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When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
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Jan 29, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-romance, author-eloisa-james, 2011-reads, regency-romance
Recommended for: Any Eloisa James fan, historical romance lovers.
Read from February 03 to 05, 2011

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 makes this book such a wonderful keeper! Towards the end, everything takes a turn-- either for the bad or good, I won't say. But it was very heart-breaking and bittersweet that I cried so much for the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves classic fairytale stories, bittersweet endings, and heroine with a backbone, witty characteristics, and a sarcastic bad-tempered hero who is much more than meets the eye.

The Characters:
Piers Yelverton, the Earl of Marchant is no other but the hero of the story. In the beginning, you don't exactly get a good impression of him because he always yells and bickers at everybody (with a hint of sarcasm in it). But inside, he is definitely capable of love and so he falls deeply and heart-breakingly for Linnet towards the end, and she the same. Everyone is afraid of him so of course, he gets an infamous reputation for being a beast because of his horrible temper. He believes that no one would ever want to marry him, due to that fact that he is a cripple. His father, the Duke of Windebank tries desperately to find his son a wife and there's a whole background story of what happened between them that caused Piers to hate him. Anyway, Piers ends up giving the duke a list of requirements stating that his future wife must be as beautiful as the moon and such... thinking that there's no way his father would even be able to find someone like that! And in comes our lovely heroine, Linnet.

Linnet Berry Thrynne's beauty is so beautiful, all the men fall in love with her. But regardless of that, she has a witty personality, she loves to talk back to Piers, very kind to patients, and she has plenty of sarcasm. At the beginning of the story, we find out that everyone in the ton believes that she is pregnant with Prince Augustus' child. It's really ridiculous but she isn't and so her aunt comes and tells her to fake that she's pregnant and have the Earl of Marchant marry her! The plan of course, fails because when Piers first meets Linnet, he knows right away that she isn't pregnant, so she lets go of the act and from then on, Piers gets intrigued by this lovely beauty with a sharp tongue and a brain to match! Apparently, she has a secret weapon that consists of smiling at anyone and they fall in love with her... but that doesn't work on Piers at all!

The Romance:
One of the top most things that I love in any romance novel, is the relationship between the H/hr. It was attraction at first because Piers thought that Linnet was the most beautiful woman that he ever met, while Linnet was intrigued by Piers. I absolutely love how Piers didn't fall in love with Linnet because of her beauty, but rather her personality and sharp tongue. Linnet fell in love with Piers because she sees that he is also beautiful in his own way, plus the chemistry between them was explosive and sexy. There is though, one thing that broke my heart. Piers did not want to marry Linnet because he believes that she is too good for him and deserves someone better. But then again, when it comes to love, you can never control your feelings! I did mention that their romance was heart-breaking and bittersweet right? Well... towards the end, something tragic eventually happens and Linnet ends up being a victim of scarlet fever, after the heart-breaking scene where Piers tells her that their relationship was nothing and that he never intended to marry her. We all know that Piers loves Linnet but because he thinks she deserves someone better, he lets her go. Linnet almost dies due to scarlet fever, but Piers finds her and restores her back to health, with a cost... her beauty is gone and her hair as well. I'm not going to go in-depth in this part because it was my favorite scene in the entire book. You'll just have to read it to find out! Although, I will leave a quote just to tempt readers.
"I love you," he said, his voice catching. "When I thought you were going to die, I wanted to die."
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Quotes Diana~ Liked

Eloisa James
“I love you," he said, his voice catching. "When I thought you were going to die, I wanted to die.”
Eloisa James, When Beauty Tamed the Beast

Reading Progress

02/03/2011 page 90
23.0% "A witty heroine and a sarcastic bad-tempered hero; this is definitely a match!"
02/04/2011 page 198
52.0% "I love how the heroine can stand up and talk back to the hero! It's also hilarious how Piers acts very childish but at the same time, can be very sexy. ;)"

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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish Great review, Diana! This is another one I'm really excited to read soon!

Diana~ I think you'll love it very much because I sure did!

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