Taming the Beast [NOOK Book]

Overview

After years of turmoil, Roderick Cherbon has left the Crusades to return to the home he loves. But the wars have changed him, and the heir who thought to heal his father's injustices has become a vicious beast of a man, scarred inside and out. He will speak to no one, see no one; he leaves the shadows of his ruined keep only under the darkness of night. And even in death his father mocks him: to retain his land and title, Roderick, the Beast, must marry.

Lady Michaela Fortune is...

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Taming the Beast

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Overview

After years of turmoil, Roderick Cherbon has left the Crusades to return to the home he loves. But the wars have changed him, and the heir who thought to heal his father's injustices has become a vicious beast of a man, scarred inside and out. He will speak to no one, see no one; he leaves the shadows of his ruined keep only under the darkness of night. And even in death his father mocks him: to retain his land and title, Roderick, the Beast, must marry.

Lady Michaela Fortune is reviled for her poverty, ridiculed for her dreams, and preyed on for her soft heart. Humiliation and want dog her beloved family, and her pride is an indulgence she can ill afford. Cherbon and its shattered lord offer a solution. But to court a man who has fallen so low, Michaela will need all her grace and beauty to harbor any hopes of taming the beast…

Praise for The Warrior…

"A spirited tale rich in intrigue, betrayal, ancient magic, and a love destined to overcome all odds." —Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author

"Grothaus definitely has talent and a true feel for the era." —Romantic Times

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Publishers Weekly
Grothaus (The Highlander) dresses up a standard forced-marriage story with references to Beauty and the Beast in this capable 12th-century historical romance. Lord Roderick Cherbon has returned home from the Crusades physically and emotionally scarred. He must nonetheless wed before he turns 30 or lose his home and wealth. Enter impoverished Lady Michaela Fortune, who believes herself engaged to Roderick's cousin, handsome Lord Alan Tornfield. When Alan weds another, humiliated Michaela decides to take Roderick's offer instead, though she knows it will be hard to win his trust. Alan confuses matters further by continuing to court her, but does he want her as his mistress or is he more interested in the Cherbon estate? Though marred by occasional anachronistic language (“Necessary rooms?” “Oh, you know... where you go to tinkle”), this romance is solid and entertaining. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420113426
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 233,628
  • File size: 640 KB

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    Taming the Beast-Not your Mom's fairy tale.

    Taming the Beast by Heather Grothaus


    Heather Grothaus brings us a dark, emotional medieval tale that I very much enjoyed. There is a hint of paranormal running through the story that adds an extra bit of mystery to the story.

    Lord Roderick Cherbon, gravely wounded during the Crusades has come home after the death of his abusive father. Scarred, inside and out, Roderick learns that his father is still trying to control his life by requiring him to marry by his 30th birthday.

    Advertising isn't the normal means of obtaining a wife but since Roderick only plans to meet the requirement that he must marry, he could really care less. His dark demeanor and even gloomier castle have frightened away the women that have come to apply for the position. At least until Michaela Fortune comes along.

    Michaela Fortune is used to being ridiculed. She grew up with stories of her mother being abducted by the Wild Hunt, and rumors about her father going from a fierce knight to a meek and mild man. Although poor, Michaela knew she was loved and she vows to save her family from financial ruin by marrying Lord Cherbon.

    Michaela is much stronger than most women and refuses to allow Roderick's scars, whether they be inside or out, to keep her from helping her family. She is surprised and charmed to discover that Roderick has a 3 year old son that he brought back home with him.

    Roderick is instantly attracted to Michaela but refuses to believe that she can really love him and thinks he can never be a proper husband to her. Can her love and acceptance change his mind?

    Can the stories of the Wild Hunt be true and how could they possibly affect his relationship with Michaela?

    Read Roderick and Michaela's amazing story and find out if love really can conquer all.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

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    An enjoyable medieval romantic suspense

    In 1101 Roderick Cherbon ran way from his abusive father enlisting with the Crusades. However, he is severely hurt in battle and only saved by his friend Hugh Gilbert at the hospital in Constantinople where he lost part of a leg due to infection. While there he learns he needs to return to England as his nasty sire is dead and he must marry before his thirtieth birthday coming soon or his handsome cousin Lord Alan Tornfield will inherit the estate.

    Scarred and with no prospects, Roderick assumes he even lost to his father from the grave. Alan humiliates Lady Michaela Fortune by marrying someone else. Instead she proposes a marriage of convenience with Roderick, who reluctantly accepts. She vows to herself to earn his trust and win his love, but Alan is outraged by what she has done to him with her marital betrayal so he pursues her because he insists he misses her or as she surmises wants to break up the couple for avarice nefarious reasons.

    Taming the Beast is an enjoyable medieval romantic suspense with an eerie paranormal subplot providing additional tension. The story line is character driven as Beauty and the Beast fall in love, but his villainous seemingly insane cousin has two strong reasons to destroy their relationship. Fans will appreciate this early twelfth century tale as Roderick seeks lone and justice, but expects neither though Michaela gives him hope.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Mangled by Malaprop.............................................

    Mangled by Malaprop....................................................
    Good story- ---bad writing. A beauty and the beast story you-- usually can't go to wrong with that. However the phrasing--things like F off---Oh, sh-t----not by you ducky----and that's the necessary room where you can go tinkle -- were untrue the time period and made the dialogue jarring. Plus the heroine was supposed to be living with to unmarried men without a chaperone even though she was l lady. The book seemed untrue to any particular time period. The ending where even your old enemies are now your best friends was ludicrous. This is the second HG book I've read and I didn't like the other one either. Maybe she is not my type of writer. So I'm off her for life. I prefer a Hannah Howell or Lindsay Sands for this type of book. Or Margaret Moore for a straight romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Good

    Good spin and sweet however the ending was odd but still good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Great story

    Loved it. Lots of good surprises. Original story with a bit of magic.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    It was ok.

    I am not a paranormal romance reader and that turned me off. Other than that, the story was just ok.

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