When Beauty Tamed the Beast

Book: When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

"If she decides to be very wicked indeed, what price that she have to pay for taming his wild heart?"

Synopsis: After Prince Augustus Frederick reneges on his promise to marry her, Linnet Thrynne faces social ruin since everyone—based partly on her mother’s scandalous past and partly on Linnet’s ill-fated decision to wear a ball gown that gives the impression she is pregnant—now believes Linnet is a hussy of the first degree. Fortunately, Linnet’s aunt, Lady Etheridge, comes up with a solution. Rumor has it that Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, is in the market for a wife. The irascible nobleman’s only requirement is that his bride-to-be be a woman “more beautiful than the sun and the moon,” a condition Linnet easily meets. Linnet is certain once the beastly Piers meets her, he will fall under her spell. But immediately after encountering the cranky doctor, Linnet realizes the intractable, intelligent, and altogether intriguing Piers is not exactly the husband for whom she bargained. With equal measures of superbly nuanced characters, sexy passion, and scintillating wit, James deftly fashions a fairy-tale-perfect romance. [via Amazon]

Book Notes: such a guilty pleasure to get so involved and immersed in this unreal world of historical fiction. dukes that must be tamed, heroines as beautiful as goddesses, rippling muscles, ample bossoms, and the underlying theme of loathe and passion creating one highly dramatic and dysfunctional relationship. its the ultimate cliche and its everything you expect it to be. its a romance novel.

although it was a far cry from anything beauty and the beast related... like don't go there. thats my favourite fairy tale... although as my friend pointed out months back, that its actually the original gold digger tale, but that is a story for another time. 

Just get past the first few chapters because it was quite agonizing having to read pages and pages of silly descriptions about Linnet,  but once the two finally meet the chemistry flowed quite naturally. although not one of the most memorable reads, its still definitely one of the better set of historical romance novels out there.

Book Quotes: 

"Don't tell me you're going to try for virgin birth, my love. I can't imagine that it worked very well back in Jerusalem. Every time the bishop talks about it at Christmastime, I can't help thinking that the poor girl must have had a miserable time trying to get people to believer her."

"To hope was to put himself at risk. In all likelihood, his hopes would turn to dust, to rejection and pain. He hadn't dared such a foolish emotion in years. But hope billowed from some secret place in his heart all the same."

"She's like my other half." Piers said savagely, keeping his head down. "My other bloody half, like some sort of joke that Plato made up. Like nothing I ever wanted, and then, there she was."


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