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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?

Topics: England, Regency Era, Doctors, Nobility, Love Story, Retellings, and Beauty and the Beast

Published: HarperCollins on Jan 25, 2011
ISBN: 9780062041753
List price: $4.99
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I enjoy beauty and the beast type books but this book's plot in particular was very interesting and not the usual you may come to expect. This was supposed to be a lighthearted quick entertainment instead the book had an interesting plot surrounding pretty serious topics like self image and dependency issues. I love heroines who are strong and witty.The hero is also intelligent and charming. Their interaction was quite entertaining and you can feel the chemistry right from the moment they meet. Gave me butterflies on more than one occasion. Enjoyed this story tremendously. read more
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There are good romance novels and there are great romance novels. This novel is fantabulous! It had everything I love-humor, witty dialogue, a long courtship of foreplay, and challenges for them both to overcome. I loved the bow to Dr. House, the 'Ducklings'-I mostly remember Kibbles & Bitts, and a secondary rekindling and over it all-forgiveness.
FYI, I would adore seeing Prufrock in another tale.
Kudos, Eloisa James, your work has matured nicely. Bravo. read more
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I enjoy beauty and the beast type books but this book's plot in particular was very interesting and not the usual you may come to expect. This was supposed to be a lighthearted quick entertainment instead the book had an interesting plot surrounding pretty serious topics like self image and dependency issues. I love heroines who are strong and witty.The hero is also intelligent and charming. Their interaction was quite entertaining and you can feel the chemistry right from the moment they meet. Gave me butterflies on more than one occasion. Enjoyed this story tremendously.
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touching... with humor
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There are good romance novels and there are great romance novels. This novel is fantabulous! It had everything I love-humor, witty dialogue, a long courtship of foreplay, and challenges for them both to overcome. I loved the bow to Dr. House, the 'Ducklings'-I mostly remember Kibbles & Bitts, and a secondary rekindling and over it all-forgiveness.
FYI, I would adore seeing Prufrock in another tale.
Kudos, Eloisa James, your work has matured nicely. Bravo.
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When Beauty Tamed the Beast is the second story in Eloisa James's series based on fairy tale classics. As usual, she put her own twist on the trsditional story, and it makes for an enjoyable read. I especially enjoyed the "transformation" of the beast--no magic is involved, but it is a definite and believeable change. This series, though, has a different "feel" to it than her other books--many of the characters, for instance, have rather fanciful names (two of the "Beast"'s students are named Kibbles and Bitts, for example) which tends to take me out of the story a bit but does go along with the fairy tale theme. Overall I enjoyed the story and the characters, but feel that this one, like A Kiss at Midnight, don't quite reach the level of her other novels. A solid four-star story.
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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!
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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.
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