20 May '13

A Nix Review – How Beauty Loved the Beast by Jax Garren (4 Stars)

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It’s all been leading to this.

 

Jolie Benoit has become a skilled agent of the Underlight, relying on her savvy to complete assignments while Sergeant Wesley Haukon was out of commission. But an unexpected clue to the Order of Ananke’s diabolical scheme rattles Jolie, and she turns to Hauk for comfort.

 

It’s been years since Hauk took comfort from the touch of another person, though his love for Jolie is deep and powerful. Uncomfortable in his skin, scarred by a terrible fire, he is unable to give in to the pleasures that Jolie so desperately wants to grant him.

 

Meanwhile, the Order is lurking in the shadows—and when they strike, the blow is swift and terrible. Hauk and Jolie scramble to fight for their community, but with the future of the Underlight threatened, no one is safe. And Hauk will never be the same…

This is the book I’ve been waiting for, the book it’s all been leading up to and there was good points and bad points to it. Was I satisfied with the culmination of the love story? Yes, I absolutely was. I was so worried about how this would play out, whether or not Ms Garren would stick to the fairytale or not, but I also couldn’t decide what I wanted. Needless to say the way the ending was sold to us readers was so clever I couldn’t do anything but love it. But was I satisfied with the ending of the subplot? To be honest, I was so confused with it all that, by this book, I honestly got to the point where I was skipping through those scenes to get to the good stuff.
This review could run the risk of containing lots of spoilers for the previous two books, and I really would like to avoid that, so I’m going to try to be careful. Hauk is his usual lovely, tortured self but, in this one, he has to deal with his issues regarding his personal body issues as his relationship with Jolie progresses. I can never imagine what someone with scarring so extreme would go through but I truly wanted him to be able to accept her feelings for him and become comfortable with her. I applaud the author for the sensitivity and thoroughness she addressed this storyline with; my heart ached for him with every self doubt that showed in his actions and words.
Jolie was fricking awesome again. The woman is strong, sensitive, feisty and truly lovely. I adored the way she is with literally everyone in this book and she certainly redeems herself in the eyes of a lot of other characters in the book. I did feel she became more of a three dimensional character during the course of this book because she became more than just a ditzy showgirl with some fizz.  Of course, it is her interaction with Hauk that made me adore her the most as she is determined to make him accept her love.
Overall, is this what I expected? No. Is what I wanted? In terms of their romance, I couldn’t have wanted anything more. I loved this world, and will be reading more from this author, but look at it more as a romance as those were the scenes that truly kept me reading from start to finish.  


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