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Taming Beauty (Dunaway's Daughters #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  94 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
It’s best not to answer the door when the Earl of Dunaway come’s knocking.

After learning this lesson by trial and error, as any good lesson ought to be learned, Miss Lilith Aberdeen fashioned a life for herself on the fringes of London society. She is the last lady likely to risk her independence or her heart on anything as fickle and frivolous as love. Or the waxing and w
ebook, 1, 190 pages
Published 2016 by Lynne Barron
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Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taming Beauty is the first Lynne Barron book I have read, and I feel as though it will not be the last. Whilst I wasn’t crazy obsessed about this one, I certainly enjoyed it a lot. In fact, I spent most of my time reading it with this stupid little smirk on my face.

I had the notion in my mind that Taming Beauty would be a Beauty and the Beast retelling, of sorts. We have the gorgeous female lead and the reclusive male lead, but this is not a typical Beauty and the Beast retelling. This is a wond
Nov 09, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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1.5 Stars

I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

With that being said, let me get honest and I say that I wish I could have enjoyed this but I couldn't at all. I'm really shocked I finished it because I was so close to dnfing a couple of times.  It has a pretty good premise but the execution of it  wasn't that good to me. In all honestly I kind of got confused and bored as I was
Cathy Geha
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First – I love this author’s books. Why? Because they are unique and vibrant – they are not formulaic, the characters have real qualities that I can relate to, they make me feel, the stories always provide a surprise or two and I can’t put them down once I begin reading. This book brought the same qualities and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Lilith Aberdeen is the daughter of the Earl of Dunaway and Gwendolyn, a beautiful courtesan. Neither of her parents would win an award for their parenting skills
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Taming Beauty was originally published in the Once Upon a Regency anthology, a wonderful anthology.

If you couldn't tell by the name this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Leave it to Lynne Barron to turn this into an unexpected story with a beautiful and unique heroine. I'm a big fan of Lynne Barron and always love the heroines that she creates. A woman with a reputation the granddaughter and daughter of infamous courtesans she herself lives a life she wants to lead until an impoverished
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Karen Whittard
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Retelling of fairytale are all the rage at the moment and some of them hit the nail on the head and are amazing while some others are lacking hugely. I am happy to announce that this was the first one.

I am a massive Disney fan so I think I always go into these retellings with a little tipidation but when the story is remastered and added to in a unique why like this one does. Well one cannot be helped but being filled with glee.

I really did enjoy this book. The characters in this book are all
Cary Morton
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Taming Beauty by Lynne Barron was such a strange, charming little story. The best phrase I can think of to describe it is vibrant chaos.

The characters were complex in the best of ways—often a tad quirky and loud. Lilith and Jasper made a great couple-at-odds, their relationship a tug of war between seduction, flippant banter, and still, endearing moments—and I loved their odd relationship.

The writ
Bobbie Stanley
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's not much in the world I love more than romance set in this time period. Except, of course, for romance from this time period that happens to also include forbidden love, saucy ladies, and surly gentlemen. Basically, this book lived up to all of my expectations. It was everything I love of Austen with the writing style of a modern woman. A writing style that, might I add, was delightfully addicting. I legitimately wanted to do nothing but read until I finished it. And when I wasn't readin ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good read I couldn't put it down! Unlike some of the other historical romances I've read, this one is centered around a man rumored to be quite the savage beast and a woman who was brought up amidst unscrupulous women. Lilith's own father is not exactly the model you would want for any child. He is too easily swayed by the female persuasion and has illegitimate children everywhere, Lilith included. As for the women in the family, well she comes from a long line of mistresses and ...more
** 3.5 stars **
Taming Beauty was a fun and semi-short read. It starts with Lilith taking her younger sister to her soon-to-be husband as a favor to their father, but there is more to this favor than meets the eye.
True to his author’s style, there were plenty of twists, end pieces to connect, and complex characters that kept me engrossed in the story from beginning to end. My only cavil is that I think the romance was a bit rushed, and not in the sense that the main characters acted upon it too
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Taming Beauty by Lynne Barron

Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Romance

About the book: Lilith has five sisters, each of them is born out of wedlock except Sissy who is from their father's marriage. Sissy is betrothed to Baron Malleville, known as the beast of Breckenridge. Lilith accompanies her sister and father to try and stop the wedding and help them to keep Sissy's dowry
Review: This book was a quick read and one I enjoyed. It was a good story and it was told quickly but with much detail. I liked the
Liz Pollinger
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this in wxhange for an honest review.

I found it difficult to get into this story. It seemed to be very repetitious in parts with too many characters. The story line did not flow easily and I found I had to go back and re read certain sections.

The story itself was your usual bodice ripper type story, taking place as usual, in England. There are six daughters, all from the same father, but several different mothers. In order to save his home a daughter must be married off to repay a deb
Deb Diem
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Taming Beauty by Lynne Barron is an amazing read. Ms Barron has once again impressed me with her story telling abilities. Lilith and Jasper's story is a well written, fairly short read, perfect for those with limited time for reading. This book is loaded with drama, humor, sizzle and the most awesome characters that I've read from this talented author so far. I loved this book and look forward to reading more from Lynne Barron in the future. Taming Beauty is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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Quirky characters, fun short read

The Hero- Jasper, aka the Beast, a Baron who gambled away his family fortune and reputation. He spent years in isolation, toiling to make his estate solvent. He is just a proper marriage away from regaining the land he lost and redeeming the family name.
The Heroine- Lilith is an illegitimate daughter of a courtesan and an irresponsible Duke who proudly acknowledges all of his offspring. Because of the illustrious pedigree of her father and an infamous lineage of
Mansha Bathla
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I got the e-copy of this book from the distributor a little while back, in the trading of a fair review. Before writing the review, I want to tell the readers a little about the story.

It starts with a scene where Lilith(main lead) helping her sister (sissy) to get ready for her marriage with Jasper Grimley (main lead). Lord Dunway, the father of Lilith and Sissy and other four daughters, decided to marry off his daughter to Jasper Grimley also called as Baron Malleville. He decided to marry off
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Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Taming Beauty is a historical romance and was beautifully written. It was a wonderful read and it was a romantic tale that I couldn’t get enough of.

Lilith is not your typical lady of London society. Unlike other historical romances I have read, Lilith has known pleasure before Jasper. Honestly this was just a small difference but one I couldn’t help but overlook. I just get tired of historical fictional women saving themselves for their husbands. Lilith felt realistic, a fleshed out and believab
Kebby Shropshire
Quite the page turner

I enjoyed this book immensely and found it difficult to put down.

Lilith is not the usual Regency romance heroine. Her upbringing didn't consist of concerned and protective parents. In fact her parents never married. Her father was a man who couldn't keep it in his pants. He married a woman for money and had three daughters with her. But he also had daughters with other women. Lilith was raised by her bawdy mother. And the girl was used as a pawn for gain by both parents.

Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I have been reading Regency and Historical Romances for years. This one is different than most with it's sharp tongued women who refuse to conform to the ton; of which they are on the fringes. The dialogue was therefore a bit crisper and quite funny. The father of 6 daughters, half of them illigitimate, is a charming, but utterly selfish rake who will willingly use his girls in his schemes to get money. I found his character a bit over the top, as it se
Leah Hart
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely romance!

Recommended to anyone who likes feisty heroines, rather than the usual damsel in distress! Well written with a handsome, beastly hero to get your heart pumping. I enjoyed it very much.
Maria Contreras
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was a joy to read! I laughed so hard when they were all together talking, it’s a funny and beautiful love story and I highly recommend this book, everyone will truly enjoy it, thank you!
Dee Jay
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One never knows where a prevarication may take you even if the truth is spoken.
Life is forever changed by seemingly inexplicable circumstances.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Love titled members of the Ton, feisty headstrong women and romance? This book contains all of the above, plus a calculating family.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lilith Aberdeen has known little but heartache and strife in her tumultuous life. Raised in a highly unconventional family by parents who could be called selfish and neglectful at best, she has fashioned a place for herself in London society where she can be master of her own universe. Still, when her father calls upon her to accompany her half-sister to Cornwall to meet her betrothed for the first time, for some reason, Lilith surprises even herself and complies.

Jasper Grimley, Baron Mallevill
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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Original review posted on my blog From Ink to Paper

I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

As you can tell from the name the book is a retelling of the story of Beauty and The Beast, this made me excited to read it because I like the spin people put on the retellings. I did see some similarities in that Jasper was mean and would have been the beast and Lilith was the beauty in the story and they have the romance, as for the rest of it I didn't really feel like it was a
Donna Foster
Love this series!

Humor is what makes people fall in love I swear woman with a quick wit a smart mouth it's just so special I can't wait to read the rest of the series don't nobody it be as good as this heroine! He never saw it coming!
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
There were a couple parts of this novel that were hard to follow, but mostly I enjoyed it. Lilith is a fiercely independent, spunky young woman, and she was fun to read about.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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She knew she enjoyed the guilty pleasure of reading romance novels whenever she could find time between studying, working and raising her son as a single mother.

She knew quite a bit about women's lives in the Regency and Victorian era from ye
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