This is the third novel I’ve read by Carole Remy and it’s my favourite! Whilst I loved the sweet wickedness of Twelve Nights and the saucy encounters of Who is Candid?, Beauty of the Beast has totally charmed me.
The plot and characters are darker and more intense than Lucy and Dick (Who is Candid?) and Aggie and Jimmy (Twelve Nights). I loved those characters but Mary Jane and George come from a different world and a different time.
In Beauty of the Beast we get a glimpse into the SM scene of 1950s America through a tale which is expertly weaved around the ideology of the fairy-tale. Beauty is explored on different levels, as is the concept of the beast and how we, as humans, often conceal our true selves.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a full moral lesson disguised as a novel! It is a thoroughly enjoyable read and the heroine, Mary Jane, is sexy, sassy and independent with a wicked sense of humour. The first two pages had me laughing until my sides ached and Ms Remy weaves this heady mix of humour and darker desires with the skill of a truly talented author. She encapsulates how complex we all are and delves into the idea that we all are multi-faceted.
Beauty of the Beast is a love story, it is erotic, it is an extended metaphor. There is a mystery, there is a tale of growing obsession and there is a clear picture of how insanity is just a step away if you allow your cravings to completely consume you.
My favourite line of the novel had to be …the age old rhythm we are born to know… You’ll have to read it to know what I’m talking about! 😉
Ms Remy perfectly captures our more basic instincts and delivers them in her uniquely direct and delicious style.