ATONE is the first story I've read by Jessica Grey. I wasn't sure if I'd be lost because I hadn't read the first story in the Fairytale Trilogy, but the author does a superb job of including snippets of back story to flesh out the characters. This modern retelling of the fairytale "Beauty and the Beast" was engaging, full of unexpected twists and turns and definitely a page turner. It is well-written with fun characters and has excellent pacing throughout the story.
Would Becca figure out what happened to Nicholas and find a way to help him before he's lost to the Beast? I enjoyed the interactions between Becca and Nicholas. Of course, she despises him at the beginning, but that begins to change the longer she stays in his home and talks with him. Nicholas is a shallow, arrogant, self-absorbed man who's used to getting what he wants with his good looks. He has a lot to atone for in his past actions and the self-realization of his part in his current predicament is eye-opening for him. Lilia and Alex were also great additions to the story as the 3 girls supported each other. From the opening pages to the exciting conclusion, I was engrossed in the story. Ms. Grey is a talented writer and fans of fairy tales will not be disappointed with this story. Recommended.
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