• Curse of the Wolf King

  • A Beauty and the Beast Retelling (Entangled with Fae)
  • By: Tessonja Odette
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A beastly fae king with a deadly curse.

A devious bargain to break it...

All Gemma Bellefleur wants is to leave her past behind and forget the day scandal broke her heart. But when she’s captured by a trickster fae king who threatens to hold her for ransom, she’ll find herself at the top of the gossip column yet again.

Unless...

Plagued by a curse that will soon claim his life, the human-hating King Elliot will do anything to save himself. And if Gemma can use that to her advantage, she might be able to bargain her way to freedom. All she has to do is help him break his curse.

There’s just one hitch - to do so, they’ll have to trick someone into falling in love with the beastly, brooding Elliot.

With a devious alliance made, their scheme begins, bringing Gemma and Elliot into very close quarters. Soon, an unexpected desire stirs where once there was only hate. But Gemma must fight it. For when the curse is broken, Elliot will return to his true form - a wolf - and be lost to her for good.

Can Gemma sacrifice her budding feelings to save the king’s life? Or will love force her to give up something even greater...her heart?

ACOTAR meets Bridgerton in this stand-alone fairy-tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast. If you like slow-burn romance, wolf shifters, and brooding fae royals, then you’ll love this swoon-worthy story in the Entangled with Fae series.

Note: This book is upper YA/NA featuring mature situations and some adult language. The romance is slow burn but leads to moderate steam.

Curse of the Wolf King is a complete stand-alone novel set in the same world as The Fair Isle Trilogy. Journey back to Faerwyvae or begin your adventure for the first time with this enchanting tale. Each book in the Entangled with Fae series can be listened to on its own and in any order. Happily ever after guaranteed!

©2021 Tessonja Odette (P)2021 Tessonja Odette

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New favorite Beauty and the Beast fairy tale retelling

Curse of the Wolf King is advertised as Beauty and the Beast meets Bridgerton and I totally agree!

It was so good! The narrator is fabulous, the humor and banter are on point, the characters are realistic and lovable, the romance and tension develop slowly but not too slowly, and it has everything I love: fae, royal courts, a strong and relatable female lead, and a swoon-worthy male lead who has depth and isn’t perfect.

I could not pause it I just wanted to keep listening for hours!

If the idea of a Belle-esque character who loves romance novels, has a gossip scandal haunting her in a time period similar to Bridgerton, and is financially savvy sounds interesting to you, you'll love Curse of the Wolf King.

I have listened to another audiobook by Caitlin Davies in the past (The Shadows Between Us) and I didn't enjoy her as a narrator for that one. But, now I'm thinking it was just that story I didn't enjoy because I LOVED her narration in Curse of the Wolf King. OR it was her narration combined with the hilarious character banter Tessonja is so good at writing. Either way, it was really good and we even briefly meet a character who will be in the next one (Heart of the Raven Prince) which is a Cinderella retelling. I can't wait for it!

Tessonja is a new favorite author and I can't wait to read all her books.

I received a review copy of this audiobook free of charge from the author- Tessonja Odette. It was my choice to read/listen and I'm leaving this review voluntarily.

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Surprising Twists

Surprising twists on a classic fairytale that will leave you applauding and begging for more! What's more captivating than an old favorite reimagined but told around a curse in the Winter Court in Faerwyvae!? There is just something so spectacular about selfless love and I was on the edge of my seat until the very end, to see if these vastly different characters could make the ultimate sacrifice.

Gemma is stuck in her life. She desperately wants to move forward and leave her heartaching past behind her. But it seems as if she's determined to never achieve that happily ever after. In much of this Gemma dwells in her mind, in her anxiety and watching her let it go, well it's truly amazing! Her choosing her own path with selfless love, it's an incredible feat that I wasn't sure she could reach. Understandably, she guarded her heart and while there's nothing wrong with that, she lost so much of her own coveted freedom because of it.

Elliot, he's truly one grumbley dude who is both hilarious and possess one tortured soul. He is haunted by a past he can't quite recall and sets out to break his curse but not in a practical manner. He doesn't understand humanity and needs Gemma to pave his path forward. He doesn't want the help, but accepts the bargain Gemma offers nonetheless. Along the way, his heart softens and he lives and loves and changes.

This is a beautiful standalone about self discovery and finding the joy in life when everything has been stripped from you. It's a love story not only between two engaging characters, but the love they discover for others. The understanding and acceptance that loving with their whole being makes you vulnerable, but also brings fulfillment and purpose that only loving can bring.

Bravo to Ms. Odette for writing this unputdownable retelling that will leave you clutching this beautiful book to your heart and wiping away a happy tear or two.

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Fine story but with its distractions

There are info dumpy parts in this that are unbelievably boring. They aren’t overly long usually but they exist. Predictable but I don’t mind predictable romance. It’s worth a read/listen but wasn’t great.
The narrator was alright but at times suddenly sounds like she’s doing a Jennifer Coolidge impersonation out of nowhere and it was so distracting to me once I heard it lol.

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I couldnt put it down

I love a good beauty and the beast retelling and i have found another amazing one, it caught my heart in a loop, i laughed and awed aloud several times through the wonderful story and it has me enchanted with the idea of someone who will tell me that i make them feel the way books do. I recommend this to everyone that loves a good fantasy romance

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great retelling

this was a very fun read on a retake of beauty and the beast and the narrator Caitlin Davies amazing

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A beautiful retelling

I am not one who likes to read re-tellings, especially ones that have been done over and over again.
But this did not dissappoint what so ever! Caitlin Davies performed wonderfully! I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good story, and the fae.

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Beautiful story

I fell in love with this story since the beginning. I couldn’t stop reading/listening until I was done. For the ones that have read The Fair Isle trilogy it’s even better. I got glimpses of what our beloved characters from that series are up to nowadays but is not necessary to read that series before in order to understand this masterpiece. Gemma is such a beautiful character and Elliott was surprisingly funny and easy to fall in love with.

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Allll the feels

The reader is excellent.. she speaks very clearly, and you can easily tell each character apart due to her voices for each of them (varying between old and young ages as well as males and females). She also exerts emotions so well in her reading. This was a lovely listening experience that I finished in one day.. a totally new record for me!
The story itself gave me allll the feels on the incredible and emotional journey all the characters go through. Thank goodness for happy endings!

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This book is a hot mess

The storyline is all over the place, it's a re-telling of beauty and the beast but ugh! I read so many better re-tellings that were much better. Anything by Robin McKinley. If u have no expectations of a good book, this is passable.

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Loved the story and the narration

This was one of the most unique takes on Beauty and the Beast I've ever read and I loved every minute of it. And the narration was perfection, drawing me in right from the start.

It starts off with the king's laughable attempts at tricking Gemma into breaking his curse. And the fascinating take on this tale was that the king's HUMAN form was the beast, the hideous form he detests so much. His true form is his Unseelie form as a wolf, but he can't be a full wolf until the curse is broken.

I also loved that it was Gemma's idea to stay with him in order to be free of society's expectations of her. In the Beauty and the Beast tale, I always hated how passive a character Belle was. She was forced to live with the Beast and the plot just dies when she stops trying to leave.

Well, not in this story. Gemma is very proactive playing matchmaker as she tries to find the king a bride so his curse can be broken. And, of course, they fall for each other in the process. This book is described as ACOTAR meets Bridgerton, and that fits the story perfectly.

Absolutely delightful, and with a tiny bit of steam as well. I did think Gemma's misunderstanding at the end was a little dumb and she should've figured it out sooner, but it made sense given all that she'd been through.

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  • 08-17-21

Such an easy, light heart read

Loved this. So funny, clever and light hearted. Easy to read and a satisfying plot. Excited to read all of this author’s books after this :)

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  • 12-12-21

finished...but not impressed

predictable storyline. female character out of time with her behaviour and narrators voice for female lead was irritating.