This book is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast with a twist. The "Beast", Valor Lionhardt is very rich and handsome, but his heart has turned to black stone after his proposal of marriage to Coquette de Bellamont is refused by her father. Three years later, sweet, innocent Coquette is given in marriage to the dark Lord of Roanan to save her father's life - or so she thinks. She soon finds out that her vain father has traded her life for three merchant ships, a manor house, and gold. Coquette must learn to tame her beast, and Lord Roanan must learn to give up revenge and love again.
I liked this story pretty well. It was inventive and different from other Beauty and the Beast stories. It had a sweet romance, but not as steamy as Shackles of Honor. Even though it is not my favorite of McClure's books, I still recommend it. She writes clean romance, which I am highly in favor of.