I love the beauty and the beast trope. Something about a scarred, tortured hero and the woman who makes him feel whole. I also am always quite intrigued by Skye Warren’s voice. She usually writes very dark erotica, but this series is lighter. This will be a four book series, but I’ve only read the first two. I believe book three releases this week.
First let me say these are VERY short. Beauty Touched the Beast is less than 30 pages I believe. I read it long ago when it was a free read on Amazon (it still is) , and when I heard she was going to continue their story, I was intrigued enough to read. Book two felt a tiny bit a longer, but again, very short.
Blake went to war and came home a scarred man, with half of his face very disfigured. He rarely leaves his house, only using his great intellect to debate topics that interest him with other people over the internet. Erin has been his housekeeper for some time and they both secretly have crushes on the other. One day, Erin walks into his house and catches Blake pleasuring himself, calling out her name when he finishes. He realizes she is there and awkwardness ensues, until Erin admits she wants him too.
This is a very erotic short story. Even though we spend a short amount of time with these two, I really like Erin and Blake. It kind of annoyed me that they proclaim love at the end of this story, but I like Erin’s forwardness and Blake’s hesitation in the relationship.
Beneath the Beauty starts a few weeks later. Blake reluctantly accepts a professorship at the college that Erin attends. We start to dive more into their backgrounds all the while Blake still deals with his scars and Erin deals with her family. Some drama is introduced when a past lover of Blake’s shows up.
The erotic nature of the story continues with some really hot scenes, especially when they play professor and student. I’ll read the next the two to finish out their story. It slightly kills me that these are so short because I think the potential to write a dark, extremely emotional story between these two are there. But at 30 pages a pop, it’s not enough time.
Since it is Smex Scene Sunday – I’ll leave you with this *grins*
“I’m so upset about getting a B, Professor Morris. I’m really an A-plus kind of student.” Of course it was all a game. This wasn’t reality; it was a sex world, a pretend place of security and wholeness.
She continued, “Is there anything I can do to convince you? I’m really quite diligent when I put my mind to the task.”
His eyes were slits, his upper lip lifted in a snarl of arousal. It was scary, and that excited her. She wasn’t frightened of him. His expression was feral because his lust was wild. Underneath, the man was gentle. Exceedingly kind. In fact, she’d thought he wouldn’t play along. That he wouldn’t be comfortable playing the role she’d cast him into. But she should have known better than to doubt him. He had never disappointed her yet.
“I’m sure I can think of some extra credit work for you to do.” His hand pressed gently behind her neck, urging her forward, closer, until she could smell the faint salty musk.
“I don’t know what you want me to do,” she said breathlessly, wanting him to use those dirty words she so enjoyed.
He brought his thumb to her lips, rubbing across them in a way that heightened every nerve in her body. “A good student must apply herself,” he said, his voice gravelly and thick with need. “Do you understand what I’m saying?”
“Won’t you give me instructions?” she whispered.
“Lick it. Here.” Guiding himself with one hand, he placed the soft, slippery skin at the tip against her lips. Tentatively, she licked. Outwardly she played the innocent, but inside she reveled in the salty-sex flavor of his passion.
Obliging him and taking it farther, she licked the tender slit again and again. His breath hitched sweetly at each slide of her tongue, but soon he moved on, directing her to lick and suck all over the broad head of his cock, down the underside.
He tapped her bottom lip. “Open.”