I kept coming up with during the final face off just..wasn t very impressive view spoiler Not very frightening to me I just felt underwhelmed and scrambling to visualize what exactly he looked like with all that tree bark and patches of hair on his body And his face to me was one gaping hole, and that bugged me The way the author described it was too abstract He doesn t need to look like a literal beast but help me out a little cause a lumbering tree man with glowing eyes is not really horrifying hide spoiler Gavin s transformation was muchterrifying and impressive in comparison.But overall, nice twist to a fairytale I enjoyed this and will definitely readGrace Draven stories Buddy read with the MacHalos.This is one of my favourite books and probably my 3rd of 4th reread usually it s the first reread that has the potential to lower a rating and if a book survives that then it will survive the following rereads unscathed So there s not really anything else to add to my original review so if you re interested in what I thought just keep on reading Original review A retelling of Beauty and the Beast done in an exceptional manner I was enchanted The setting was gre Buddy read with the MacHalos.This is one of my favourite books and probably my 3rd of 4th reread usually it s the first reread that has the potential to lower a rating and if a book survives that then it will survive the following rereads unscathed So there s not really anything else to add to my original review so if you re interested in what I thought just keep on reading Original review A retelling of Beauty and the Beast done in an exceptional manner I was enchanted The setting was great, the characters evenso I adore Louvaen though I have no clue how to pronounce her name a strong woman in a male dominated world very similar to the middle ages Of course that didn t endear her to the men populating that world, except for Ballard, who found her no nonsense manner attractive That s a real man one who s not afraid that a strong woman will emasculate him Louvaen s sharp tongue provided lots of funny moments No one was safe from her, not even the resident magician Ambrose Any scene with those two was hilarious Ballard won my heart in the prologue Sure, he s made a lot of mistakes view spoiler the biggest one marrying Isabeau a woman who hated him for her lands alone hide spoiler but how can you not love a man who would willingly view spoiler take on a curse to spare his son, who s not even of his own blood and in those times that was a big deal hide spoiler For most of the book Cinnia, Louvaen s younger sister, was not a character I cared for I made the mistake of thinking she s pretty and weak and kept comparing her to her older sister I saw her simply as a plot device to get the two main characters in the same place But then a time came when she showed me she has a backbone and isthan capable of dealing with whatever fate throws her way view spoiler Asking Gavin to marry her was a bold move for a time where women are a bitprecious than cattle Way to go girl hide spoiler There was another strong female character in this book Magda the housekeeper I really enjoy books where all the characters pull their weight and specifically for the women are not just there to provide a contrast for the main female lead by being the epitome of bitchiness and or sluttiness A lot of authors slam the entire female cast just to make the MC look good Gavin and Ambrose were equally interesting and well developed Both loyal to a fault, smart and resourceful they round up the principal cast and slowly steal your heart I love fairytale s retellings but they re usually very predictable And I know that finding a way to spin the story away from what we all know without it becoming too different to be a retelling is difficult but there are a few exceptions that have a special place in my heartEntreat memanaged this feat by the way the whole curse thing was handled And that the resolution was not simply true love s kiss It requiredso muchAnd ultimately this was a story not only about the power of love but also about the power of family and what family truly is blood is not enough Now, don t laugh at me But as soon as I finished reading this book, I had to watch the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast I forgot just how much I love this story This book was glorious I love the way Grace Draven writes, she is incredibly eloquent and the way she paints the world with her lyrical prose is simply stunning Her style is not for everyone, but I am a proud Dravenite He d take what she might offer and thank the gods for giving him such a fine gift before the curse Now, don t laugh at me But as soon as I finished reading this book, I had to watch the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast I forgot just how much I love this story This book was glorious I love the way Grace Draven writes, she is incredibly eloquent and the way she paints the world with her lyrical prose is simply stunning Her style is not for everyone, but I am a proud Dravenite He d take what she might offer and thank the gods for giving him such a fine gift before the curse overwhelmed him This is a wonderful interpretation of Beauty and the Beast This is dark, ominous and heartbreaking The characters in this are fantastic Louvaen is a strong, hot headed, stubborn woman who is the perfect match for the equally stubborn and prideful Ballard The slow burn of the romance that builds between Ballard and Louvaen is absolutely amazing and the love scenes in this are out of this world The bath scenes were my favorites A on the heat level in this All you have to do is breathe and you seduce me The additional romance of Cinnia and Gavin was cute, even though Cinnia got on my nerves a little in the beginning And the banter between all the characters was entertaining and interesting I especially liked the fact that view spoiler the women end up proposing to the men Yes to girl power A hide spoiler Four hundred years earlier he would have paupered himself, defied a king and single handedly conquered an empire if that s what it took to win this woman While all of this was lovely and there was plenty of drama that kept the story ticking along albeit at a slow pace there were points in this that were never really fleshed out properly and they didn t make sense The way view spoiler the curse is broken, for example, doesn t make a lot of sense hide spoiler I had to talk to my fellow buddy readers to get clarification on what actually happened I m sensing a pattern in Ms Draven s writing, that the finale s are never quite as good as the rest of the book and this is a shame, because there is promise here for four and five star ratings but it is squandered with holey world building and sloppy finales I felt this dragged towards the end I was ready for the happily ever after about 70 pages before the actual ending, but there was evendrama yet to come and I thought it was a little bit over the top But even having said all this, I still enjoyed the hell out of this book and will continue to read anything and everything that Ms Draven writes, except stories relating to douchenozzle Silhara, he can go suck a bag of dicks An enjoyable frolic through the fairy tale that is Beauty and the Beast, I would happily read this again and would keep my tissues handy because this is a heartbreaking journey 3.5 remember me StarsThanks for the buddy read, you lovely bunch of people over at Buddies, Books and Baubles Beauty and the Beast retold, okay but not the best one for me that I ve read I was so frustrated by the end Spoilers and questionsI m going negative first, after being left frustrated when it finally ended This just didn t work for me and it s hard to place why, so many details didn t fit for me There wereoff putting points than intriguing ones The story followed the traditional version almost like a checklist, some parts didn t fit well They felt just thrown in just to cover all the Beauty and the Beast retold, okay but not the best one for me that I ve read I was so frustrated by the end Spoilers and questionsI m going negative first, after being left frustrated when it finally ended This just didn t work for me and it s hard to place why, so many details didn t fit for me There wereoff putting points than intriguing ones The story followed the traditional version almost like a checklist, some parts didn t fit well They felt just thrown in just to cover all the bases The roses were one of those that didn t fit It felt like the roses were in the tale so that had to be tossed into the story Why did they lust for blood What did they get from it What was their tie to the curse Why, Why Why What was with the animosity between her and the sorcerer Was it her lack of knowledge on magic, her hatred of it, her ability to breath He liked verbal sparring, liked spunky snarky women, he loved one why did he hate her The son, fell in love with his woman why Was it her amazing beauty That s all I got from it The pathetic father, why was he such a wimpy useless bag of flesh He wasn t an alcoholic, he bedded the neighbor, and didn t seem depressed so what was wrong with him Why was there so much bath time It seemed like they spent a lot of pages bathing, or thinking about bathing Menses, Sex, I like sex in a story but these two rutted at every opportunity.Why did the mother wife hate her husband so much Before the whole slaying birth thing Why It was the norm of the times to live as she did Why the extreme hatred Oh and how did the beast know his end time was coming He talked about it, enough to make me question it.Now the good.The female MC was a widow, and didn t believe in holding her tongue, or her fist She had the fight response working for her She was called a screw and owned it, head held high She wasn t squeamish, proper, or virginal She was physically in tune with her wants and needs and was never ashamed I feel like I need to get the Pom Poms out and cheer for a real woman character in a fairytale.The wicked big bad boy man who had to have the girl, the prettiest in all the land He was nasty, in all the right ways He lashed out at everyone he could, such a good bad boy I would have likedof him in the story I love this tale, it is my favorite fairytale I know the author worked hard and I appreciate her work, even with the holes I found in the story


About the Author: Grace Draven

I m an author and Louisiana native living in Texas with my husband, three smalls and a big doofus dog I have lived in Spain, hiked the Teton Mountains, honeymooned in Scotland, ridden in competition rodeo and am the great great granddaughter of a Nicaraguan president I also hate doing laundry and refuse to iron anything.I ve loved storytelling since forever I published my first short story with Amber Quill Press and have since written several other tales A love of the bad boy in fiction always inspires me.


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