The Beauty in Season Series is four Erotic retellings of Beauty and Beast with a seasonal theme.
- Spring by Kati Wilde
- Summer by Ella Goode
- Autumn by Ruby Dixon
- Winter by Alexa Riley
Spring by Kati Wilde
Summary: For ten years Cora Walker has yearned to return to Blackwood Manor…and to her childhood companion, Gideon Blake. But her dream of returning home soon becomes a nightmare and the fully grown, dangerously sexy Gideon is nothing like the young man she’d loved before.Cursed by the monster that killed his family, Gideon sacrificed his heart to protect Cora from the beast that lurks beneath his skin. But when she returns and the curse chains her to his side, he only has two choices: to persuade her to marry him though he has stolen her freedom…or die to save her from the beast within
Honestly, this would have been better if the heroine, Cora ,and the beast Gidon, was completely strangers instead of childhood friends who loved each other. The reason why I say this because it’s like she relied on the fact they it was already established instead of working on them fall in love in a short period a time. So we supposed to assume that they was already in love and it just them reconnecting which was a copout. I honestly didn’t connect with them at all and felt more like lust and possession than actual love. So it was ok.
Summer by Ella Goode
Summary:Bellamy Beaumont thought nothing could be worse than being broke and jobless. Then she found out her parents sold her to a mysterious company with its headquarters far from town. Inside the huge but plain concrete building she finds a growling new boss who doesn’t seem to want a new assistant. But who also refuses to let her leave. And what is his obsession with her scent? Adrian Garrett’s life is fine. Perfectly fine. He runs his pack and his company with efficiency and has no time for a mate. No matter how loud and how angry his wolf becomes, Garrett believes that a mate is unnecessary. That is, until Bellamy is brought to his attention. One sniff and he’s smitten. The problem is that Bellamy is a human and Garrett’s a wolf. Can one beauty save the beast?
This is the only one I’m not reviewing because it was that damn horrible. Both MC’s was annoying as hell and it was
instalove no instalust to the max.
Autumn by Ruby Dixon
Summary:For years untold, there has always been a beast in the cursed forest. Every year at the Harvest Festival, a new bride is sent to him…never to return. But when Willow is chosen to be the newest bride, she seeks out the help of the local wise woman. Willow might be able to break the curse, but to do so, she must refrain from looking at the beast entirely. It sounds easy enough, but as things get heated between them, can she keep her promise? Or will she need to see who – and what – she’s bedding first?
Spoilers, Myth, and Science!!
This probably the best one of the series even tho it’s very short. Willow, the heroine ,was very fearless in this which was to refreshing to see. She was freaking grusy and she knew what she wanted. I just wish instead of being three days that it was at least week or a month she spent with Ruari (aka the beast) in his castle because it felt on the side of instalove even tho they did have attraction to each other.. Also the fact their interactions was just at night and not during the day. The smut in this was pretty damn good even if I still wish the story was longer. Also it wasn’t explain why Ruari was cursed per se so his backstory was a little weak to me even tho I did like his character. We knew that he was a prince and that’s it. Also from what I gather from the hints,his curse was almost like how Medusa curse works hence why people couldn’t look at him. Even tho in hints it sound like that never had a beast form but was still human. I wish the epilogue was longer but all and all it was a good story.
One more thing before I wrap this up.
I saw someone in the reviews saying that the heroine was ” too horny”for their tastes . Which to me I think it’s nonsense since she was embracing her sexual side with no one tell her it’s one not to do so. That’s what wrong with society in the first place. A woman can’t embrace her sexual side without being calling a slut,whore, or too horny. Then on the flip side, if woman doesn’t want to embrace her sexual side or desire she’s called a prude. Can a woman do what the ever the hell she wants without people telling her what she can or can’t do? Thank you! Also the fact that this is erotica so what the hell do you expect?? But before I get on a feminist rant which is not the point of this review, I think I have a couple as to reasons why Willow was very horny not because it’s erotica.
I do believe the author had other meaning behind it which she probably didn’t know.(or she probably did) The whole story took place doing a fall harvest which mean they probably getting crops. They usually harvest crops doing a full moon which is called the harvest moon. According to studies and myths, a woman’s menstrual cycle follows the phases of the moon. Usually doing a full moon, a woman is at her most fertile aka her ovulation period of her cycle. During ovulation, a woman’s libido aka sexual drive and desires increase fourfold. A period of ovulation is 24 hours but a woman can be fertile at least 5 days to week. If that’s the case,it makes perfect sense as to why Willow’s sexual desire was up when she met Ruari for three days. It also makes sense as to why at the end of the story, she had a child 9 months after the curse was broken. Which makes sense as to why the old woman,Leta, told her not to let Ruari ejectlate inside her if they had intercouse.. She was ovulating during her time with Ruari which she conceived the child that night and Leta probably sense that she was to ovulate before she left. Take that for saying the MC was to horny! Science wins again. *drop the mic*
Winter by Alexa Riley
Summary:Fiona Lamb has lost everything, and her only option is to work for a reclusive billionaire to get back the one thing that’s most important to her.
Reid Gold has been cursed. He’s the alpha shifter, but he’s unable to change into his wolf and lead his pack. But one scent of his mate and everything changes.
No Character Backstory Development
Not invested in this story whatsoever.
Truly shows why I can’t stand the InstaLove trope while being a complete sucker for Enemies to Friends
This probably would have gotten five stars if wasn’t for the freaking insta love and had a plot with interesting character development. I mean they barely knew each other names before they are jump each other bones like they are going to die if they don’t fuck. It’s not really a BATB retelling to me cause in BATB. the beauty got to know the beast as a person before she fell in love with him. To see what truly lies beneath the monstrous surface. Like actually spending like a couple days,weeks or months getting to interact with him. In this, she didn’t know him for a good five fucking min before she was completely in love with him and want to have his babies. It exposes why I really have a love /hate realtionship with the mates thing because you have a overbearing possessive dude that only things about one thing only. The mates thing only does well to me if it ‘s not reveal they are Mates or Soul Mates AFTER they gotten to know each other and start to fall for other. It shows that it’s just an added bonus and not the only requirement. The only reason it’s getting two cause the smut was well written which was the only good thing about it which is honestly sad if you think about it.Such a disappointment. I don’t I’m going to try nothing else from this author.
The whole series gets a 3.5 stars due to the following things.
- Autumn was the ONLY one where the beast in the story was not a wolf so it gets points for being original.
- Autumn was the only one that I actually liked both the MC’s and wanted to know more of.
- Spring had potential to being very good if they were strangers and not childhood friends. Also if his beast form was not a wolf but another mythical creature.
- Spring and Autumn are the only two I felt that the MC’s had an connection and actually interacted before jumping each other bones.
- Spring and Autumn are the only two that I felt were actually BATB retellings.
- Winter and Summer was completely instalove with no built up but pure sex.
- Winter and Summer Alpha wolves who can’t keep their Lidio in check for two seconds to ask the MC name.
- Winter and Summer are the reasons why I understand where a lot of people can’t stand the mating trope.
So I would recommend reading Autumn by Ruby Dixon and Spring by Kati Wilde cause they are honestly the best two. You can read the other two if you want pure sex and want to smack the MC’s.