Beauty is a curse.
It attracts the basest sort of men, even a beast.
With her father deathly ill, Isabel Bielsa throws herself into their mutual passion: bookbinding. Hiding in the library also allows her to avoid the unwanted attentions of the local self-absorbed noblemen. But, there is only so many times one can read the same book. When the governing council demands her father’s skills she happily goes in his stead.
However, her new library assignment is far from private. Prince Aden of Iseldis, cursed into the form of a beast, keeps interrupting her work. With his idealistic standards and comfortable self-righteousness, she sees him as just another man besotted by her beauty. That is, until Isabel discovers that his curse has also affected his eyesight.
As her feelings for him grow, Isabel nears the end of her assignment. Can she break Aden’s curse before the magical attacker comes back to finish him off for good?
Thorn of Rose is a fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It is a sequel to Shard of Glass but can be read out of order. If you love sweet romance, a little bit of magic, and a self-assured heroine, than this story was written for you.