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Subject: Looking for beauty and the beast themed books
Date Posted: 11/4/2009 2:41 AM ET
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Hello everyone,

I have a craving to read a particular type of romance. There are many like this I've read already, but I'm dying to look at others that I haven't read.

I love books with scarred heroes/heroines. Mainly books with a beauty and the beast theme. It can be contemporary or historical. But no books with sexual violence against women, especially to the heroine. I avoid books with sexual violence like the plague.

So if anyone knows of any with the B&B theme that are good reads, please let me know!
Thanks in advance,

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 7:07 AM ET
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Have you tried Elizabeth Hoyt's "Legend of the Four Soliders" series . . . great reads!!  You would most likely enjoy the third books in the series the most as it fits what you requested perfectly.

Simply Love by Mary Balogh; Lorraine Heath's Texas Destiny; Kathleen Woodiwiss' A Rose in Winter; Judith Ivory's Beast.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 8:33 AM ET
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This was a topic someone brought up a few weeks ago. Here's the link to that thread: Beauty & the Beast stories?  I'm sure it would give you some ideas. :-) 

I love B&B-themed books, too.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 8:55 AM ET
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I like this theme too. A few I've read and enjoyed:

Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan

The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey

Castle of the Wolf by Sandra Schwab

Wild at Heart by Patricia Gaffney

The Master of Blacktower by Barbara Michaels

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 9:51 AM ET
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"Unlacing of Miss Leigh" is a short story by Diane Gaston.  It's been out in e-book format at eharlequin.com for awhile. I just saw yesterday here on pbs that it's coming out in book format later this year.  With about 5 other authors that were also released in ebook format.  Not sure if the publisher was harlequin historical(meaning US release) or Mills and Boon(UK release).  But I know that you can find it searching under Gaston and "wish listed", 'cause that's how I did it. 

Another short story by Mary Jo Putney is the "Black Beast of Ballantree"-been released a couple of times in various Christmas anthologies of hers. 

Currently reading another called Scarlet Ribbons in a currently harlequin released called "Regency Christmas"-both the hero and heroine have disabilities and while the hero isn't unsightly, he doesn't feel worthy of the heroine because he isn't "whole". 

Simply Love by Mary Balogh shouldn't be hard to find.  Lots of tortured, damaged, unworthiness going on there. 

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 1:58 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions. Some of the books I think I might have read, like Wild at Heart and Simply Love. I think I remember them as being good.


I've also been eyballing Judith Ivory, but as I'm not too familiar with her books, I wasn't sure. Been waffling a while, but since it was recommended I'll give it a shot!


I'll also check out that thread someone posted. Lol. I guess I didn't look back far enough. I've been away from the PBS forums for a while.


Thanks again!


Date Posted: 11/4/2009 10:04 PM ET
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I got a lot of good suggestions from people. I have not read them all yet, but I really enjoyed The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey. The ones I asked for (in the thread mentioned above) were ones where the beast stays a beast in the end. I always feel cheated if the beast turns into a human at the end.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 11:36 PM ET
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The Fire Rose is on my keeper shelf too, it's one of my favs also.