This was an interesting take on Beauty and the Beast. The characters are a tormented lot but very vividly written characters. It was a nicely written book that has most of the elements of the beloved fairytale but in my opinion, Beauty as represented in this book may be my all time favorite from all the retellings I've read. She doesn't sit on the sidelines, that's for sure! And the Beast, well, that was quite the curve ball that was a great touch. Overall, a wonderful read! I can't wait to read the next one.This book does have some sexual tension and a sex scene.