THE GENTLE BEAST
When independent-minded Callista Raleigh discovers that someone is trying to ruin her father, her life is thrown into turmoil. Callista knows it has something to do with her father's past and a fabulous yellow rose diamond. But she doesn't understand who or what the masked "beast" wants.
Drake Herrick has waited a lifetime for his revenge against Raleigh. And now the opportunity is at hand, but he never expects to hunger for Callista as much as he wants to quench his thirst for revenge. She is nothing like he imagined and much more than he expects.
Callista will do whatever she must to protect her father, even sacrifice herself to Drake. But as she gets to know and understand "The Beast" she comes to love him and eventually will risk all to claim his love, vanquish a handsome enemy and erase past mistakes.
Engrossing, and filled with sexual tension, intrigue and passion, THE GENTLE BEAST is a highly original and enjoyable Beauty and the Beast. Colleen Shannon has infused her tale with all the drama, excitement and mystery of the classic and added her own magical style, turning this into a wondrous tale to be cherished. SENSUAL (Oct., 400 pp., $5.99)