Cursed: A Modern M/M Retelling of Beauty & the Beast

Nick, the sensitive youngest son of a suddenly-penniless business family, is forced to serve as general labor to the reclusive, bitter man who ruined them.

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Status: Completed at 35 chapters.

Category: M/M Shapeshifter / Urban Fantasy Romance



Nick Fairfax is the youngest son of a wealthy family, but he has never shared his father and older brothers’ love of money. While his two brothers are eager to join their father in the family business of brutal corporate raiding, Nick’s heart pulls him in a different direction.

His passion for nature and ruin photography and ruins has long been a source of tension with his father. Now that his junior year of college has just ended, Nick is only too sure why his father has summoned him for a lunch downtown. He is filled with dread at the prospect of yet another bitter argument, but he steels himself to defend his choice of majors.

But all is not as he expected. He enters his father’s upscale city office to find his father… and a strange hooded man with an unsettling aura of power. Nick is drawn to the man at first, until he discovers that this shadowy figure has just ruined the family business. The money, his father’s precious life blood, has run dry, and the family is left impoverished.

But there is one chance to save his father and brothers… if he agrees to become the hooded man’s personal assistant. Nick holds no illusions about the demeaning and tedious work in store for him. Will his desire to save his family be enough to sustain him through this nightmare? And why does his mysterious boss never show his face?

Note: Cursed was our first fairy tale retelling, but not the last! Its pure romance has led us to explore more stories that draw from the classics.

How to read Cursed

Cursed is a completed serial story in the Membership archive. It is only available to Raythe Reign monthly members.
Our Membership is a lineup of 5-7 M/M paranormal or fantasy romance stories, each updated at least twice a month with full chapters.
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Read the first 5 chapters free on our Membership site.

Notable Quotes from Members

“*Fan girl squeal!* I can’t wait for the next chapter! 😀

I’m so proud of Bane! He swallowed his pride and admitted he was being a jerk. Never an easy thing to do!

Poor Nick that sunburn will take forever to get better, but at least hes making progress with Bane!

I want more! :D”
– wyrd (Chapter 9)


In reply to: wyrd

“Bane did grow a bit. Seeing the results of his inattention and selfishness brought him up short. We shall see if the lessons he learned will stick.”

“Dear God, all the FEELS. It kills me, and I love this so damn much. Whenever I see Cursed has updated, I get all fluffy and happy. X3 <3”

– AkiRain (Chapter 17)
“I’m with Omar. I’m crying tears of happiness!! Thanks for such a wonderful chapter on Christmas. This story has now moved to the top of my favorite stories list. Thank you so very much for this absolutely wonderful rendition of Beauty and the Beast. It was even better than the Disney version LOL:D Happy Holidays.”
– LadyDe (Chapter 35, posted at Christmas!)


In reply to: LadyDe 

“I don’t think I can beat Disney but wow! Thank you! It was a really feel good story.”

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