Title: The Servants And The Beast Anthology
Authors: R.A. Gates, Karen Blakely, Cheryl Mahoney, Kelly Haworth, Jenniffer Lee
LGBTQ+ Category: Bi, gay
Publisher: Stonehenge Circle Press
Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild
About The Book
You think you know the story – prince gets cursed, girl meets Beast, they fall in love and live happily ever after. If only it was that simple. But dating is tough even in the best of circumstances.Ever since the fateful day when we let that horrible Good Fairy into the castle, our lives have been on hold.
When she turned our bad-tempered prince into a Beast, she lumped us, his loyal servants, into the curse too, just because she assumed his rude behavior was our fault. Theodore the butler should never have let her inside, and the rest of us should have helped bar the door.
Now Theodore is an armchair, and we’re all trying to carry on our duties as a piano, a coat rack, a bookcase and the like. At least we have Robert to clean up the pink sparkles piling in the corners from the Good Fairy’s curse, since he’s a mop now.
We know we just need the Beast to fall in love to break the spell. We’re all doing whatever we can to help him find True Love, one visitor at a time, hoping the right person finally comes along–but will the Beast ever learn to love?
This was a sweet version of a classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast. A mean spirited prince, a visit from an old woman in taters, a plea for food and shelter and a promise of a wonderful gift and she is greeted with an insult, calling her an old hag and throwing her out. The result as before the prince is now a beast and unfortunately all his servants meet an unfortunate fate.
Everyone in the castle has been turned, a mop, an easel, a piano, a chair and the list goes on. Only true love can remove the curse and of course the beast has never been a loving person. Three women come to the castle, the first a greedy, obnoxious money hungry girl ready to marry the prince and have all the riches. The second girl just recently broke off her engagement after finding her fiance with another woman, the result was days of crying and talking non stop of the man she loved. Finally accepting the beasts offer for marriage the ex-fiance comes calling and once again the hope of true love is lost. Number three, some fifty years later is Juliette who has decided to marry the prince and fix up the castle so that she can throw parties. Of course she makes it known that she would never consider kissing a beast. And so three chances shot and now eighty years later with no hope in sight.
Number four is definitely not what anyone expected and I will not reveal who it is except to say that all good fairytales have HEA’s and this one is no exception.
I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.
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