Catherine's Reviews > When Beauty Tamed the Beast
by Eloisa James (Goodreads Author), James Griffin
bookshelves: historical, romance, buddy-read, fairy-tale, bad-childhood, england, read-2011, series-but-not-officially, doctor
I loved the playfulness between Linnet and Piers. They actually became friends in this book which is something I treasure in my romances. The humor was spot on as well. Just like in the last fairytale style book Eloisa James wrote this one has a bit of a farcical feel to it. I saw shades of my favorite couple by this author (in the beginning at least) when Piers and Linnet decided to play and tease each other. It was sexy and fun and I felt they fit together well.
I really liked the side bits we got of Piers's mother and father. The revelations we had about their past and the reason Piers disliked his father is heartbreaking. I think the author was smart to show his pov because otherwise it would have been harder to forgive him for his mistakes.
So why isn't this a 5 star? Because the book went down the drain toward the end. The conflict at the end seemed to come out of nowhere and I felt that forgiveness came way too easily. It was like so many other issues cropped up after that scene that the actual original conflict wasn't given more than a token apology. I wasn't enraged when it ended, but I was still miffed and I felt that things were solved too easily. It actually bothered me so much that it took the grade down to a very low 4 stars. I debated going into the 3 star range, but I enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book too much to do that.
I'm still looking forward to the next fairytale themed book, but I hope that one stays good throughout instead of turning lame at the end.
Also, I was really bothered by the way it seemed like Linnet needed to be brought down a peg before she could be with Piers. What was up with that???
"It makes you look like a light frigate," she observed.
A light frigate. A light woman!"
Isn't a frigate a boat?"" 1 comment
It's the beauty," her aunt said, preening a little. "The women in my family are simply cursed by our beauty. Look at dear Rosalyn, dying so young."
"I don't see that it's cursed you," the viscount said, rather rudely." 3 comments
"Not simpleminded," Zenobia said triumphantly. "Even better!"
There was a moment of silence as both Linnet and her father thought abut what that could mean.
"He hasn't got what it takes," her aunt clarified.
"He hasn't?" Sundon asked blankly.
"Minus a digit," Zenobia added.
"A finger?" Linnet ventured.-LOL!" 4 comments
"There's nothing I like more than meeting velvet-clad peers while wrapped in a towel," he said. "They're going to lie to me anyway, but it keeps them alert."
"Lie?" Neythen asked, sounding shocked.
"It comes with the peerage. Really. It's only the poor who bother with honesty, these days."" 4 comments
"And you must be my father," Marchant continued. His voice was not in the least welcoming.
"I am," the duke said, his voice halting. "I am he"- Wait, what?" 6 comments
||21.0%||"I'm loving the banter. :)" 4 comments|
||24.0%||"Ooh! Tension with his dad because of that?" 6 comments|
||27.0%||"The hung thing versus straight up at the pool was funny. And enlightening!" 10 comments|
||33.0%||"Oh ho! The plot thickens with the new arrival." 3 comments|
You shouldn't be ogling me like that," she stated.
"You're my fiancee." His voice was husky and dark, without any of the usual mocking undertones that generally accompanied his every word.
"Not anymore," she said, licking her bottom lip.
"You know," he said, "I think we should explore this whole question of betrothal a bit more thoroughly. We might be tossing out the baby with the bathwater."" 2 comments
"Aren't you going to ask what the Family is, if only so you can run off and join them?"
"I didn't realize you needed a response. When Hamlet is giving a monologue, he just goes on and on by himself."" 3 comments
||50.0%||"Ooh la la! The wind stole the towel." 3 comments|
||55.0%||"Ah, crap. I knew something like that caused his injury." 11 comments|
||57.0%||"I've got to stop there? Wah! Damn work. :(" 5 comments|
||60.0%||"Okay, that is seriously not a sexy term to me. Don't break the mood please." 8 comments|
"If I were to marry anyone, Linnet, it would be you."
"I always knew these breasts would come in handy," she said with satisfaction.- LOL!" 2 comments
||67.0%||""After all, they were only playing." - Awwww." 2 comments|
||73.0%||"When you pull your head out of your ass you better be ready for a damn good grovel. >:|" 1 comment|
"One morning Nurse Matilda called his name, and he whipped about, thinking it was she.
Mistaking Nurse Matilda's voice for Linnet's was just short of a sign of impending insanity."" 6 comments
||87.0%||"That last sentence on this page was a killer." 9 comments|
||91.0%||"If someone kept calling me a lobster I would kick his ass. Even if I loved him he would have to die." 2 comments|
||92.0%||""Like nothing I ever wanted, and then, there she was."" 2 comments|
||95.0%||"I wish we could have gotten more of his pov during the time he's referring to. It would have helped me be less irritated." 5 comments|
||96.0%||"Comparing what he did to her to what his dad did to him is retarded. They are not even in the same degree." 3 comments|
||97.0%||"There are only 372 pages if someone would like to be a dear and fix it. :)"|