Book Review

by Eloisa James

Genre: Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: 1800s England & Wales

2011 Innovative Historical Romance Nominee

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James’ smart, sexy romances reach a new level in her “fractured fairy tale” series. After reimagining Cinderella, the multitalented writer takes on Beauty and the Beast, adding clever and glorious twists to create a new classic. Taking cues from TV’s House, James models her hero after the cantankerous, crippled doctor (you can actually hear Gregory House’s voice). Readers who enjoy their passion with dashes of ingenuity will find everything they crave in this story.

With a shameful scandal threatening her chances of marriage, the season’s beauty, Miss Linnet Thynne, travels to Wales to meet Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, the fiancé chosen by her father and his. The reclusive nobleman is rumored to be wounded and highly irritable; his horrid temper is as legendary as his genius for practicing medicine. Linnet is no ordinary young woman; she is a beauty with brains. Her way with words and her quick wit capture his attention. Linnet hopes to have Piers at her beck and call in two weeks. The battle of wits and wills begins as Linnet strives to beat the beast at his own game and Piers discovers that when his heart is involved his diagnostic skills are useless. He must learn to follow his heart and she must find a way to tame the beast. (AVON, Feb., 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: AVON

Published: February 2011

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(4 ratings)

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast

Submitted by Robin in PA on July 4, 2012 - 2:10pm.

Facing social ruin because the Ton believe she is pregnant, Linnet Thrynne agrees to a quick engagement to Piers Yelverton, the Earl of Marchant, and travels with his father to meet him. When she arrives in Wales, she discovers Piers is a doctor with a terrible temper who hasn't seen his father in over two decades. Linnet and Piers discuss her situation and agree they won't suit...but neither of them calls off the engagement. Linnet believes the Earl will fall in love with her like every other man she knows. But Linnet is the one who ends up head over heels in love with Piers.

I checked out the reviews for this book before I read it. It seems to be one of those books you either love or hate. Well, I have to say I loved it. The characters in this story are wonderful. Piers has been hurt in the past and doesn't want to open himself up to more pain. He covers his insecurities with his sarcastic wit and sometimes childish behavior. Linnet is a beauty who expects men to drop at her feet. When Piers doesn't respond like any other man, she's intrigued. This leads to many interesting conversations between the two of them and a wonderful romance. My rating: 5 Stars.