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When Beauty Tamed the Beast

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

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by Eloisa James

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“Eloisa James’s writing is absolutely exquisite.”
New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros


“Nothing gets me to a bookstore faster than a new novel by Eloisa James.”

New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn


A wonderful spin on a much-beloved fairy tale


“Eloisa James’s writing is absolutely exquisite.”
New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros


“Nothing gets me to a bookstore faster than a new novel by Eloisa James.”

New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn


A wonderful spin on a much-beloved fairy tale, Eloisa James’s When Beauty Tamed the Beast is heart-soaring and fun historical romance at its finest. No wonder People magazine raves about her books, saying, “Romance writing does not get much better than this.” Eloisa’s delightful take on Beauty and the Beast unfolds in Regency England, where a beastly, bad-tempered Earl matches wits with a brazen beauty who has vowed to make the handsome grump fall in love with her in two short weeks.

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Her vivacious beauty, a rejection by her current princely flirt, and a series of false assumptions have the entire ton gleefully thinking Linnet Berry Thrynne is carrying a royal bastard—and, therefore, is now unmarriageable. So she finds herself accompanying the Duke of Windebank to the wilds of Wales as the perfect bride for his son, a brilliant physician and impotent nobleman with a beastly reputation, in order to ensure the succession. But Linnet is not pregnant, and Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, is not impotent. He is, however, in possession of a rather beastly temper, rude manners, and a determination not to marry or fall in love—a challenge that Linnet is more than willing to accept. Stubborn, passionate, and complex characters; a darkly romantic setting (a marvelous tide-filled pool comes to mind); and a fascinating dose of realistic historical medical detail thanks to a scarlet fever epidemic add to James's latest winner. VERDICT Graced with sly humor, addictive dialog, elegant prose, and a skillfully woven subtext, this smart, deliciously sensual twist on a fairy tale classic is a breathtaking addition to James's series of reimagined fairy tales. Readers will be clambering for more. James (A Kiss at Midnight) lives in the New York City area.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Fairy Tales , #2
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Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 370 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Linnet has become the talk of the ton in the most negative way. She has flirted with the wrong person who thinks too much of himself to not marry royalty. Linnet thought her overwhelming beauty and delightful curves could sway him but instead she found herself in a carriage on her way to marry a man everyone called "The Beast". Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant was a gifted physician who is revolutionizing medicine, her to a title and a complete and utter crab. He had a childhood injury that required the use of a cane that Piers used to empower his ability to harass the interns and boss the patients around. Linnet soon discovered Piers may have had pain from his injury but the deepest was inside from the father who deserted him and the thought that no one could love him. She saw past the barriers he had put up to keep himself save from any emotion but anger and the more Piers gets to know her the more he is sure she could redeem him yet he refuses to let her help him. After enough time in the Castle with Piers, Linnet soon discovers that she can manipulate the household, dazzle everyone with her smile and help treat the sick. But when Piers pushes too hard and drives her away will he be able to bring her back into his life let alone back from the brink of death as she lays sick with fever. Is Piers strong enough to finally let go of his destructive behavior and become a man of character? This book is wonderful, charming and turns the tale of Beauty and Beast into a fascinating read. I felt this also drew on the character of "House" with the tough outside and soft inside Piers who has a pithy remark for everything. The love between these two is healing and flows from every page, please don't miss reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical when I started reading "When Beauty Tamed The Beast." There are various versions of the tale in publication, and sometimes the stories lack variation. However, I was pleased to find new life breathed into the tale by Ms. James. I loved reading in her author's note that her inspiration for Piers was drawn not from historical interpretations of the Beast, but from the television procedural, "House, MD." My only criticsm of an otherwise delightful tale is the final quarter. While I approve of putting major characters in peril, this version seemed problematic. In some ways, it reminded me too much of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House," of which I am certain Ms. James is familiar. I lost some of my empathy and understanding for our heroine when she started bemoaning her fate (which of course never is irrevocable in a romance). It did remind me, for a time, of Dickens. Because, in "Bleak House" our heroine suffers from a bout with smallpox, after which, her face and arms are scarred, and she becomes a different person because of her altered appearance, and the perceived loss of beauty. Of course, in Dickens' world our heroine does not come round the bend to have her appearance restored, whereas, Ms. James' heroine has a chance to recovered her appearance. I guess it just rang a little false for me, or seemed trite that this woman would have such a reaction. She did not want Piers to sacrifice himself because she did not think he could look at her? Honey, anyone who has seen you covered in chicken feces, ripped clothes, smelling to high heavens, casting up your crumpets, and with a red scaly rash all over, and takes care of you and still loves and desires you is a keeper. That is not pity. Aside from our heroine, Linnet's, brief descent into total self-absorption, I thought this was one of the beast tales I had read in quite some time. (NOTE: Please forgive any typographical errors, I am still learning to write and post reviews on my Nook, and my fingers often clunk the wrong keys and I am afraid I might not catch all the errors. Cheers!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks Ilona Andrews for recommending this book. I loved it. All the gregory house references and just I wonderful wittisisms are fab. New author for me to read. She is great. Not a typical book with beginning and end in boredom. Such good characters building and wonderful repetoire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best beauty and the beast type I ever read. Maybe because the so called beast was a productive doctor and not a recluse......and the beauty had grit and guts even if she had no luck with men. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminds me a lot of "House" :) Great and surprisingly sweet story.
MarionMarchetto_author More than 1 year ago
If you like your heroine physically perfect yet somehow flawed, if you like your hero to be titled but uncaring for his title, then this book is for you. Eloise James creates two such lovable characters that it is extremely difficult to put down this book. Our hero is a doctor. Not just a good doctor but a god among doctors who has under his wing a coterie of young doctors (today's interns). In a humorous vein Ms. James gives them some fun names which I will not divulge here. When Piers Yelverton (our hero doctor) realizes he is being matched with the delightful Miss Lynnet Thrynne (she who agrees to fake a pregnancy in order to marry), he balks at first. His gruff nature and limping gait (think Dr. House here) should be enough to put off Miss Thrynne. But Lynnet sees behind our Earl's gruff exterior to the hurt beneath the surface. Wonderful characters, a new twist to romance, and some exciting escapades make this romance difficult to put down. It is Eloisa James at her best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of her books and this was no exception!
GoldenEye2D More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book right from the beginning. It captured my attention and was hard to put down. The story was exactly what you wanted it to be, although I didn't expect the drama that unfolded. Great read, had me very emotional and as always, we love a happy ending!
PommieMommie More than 1 year ago
A charming book with clever writing. Linnet is not just a vapid beauty and Piers is not the usual dark brooding hero, but instead a gifted doctor as well as heir to a dukedom. Linnet has vast intelligence and the snarky attitude of Piers is well played. Linnet is a victim of nasty gossip and less than gentlemanly actions of a "royal" suitor. She is bundled off to marry Piers, both decide they do not suit but soon things take a funny turn. A very enjoyable book that will make you burst out laughing many times.
Acanoffleas More than 1 year ago
This book kept showing up every time I perused B&N Romance section, and I finally caved in a downloaded a sample. I was hooked. I absolutely adored this book. It's funny, witty, sexy, romantic and endearing. Eloisa James explains later that Hugh Laurie's House was inspiration to her novel, and it definitely shows. Personally, I really enjoyed it. I loved Piers and enjoyed the snarky, left-field comments he makes, and I especially loved how Linnet proves his equal match. This is a keeper, one I'll most definitely read again and again.
Always-Intrigued More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book! The story was fast paced and always had something going on so I was never distracted and because of that fact I read it all in one night! The characters were very funny and the dialogue between the two protagonists along with the supporting cast had me at times literally laughing out loud. Great read and I would recommend it to anyone who wanted a good chuckle and a wonderful love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was fun and fast-paced, and never dragged. The characters were quirky, and the dialogue was well-written. For those who complained, the author states very clearly where she got her inspiration(s) for the story and characters, and frankly I thought the book was a fun twist on the fairy tale.
Chaka Richard More than 1 year ago
I have read many books by this author, and this is by far my favorite. It is definitely not your cookie cutter romance. Being an avid reader of romance of almost 2 decades, it is refreshing to see a different spin on romantic plots. I love the fact there was no great misunderstanding or evil family members, only flawed realistic characters. And yes the hero reminds you of House, but in a good and not over played way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eloisa James takes her Beast by the tail and gives him a delightful twist in this lovely fairy tale. She writes page-turning dialogue and such funny prose I finished the book in one night. Can't wait for the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best paper back historical romances that I'v read (and I'v read a great deal)so far this year and even going back into last year. One being that it isn't the same cookie cutter plot that some historical romance novelist seem to fall back on like taking the easy way out of writing an essay so you revamp something from high school for a college english class. When Beauty Tamed the Beast is one of those ideas that you read about and are skeptical at first yet after a few pages of getting the story going it has you till the last page. Even though if Eloisa James spent more time on this book and characters I believe some of the unnecessary secondary characters could have been made better or some of the "pool" chapters could have lost forever on the cutting room floor. Yet the "beast" character is one of my all time favorites and made for a good read and if you like the show House you'll easily fall in love with Piers. Also the leading lady isn't some trifle little thing nor is her character unrealistically offended by his advance. Its a very realistic situatio how these two characters come together naturally.-tafn
ajenkins979 More than 1 year ago
I really didn't get "into" this book until about half way through. Then it was amazing, and I was eager to read at any chance I got. I feel that with most historical romance books, it takes forever for the story to really get rolling. So please don't give up after the first chapter or two. As the author states in her "author's notes" the main character is roughly based off the TV character Dr. House. and she nailed it, you can really picture him only more handsome. Linnet, well she was very conceited about her looks and that does come back to bite in the butt later in the book. Overall, a wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book multiple times (at least 10). At this point, it is my all time favorite
Janie_tx More than 1 year ago
Beautiful Love Story It was well written and the story line was easy to follow. The author drew the reader in and allowed us to experience her characters many emotions throughout the story. The story had intrigue, suspense, betrayal, heartache, romance, forgiveness, and some sexual scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the chemistry in this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book into the wee hrs of the morning. Simply couldn't put it down. Definitely Eloisa James best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW! Wonderful! Very romantic, very sensual. Well written. I'll be reading more books by this author. I definitely recommend this story! S.A.K.
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
The second book in the charming and funny Fairy Tales series by the prolific Eloisa James, a professor of Shakespeare. I am an English major and even I have not read all of Shakespeare’s works, but I can appreciate the inspirations behind English literature, fairy tales in this case; obviously, this one is very loosely based on Beauty and the Beast. This is a very quirky and odd romance that I really enjoyed. Some readers dislike it when historical romances have modern language and dialogue but that doesn’t bother me if it’s a) intended and b) well written. It is a fairy tale so liberties can be (and are) generously taken. Maya Rodale is another author whose works I enjoy and who also uses modern language and tone in some of her works. The wackiness of this story—and the first in the series, A Kiss at Midnight—reminds of some of Rodale’s stories. Linnet Thrynne—isn’t that a great name?—is a “beauty” and a gentleman’s daughter whose good name has been besmirched by society for one stolen (and disappointing) kiss from a prince who promptly abandons her. Her well-intended but weak father and her aunt send her off to marry Piers Yelverton, a duke’s son who is also physician who tends the sick in his castle in far off Wales. Piers is an angry, rude, and sarcastic “beast” of a man with a bad leg that causes him excruciating pain. He runs a sort of teaching college in his castle complete with his odd coterie of servants—his butler’s name is Prufrock—and his cousin, Sebastien, a gentleman and a surgeon. He wants nothing to do with his father, a duke, ever since his mother left  (with Piers in tow) and his father ruined her good name in revenge. Piers and Linnet fall in love during their daily swim lessons, his swims being the one thing that brings him pain relief. She also insinuates herself into the household when she suggests that his patients also need visits from family and friends, time in the the outdoors, and laughter in their lives as well as medical care. Piers and Linnet are not sure they will suit enough to marry but are content to have an affair. For now. When an epidemic breaks out, Linnet is sent away and Piers must cope with her absence. The ending is beautifully conveyed, poignant, heartbreaking, and completely unexpected and surprising. There are many humorous moments in this story, much of it provided by the colorful cast of secondary characters including: Piers’ reformed opium-addict father, who has cared for Piers from afar by sending him servants and finally, Linnet;  Linnet’s’ weak-willed father; the duke’s long lost and long suffering wife, Marguerite; Linnet’s wacky aunt Zenobia—”She had chosen that name for herself realizing as a young girl that Hortense didn’t suit her personality.”; Prufrock, Piers unconventional butler; and the doctors-in- training with the crazy and hilarious names of Kibbles, Bitts, and Pender. I enjoy the little detailed historical descriptions, fashions for one: “Her father was a vision in pale blue, his waistcoat fastened with silver buttons inset with ivory poppies, his Prussian collar a miracle of elegance.” And the plays and events referenced, including one starring actress Sarah Siddons as well as the Napoleonic wars. Eloisa James also gives a humorous nod to fellow romance author Julia Quinn that made me smile; see if you can spot it. In the author’s “Historical Note,” she mentions she was inspired by the television show, Dr. House. I don’t watch television but if you do, you may enjoy finding the little elements that make up Piers Yelverton. Memorable moments: “The gown did have a low neckline, which frankly she had considered to be a good thing, given how many young men seemed unable to drag their eyes above her chin. It kept them occupied and gave Linnet license to daydream about being somewhere other than a ballroom.”  “‘He doesn’t know the history of England. He’s better off dead.’” “‘A wanton would have had a great deal more fun this season than I had.’” "She could see why people liked marriage, at least those who did like marriage. It was fun to have someone else there in the morning to chat with over hot chocolate." “‘Novels have nothing to do with life.’ ‘They are better than real life.’” If you enjoy tongue-in-cheek humor, sexy innuendos, a story with emotional punch, inspired by a fairy tale theme, you will enjoy this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago