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


“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.


This was such a wonderful read! I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

Shaw Hollander has no other choice than to seek help from Henry Nash, a powerful and wealthy man. His mother has lost their bakery, and is now bankrupt and has accumulated so much debt. This is Shaw’s last chance to help his mother, so when Henry Nash agrees to Shaw’s proposal, he can’t help but feel relieved and immensely grateful.

I was shocked that this entire book was only in Shaw’s POV. I think it would have been great if I got to read some chapters in Isobel’s POV, so that I could swoon with her. Shaw was such a great guy. He treated Isobel like she was a normal person. He laughed and fought with her just like he would any other girl. I did understand some of his concerns with their relationship. One of them him being extremely poor compared to her being extremely rich. This novel was really refreshing, and I extremely enjoyed reading Isobel and Shaw’s journey.


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