When her father tries to steal magic from the cursed mansion outside her town, seventeen-year-old Bee is the one who becomes a prisoner of the beast who lives there. But the so-called monster, Will, isn't anything like she expected. He's the same age as she is, he doesn't have claws or fangs ... and contrary to the local legend, he's really, really handsome. Well, maybe the whole beast thing is a metaphor, because he's a total jerk. Bee's only goal is to escape, but there are some major complications--like the fact that she has to break Will's curse first. The witch who cursed Will left him a riddle to solve and an hourglass to track the time. And although she'd rather eat dirt than help Will, Bee has to work with him to figure out the riddle, or she's going to remain a prisoner forever. As time goes on, Bee discovers there is more to Will than first meets the eye. She might even be falling in love with him. But the hourglass is almost empty, and they're running out of time. Can they solve a baffling riddle and break the witch's curse before everything is lost?
Kate Avery Ellison lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two spoiled cats. When she isn't plotting her next novel, she enjoys reading, gardening, and playing board games.