Man, this book was gooood!!! This book is so good, there aren’t enough words to explain how good it is. I have a book hangover that hasn’t gone away since I finished reading this book. I received an ARC of this book.
Ms. Irons created the perfect (anti)hero in Bastian Crown. You recognize and understand his pain while at the same time gasping in disdain, shock and horror over the way he’s controlled so much of Ana’s life.
Bastian & Ana’s story is the sort of love story that people write songs about, so it’s ironic that Ana’s a singer/songwriter. Bastian was like a puppet master – playing with Ana’s life behind the scenes, acting like God, if you will. The weird thing about it is that though I found him to be a true psychopath (and a**shole), he’s the type of tortured hero that you can’t help but understand, and therefore, come to love.
Ana is stuck because, well, you always crave the unknown. Especially when the unknown could be your greatest pleasure & love, though you also know it could also be the source of your greatest pain. Ever since she met Bastian, Ana’s been in a sort of vortex where she fluctuates between lusting, fearing and hating him.
The intrigue that was crafted in the story was well done through the flashbacks that were interspersed throughout the book. We get a better understanding of how far Bastian has already sunk to and how low he is prepared to go. We understand, too, how irresistible he has become to Ana – like a drug. Another thing I enjoyed was the banter between the two individuals. Never did I believe that Ana was a pushover. A bit naïve, yes, but never soft.
This book puts a spin on Beauty & the Beast in a way you don’t expect, but enjoy all the same. Definitely get your hands on this!