The Beauty and the Beast
Summary From Goodreads:
The Beauty is a dominant in the local BDSM scene. So is the Beast. Nathan invites Kate to dinner with only one purpose: to ask her to marry him. Their like personalities struggle for control–will the beast be tamed, or will the beauty be devoured?
Even though Leigh Wilder is an auto-buy author for me that doesn’t mean even she is infallible, though she’s pretty close. The Beauty and the Beast is the first piece by her that I didn’t LOVE. For this short piece I’ll do a PRO vs CON list, are you ready?
The sex scene is pretty good. Wilder definitely has a special touch for creating the right amount of sexy tension during the act and I love every second. It’s steamy, it’s naughty and the back and forth in this piece was really well done. That struggle for control worked wonders.
The detail in the Beauty and the Beast is exquisite. Describing things many authors would forget such as the rose’s thorns are touches that elevate a piece like this. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the house which just sounds amazing. Pictures please? I don’t care if it is fictional!
The characters and I just don’t mesh. “Beast” or Nathan, whatever you would like to refer to him as, felt like a cluster of cliches rolled into one hulk of a guy. He’s really good looking, big and muscular and has that outer dom/inner softie combo going on. Sound familiar? As for Beauty/Kate it wasn’t much better. She did have a more robotic edge to her that I actually found myself liking, but at times she felt too contrived. She had a similar outer dom/inner softie thing going and it’s just…been done.
I didn’t feel the same spark during the build up to the sex scene. While much of it was forced by design you could really feel that quality in the way the book flowed. It was as if Wilder’s creative side was being held back and then when the sex scene came it was unleashed with the power of a typhoon. Maybe it was due to having to pay some homage to the original fairy tale in the beginning? I don’t know.
While the end result is a positive one there were notable flaws in the character originality and the story in the beginning just didn’t do it for me. The details and descriptions were great and the sex scene is, as always, Wilder’s shining moment. I liked it, but didn’t love it. Borderline three-Frodo piece but due to two major category flaws (which I describe in detail in my rating system explained page) it is a two. Still worth the read but my least favorite of her pieces thus far. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^