You Sexy Beast: A Round Up of Old-School Beauty and the Beast Romances

With  Elizabeth Boyle’s Top Pick! historical romance The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane publishing this week, we’ve been thinking about beasts. Beauty and the beasts, specifically, because that’s what Boyle’s “not-to-be-missed romance” is a spin on. Which got us thinking about some of our favorite old-school romances that showcased a Beauty and the Beast theme. Let’s wander down memory lane together, shall we?

LORD OF SCOUNDRELS: Some consider Loretta Chase’s epic tale to be the best Regency ever written. Regardless of your stance, the infamous glove scene has probably made you swoon. If you don’t know what we’re talking about — get reading, you need to meet Sebastian and Jessica ASAP.

THE BLACK LYON: Jude Deveraux’s The Black Lyon is another must-read for romance fans, assuming you don’t already have a well-worn copy on your shelf. This Medieval-set romance is Deveraux’s second novel, and readers have been swooning over Ranulf and Lyonene’s love story for decades.

A ROSE IN WINTER: Any old-school romance list is surely incomplete without a Kathleen E. Woodiwiss title on there. Luckily, we’ve got this epic Beauty and the Beast tale, where the beautiful Erienne is sold into marriage to the the secretive Lord Saxton, who, get this, swans around in a cloak and mask to hide his terrible scars. Honestly, it’s amazing.  

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