When it comes to retellings, I find that I either love or hate them. However, in the case of Bonded by Thorns by Elizabeth Helen, I found myself so enraptured by the story I forgot the world of reality existed, much like the main character, Rosalina. This tale is an imaginative retelling of a tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast, and is perfection!
I found the book through the author posting about it on TikTok and knew I immediately had to read it. From page one, I was sucked in! I felt like Bella from Twilight mixed with Belle from the classic tale. It was enchanting. That was until we got to meet the beasts, the four princes. I can not tell you which one I love more. Keldarion is broody and stubborn, like the classic beast. Farron is sweet and kind of nerdy but everything you could want, like a beastly Daniel Jackson from SG-1. Dayton is dreamy and charming, like Fennick from The Hunger Games. Finally, Ezryn is mysteriously handsome, like Mando from the Mandalorian. I loved them all. They enthralled me, each in their own way perfectly!
This enchanted tale is one of the best books I have ever read!
Regarding the spice of the book, it was a slow burn in parts and HOT as hell in others! Some scenes left me begging for more but yet enjoying every tantalizing sizzle! If I could give this book a rating, it wouldn’t be five stars… it would be a thousand! It has stolen my heart and replaced my all-time favorite book, Blood and Chocolate, which has held the title for almost two decades! My only critique of this book is that it ends on a cliffhanger, and book two is not available until June 13th, 2023, for my immediate consumption! It is, however, available for pre-order, and I have already pre-ordered my copy!
I loved everything about this book and can not wait for book two! I highly recommend this book to all fiction lovers!
Four beastly princes. One awkward bookworm. An enchanted world of fae, magic, and danger.
I’ve always loved fairytales. I never imagined I’d actually be in one.
When my father wanders into the enchanted realm of the fae, I know I have to go after him. And when he gets imprisoned, I’ll do anything to save him… Even trade my freedom for his. I had no idea I’d end up imprisoned by four sexy fae who turn into beasts at night.
I have to win my freedom, and that means making a bargain with them. They must find their mates in order to break the curse. If I can help them do that, they’ll set me free. Sounds simple, right?
It’s not. Because against my better judgment, I’m starting to fall for these beastly princes. One is smart and sweet, the other mysterious and deadly, another flirty and confident, and the last prince… He’s handsome, strong, has a wicked temper, and is dead-set against breaking the curse. Why does he want to keep me here forever?
But it’s not just my freedom on the line. If I don’t break the princes’ curse soon, all the magic in the Enchanted Vale will be stolen by the evil—and stupidly hot—Prince of Thorns. And I’m not letting my princes stay cursed.
Not after I’ve fallen in love with them.
BONDED BY THORNS is a steamy adult Beauty and the Beast retelling set in a fantasy fae realm. In this version, our beautiful bookworm doesn’t have to choose between the four sexy fae princes. It is a full-length novel that ends on a cliffhanger. It includes MF and MM content. It is intended for mature readers only.