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Entreat Me

Written by: Grace Draven
Narrated by: Stacey Holmes
Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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Afflicted by a centuries-old curse, a warlord slowly surrenders his humanity and descends toward madness. Ballard of Ketach Tor holds no hope of escaping his fate until his son returns home one day, accompanied by a woman of incomparable beauty. His family believes her arrival may herald Ballard’s salvation...until they confront her elder sister. 

Determined to rescue her sibling from ruin, Louvaen Duenda pursues her to a decrepit castle and discovers a household imprisoned in time. Dark magic, threatening sorcerers, and a malevolent climbing rose with a thirst for blood won’t deter her, but a proud man disfigured by an undying hatred might. Louvaen must decide if loving him will ultimately save him or destroy him.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Natalie
  • 26-04-19

Fantastic Read!!!

**Spoilers** This book was absolutely fantastic for 90% of it. The characters were all amazing and had distinct individual personalities. The romance between Lou and Ballard was electric. You couldn't help but cheer for them. However, the ending felt rushed. I am still not sure why the curse was broken. I'm glad it was, but I don't know what the reasoning was? Because he got hurt? I also felt that Lou's magical abilities could have been explored more. I guess I just wanted to enjoy a happy ending more, be in the moments after the curse was broken and experience Ballard and company adjusting back to a normal life.

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  • Jessica S.
  • 24-04-19

Disappointing

I wanted to like this story, the author has a nice style and the narrator did a fine job apart from a few mispronunciations... but I couldn’t engage with the characters at all... the descriptions of them and their character development had almost no lovable, attractive or redeeming quality...and while I have always loved the “Beauty and the Beast” story line I actually found myself rather grossed out by this one... had to call it quits when I got to the intimate scene between hero and heroine... just couldn’t get through it.

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  • Hope
  • 21-04-19

Not For Me

I have liked all of the other books by Grace Draven that I've read, but this one really fell flat, for me. I thought Radiance was a surprisingly good rendition of a Beauty and the Beast type tale, and felt like Entreat Me didn't come close to matching it. The heroine just wasn't really that likeable, to start with. I get that she's supposed to be a strong-willed woman who doesn't spend her time worrying about what people think of her, and that's great. But her constant control-freak bullying and threats of actual bodily harm toward almost everyone around her were over the top and not charming or clever. There was also no buildup or explanation to the main characters' sexual relationship. Sure, instant attraction does exist, but in this context we really need some sort of explanation as to why a widow who has been with no one since her husband's death would choose to suddenly fall into bed with an ensorcelled beast whose gnarly toenails she just got done clipping. The narrator didn't do it any favors, either. Her frequent and inexplicable mispronunciation of the letter "u" ("butt- cherd" for butchered, really?) was distracting. It seemed affected and made her accent sound fake. I enjoyed Draven's other books - loved Radiance - and I have no complaints about her writing style and descriptive abilities. She's also mastered the steamy sex scene. But I just couldn't get behind this one. I barely got through it on audio. Like I said, just not for me.

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  • 🔵🔷🔹Del-VALLE🔹🔷🔵
  • 18-02-19

BEAUTIFUL STORY!

Of the many retellings of Beauty and the Beast or similar stories, this is one of my favorites.

I read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Now I am thrilled to find there is this audio version. I do remember some parts a bit differently, specially concerning the cursed roses. Then again it's been a while since I read it, so I may not be remembering it correctly or I may be remembering another story, or the audiobook might have been edited. Either way it is a great story and Stacey Holmes did a great job narrating it.

This was my first time listening to Stacey Holmes, and I was afraid I might not like her as much as I like Gabrielle Baker, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Loved the main characters - they are strong willed and stubborn. Specially loved that the women were written with a backbone and not as doormats. The rest of the cast range from weak to wicked, to evil, to sleaze, and everything in between. The heroes and villains make you love them and/or hate them in equal measures.

To me it was worth the credit/money and my time so I highly recommend it. This is a beautifully told story, and I hope you enjoy this audio version as much as I did.

🌹🌹🌹5 BEAUTIFUL STARS!🌹🌹🌹

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  • Malu E. Krause
  • 01-03-19

One of my top 10 books of all time

I love this book. I love that Louvean was a strong character and very straight forward. So many books I've read have this push and pull thing and I just hate that. I listened to this book from start to finish in one day...i couldnt stop. A good love story, good characters, good villains and a good book all around - spend the credit on it. Its worth it! Oh my forest king!

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  • Sharon
  • 16-05-20

Wonderful fairytale

I loved this retelling of the beauty and the beast tale. Grace Draven never disappoints. This was as enthralling as her Radiance.
However, this narrator has no idea how to pronounce many of the words in the story., even some everyday ones like butcher and pus (she said puss instead of pus and rhymed butcher with Dutch). Please, buy her a dictionary with a pronunciation guide!

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  • Michele Dennes
  • 28-04-20

How long does it take to get into a 12 hr book

Takes about 11 hrs to figure out and get into this book.
Narrator calls people by different names that sound kind of alike.

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  • Angelina S.
  • 27-04-20

A miss for me

I am normally a big fan of Draven’s work, but this one just fell flat for me. It dragged. I fell asleep several times. But worst of all, the heroine is supremely unlikable. She is a hypocritical harpy. I suppose the fact that she is constantly referred to as a “shrew” is supposed to make us accept it as some admirable part of her character, as if by calling her shrew, the reader is supposed to respond “no, no- she’s just strong and protective”. but really, she is a pretty terrible person. I disliked her enough that I simply couldn’t stand to listen to the story beyond the fifty percent mark. I was rolling my eyes and muttering “give me a break” too often to enjoy the story.

Beyond that, Ballard is not particularly hero quality, either. There’s just nothing attractive about him (and I don’t refer to his physical deformities). He isn’t honorable or kind or even particularly strong. He’s just a tortured dude who was cursed due to his own awful behavior and then just plods on. I suppose it is a beauty and the beast story, what with the disfigured monster as hero locked away and frozen in time with his small staff in his castle, and, of course, the magical, insidious evil rose(s). But he lacks the character to make him lovable despite his monstrous appearance and past. And the heroine is a hypocritical witch. When it got to the point where they were just throwing in gratuitous oral sex in the buttery, I had to tap out. It was as though, once they started having a sexual relationship, the entire story degraded to nothing but them having sex or thinking about it. Considering I disliked them both, that got really very boring, and I felt irritated.

The narrator could have been worse, but lack of preparation on her part became obvious and tedious. She mispronounced so many words that I was tempted to start a tally. She was especially guilty of mispronouncing homonyms where the word could be pronounced two ways and she chose the one that didn’t fit the sentence. For example: lead could be “there is lead in that old paint” or it could be “lead the children to the snack table”. It pulled me out of the story.

If you are a fan of Draven, it’s certainly worth giving it a listen. However, I found I appreciated this book more when I read it versus listened, as I was able to skim the rambling sections and also impart (probably overly generously) some gentleness to the heroine’s speech that made me less likely to feel like I was chewing tinfoil when thinking about her.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-04-20

great

I absolutely loved this book I love the fact that it was long and descriptive getting into the emotion I thought that was amazing

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  • Jaleesa Thompson
  • 03-04-20

love

I like this book so much I've read it twice and could read it a third time or listen to it a third time or fourth time it has everything you need if you like a curse it has a curse if you like love it's romantic if you like fighting for your life in suspense it's great.

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  • Kindling Micky
  • 18-12-19

Fantastic story and narration

Grace Draven can literally do no wrong in my reader's eyes considering this is third book by her that I've 5 starred. This was a twisty, sinister, magical, loose interpretation of Beauty and the Beast. I'll actually take this version over my favourite Disney film, so this is high praise.

Ballard is the beast, but not in the way you might envisage before dipping your toe into this book. The curse, the beast-incarnate is both sinister and attractive. There is clever mastery in Draven's ability to create supposed unattractive even revolting men and she then doesn't make them handsome to sort the ugliness out, she makes their character, the inside, something so compelling and desirable. Ballard did 'it' for me, it's that simple.

"Wife of my soul."

Lou was a funny woman, half-shrew, yet noble, full of integrity with fierce, fierce love. I came to admire her hugely. This book was peppered left and right with amazing side characters of differing importance, Ambrose, Gavin, Cinnia and more.

I feel like the magic in this book was a character in itself. It scared me in it's evil intent. It's use of nature and Ballard's body set a shivering context. The chapter beginning illustrations just enhanced everything, they were excellent.

I need to own this book in paperback. I will read it again. I think this author is most fabulous and I love her writing for her men, her humour, the bite of sarcasm and complex but inviting stories. All hail Draven!

Re-read by audio Oct 2019, such a excellent experience in audio with superb single POV narration. I loved it as much second time around.

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  • Annie A
  • 29-03-19

BRILLIANT!!

Grace Draven has become my new go to author!! This is an amazing book with strong characters. Yes you could say it’s a ‘beauty and the beast’ novel but it is an adult version all day long!!! All the characters were interesting and had great depth! Not a dull moment in the book!!! Off to buy another book belonging to this author! This book is seriously worth a credit or a purchase! Best book I have listened to In months!!! Well done!!

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  • AngelaHillier
  • 09-03-19

Beautiful

I read this book a few years ago and loved it.
Grace Draven is an exceptional author her work is always original and extremely heartwarming.
A great performance from the narrator. She has that britsh accent which really makes the story more engaging.

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  • Imee_Benz
  • 25-09-19

***Hauntingly beautiful***

It's a very emotional and haunting story of cursed and second chances in love and redemption. I love Grace Draven ability to build a strong characters and her world building makes me feel like I am there in the story itself. I feel their emotions, hope and love.The narrative is brilliant. Stacey Holmes is amazing in doing both characters. Just brilliant*****