How Beauty Loved the Beast – Jax Garren – 5 stars – Contest!

May 12, 2013 Carina Press, Contest, NetGalley, Read in 2013 4

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The Blurb:

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…

My Thoughts:

I really wanted this story but at the same time having this story makes me sad.  I mean I have been craving watching Jolie and my so worthy Hauk find their HEA but at the same time knowing they have their HEA means that their story arc is over.  Others who are as addicted to them understand my quandary but I hold out hope that Jax will get a chance to show more of the Underlight and give us more glimpses of this amazing couple.

As those of you who have been following the series know, Hauk has had a major thing for Jolie since the moment he met her but his scars and status as a fugitive make him feel that he is unworthy of such a beautiful person (inside and out).  He always dreams for more and at the end of How Beauty Save the Beast we got to see Jolie make her intentions towards this honorable man known.  When we start this story Hauk is still healing from his injuries and it is causing Jolie to go a bit crazy with both missing him and worrying about him.  She also is having to own up to her own blindness when it comes to fitting in to the Underlight and what she needs to do to make them feel like she really is there for the movement.  She works hard to become accepted and I really enjoyed her willingness to see things from their side and not just get hurt/pouty when not everyone warmed up to her.

This is not an easy story to write a review on as I want to let you enjoy the twists and turns Jax takes us on even when they break your heart a bit.  I have to admit to sobbing a few times in this as their road to bliss is not an easy one and watching both of them struggle to help Hauk with his self-confidence was at times painful to read but so worth every second and tear it brought out of me.  I’m keeping this review short but I have to tell you that if you haven’t read this series you need to do so as it is such a worthy storyline to read and enjoy.  These are two people that really deserve every ounce of happiness they can get and I adored that it did take so long to get there as neither character would have stayed true to themselves without all the pain and angst.

Beautiful story and a wonderful ending to an amazing pair.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  Oh and I was lucky enough to meet Jax Garren at the RT Convention so I can say truthfully she is as lovely a lady in person as she is a wonderful writer.  I cannot wait for more stories from her and I hope that she goes far in this business.

As always if you wish to purchase this or other Carina Press titles please visit the sidebar for the link to their site.

Now for the good stuff…  I adored this series and want to share my adoration with 2 lucky commentors to this post.  I will draw 2 winners that will get all 3 stories (Met, Saved, Loved) in either a Nook or Kindle format.  Contest will end at 11:59 pm CT Sunday May 19th with winners getting emails early on Monday May 20th.  Please just tell me what you like to see in a love story and the format that you would prefer if you win.  If for some reason you cannot get a comment to save on the site please tweet me at @sac402 to enter.

4 Responses to “How Beauty Loved the Beast – Jax Garren – 5 stars – Contest!”

  1. Amy R

    I want HEA’s in the stories I read. I have my favorite tropes but will read most anything if the blurb sounds good and the reviews I check out sound interesting (I use reviews as a general guide). If I find out book if cliffhanger I will usually put off until next book comes out (impatient). If I win kindle copies please.

  2. Timitra

    I love HEA at the end of my romances before that I love to see the characters evolve, struggle and fight their inevitable fall in love, oooh love great sex scenes too.

    If I win I’d love Kindle versions of this series…thanks for the great contest.

  3. Rochelle

    I can live with HFN in my books – as long as they figure out they should at least try. I am totally dependent on reviews and Steph’s are on the mark for me. Jill Shayla’s “Animal Magnetism.” was a fun read. Nook is my preference.

  4. Jane

    Congrats to Jax on the new release. I like to see the attraction and tension between the characters build up to a satisfying resolution. I would love to win the Kindle version of the series.