Beautiful Beast by Aubrey Irons
Here’s the first thing you should know: this is not a fairytale. Happily-ever-afters are fables, and Prince Charming is a sweet little lie.
I know all this because he taught me.
Once upon a lifetime ago, the rich, arrogant, sinfully gorgeous, and tragically broken dark prince of the Hamptons was my tormentor. My darkness, my shameful attraction, my all-consuming, forbidden temptation.
I hate Sebastian Crown because nine years ago, for one night, I was stupid enough to think I loved him. And I’ve been paying for it ever since.
Except now, he needs me to help him save his empire.
…And he’s not taking no for answer.
She’s my nemesis. My addiction. My weakness.
I used to tell myself I hated Anastasia Bell - for being poor, for not worshipping the ground I walked on, for looking at me like she pitied me for being me.
When the rest of my world always told me yes, she was the ever-provoking no.
She thinks I’m a monster - a tragic, fucked-up, broken beast.
She doesn’t know the half of it.
Because she can’t begin to know the crimes of my past, or imagine the things I’ve done to her behind the scenes since she left this place.
Years ago, I thought breaking her would fix me.
I was wrong.
Now I’ve got her in my sights again, and this time, I won’t be letting her go. Even if it means we both go down in flames...
I'm an Aubrey Irons Super Fan. No, I'm not super and I'm not a fan that blows air (just hot air), but I like to think I'm Aubrey's Annie Wilkes. I may chop off her feet to keep writing books like this one. She should be super excited about that.
Sebastian Crown is one mean motherfucker. And just one gigantic huge fucked up disaster of a mess. Such a mess I had no idea how he could ever be rectified to be called the hero... I hated him. I tried hating him. And then I didn't hate him. It was like a magical bait and switch.
Aubrey did an amazing job of creating this unbelievable dick of a character. She molded this character that I was sure there would be no fixing. No forgiving. No excuses.
ellie: "I hated him with a passion for awhile"
Aubrey: "ok, but in a way 'fuck this guy, if I wasn't professionally editing this I'd stop reading' hate way, or in a 'I have to keep reading' hate way?"
KEEP READING IT.
So obviously I'm into Sebastian. Let's drop it.
There are so many facets to this story. Aubrey was able to layer each one flawlessly and seamlessly. The roll out of the plot and the deplorable behavior of certain characters is timed perfectly. It's hot. It's demented. It's mental. It's emotional. It's a beautiful mess of crazed behavior and love.
This is my type of fairy tale.
This is HANDS DOWN the best book Aubrey has written. Holy wow.
(I hope Stu shows up in Vegas with a cane.)