Linnet Berry Thrynne has a beauty that most women would kill for. She knows it but she isn’t totally spoiled because of it. She knows that is why the Prince has been paying her court and she also knows that it won’t be going any further than a few kisses. So, when she wears a dress that she thinks is in the latest style on the same night the Prince dumps her, she’s shocked when rumors start that she’s been the Prince’s mistress and now is pregnant with his child. Honestly, it’s just all the petticoats from the dress!
Her aunt and father come up with a scheme they are sure will work. They know of a Duke who is looking for a bride for his son. His son is known to be a beast of a man and is incapable of siring his own child. Surely, if Linnet would get herself pregnant for real, especially with the Prince’s child, they could come up with a marriage contract.
Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives as a doctor in the wilds of Wales. He has no desire to get married and sent his father an impossible list of requirements for a bride. In fact, that is one of the few things he has conveyed to his father as he hasn’t spoken to the man in years. The Duke had been an opium addict causing severe injury to Piers and sent his wife away, divorcing her. Piers will never forgive him.
Arriving in Wales, Linnet is shocked at how rude Piers is. Of course, she has no problems telling him that he is acting like a 2 year old throwing a tantrum. As they squabble their way into learning about each other, they discover several things. One, the have a strong sexual desire for each other and two, Piers is quite capable to sire his own children. Neither is looking at marry the other, but they sure want to explore their desires. Will they realize that getting married might be the right choice?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this enchanting historical romance.
The characters were awesome. Linnet had a spicy personality and well as a practical streak. She had not problems putting her nose into matters that didn’t concern her and into making changes that seemed to be in everyone’s best interest. Piers held a grudge and didn’t want to let go of it. He also had his own ideas of what he wanted and what was best. Fighting his feelings towards Linnet and his father wasn’t in his plans!
There was lots of medical discussions throughout the story which only makes sense as Piers is a doctor. He’s opened up his castle for patients and has his cousin, Sebastian as well as three other doctors helping him. He looks down on many of the practices that most doctors use and strives to find better ways to treat his patients. The research that must have gone into this part of the story was done extremely well and it shows.
The interactions between all the characters was more than a bit of dialog and some action. There was an exchange of emotions and a feeling that this could have actually happened. At parts, there was some subtle humor thrown in that could only have you smiling. Other parts, had you wanting to reach out and smack someone. This only proves that you become involved with what is going on.
With wonderful characters and terrific situations, you can’t help but to enjoy When Beauty Tamed The Beast by Eloisa James. This fast paced story quickly gets you involved with Linnet’s life and then brings in Piers who rounds her out. The secondary characters have their own lives which sometimes meshes with the main characters and sometimes makes their lives more complicated. Placed in the wilds of Wales, this story about the ton brings a greater awareness and understanding about a era in which many historical romances take place. Unique, fresh and inspiring can only give you a taste of how entertaining this historical romance is.
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?