Tuesday, August 29, 2017

#Review: ADELINE by Christine McKnight

3 of 5 stars
I've read quite a few of Ms. McKnight's books and really enjoy her stories, but this retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" didn't quite capture me the way I had hoped it would. Ms. Adeline Price is a feisty heroine bordering on brattiness who always wants to have her own way. When she is rescued by Jasper, Earl of Ailesbury from a broken down carriage in a terrifying thunderstorm, he takes her back to home. She is further delayed from returning to London by a series of circumstances. During the 1.5 days she spends with Jasper, she glimpses his kindness and goodness as he takes care of his servants and the people in the village.

I loved Jasper as the Beast. Ms. McKnight did an excellent job of showing his compassionate side. The scarred beast of a man has a heart of gold. Adeline, on the other hand, wasn't very likable. Her fiery temper and arguments with her brother makes her unsympathetic to me. Then spending a few more hours in Jasper's company and she's totally in love with him? That seemed unrealistic--in less than 3 days, she's wants to spend the rest of her life with him. I realize this is a retelling of the fairytale, but I wanted more interaction between the two before they both fell deeply in love. And at the end there was a timing issue--was it a month or several months since she last saw him? Both timelines were mentioned and it was confusing. I'm a fan of Ms. McKnight, but this book just didn't speak to me the way some of her other books do.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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