Petals and Thorns by Jennifer Kennedy
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern
In exchange for her father’s life, Amarantha agrees to marry the dreadful Beast and be his wife for seven days. Though the Beast cannot take Amarantha’s virginity unless she begs him to, he can and does take her in every other way. From the moment they are alone together, the Beast relentlessly strips Amarantha of all her resistance.
If Amarantha can resist her cloaked and terrifying husband, she gains his entire fortune and will be allowed to return to her family and a normal life. But the Beast seduces her at every turn, exposing, binding, tormenting, and pleasuring Amarantha until she no longer knows her own deepest desires.
Increasingly desperate to break the curse that chains his humanity, the Beast drives Amarantha past every boundary. But her desire for a normal life may jeopardize the love that will save them both.
A dark, sensual, and highly erotic retake of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Petals and Thorns is sure to make you positively melt. Author Jennifer Paris has created something as sweet as it wicked, and the result is a story readers are sure to enjoy.
There is really no need to delve into the dynamics of the story, as they remain much the same and are only slightly altered. Our Beast takes the lovely Amarantha for his bride in the hopes that she will lift the curse that has made him a hideous creature, while she is forced to face the darkness within her to aid the man trapped beneath the monstrous surface. The BDSM elements work beautifully for this, and I was swept into the story, the characters, and the darkness of the work. Ms. Paris has a gift for drawing a reader into the center of her world and keeping them there, using sensuality, innocence, and desire as her lure. The Beast, while dominant and controlling, is equally soft and tender. The virginal Amarantha is more than a mere bride gained as a means to an end. The writing is fantastic, and I loved the twist at the end in which the Beast reveals the cause of his affliction to our courageous heroine. It added so much to the story and left me wanting more when I reached the final page.
Fans of fairy tales, erotic romance, and BDSM will love Petals and Thorns. This is one of the best novellas I’ve read so far this year, and I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Paris in the future. Definitely place this title on your coveted TBR list.