So Many Reads is participating in the cover reveal for Petals and Thorns by Jeffe Kennedy. I thought perhaps it would be great to pull out my review of the book as well, since I have not featured this book on So Many Reads yet. Isn’t the cover so pretty? I liked the old one but this new one is very attractive.
Wow, what an interesting take on Beauty and the Beast. It was hard to put down and I read it in a day. The Beast has 7 days to convince Amarantha to love him. It isn’t said in that way, but that’s what Beauty and the Beast is all about. This book has light BDSM in it, Amarantha is a virgin and therefore everything he shows her, teaches her, is brand new. The one part that I didn’t like as much, is that I felt like Amarantha didn’t have much of a choice on anything and because things were so new for her I felt her fear a lot of the time. Her family got her into this but it was then left up to her to save her family. It all worked out in the end, as I knew it would, so I kept reading.
Jeffe does a great job of writing stories with light BDSM that are not just about male dominance (even though I made that statement above about Amarantha not having a choice). I think the Beast knew exactly how far to push Amarantha, could tell from her reactions what she liked and when he felt he was losing control he let her go. He didn’t want to hurt her and did always take good care of her. I liked that Jeffe described things very respectfully, as was typical to the Beast’s character. If you like Beauty and the Beast stories, but would like a more adult version with light BDSM I would recommend this one.
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Title: Petals and Thorns
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Release Date:July 22, 2012
Category: Erotic Romance/Fantasy
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble
In exchange for her father’s life, Amarantha agrees to marry the dreadful Beast and be his wife for seven days. Though the Beast cannot take Amarantha’s virginity unless she begs him to, he can and does take her in every other way. From the moment they are alone together, the Beast relentlessly strips Amarantha of all her resistance.
If Amarantha can resist her cloaked and terrifying husband, she gains his entire fortune and will be allowed to return to her family and a normal life. But the Beast seduces her at every turn, exposing, binding, tormenting, and pleasuring Amarantha until she no longer knows her own deepest desires. Increasingly desperate to break the curse that chains his humanity, the Beast drives Amarantha past every boundary. But her desire for a normal life may jeopardize the love that will save them both.
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Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.
Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting with Going Under, followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.
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Jeffe is giving away a copy of Petals and Thorns to four lucky winners tour-wide. Winners can chose between epub, mobi, or PDF.
- open internationally
- use rafflecopter to enter
- open to anyone above 18, and who is legally allowed to enter