Bargain With The Beast by Naima Simone

Bargain With The Beast by Naima Simone
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (96 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

In a last-ditch attempt to save her beloved community center, Gwendolyn Sinclair corners childhood friend Xavier St. James, brother of her dead fiancé…and the man who secretly owns her heart. Surely his wealth and contacts can save the run-down building from ruin. The arrangement he proposes confirms what she’s long suspected. He’s become a beast, and he offers a beast’s bargain, one that offends her pride even as it stirs her every desire and titillating fantasy—submit her body to his whim for seven days and the community center remains open.

Losing both his father and brother has left Xavier scarred in more ways than one, but forbidden lust overrules conscience when Gwendolyn appears, asking for help. He’s craved her for years. At last he’ll discover if the passion in her eyes blazes just as hot between the sheets. Her fiery surrender leaves him hungering for more, but their bargain is only for seven days and, ultimately, she could never truly love a beast.

Gwendolyn Sinclair watched as Xavier St James purposely made the couple standing in front of him uncomfortable. She couldn’t reconcile the person he was now to the person he had once been. However, she still needed him and was determined to get his help.

Xavier St James had lost a lot, the deaths of his father and brother as well as his accident made him bitter. Was there hope for him and how did Gwendolyn the ex-fiancé of his brother fit into it?

From the first page of Bargain with the Beast I knew that I had read this story before so I checked my kindle and found that I had indeed read this. It had been released a few years ago under the title of Loving the Beast, which was part of the Fairy tales Unleashed Series.

Knowing this however did not take away from the beauty of the story, these two characters were the kind that a reader could identify with and feel empathy for. Xavier with all the pain he held inside him and Gwendolyn with the guilt she felt came together and managed to heal one another.

This story kept the reader’s interest from beginning to end, with all the conflict between these two characters this reader knew that they would eventually come together but they had to work for it. All the background information on the characters helped the reader to truly understand why they acted the way they did.

Once again, Naima Simone delivered a touching, erotic, and loving story of two people who were meant to be together. This is her ‘adult’ take on the classic story of Beauty and the Beast, and even though I had read this previously, it was still an enjoyable ride. Whether it’s under Loving the Beast or Bargain with the Beast this is one story worth reading.

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