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When Beauty Tamed the Beast

When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales #2) By: Eloise James

Plot:

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?

Review:

Linnet, Beauty, is gorgeous and she knows it. I appreciate that, it annoys me when beautiful characters on her level somehow magically don’t realize it. What makes her even better, she doesn’t abuse her looks. She uses them, of course, but they haven’t made her a horrible person. She’s fun and smart and witty and once she got away from her family the book was great to read.

Piers, the Beast, is going to be a duke and due to a childhood incident he has muscle damage to his leg which causes him to be in constant pain. Think Dr. House. He’s an ass, but he’s so much more redeemable than House is, he can be mean but he’s never intentially cruel. Well, once but he was hurting so it was forgivable.

The ending is very climactic, I was on the edge of my seat, and I cried a few times. Also, holy cow Eloise James sex scenes are…well they’re very good.

I liked this book a lot even though I was prepared to hate it since Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite movies. After looking ahead in the series, though, I’m kind of concerned because the upcoming stories have no appeal to me. I will get to them, but I’m not in a rush.

4.5/5

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A Kiss at Midnight

A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales #1) By: Eloise James

Plot:

Miss Kate Daltry doesn’t believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince . . . and decides he’s anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

Gabriel likes his fiancée, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn’t love her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.

Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble . . .

Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune . . .

Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.

Review:

I’ve been meaning to read an Eloise James book for years, I’ve actually had this one on my kindle for a while, but for whatever reason didn’t get around to reading it until now.

Kate is treated like a servant by her step-mother but isn’t quite sweeping cinders in the fireplace. She’s smart and opinionated and kind. She’s stuck where she is because she doesn’t want to leave the people beneath her without protection from her step-mother.

The prince, Gabriel, is stuck in a moldering old castle with all his batty relations because he’s the only one that can take care of them because he’s a prince. His reasoning is kind of weird and I guess you’re just supposed to accept that people in that time relied on others to take care of them, even though they themselves have a social standing.

Anyway, they meet, tease each other, fall in love, have sex, she runs away for reasons, he follows over a month later, they live happily ever after.

Sorry, I actually liked the story, except that when Kate and Gabriel have sex for the first time it’s while his fiancé is downstairs in the ballroom dancing at the party for her arrival. I realize he’s only just met her that day, but it doesn’t say anything good about either of them that they couldn’t restrain themselves.

The whole night was supposed to be their only night because he had to marry for money. Only, after she runs away he realizes that he can’t live without her and finds a way to make it work. Of course, Kate ends up having her own massive fortune and he didn’t need to figure anything out, but still. If he loved her so much that he couldn’t be in her presence without getting a boner why couldn’t he take the time to figure out the finances and just send his fiancé on her way?

Oh well. It was an entertaining story and I want to read the next.

3/5

 

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) By: Julia Quinn

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) By: Julia Quinn

Plot:

While you were sleeping…

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He’s unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier’s life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie…

I told everyone I was your wife

When Edward comes to, he’s more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he’d always assumed he’d marry his neighbor back in England.

If only it were true…

Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

Review:

Again it’s kind of hard to get used to reading a book set during the revolutionary war from the British perspective. This one was even more difficult because the setting was America and the hero was a British soldier. I think it works for me, though, because it was a romance and Quinn wrote in little bits where she made the main characters sound like they wanted the Americans to win.

Anyway, the story was fun, liked the characters, I thought the whole concept though was dragged on too long. She kept on having opportunities to tell the truth, but didn’t, and yet we were supposed to believe that she was this good, innocent person. Eh. Still enjoyed the book and looking forward to the next.

4/5