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There’s Beauty in that there Beast
by Anna Campbell
Oh, I do love the Romance Dish! And the Romance Dish gals! And now I’m not just a regular commenter (for those who don’t know, I do book reviews on great romances you may have missed under the label Second Helping on the 24th of each month), but a guest! Bring out the best china and the lace tablecloth! Dust off the butler!
OK, enough of the mushy stuff.
Oh, no, some mushy stuff got out of its cage. Excuse me for a moment while I squeeze it back into its container! Phew! Done!
Beauty and the Beast stories never seem to lose their allure. SEVEN NIGHTS is so obviously a BATB story that even the characters comment on the fact! I think all my stories in their own way have been Beauty and the Beast – I love coming back to its themes of redemption and transformation through love, and the fact that true beauty comes from inside a person, not from what they look like.
When Sidonie Forsyth meets Jonas Merrick in chapter one of SEVEN NIGHTS, she’s convinced that he’s awful on the inside as well as the on outside. He’s scarred and cranky and reclusive, and he’s got wicked intentions toward her and her family. So all round, pretty darn beastly!
But when she makes a bargain to stay with him for seven days (and seven nights), she embarks on a journey of discovery that leaves her a significantly different person from the terrified girl who turns up on Jonas’s doorstep in the middle of a thunderstorm. Over the course of a week, she discovers a whole new world of sensual pleasure, and also learns that her beastly lover isn’t nearly as beastly as she first thought. He’s a tormented man with secrets and a more honorable heart than she ever imagined when they first met. As Jonas falls in love with Sidonie, she helps him to heal and to find purpose and heart, so that a man who never believed he had a chance at redemption gradually turns into a genuine hero.
It’s only when these two face the world outside the walls of Castle Craven that their union undergoes its most powerful tests. Will a passion forged over seven nights turn into a lifelong love? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out, won’t you? Bwahahahahaha!
So let’s talk Beauty and the Beast. Is it a theme that appeals to you? Do you have a favorite take on it? Why do you think writers and readers keep coming back to this classic tale? I’ve got a signed copy of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED for one commenter today. Good luck!