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When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  14,034 ratings  ·  1,272 reviews
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 b
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Avon
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
“I suppose you think I’ll fall in love with you,” he said.

“Quite likely.”

“How long do you give yourself?” He sounded genuinely curious.

“Two weeks at the outside.” And then she did give him the smile—dimples, charm, sensuality and all.

He didn’t even blink. “Was that the best you’ve got?”

“Generally, that’s more than enough.”

“I suppose I should say something reassuring at this point.” He pitched his voice to a groveling apology. “It’s not me, it’s you.” Then: “Oops! Got that backwards. It’s not yo
Once upon a time..(looks at calendar) not to long ago. A reviewer named Rane picked up the second in a fairy tale series. Rane enjoyed the first book in the series, and looked forward to next, and thankfully wasn't disappointed or shed tears in her little reviewer corner....or write her displeasure in this review (saved her keyboard from the heartache of pounding keys!) And with joy Rane was able to bestow more stars along with others on this great little tale.

Rane, a true lover of the story of
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

Just what the doctor ordered!

I’m a big fan of historical romance novels, but admittedly the genre can become a bit tedious due to storylines and characters who are confined to the particular roles and behaviors of their era. I’ve read just about every kind of historical romance, from those of the light and fluffy variety to those that leave my emotions in a tattered mess. Well, I’m happy to say that When Beauty Tamed the Beast struck a perfect balance of both, and was an absolute pleasure to rea
If you like Dr House in TV, you'll probably enjoy this book too. The hero is exactly like House, the same aching leg and dry wit that drives some people insane and some women like flies to honey:) I belong to the second group because honestly I think there is nothing sexier than a man with brains, provided that he's not only using his wits to laugh at others, but also to laugh at himself.

I also liked the heroine a lot. Linnet was as sarcastic and intelligent as House Piers himself, thus resultin
Aug 20, 2011 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of humorous historical romance & fairytale remakes with a twist
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5 stars – Historical Romance

After reading three books by Eloisa James that left me less than wowed, I was wary about reading another one. But the premise for this sounded great and all the rave reviews convinced me to give it a try. Boy oh boy, I’m so glad that I did because it’s fabulous...and yes, it wowed me! I loved it!

Sarcastic, snarky humor, witty banter, and snappy dialogue? Check!

A feisty, funny, intelligent, lovable heroine with razor-sharp wit who gives just as good as she gets? Check!
Ilona Andrews
I am so clearly on the Eloisa James kick.

People complained that this series is not historically accurate. It’s called Fairy tales. ;) That’s a clue.

This was so much fun. Light, funny, witty, it’s a story of a beautiful girl who, through unfortunate circumstances, is unable to find a suitable match. Her only hope of matrimony is being married to the Earl of Marchant, who is a grumpy, lame, brilliant doctor with deep dislike of his father, society, and the idea of being wed. He’s basically a hot
Laura the Highland Hussy
This is the Historical Romance for those who are bored with the standard or the norm. Different type of hero, and a great heroine. I loved the story..up til the end...the ending ruined it for me.

The opening scene of this book is hysterical. Our heroine Linnet has just been ruined. Why is this funny? There were a couple factors in her being shunned from the ton but the biggie was her new gown. It's this fabulous new frilly ballgown...that makes her look pregnant!!! Combine that with her absolutel
Lisa Kay

(This is a review of the audiobook.) I loved this one, narrated by Susan Duerden, who does an excellent job. I’ll be looking for more of her work. She is so good with the male (not easy) and female voices and the accents, regardless of the country or the social class. Ms. Duerden is very good at making me forget the book is even being narrated, instead drawing me into the story.

Speaking of the story…granted, there are a few things for which I really should mark off on my star rating; however, I
I don't know why, but this pic made me think of Piers and Linnet playing by the beach pool:

This book was absolutely fabulous in the beginning! I loved the banter and I loved the characters. Linnet was such a great heroine and I adored her willingness to go toe to toe with the beast of a doctor, Piers. I've heard that the author modeled the hero after Dr. House, and it must be true because the similarities are quite obvious. That's all right though because I've always enjoyed House. He's an ass, yes, but he is also strangely nice and oddly charming. So it's no surprise that I loved Pie ...more
Sarah MacLean
I love love love this book. It is classic Eloisa and funny, and emotional and wonderful all at the same time. Could well be my favorite of all her books!
There are several homages pointed out in the historical note for this book, and a number of throwaway allusions that aren’t mentioned (notably the two doctors named “Kibbles” and “Bitts,”) but what I most noticed was a drawing room comedy style that made me think of writers like Oscar Wilde. It’s actually a bit exhausting at first, so many bon mots and dry turns of phrase, and I wondered how well it would hold up for an entire romance. Luckily the style calms down a bit when our heroine Linnet m ...more
Penny Watson
When Beauty Tamed The Beast by Eloisa James


I am sitting in a stupor, staring into space.

There are not many romance novels that fit into the "Lord of Scoundrels"-category of absolute perfection. Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwood. Several Amanda Quick books. It is almost impossible to get everything right. The characters. The setting. The story. The humor. The pacing. The sex. Every scene perfect.

And then to push it one step further. Not only flawless in these ways, but to
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
When Beauty Tamed the Beast: My FAVORITE historical romance ever hands down! Breathtaking

Quick Thoughts
This review will in no way be able to adequately explain the caliber of excellence this novel has reached. I wish I could expose my heart and brain to everyone so that they could understand exactly how I feel regarding this book. I have always avoided Historical Romance that people deemed an emotional ride. I love banter, humor, battles, wit, love...everything jovial and fun. Yet, this book to
My first book by Eloisa James and I loved it! I loved the humor and the tenderness and while other books have certainly had more steam, this one had enough to get the job done. Hot, sexy Dr. Piers, tortured though he may be, became my hero and Linnet Berry Thrynne is my type heroine. Loved her spunkiness. And she was the perfect one to tame the Beast:)

I definately will be reading more by this author.

Diamond Cowboy
Great story. More later.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
I loved this one so much, I'm actually tempted to do a sneak quickie re-read. I read it so fast, that I want to be sure that I've savored every single little itty-bitty word.

It has almost everything I love about good HRs: a great plot, a grouchy hero, a smart-ass heroine (OK, so she's ravishingly beautiful, and not a spinster, but I'll forgive her), witty dialogue and bits that nearly made me want to blub (I made the mistake of listening to Chopin whilst reading it...). Having said that, it is i
Carolyn F.
What a tear jerker! I was bawling at the end. This book was very funny in parts, very romantic in others and then sometimes horribly sad. Wonderful book that I would recommend!

Linnet is dumped by a German prince but everyone thinks they already had something going on before she was dumped because she got food poisoning one day and wore a dress that made her look fat. So, her father and aunt send her off to marry an Earl who has isolated himself in Wales that everyone calls the "Beast" because h
Totally wanted to hate this book, and I ended up really liking it! Basically combine the most perfect woman ever with a cranky House-like Duke and you have this book. That pitch alone made me NOT read it for a while, the heroine is described is SUCH DETAIL about how pretty and perfect she is, so I was even more impressed when you dove into the book how likable she became. And once I got over hearing House in my ear with the hero, I really loved his character. Def a Historical stand-alone that's ...more
Feb 08, 2011 Diana~ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Eloisa James fan, historical romance lovers.
We all have come to know and love the classic story called, Beauty and the Beast. But in Eloisa James' version of it, there is much more to it than you can ever imagine. It's a story about finding true love, regardless of outer-beauty, how society looks at you, and even if you have disabilities. You would think that Piers, the Earl of Marchant- who is the hero of the story, the Beast right? While Linnet, the heroine of the story, Beauty. But that is not necessarily the case.... and that is what ...more
5.00+ Stars - Regency/Historical Romance

Excellent! Too many LOL moments to count for! When Beauty Tamed A Beast, a fairytale-based romance novel, tells the story of Lennet, whose wondrous beauty makes angels weep out of envy, and Piers, whose vicious temper is so infamous that it earned him a nickname called ‘beast’.

Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne, daughter of an earl, is London’s most celebrated uniquely beautiful woman making her susceptible to the perils of a beast, her fiancée Piers Yelverton, Ear
To be honest, I quit reading Eloisa James awhile ago. I struggled with her books because often times there were so many characters introduced that I couldn't keep them all straight! The main couple was often lost amongst all the other things going on, and being so frustrated, I moved on to other authors.

When I started hearing all the buzz about this book, I decided to give it a chance, and I am so very glad that I did!

I love stories where I begin to believe that the couple in the book are truly
~E~ Riverina Romantics

When one of my Goodreads friends read and loved this book I was a bit dubious about reading it myself. I have learned that I am very shallow when it comes to my books - and yes, gasp and throw things at me if you like - but I do have a habit of judging a book by its cover.

So it probably goes without saying that I don't like this cover. It put me off initially picking up this book, but thank goodness for great Goodreads friends, otherwise I would have never picked it up.

For me historic
Teresa Medeiros
I adored this book! Since I'm a big HOUSE fan and Eloisa admits this book is a homage to that grumpy doctor (who is, of course, an homage to Sherlock Holmes), I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to get Hugh Laurie's image out of my head while reading. But in Piers, Eloisa has created an unforgettable (and desperately sexy) character with a wrenching backstory. His lack of self-pity only makes him more irresistible. And on top of giving me a hero to fall in love with, she also gave me a her ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
So, I've recently been having a lot of difficulty with romance novels. I love them, always have, yet I have been so bored by the same tired plot devices, the predictability and just in-general schlockiness of it all. It's been months since I've felt that--oh I must get back to reading this awesome novel--feeling.

However, Eloisa James just revived my love. She reminded me that plot devices can be recycled for centuries on end and still feel fresh and alive as long as they are written with style a
Beanbag Love
This was much better than A Kiss at Midnight (the first in James's "Fairy Tales" series). The story held together well, the chemistry was strong, the banter was funny and the plot was solid enough to carry the weight of fluff/romance/pathos/humor/etc.

In short, a huge improvement.

Piers and Linnet are great characters. He's an ass. A completely uncensored curmudgeon and she's smart enough to intentionally yank his chain without coming off like a self-centered, bitchy, idiot (as so many sharp-tongu
I’ve only read one Eloisa James novel which was very early on in her career. For some reason she didn’t work for me as a reader. When a friend told me about Eloisa’s latest release from Avon called When Beauty Tamed the Beast, I was intrigued. Eloisa now may have a new fan because When Beauty Tamed the Beast is so full of win! This in an adorable, sexy and laugh out loud hilarious historical romance with wonderful dialogue that you cannot pass up. I guess you can say this is another call to acti ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Beneath this eye-catchingly garish cover lies a romance story that greatly surprised me, both for its spirit of fun and its intelligence. Having never read a James book before, I had no expectations, but the Romance genre in general is hugely hit-and-miss. I would say this one is a "hit". Especially if you like the TV character of Dr Gregory House.

That's right - what better modern-day beast is there than House? And with what I can easily imagine as a teasing spark in her eye, James has taken the
Milda Page Runner
3.5 stars?

Sometimes after a stretch of darker fantasy I fell like reading some fluff. So here goes my first historical romance.

When it comes to pure romances - I'm clueless how to rate or review them. Frankly sex was great. Seriously: don't read it in public places and have an eager male/female/partner/toy nearby.
But it's not like you can expect a complicated plot with unexpected twists here. With two opposite sex povs and a romance as a genre it's hardly a mystery where it's going to. So don't
This was by far one of the best historical romance novels I have read in quite some time!

When Linnet faces losing her good reputation among the ton, her father and aunt decide it would be best for her to marry and quickly.
Enter Pierce. The heir of a duke is residing in Wales and likes his solitary life as a doctor. When Pierce's father sents him a bride, he is instantly attracted to Linnet but he has no intention of marrying her whatsoever. Slowly but surely he starts to see more than just her b
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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeat ...more
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