While this is, I believe, a bit mature for younger readers, I found the story to be well written and very different from other Beauty and the Beast style novels I have read previously. As a free e-book, I was pleasantly surprised by the complexly woven details. The heroine is a very strong and independent young woman, living in abject poverty and struggling everyday to make ends meet along with her father and two very annoyingly self-centered sisters. All the while she is fending off the unwanted and sometimes violent advances of the men in her village. The ‘hero’ is a very hedonistic man, cursed to a beastly existence to atone for a life of debauchery which led to a corrupt and unjust element to infiltrate the lands he should have been protecting. In this first novel, he showed absolutely no signs of reform but evidently had formed a grudging affection for the fearless young beauty. This did end on a cliffhanger that drove me mad from wanting to find out what happened next. I luckily was able to get the two following books from a friend. It was definitely worth reading the series to it’s very satisfying end.