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Bend Her: A Dark Beauty and the Beast Fantasy Romance

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Alone and afraid the young Lisane most learn how to deal with the castles dark brooding beast Rhaim a dark and powerful mage who has seen a vision of his death and it will be the beautiful princess Lisane who will be his destruction. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. This story is based on Beauty and the Beast but is a much darker telling of the story, one that consists of magic, mages, a deadly war against the Deathless, a princess kidnapped held captive by the beast, lots of betrayal and a super sexy dom/sub relationship. I feel like "retelling" is a very generous description, as there is no curse, he is more shifter than beast, there is no strong father/daughter bond, and the castle can be better compared to Howl's Moving Castle.

I did purchase a special edition hardcover copy of Bend Her directly from the author and it came with an audiobook copy as well. Cassie’s storytelling is bursting with vivid imagery, dynamic characters, and pulse-pounding plot twists. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.The book does end on a cliffhanger and book 2 does not come out until May 2023, so there is a bit of a wait. The heart of the story is undoubtedly the relationship between Lisane and Rhaim, but the author wove an impeccable plot around it, which stands out completely from other Beauty and the Beast retellings I’ve read. As such, this bad guy reputation feels unfounded and he comes off more like a caring parental figure that gets angry sometimes… and justifies abuse as “training”. Throughout the story, she believed she was kidnapped, and Rhaim (the All Beast) never told her otherwise. Bend Her is a Dark Fantasy Romance with one of the best premises I’ve ever read: Rhaim, as a mage, knows his true death upon is Ascension, and in his vision he sees the very girl that hundreds of years later is dropped on his doorstep as payment for his war efforts against the Deathless.

Cassie Alexander has layed down the ground work with a interesting storyline and some great storytelling and I can't wait to see where this is heading in book 2 Break Her coming soon.I genuinely thought you both had lost your minds and I was so annoyed by Lisane leaving the man she was in love with seemingly based on BS emotional reasons.

Some quotes from the book and what it made me think: (I'll mark as possible spoilers but out of context I personally don't think they say much.

The author had been posting prints on Instagram of the characters and I really thought it was going to be deliciously steamy, so I was a little disappointed. Do not be deceived by the title, its much more deep and detailed and incredibly interesting than I bet you are thinking! Maar soms schemert er een vorm van respect door het verhaal en een onvoorwaardelijke (soort van) liefde en daardoor ben ik wel benieuwd wat boek twee gaat brengen. I really enjoyed the important role of mages in this story, as well as the political intricacies of the kingdoms.

As mentioned in the beginning, this book is dark so expect to find such elements here, and please beware of the trigger warnings. Bend Her” is a spicy, dark and tantalizing Beauty and the Beast retell that pulled me in from the start and is a delicious dark retelling treat. From the dark atmosphere to the steamy mentor/mentee tension, I VERY much enjoyed this twisted Beauty and the Beast romantasy retelling!However, the story and plot felt underdeveloped, and the abuse, which was very clearly abuse, was meant to be sexy and alluring, but it wasn't.

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