TBR Review: When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

This is my TBR review for the month of April hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian. The review for this challenge posts on the third Wednesday each month.

The challenge this month: Romance Classics (classic book, classic author, classic trope/theme etc.) I chose a Beauty and the Beast trope.

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast
by Eloisa James
Series: Fairy Tales, Book 2
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by Avon, 2011
E-book, Purchased
372 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: 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 brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love—in just two weeks.

Yet Linnet has no idea of the danger posed to her own heart by a man who may never love her in return.

If she decides to be very wicked indeed . . . what price will she pay for taming his wild heart?

“I do believe that his given name is something odd. Peregrine, Penrose- Piers, that’s it.”
“He sounds like a dock.” Lord Sundron put in.
“Mrs. Hutchins called me a light frigate this morning,” Linnet said “a dock might be just the thing for me.”

and

“I didn’t realize you needed a response. When Hamlet is giving a monologue, he just goes on and on by himself.”

Likes

  • A delightful book. I love the back-and-forth between Piers and Linnet. It is so much fun to read.
  • The way Linnet is ruined is very funny. Linnet shows her humor and self-deprecation in the first chapter as she faces the reality of her position.
  • Piers is a character modeled on “House” from the doctor in the TV series by that name.
  • I like the way Ms. James uses the Beauty and the Beast theme.
  • Piers has good reasons for not talking to his father since he and his mother left him.
  • Linnet is cynical about her beauty and the response of people around her.
  • I like the last third of the book which turns Linnet’s beauty against her.
  • Piers is fiercely intelligent and a doctor even though he’s a lord. His injured leg is often painful, he gets irritated with the people around him and he doesn’t bother with kindness to his patients.
  • Linnet is also very intelligent, but many people never see that. They just see her beauty. Piers sees beyond her beauty and recognizes her intelligence and a kindred spirit in her cynicism. He values these things far more than her beauty.
  • Linnet make changes to the way Piers treats the patients and Piers finally lets her. Linnet sees the patients as people; Piers sees them as cases. Both ways are important to the patients.
  • Piers’ mother and father are great characters, too.

Dislikes

  • Piers says terrible things to Linnet to drive her away.

Thoughts

  • I like Eloisa James’ writing a lot. This book is a good example with the witty exchanges between characters. I’ve read several of these fairy tale remakes by Eloisa James and like them. She makes these fairy tales fresh and fun to read.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

As well as the TBR reading challenge hosted by Wendy I’m also participating in the following reading challenges for this book:

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6 thoughts on “TBR Review: When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James”

  1. I enjoyed this one but the ending left a bad taste in my memory. I did love how Piers and Linnet interacted and just the characters themselves. Thanks for reminding me! I will definitely have to read more James – she’d fallen off my radar for some reason.

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    1. I understand what you mean, Katherine. It was actually about 2/3 of the way through for me when I thought I would give it a lower grade. The ending was okay for me and I ended up liking the book a lot.

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    1. I don’t read too many romances, but more in the summer for some reason…lol. The beauty and the beast idea was well done.

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  2. I read this one a few years ago, but never made the connection to “House”. Now that you’ve pointed it out, I feel like an idiot for missing it! I agree with your “dislike”; I enjoyed their interchanges earlier in the book but the way he drives her away was too painful.

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  3. I really enjoyed this book 🙂 I have a love/hate relationship with this author-several of her books I absolutely adore, and then I’ve read a couple that I really hated, ugh lol.

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