When Beauty Tamed the Beast

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

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, New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James’s When Beauty Tamed the Beast is heart-soaring and fun historical romance at its finest.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062021274
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/25/2011
Series: Fairy Tales , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 401,775
Product dimensions: 4.04(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 384 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
AuthorMarion on LibraryThing 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!
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Linnet is fairy-tale beautiful. With her reputation in tatters after a flirtation with a prince, she agrees to be shipped off to Wales to marry a crippled, irascible duke's heir, who is more interested in medicine than marriage. They clash immediately, but find themselves more alike than not.Delightful twist on the fairy tale, by the always-reliable Eloisa James.
rainrunner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great banter between the H/h, which I love. Recommend.
doxiemomx2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very enoyable book with a sweet message of acceptance. Loved Piers and Linnet. Good pacing, good dialogue. I really liked it.!
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Eloisa James! Her books are always funny, charming and romantic, and this one doesn't disappoint!Linnet Thrynne was having a lovely time being courted by a prince, but when rumors travel that she's enciente, the prince gives her the cut-direct in a ballroom, cementing Linnet's reputation in a moment. Her father and aunt decide that the only way to salvage the situation is to marry her off to a crippled earl who's father is desperate to marry him off.Like many of James' characters, Linnet and Piers are clever and smart, and the banter between the two often had me grinning in appreciation. The story was inspired by the Beauty and the Beast story (duh), but even more fun is that Piers is inspired by the main character of the TV show House. Like the television character, Piers is a brilliant doctor with zero patience for idiots and a flat-out terrible bedside manner, and Linnet plays against his snarlyness nicely.A fun and romantic story about falling in love with a person regardless of their outside appearance.Highly recommended!
allureofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have tried reading a couple of other books by Eloisa James, but was never able to finish them. I had heard so many wonderful things about When Beauty Tamed the Beast that I knew I had to try again. Luckily ¿ this time was different! I absolutely loved When Beauty Tamed the Beast. The characterization was absolutely out of the park. Now that I can see what Eloisa James can do I definitely intend to go back and try the other books again!Obviously When Beauty Tamed the Beast is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Well, I am here to tell you that Piers Yelverton makes an awesome Beast. Not only does he have the personality and appearance issues that you would expect ¿ but there is an added bonus. Y¿all, Eloisa James knows what she is doing. I can almost see her sitting in her lair thinking ¿hmm, what well known love-to-hate-him-jerk can I base Piers on? Who can I choose so that people will have to love him despite all his issues?¿Who do you think she chose?One word: House. DR. HOUSE YOU GUYS! Have you ever heard of anything more brilliant than that? A character that fuses together the Beast and Gregory House? I absolutely love this guy. He is a smart ass. He is difficult to be around. But yet¿if you have seen the TV show, than you know. No matter what House does there is always something about him that makes you love him anyway. Well, Piers Yelverton has that something.Okay, so now that I¿ve rhapsodized forever about him, I¿ll keep it short and sweet on the female MC. Linnet Thrynne is awesome too. She craves knowledge and freedom. She doesn¿t take crap from anyone: least of all Piers. She manages to get herself into female trouble at the beginning of the book and is therefore banished to be Piers¿ fiancee in his castle at Wales with all his sick patients.She takes to her new life pretty well, considering. I love how she stands up for herself! I also adore the way she and Piers interacted. Some of the best situations and dialogue ever. I love how Eloisa James plays on the plot point that Piers is wounded and unable to er¿perform (if you know what I mean. wink wink nudge nudge). Anyway, the way that whole situation worked out absolutely cracked me up.Clearly, I absolutely loved When Beauty Tamed the Beast. I highly recommend reading to everyone who loves historical romance. Even if you aren¿t a big fan of the genre, When Beauty Tamed the Beast might be a good book to change your mind! Put your faith in Eloisa James, y¿all.
lifeafterjane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Linnet Thrynne has just thoroughly botched up her debut first season. What started as a harmless flirtation with a prince has ended in her being the talk of the ton. Of course she knew that a prince could never marry the daughter of a lowly viscount but it was just a bit of kissing- a bit of kissing witnessed by the Duchess, mind you and now Linnet is ruined. Ruined, thanks to the kiss, the refusal of the prince and well, a ball gown that had far too many ruffles around the middle for people to believe that it was just a kiss. Now she's to be bundled off to Wales, rumored royal bun-in-the-oven and all, and given in marriage to a Duke's son. This would seem like a fortunate turn of events if it wasn't for the fact that the only reason the Duke desires the match is because his son is incapable of siring a child and he wants an heir with a tinge of royal blood. But there's no baby, and soon Linnet will have to break the news to her new fiancé, a man everyone refers to as The Beast.I fell in love with Eloisa James when I read the first book in this series, A Kiss at Midnight. It was so witty and funny and wildly romantic that I ran out and picked up a few more of her books. Her writing is gorgeous and she writes the most adorable characters! She makes even the bad guys loveable.This little story was so much more than I expected. With all the Beauty and the Beast overtones, I was expecting something much more predictable than I got. I adored Piers, The Beast, instantly. He's a remarkably gifted doctor with the very worst bedside manner and where one would expect that he'd fall face first under the spell of his new Beauty, it's quite the opposite in fact. He openly mocks her coquettish behavior and refuses to be another of her ballroom conquests and why shouldn't he? After all, he is completely unaffected by her, having suffered a debilitating injury that has left him, ahem, immune to her charms. Linnet is forced for the very first time to rely on something other than her beauty to get her out of her most unfortunate situation. I laughed and laughed at this story, until I started crying like a big burbling idiot towards the end where it takes a most unexpected turn.I plan on reading each and everyone one of Miz Eloisa's books because I just love her characters and her excellently crafted little worlds. If you are a fan of happy romances, regency ones at that, you'll fall just in much in love with this book as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So so very romantic it will make your bones melt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every moment of this unconventional fairytale. Highly recommend for historical romance lovers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago