• The Beauty Within

  • By: H.L Day
  • Narrated by: Jake Whalley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+, Romance
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

"You will be trapped in stone forevermore, your beauty hidden by a façade so ugly that people will not like to look upon it. You will feel, but you will not be able to speak. You will hear, but you will not be able to communicate. You will endure across the ages, a silent witness to the decades that go by".

François Damont’s only crime was loving the son of a witch in a time when it wasn’t permitted. For that sin, he’s been cursed to spend eternity locked inside the body of a gargoyle. A chance to break the curse comes only once every 25 years, lasting for no longer than 28 days. He’s been unsuccessful for hundreds of years. Why would this time be any different?

History lecturer Daniel Smith is still reeling from a broken marriage when he stumbles across a mysterious man. Frankie might be hiding something, but the connection between them is too strong to ignore. Can he unlock the mystery before it’s too late?

Strange dreams. Dark forces. People who may not be what they seem. Time is not the only thing against them. And perhaps Daniel knows more than he thinks he does

A sweet MM paranormal romance featuring magic, witches, and a relationship that might just be able to endure anything.

©2021 H.L Day (P)2021 H.L Day

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good / different

nice romance, Jake W. is new to me, I enjoyed him and the story alot.

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Beautiful Love Story

I enjoyed this story very much. It is a beautifully written tale of love, magic, curse and hope all intertwined and lasting through lifetimes. I liked all main and supporting characters, each had an interesting role to play, and I was on the edge of my seat following the unfolding of events, especially during last chapters. Narrator did a good job with the story, voices, and accents. Overall this was a perfect listening experience.

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So lovely!

I loved this sweet fairytale. There’s everything to love for a dreamer like me. A forbidden love, a curse, witches and a love so pure that can break the spell. The story is so well written it would have been great on its own, but is even more masterfully performed by the very talented Jake Whaley, who really added magic to magic!

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beautiful!

This was hauntingly beautiful! The story was unique and really well written! I love gargoyle stories and this one definitely hit all my buttons. Loved Francois and Daniel! It felt so raw and realistic. Jake Whalley is a new to me narrator, he did a great job!!

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So sweet!

A short story but a really good listen. Sweet characters, and not too much fluff made me need to know how it would turn out. A good purchase!

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Awesome

Great book, kept my attention all the way to the end, amazing audio delivery, loved it. Will be reading again, every chapter was received amazingly do recommend you give it a read.

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Gargoyle in love

This was a new-to-me narrator telling a dark story by an author I like. He does a great job bringing the characters to life.
After a slow introduction to the characters, I was gripped by the tale of two lovers separated by hatred and dark magic. An excellent tale of cursed love. Highly recommended as there is a HEA to be found in the end.

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A Maz Ing!!!

Absolutely fantastic story and performance! I want more - of BOTH! This timeless-eternal love story is one for the ages, so much passion, heart, angst, OMG It was everything I didn't know I needed but desperately crave now. Excellent narration - I want more of this narrator too! So good, pacing, characters, personalities, emotions, This one surprised me in all the best ways. Let it surprise you too. Great!

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Wonderful!

I absolutely adored this sweet story about a gargoyle and his History teacher. The characters were wonderful and very well developed, the world building was great, the first person POVs really added depth to the story, and the magic just made everything come together.

I can't really say too much without spoilers, but there's so much I want to say! The love between François and Daniel is timeless. It's immediate and immense, and seems too much too soon. Both men have been hurt and are scared, but although obstacles are showing up often, they both hold tight to the hope and belief that this is the real thing.

With Daniel's love, devotion, and unfamiliar need to protect his lover, a veil is lifted, and François finally finds his very happiest of happily ever afters. I want to go on and on because apparently I'm a huge fangirl of this story, but I already feel I've said too much. But I absolutely loved the twist in their romance the most. I'll stop now.

This narrator is new to me, but I really enjoyed the performance. Reading the book was wonderful, and hearing it brought to life with the accents and emotions was a joy. The pacing and nuances are well done, and the characters have their own unique voices. Truly a pleasure!

I received a free copy of this audiobook and I am leaving my honest opinion.

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Beautiful story

Beautiful story and wonderful narrator, ive never heard this narrator before and im glad i gave it a try , well worth it

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  • Lesetiger
  • 01-02-22

A beautiful love story

This is my second book by H.L. Day and I was already very excited. The blurb sounded interesting and so was the story. I liked the writing style of H.L. Day, it is easy and light and after a few minutes of listening you are already at the side of François and Estienne. The two make love at a time when it was forbidden. Much to their misfortune, they are discovered by Estienne's mother, a witch. She has nothing better to do than to turn François into a gargoyle and put a curse on him.
Daniel's marriage is broken and when suddenly Frankie stands before him, he feels a certain connection. Despite his friend's warning, Daniel takes Frankie home with him. The chemistry sizzles between the two and I was excited to follow their development.

I have to say that Daniel and Frankie captured my heart. The story is unique and the end I had not foreseen. My heart bled for François, as he has to spend hundreds of years as an ugly gargoyle. But Daniel and Frankie are so sweet together that I was trembling to see what would happen when Frankie's time was up.

I really liked the mix of love story with fantasy parts. A really sweet fairy tale that invites you to dream and switch off from everyday life.

The narrator Jake Whalley is new to me and he did a really good job. I liked how he spoke the different accents. Also, you could always hear which character he was speaking. His narration pace was also great and with his pleasant voice he made this book a perfect listening experience.

I am already looking forward to more books by this author.

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  • MrsOls
  • 03-08-22

Loved it from the start

A story about witchcraft and love as a curse breaker in a mundane world. Sweetness, action and some twists to make it interesting.

And all cred to Jake Whalley who did a fantastic job with the characters. I think he was absolutely perfect for this book. Loved it!

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 01-14-22

An Eternal Love.

MM, Paranormal, Magic, Witches, Romance. A sweet and emotional story that enthralled me from within the first few minutes, I found myself calling out advice to Francois (almost like I was in the audience at a Panto!) A beautiful and well written story that I found difficult to stop listening to, I enjoyed it so much. Non stop action and drama throughout and a healthy dose of fear and dread at times as well as love, a pure never ending love. Fantastic narration from Jake Whalley.

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  • RjS
  • 01-04-22

Enjoyable listening

I think the narrator enjoyed doing the different voices for this audiobook. His choices delineated the characters clearly and the story was easy to follow. I enjoyed the twists in the tale.

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  • sassaby
  • 12-14-21

New author to watch out for.

I really enjoyed the story. I got the twist early on but it didn't detract from the story. Loved Frankie but wish Daniel had a bit more about him.

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  • Belinda Zamora
  • 12-11-21

Very apt title

I truly love this author's writing style.
She has the ability to make you fall in love with her characters.
Frankie's story is one of suffering and love betrayed.
As he gets to know Daniel he begins to hope once again for his freedom from a horrible curse.
There was something so utterly sweet about these two men and yet at the same time the chemistry between them was sizzling.
Ultimately a tale of seeing beyond the surface to true beauty within, the soul.
Jake Whalley is new to me and I can definitely say I will be on the lookout for more from him.