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When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales #2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,401 Ratings  ·  1,381 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 (the Grinch)
Aug 11, 2015 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it it was amazing
“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 ~ BlithelyBookish

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
Aug 20, 2011 Shawna rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Ilona Andrews
Jul 02, 2012 Ilona Andrews rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2011 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
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
Mar 14, 2016 Naomi rated it really liked it
Sweet book I liked the characters the girl had a sense of humor and the guy was just so bluntly mean it was funny. It didnt really have much to do with beauty and the beast which was what I was looking forward to but still I enjoyed it
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
Aug 07, 2011 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why, but this pic made me think of Piers and Linnet playing by the beach pool:

Sarah MacLean
Feb 08, 2011 Sarah MacLean rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Dec 09, 2015 Alexa rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This was supposed to be a 5 star read. It had two things I love:

Beauty and the Beast

and House...

There's no way this could go wrong, right?


Well, it actually didn't. The book is not bad, but it's not great either. One of the reasons I love House so much, is because it stays true to character until the very end... House doesn't have a fairy tale happy ending. It couldn't. House is a grouchy, unhappy person who loves sabotaging his relationships and alienating everyone who loves him.

In this
Penny Watson
Feb 25, 2011 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Diamond Cowboy
Nov 06, 2015 Diamond Cowboy rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 30, 2011 Carolyn F. rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 05, 2012 Felicia rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 08, 2011 Diana~ rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 22, 2012 ~E~ Riverina Romantics rated it it was amazing

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
Iliked the first book in this series - only connected by the fact that they're fairy-tale-retellings, nothing else - but had some issues with it. The chief one being that the heroine wasn't at all likable. She did some pretty despicable things to her sister for no apparent reason. So, despite the fact thatA Kiss at Midnightgot better towards the end, I was leery of starting the second book. It's my favorite re-telling, hands down, and I was afraid that I'd end up hating it.

That isnot the case he
Teresa Medeiros
Jan 12, 2012 Teresa Medeiros rated it it was amazing
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
Cee (The Mistress Case)
After Reading:

This is, by far, not the worst EJ book I've read. It was pretty decent and the chemistry was passable. However, while I was pulled in by the witty banter, the over-the-top dialogs got on my nerves, and reading became a snooze. Piers lived up to being Beastly/House though and that's a winner.

Also, when it comes to romance, I'm not a fan of multi-povs that includes side-characters too. It's a waste of pages. Just my two cents.

Before Reading:

I know what you're thinking: "Cee, why
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
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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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