An erotic retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Depravity’ proved to be far more engaging than I had anticipated. I really enjoyed the way this author changed the story up enough to make it stand out from the rest. You could definitely see the inspiration from the classic story, but the characters and unique details separated this retelling from many others.
As I listened to the audiobook, I found myself swept up in Benella’s day to day life. She was a fabulous heroine and easy to love. Her existence was bleak, but she managed to be the bright part of everyone’s day. Everyone seemed to feed off of her goodness and I wanted her to be rescued from her dire situation.
Although a bit gruff, I found the Beast to be likable right from the start. Sure, he was rough around the edges, but everything he did was to save Benella. Time and time again, he came to her rescue. At times, I was even frustrated with her for failing to fully appreciate everything that he did for her.
My biggest complaint with this story is that it is only part of the story. I didn’t realize this when I purchased the audiobook and am a little peeved, mostly with myself for not figuring this out beforehand. ‘Depravity’ ends with Benella agreeing to stay with the Beast.
If you’re familiar with the classic, which I’m sure practically everybody is, you know that this is pretty early-on in the scheme of things. At this rate, I might have to read 2-4 more books before I ever get to any action between Benella and the Beast. That is quite a while to wait.
However, I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The narration was great and it was a joy to listen to. I’m sure I will be buying the remaining books in no time to finish this story out. As far as classic retellings go, this was superb. I just wanted more.