"Ashley is a master storyteller." --RT Book Reviews
"A master of her craft." --Maggie Shayne
Fair of face and figure, Kristine is young, innocent, pure. Yet she has been condemned to the gallows for killing a man. The only one who can save her is a lord so infamous that some say he is the son of the Devil himself. . .
And the Beast
Erik Trevayne is called the Demon Lord of Hawksbridge Castle, but few know of the curse he lives under. Or the terrifying changes slowly gnawing away at his humanity. When he weds her, all he wants of Kristine is a son. But when he beds her, a wild hope is born--that love that can tame even the most monstrous of beasts. . .
Ashley (Moonlight) delivers a solidly written but somewhat tired retelling of the classic fairy tale. Sentenced to death for a crime committed in self-defense, Kristine Arrington is spared at the last moment by Erik Trevayne, seventh lord of Hawksbridge Castle. Cursed to a slow and excruciatingly painful transformation by his dead wife's mother, Erik desperately wants take a new wife and beget an heir, fulfilling a vow made to his late father. But he doesn't expect Kristine to insinuates herself slowly into his lonely life. With brief nods to witches and werewolves, the novel primarily focuses on the relationship between the beast and the beauty, relying on stereotypical tropes and relatively elementary plot development. It's as predictable as it is repetitive with few, if any, surprises to distinguish it from countless other variations on the theme.