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Publisher Description

The modern remake of a classic tale that twists the fictional into possibility.

When two lost souls are brought together in an unlikely circumstance, it’ll take more to scare this feisty beauty away from a domineering beast. A story of love, loss, and learning to accept when life gives you a second chance.

Elena Salazar has taken care of her gambling-addicted brother since her parents’ death. When he calls her late one night asking for help, she’s thrown into Tristan Mercier’s life and is at his mercy. Unable to pay her brother’s debt, a contract is signed: she will live and work for Tristan for six months while her brother is sent to rehab. 

Tristan Mercier is scarred, both physically and emotionally. He lost his happily ever after five years earlier in a fire that nearly took his life. He’s broken and bitter, but with Elena’s arrival, things are changing, and the feelings he thought long buried begin to resurface.

Can this brute open his heart to give his belleza a chance?

Fiction & Literature
April 28
Hot Tree Publishing
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

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Belleza and the Brute: A Modern-Day Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

By Jane Matisse

5 Stars

This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. I base most of my books on whether when I set it down to do real life does it stay with me and cause me to hurry to pick it back up. This one did that and although I wanted to slap Tristan more than once throughout the story, and he won't make the list of one of my favorite book boyfriends, my heart did in fact break for him and I found some understanding in some of how he was who he was, he just wasn't able to redeem himself completely with me by the end. In saying that….Elena was awesome!! I connected with her the minute I met her and I loved how her character was written, I loved her attitude and her quick comebacks throughout.

This was a great story and the twist threw me, I wasn't even expecting anything like what happened, I had a feeling something was going to happen with a certain character but my mind never went that way, so I really loved that the author was able to throw that in.

I loved the secondary characters as well in this story, a couple of them made me laugh out loud many times and it was awesome. Im curious as to whether there will be another story to follow and if Adam will get his own book, I would definitely love to read his story and where his future takes him.

I really did enjoy this and would recommend it..The story flow was spot on and it was a smooth easy read. I can't wait to see what else this author has available.