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Friday, February 25, 2011

In the Beast’s Lair by Marie Medina

In the Beast’s Lair by Marie Medina
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (150 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Verbena

Beauty Allister isn’t intimidated by money or power, but when eccentric millionaire Kyros Rayland offers her a job as his live-in personal assistant, she can’t help feeling overwhelmed. She knows little about him, even though Kyros and her mother have been friends for years. All she knows is he’s the sexiest, handsomest man she’s ever met. She doesn’t care about the odd rumors she’s heard all her life. No sane person would believe any man could turn into a panther at night.

The other rumors intrigue her more.

She hears about orgies and bondage and a wickedly delightful playroom no woman would ever want to escape. Should she believe any of these rumors? Will she be safe if she ventures into his lair and puts herself at his mercy? Will she be devoured by the appetite of the beast or consumed by the desires of the man?

What woman doesn’t dream of a fairy tale romance? One with a handsome prince charming who lives in a beautiful castle and offers his undying love? But what if prince charming has a dark secret, one that could threaten the very foundations of love? When does a fairy tale become a nightmare?

Unlike her adventurous sister, Beauty has never found the right guy to give her body to, not all-the-way, anyhow. The overly gorgeous, rich, and available bachelor in town seems way out of her reach, despite her sister’s goading and her mother’s interference. She’s looking for work, not love. But an unexpected job offer is about to change her world.

Kyros needs a wife and a baby; a boy, to be precise. But not just any woman will do, he’s wanted Beauty since the day she was born. In order to break his curse, she must love him despite his dark secret. Even when it requires hiding the truth, a feat not easily accomplished. Trust and honesty are the very foundations Beauty wants in a man, two things Kyros may not be able to deliver. And sometimes, a fairy tale is involves more than attraction, money, and love.

With In The Beast’s Lair, Ms. Medina offers a pleasant twist on Disney’s famed cartoon Beauty and the Beast. The first 100 pages moved along at an acceptable rate—building character depth and pertinent plot points—the last 50 pages, however, seemed a little rushed and contained multiple sex scenes that served more as fillers than to move the plot forward. With the build up of the main dilemma, I would have liked to see the resolution a little more played out. Even so, the author’s charming characters and interesting plot made it a fun story and an enjoyable read.

For an adult only version of a classic fairy tale, grab a copy of In The Beast’s Lair. Kyros is one beast I wouldn’t mind taming myself.

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