Price: $10 (ebook $3)
Point of Sale: Lulu
Beauty and the Beast is an amusing fast moving gay fantasy romance. The plot line riffs on fairy tale cliches, thrusting together a young man who has been cursed to be a beast and a young, powerful enchanter that everyone keeps mistaking for a girl. The first half of the story gets these two together and solves the problem of the beastly curse. The next quarter of the book is a kind of prequel dealing with the former-beast's father's equally gay romance. From there the story line devolves into various vignettes and outtakes from the previous stories.
For a reader comfortable with yaoi/slash style romance this story is very appealing, witty and romantic. For other readers some of the character conventions and non-linear structure may be a little confusing. On the whole I very much enjoyed Beauty and the Beast as a quick, entertaining comfort read well worth the cover price.
Emily Veinglory is a writer of m/m erotic romance and fantasy with a dark or paranormal twist. Featured ebook: The Sculptor's Muse.