This James book was better than the original Beauty & the Beast story. It had humor and explored issues like addiction, disability, unforgiveness, pride, vanity, and unconditional love. The main characters had hidden depths that gradually reveal how much more alike they were than their superficial looks & social standing. I liked both Hero & heroine's straightforward honesty & non-people pleasing ways. I liked how heroine taught Hero some tact & to have more humanity & care for people other than just viewing them according to their medical conditions. What I loved was how Hero proved his love for heroine towards the end. He showed her that his love went beyond her physical beauty.