Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty

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Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Title:Cruel Beauty
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062224736
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    Cruel Beauty Reviews

  • Emily May

    Well, I thought this was wonderful.What is Cruel Beauty?• It's a gorgeously written blend of Beauty and the Beast retelling and Greek mythology.• It's at once a powerful, wonderful, heart-breaking...

  • Kat Kennedy

    I don’t know if Cruel Beauty truly deserved five stars on merit but goddamnit I’m awarding it all the points for enjoyability. All of them. I loved the hell out of this story. The passion. The int...

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    If one of us had to die, it ought to be the one with poison in her heart. Actual rating: 3.5Maybe it's just me, but I've rarely encountered a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I haven't l...

  • karen

    For one moment, I felt like a river running down to his ocean.i feel like i need to drop a few lines here about what, precisely, i felt was lacking in this story. i so rarely throw down a fewer-than-t...

  • Whitney Atkinson

    I loved the first 100 pages of this book so much that i was 99% sure it'd be a 4 or 5 star book. I loved the writing and the main character's sass, and the "Dark Lord" or whatever his title is was REA...

  • jessica

    huh. im really quite shocked. this is the first ‘beauty and the beast’ retelling that i havent enjoyed. ive read and loved so many, so for me to not click with this is a major disappointment. i ap...

  • Steph Sinclair

    I have to give the narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden, some credit here. She tried. She really, really tried to salvage this book by giving the main character tons of personality, but not even she could c...

  • Val ?? Shameless Handmaiden ??

    3.25 - 3.5 StarsLast night I got a bee up my ass and decided to count and see how many unread physical books I have on my home library shelves...and let’s just say the number was pretty shameful. Th...

  • enqi ?

    They said that love was terrifying and tender, wild and sweet, and none of it made any sense. But now I knew that every mad word was true. For Ignifex was still himself, still mocking and wild and i...

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    *Reread...um, I was going to add something but I forgot! 🤨 The Audio is great though! When I first started the book I was disappointed and thought I would not like it because it seemed to drag for ...