A Beauty and the Beast Retelling
Release Date: May 31, 2016
*A Paranormal Romance retelling of Beauty and the Beast*
Blossom Frane is only weeks away from her transformation. On her eighteenth birthday, she’ll find out her future branch of society and her totem, the animal form she’ll be able to take at will for the rest of her life. Like her brothers, she’s expected to be a brown bear of the religious branch known as Terra.
In the Alderwood forests, Blossom’s bear blood is a valuable asset. Any day now, a rival clan leader will step forward and offer her father a hefty bounty in exchange for her hand in marriage. Blossom can do nothing more than sit back and wait to be traded to the highest bidder.
Determined to spend her last weeks exploring the Alderwood, Blossom sneaks away and manages to find Kaide Landel, a rising political star of the Pyro branch. Known for his violence and disregard for the religious teachings of the Terra branch, he’s all wrong for the bear clan’s prized daughter. But when the politician uses his wealth and influence to secure her hand, Blossom has no choice but to leave her family and marry him—if she lives that long.
Beauty and the Beast has long been my favorite old school Disney movie and this book has some serious undertones with Beauty and the Beast references. Sometimes this doesn’t work so well, but here the references are perfectly placed and pulled at my heart strings. Clarice’s Book Nook
I adored the characters (especially Kaide but also Blossom — she’s such a strong-willed character!) the story, and McCoy’s wonderful and gripping writing style. BooksEnchanted
The story is fast paced and apart from Blossom and Kaide’s romance, there is plenty of suspense, political manipulation, and intrigue in Kaide’s career as a politician that will affect and change his and Blossom’s lives forever! All this and more is handled with ease by RS McCoy and I loved her writing style and know that I will be checking out her other books too while I wait for the next book in this series. NjKinny’s World of Books and Stuff
Blossom and the Beast by R.S. McCoy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am so in love with this book! It has restored some of my love and emotions toward the sweet paranormal romances. So many of the ones I’ve read lately have gotten tiring and repetitive and frankly a little boring.
Blossom and Kaede’s story is such a refreshing play on the Beauty and the Beast story but is still so much more. It includes ideas of soul-mates and true everlasting love that must be earned and cultivated and isn’t taken lightly. Kaide struggles with his inner demon and tries to balance that with his undeniable feelings toward Blossom.
Blossom struggles to come to terms with her loss of family and the complete change in her surroundings and manages to look for the possibilities surrounding her after fighting tooth and nail to find a way out of her predicament.
I must say, I can usually see what’s going to happen before it does but I was totally blown away with that ending! Even though it is a huge cliffhanger, it would not have worked any other way.
Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in New Jersey. Between binge-watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten-free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels. She is the self-published author of the Sparks Saga trilogy, The Extraction Files, and The Alder Tales series. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which contributed to her die-hard love of manta rays.