Belleza and the Brute by Jane Matisse
Belleza and the Brute by Jane Matisse was a okay read that was for me, not so much a hit or miss.. just okay.
My first read by this author, I was taken in by the title and the whole, Beauty and The Beat (my fav fairy tale), modern retelling or rather remodelling. I have to say, there are just as much I like about this book, as I don't.
I liked the overall story and the outline has lot of promise, but this book is loaded with tropes, cliché, and it fell victim to trying to make it original, but didn't quite know how to brake from the source material. It was a honest to goodness try, but I had a major problem with the Male MC aka the brute/beast. It unlike the source material, the best changes, slowly and in truth was never a bad character; this can also sort of be side for Tristan.. but, he never fully got there. I get it, he past was down right horrible.... but for him to have never really put his dead wife behind him and fully, truly commit to Elena.. takes away from the magic that is Beauty and the Beast.
There are a few others things that put me off, but that has to do with personal opinions.. and in truth I'm sure others would much enjoy. So I'm not going to dock points for that. Now on to the good.
The writing was soil, and the flow was nice and smooth. The story its had a nice tone, and really pulled you into the world that Jane Matisse crated. Elena was a great character, and she really did reminded me of Belle, maybe a bit more shy, but I liked her as a female MC. She has a heart of gold, and in truth is a bit to good for Tristan. But towards the end I did warm up to them as a couple, even if I feel like, their happy ever after, is going to be a rocky one.. but again that's whats makes it all the more believable and realistic.
Overall, I did enjoy this book, as far as a retelling.. it was more, as I said, a remodelling. So please take my recommendation that you will find the story you love, mixed with the dark realities of the real world.