Review: Monster Among the Roses by Linda Kage (Fairy Tale Quartet #1)


“Do you know how to get to the rose garden?”

“No, you can’t go there. A monster lives there.”

Shaw Hollander is desperate.

Broke, unemployed, and determined to help his ailing mother, he falls on the good graces of a wealthy benefactor who is willing to give Shaw a job at his mansion in order to pay off his mother’s debts. Suddenly finding himself surrounded by lavish riches, he has no idea what his duties truly entail until he’s sent to the rose garden and meets the tragically mutilated Isobel.

This Beauty and the Beast story holds true to the core of the fable while shaking off the element of fantasy and dragging it into present day reality. Shaw and Isobel are ready to let you climb into their four-wheel-drive pickup and take a ride with them into their version of happily ever after, but only if you first dare to gaze upon the monster among the roses.




Goodness gracious, y’all! My heart melted like an ice cube in the Sahara desert while reading this lovely book. Linda Kage is my go-to when I need a sweet, drama-free romance but this one is a step above the rest. Not only is it sweet and drama-free, it is a modern retelling of my all-time favorite fairy tale with a refreshing twist.

Shaw is the “Belle” in this story. He makes a deal with Isobel’s father in order to save his mother from all of her debts and that’s how he ends up working in his mansion and meeting Isobel. Isobel was severely injured in a fire—a fire that took her mother’s life and she blames herself for—when she was a teenager and as a result half of her face is now very scarred. A part of Isobel died in the fire and since then she has been a shell of the person she used to be. She hasn’t left her home in years and the only thing her father wanted was for someone to make her feel again. He didn’t expect for Shaw and Isobel to fall for each other. Or maybe he did…

It is impossible for me to express how freaking much I loved this story and its characters. I’ve been trying to put my feelings into words for the past couple of hours but all I want to say is “THIS BOOK IS GREAT. GO READ IT!”. Beauty and The Beast is and will forever be one of my favorite stories and Linda did an amazing job at retelling that story in a modern setting. The pacing is perfection, the setting is dreamlike, the romance is butterflies-in-stomach inducing, it has the right amount of sexiness and the characters are so freaking adorable.

Shaw is the loveliest guy ever. The entire book is written from his point of view and UGH! It is impossible not to fall for him when you can clearly see (read) he has such a pure heart and he only has his mother and Isobel’s best interests in his mind. He often has an innocent aura about him that is just adorable and he also has another confident and sexy side that is irresistible. Best of both worlds if you ask me!

I recommend this fantastic book to all of my fellow hopeless romantics. It is going to make you feel giddy from the love and you are going to become a fan of Linda’s stories in an instant. I can’t wait for the next book in the Fairy Tales Quartet and I bet y’all will share my excitement after you read this book.


5 / 5 flowers


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