REVIEWED by Caroline
TITLE: Beau and the Beast
AUTHOR: Kay Simone
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 566 Pages
RELEASE DATE: February 26, 2017
Can beauty really tame a beast?
For ten years, former Wall Street executive Wolfram—along with his staff—has been magically imprisoned in his midtown penthouse after his firm pissed off the wrong witch. Now, only one thing can free him from the curse.
Unfortunately, they’re not sure what that one thing is.
But mercy for the man with none, he still can be released:
Light can lift his shadowed soul when beauty frees the beast.
When a young reporter named Beau accidentally stumbles into their midst, the staff thinks he might be the answer to the witch’s riddle—if only they can convince him to stay.
Beau has his doubts when he’s asked to write the mysterious billionaire’s biography, but he can’t say no to the huge sum of money being offered. Resigned to his fate, Wolfram hates the idea of a stranger intruding in his life.
What neither man expects is the deep connection that forms between them. As they work together, Wolfram and Beau form a passionate bond that threatens to boil over into something more.
The only problem? Thanks to the curse, Wolfram is a seven-foot-tall monster with eight weeks left to live unless the spell is broken.
Can Beau save a love he’s only just found, or is it too late for one man to set Wolfram free?
Beau and the Beast is a steamy, 125,000-word contemporary gay May-December romance set in the real world with some magical themes and an HEA.
Beau and the Beast is epic in every way. A retelling of a favourite classic with a modern day twist – who needs a castle when a penthouse works just as well? Wolfram and Beau are the stars of this slow burn romance which begins with a witch’s curse but ends in true love.
Wolfram is the epitome of the old beast in this story. Driven by money, or driven by his fathers need for money, he avoids all the signs of impending doom and his careless attitude puts him in the crosshairs of a grieving and angry witch. The countdown to Wolfram’s doom has begun and we pick up the story a decade in when time is running out. Wolfram is not the only one caged in by this curse and the cast of secondary characters is superb; Violet, Song, Alfie, Jeffrey and James all add a special something to the story and their roles are vital. Noah deserves a special mention as he shares an affinity with Wolfram without ever having met him – the world sees them as different. Lastly there is Lincoln who had a complete personality turnaround and became one of the good guys.
If Wolfram is the beast then Beau is the Beauty and that beauty begins deep inside this young, charming and caring man. Sent on a fool’s errand by his brother Noah he becomes embroiled in a situation even his imagination couldn’t have dreamed up but he doesn’t balk at what life throws at him but he grabs it by the horns, quite literally, and throws himself into the fray. He is fearless, he is empathetic and he just might be what everyone in this magical penthouse needs. There is a story to be told and Beau has just the right voice to tell it.
The ending left the traditional behind and wound up with the modern – it was the perfect way to do it. I would definitely recommend Beau and the Beast.