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“They want to destroy me. Use me. And they have no souls.”
Cast out of her village. Left as a sacrifice on the doorstep of a mysterious castle. Fighting to survive. Marea Belle’s only sanctuary is a mysterious mirror-world buried deep within the castle, where she falls for two men. But when their darkest secrets are revealed, how can she ever hope to redeem them?
This 60,000-word novel is a dark why choose fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The protagonists are the villains. The heroine endures much suffering. If you like your HEAs to come at a great price, this series is for you.
Formerly published as The Belle Jar.
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The brute’s muscles actually rippled as he carried her to the stairwell. Marea’s stomach flip-flopped at the idea of being put back in a bell jar. What sort of magic was that, anyway? She’d never seen anything comparable.
In the half-light of the experiment room, Marea saw only glimpses of the items in the room, visual rumors of the things to come. There was a flash of reflected light on a ladder of metal which could only be a chain. A few spindles of wood standing to attention above something indiscernible in the dimness; were they for a rack or something else? The smell was also very telling. Rust and perhaps seawater. Unmistakably blood, although whether it was animal or human, she didn’t know.
The beast was joined by the other one. Marea tried very hard to remain calm as they laid her down on a big wheel. While one man bound her wrists with thick leather straps, the other bound her ankles. The thin spindles of the wheel were uncomfortable to lay on, and she already wished this was over.
“You brought the spark wand?” Coal asked. Brendan nodded and pulled out a long thin stick with a beautiful hexagonal crystal set into the top. Marea wasn’t sure if she imagined it, but there seemed to be tiny bolts of lightning moving through the crystal. What was it for?
“Stupid girl,” Coal began. “The only way you can leave is if you surrender your soul to us.
About Aria Adams
Aria is an author of dark erotic romance that dances on the boundary between horror and romance. Her heroes are not always immediately obvious, and neither are the villains. Her books often have elements of horror, and the characters at the end of a story are forever changed by the events that befell them. But she always makes sure there’s a happy ending, even if the characters have to work for it.
Aria also writes the warm fuzzy romance stuff as Katie Douglas, where she has had USA Today and multiple Number One bestselling books in the US and worldwide.
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