Steampunk, Burlesque, Secret Agent Re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast—are you intrigued yet? “Beauty” has been replaced with grad-student-burlesque-dancer Jolie Benoit and the “beast” is secret agent/former soldier Wesley “Hauk” Haukon, who was horrifically burned and scarred. But even that description doesn’t begin to explain how great this series has turned out to be.
Jax Garren is able to fold in socio-political commentary, an electric attraction, and magical elements into this reimagination with an effortlessness that belies the skill with which it is done. With that being said, I have the top reasons why Jax Garren needs to be added to you TBR pile…now!
Jolie <3s Hauk 4ever and so do I:
Hauk is one of my favorite book boyfriends and I might even ask him to go steady. He’s rough looking, unapologetic, raw, but fundamentally gentle, kind, sensitive and one of the most human portrayals of a damaged hero as I’ve ever seen in romance. Hauk isn’t much to look at; he was burned over 82% of his body when a fire started in his sleeping quarters while he was stationed in Afghanistan. Somehow, five years later he’s alive, but horrifically scarred. He knows women scream looking at him and his size alone would be enough to intimidate most hardened warriors, even without the scars. But here’s where the difference comes in with Hauk and other damaged heroes. He’s funny. And not just run of the mill, laugh in your head funny. As in I laughed out loud at some of the banter he and Jolie have going back and forth through this series.