Boredom can be a dangerous thing. Lord Bastien Sauvage has been driven nearly out of his mind with it, retired to his castle in the country. By now, he is willing to agree to anything for some entertainment, no matter how ridiculous it may seem. With his trusted friend at his side, there is no mischief they can’t get into, or trouble they can’t get out of. The world is theirs for the taking.

But on a night made dark with powers beyond comprehension, all it takes is one choice, one turn of a card, to change Bastien’s fate forever. He should have heeded the hag’s warning. Now it’s too late. Seduced by the Faery princess, haunted by dreams of a woman he can never have, Bastien discovers that there are things in this world far worse than boredom. History is penned in a human hand. Legend carries on the wicked whisper of a Faery wind. This is the story of Beauty’s Beast—told his way.

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From Alianne:

“Prince Bastien is one of those characters you hate to love and love to hate. He came out of nowhere, took over my mind, and like the royal bastard he is, demanded his story be told. In truth, I was (and still am) totally fascinated by him. Yes, he is gorgeous physically, but on the inside, he is anything but. But to me, his flaws and character failings make him human. And despite all the horrible things he says and does, every once in a while he’ll tip his cards, and I’ll see the aching loneliness in him.”

Favorite Scene: Beauty’s portrait.