The Beast in the Mirror

Rated 4.17/5 based on 6 reviews
He watches her from the shadows of the ruins. But he can never let her see him, the cursed beast that he has become. But when he falls in love with her, he thinks just maybe she will accept him as he is.

The Beast in the Mirror is a short, sweet love story between a beautiful young woman and a beast that has been cursed by a witch to be ugly forever.

A short story of less than 5,000 words. More
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  • Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
  • Words: 4,960
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781465877994
About Lauralynn Elliott

Lauralynn Elliott is an independently published author of paranormal and fantasy romance books, as well as some horror. She started the indie journey several years ago and has never regretted it, loving the freedom to publish what she wants when she wants. You will find everything from vampires and ghosts to elves and wizards in her novels and novellas. She enjoys putting a little bit of a different twist on some of the old ideas about our favorite fictional characters.

Lauralynn lives in the southeastern United States with her husband of many years. She has two grown sons whom she adores. Reading, playing computer games, and spending time with friends are some of her favorite activities.

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Reviews of The Beast in the Mirror by Lauralynn Elliott

Jutzie reviewed on Jan. 20, 2014

The Beast in the Mirror by Lauralynn Elliott
The Beast was once a playboy in modern day England. After being enticed by a beautiful woman, he quickly saw that within her she was pure evil. She didn't take rejection well and turned his good looks into something beastly. Giving him a unbreakable mirror so he could always see his horrid face.

Rose was enjoying her new surroundings. She lived in a lovely cottage with her folks and there were beautiful ruins nearby that she loved to paint. And then she met someone who lived within the ruins.

Christopher longs for Rose to care for him, but has no idea how will react to his cursed face. He's no longer the proud playboy with the handsome looks. He's the Beast who just longs for love. This is only about nine pages long, yet tells a whole story.
(review of free book)
Ruth Ann Nordin reviewed on Feb. 19, 2012

This is a short story. It's perfect if you're looking for something sweet and light that you can read in under half an hour.

With that disclaimer aside, the story ia about Christopher who dated a witch who (upon being dumped) cursed him with a beastly face. Horrified, he ran and hid in some ruins. The story begins when he's been there for a couple of years, always reminded of his hideous appearance whenever he looks into a mirror that he can't break. Rose, the heroine, is an artist who takes an interest in the ruins. From the moment he sees her, he falls in love with her but knows she'll never love someone as ugly as him. Unable to resist her, he talks to her from another room but refuses to let her see him.

I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil it, but I enjoyed how being alone for years forced Christopher to understand why being a playboy wasn't a good way to live. I also enjoyed the sweet tone to the story and the moral that real beauty is on the inside, not the outside. There is a twist at the end which was neat, too. It's something I can't recall being done in any versions of the Beauty and the Beast type of stories I've read. So I recommend it for people who want something short, light and sweet.
(review of free book)
Fleur Summer reviewed on Jan. 29, 2012

A short, pleasant Beauty-And-The-Beast romance with a nice twist. Great sample of the author's writing.
(review of free book)
Punya reviewed on Jan. 17, 2012

Sweet book, I liked it a lot. Wish it was a full lengh novel with more insights of Rose and Christopher's budding relationship and I would give it a higher rating. For a free book, I think my 20 mins was wworth it. :)
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Nita B reviewed on Jan. 11, 2012

This was story was an interesting take on Beauty and the Beasty. Christoper, the Beast, was cursed by a witch but one sighting of the beautiful Rose and his heart was lost to her forever. This 5,000 word novella was sweet and heartwarming and has a very interesting twist of at the end.
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Jutzie reviewed on Jan. 6, 2012
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This may be a short story but it's really good!
And such a great ending!
Rose goes to paint the ruins near her new home.
Christopher lives among the ruins after being cursed
by a witch 3 years before.
He slowly gets to know Rose without showing his ugly beastly
face to her.
(review of free book)
GlennAndSasha Gabriel reviewed on Dec. 14, 2011

What a wonderful story with a great, surprising twist! You never gave it away,just built up the tension with tight writing.
LOVED IT! Well done.
You're a terrific story teller!
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