TAMING THE BEAST
Grothaus creates a heartwarming romance with a light touch of magic.
Her handling of the hero's struggle to overcome bitter feelings is well written, and the supporting characters, including a bubbly 3-year-old and a psychopathic villain, add to this wonderful read.
Roderick Cherbon joined the Crusades to escape his abusive father. Grievously wounded, he survives with the help of his friend and returns to England to find he has succeeded his dead father as Lord Cherbon. But if he does not marry before his 30th birthday, his cousin will inherit.
Lady Michaela Fortune is employed by Roderick's cousin, but his insulting treatment causes her to flee. She offers to marry Roderick, but he's emotionally and physically scarred and wants no wife. She vows to bring out the best in Roderick but must first foil the plans of ruthless and cruel villains. (ZEBRA, Nov., 325 pp., $6.99)