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When Beauty Tamed The Beast

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Book reviewed by Lori Carroll

Following in her fairy tale theme, Eloisa James brings us her take on another classic fairy tale with When Beauty Tamed The Beast. The best part about this book was that although Linnet was beautiful, it wasn't beauty that won over the beast, but witty conversations mixed with pure stubbornness.

Linnet's mother was well known for her affairs, so Linnet is determined to stay squeaky clean. The ton gossip being what it is, it doesn't take much for a reputation to be ruined. For Linnet it is nothing more than bad shrimp coming back with bad timing and the misfortunate cut of a gown. Suddenly Linnet's pristine reputation is gone and the only hope the family sees for her is to marry her off to someone with no other options.

Enter Piers, the “Beast.” Piers' leg was gashed so horribly as a child that he now needs a cane to walk and does nothing without pain. Besides the horrible pain, Piers' parents' marriage was unhappy and ended in divorce, causing his childhood to be somewhat tumultuous. His incredibly horrid personality has given him the nickname “Beast” and if he wasn't one of the best doctors in England, no one would have anything to do with him.

When Linnet first arrives at the castle, of course, Piers is attracted to her - she's gorgeous. But he decided long ago he would never marry so he brushes her aside. She is a stubborn one though, and no matter how mean Piers gets she doesn't cower. Despite his plans, this makes Piers take a second look.

The scenes with Piers and Linnet are smart and funny. They sling volleys back and forth at each other that would have made a normal person cower. When neither becomes particularly offended, they both find a rare opportunity to truly be themselves. When you get two people like that baiting each other, humor has to appear.

On top of the fact that Piers and Linnet were a pleasure to read, the rest of the ensemble were fabulous to get to knowo. There are plenty of other personality types to keep the book interesting without having it overshadow the main story.

When Beauty Tamed The Beast is a light-hearted, fast read that still managed to give me a solid emotional journey. I have to say to give this one a try.

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“Beauty learns that only brains can charm this beast.”

February 2011, 384 pages
Publisher: Avon Books
ISBN: 0062021273

Back Cover Blurb:

Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty . . . Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast. Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman.

Linnet is not just any woman. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love - in just two weeks. Yet Linnet has no idea of the danger posed to her own heart by a man who may never love her in return. If she decides to be very wicked indeed . . . what price will she pay for taming his wild heart?

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