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Jun 19

Beauty: Learning to Live by Jordan Marie Review

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5 Smooches!

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Synopsis

This isn’t your everyday Beauty and the Beast story.
Our love story was tragic, until it wasn’t….

Once upon a time I fell in love with a beast.

I fell fast.

I fell hard.

I loved him intensely and I trusted him completely – until he ripped my heart to shreds.

Love isn’t a fairy tale.

It’s messy.

It’s dirty.

It’s painful, and it’s ugly.

Until it’s not….

This is Book 2 and the Final Book of the Beast & Beauty Devil’s Blaze Duet. Book 1 Beast must be read first.
Please note this is a full size novel. Page numbers reflected in the pre-order may not be correct until the final file is uploaded.

Review

Jordan Marie’s Devil’s Blaze MC trilogy completely blew me away with its intensely emotional, painfully dramatic plot. At the time, I proclaimed it to be Jordan Marie’s best work to date, and arguably, one of the most gritty and gripping MC romances that had ever been told. I still stand behind that statement, but I’d like to amend it slightly. From that series emerged a character whose story was so devastating, it demanded to be told. The brutality and viciousness of Michael ‘Beast’ Jameson’s story could not be ignored, and Jordan began to unravel the tale in Beast: Learning to Breathe. Beauty: Learning to Live is the highly anticipated conclusion to the Learning to Breathe/Learning to Live duet within the Devil’s Blaze MC series, and it picks up where Beast left off.

I went into Beauty knowing full well that Jordan Marie could–and wouldn’t hesitate to–deliver another blow to the feels. With that in mind, I gathered up the jagged pieces of my heart after reading Beast, and I cracked open Beauty. Where Beast was a ferocious and shattering story that left a scarred and damaged man in its wake, Beauty was exactly what the title implied: a beautiful story about learning to live again. Just as powerfully emotional as it’s duet partner, Beauty is, however, the flipside of the coin. More hopeful, more loving and much more healing, this story got my heart racing in a completely different way. Chemistry was never an issue between Michael and Hayden, but having been apart for a while, once they reconciled, they were explosively passionate and some of the sexiest material Jordan’s ever written is in this book.

I know some readers were disappointed when Beast ended in a cliffhanger, but I really hope that once they read Beauty, they’ll understand why that was necessary. This story as a whole was so thorough, so richly developed and so layered, that it just would have been impossible, even for an author as talented as this one, to adequately and effectively communicate the level of pain and healing, of loss and love, that these characters experienced in one book. A duet within the series is exactly what this haunting story required. Once again, Jordan Marie has managed to shock and awe me with a deeply moving story. Five smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo

 

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