Beauty and the Beast meets Taming of the Shrew in this laugh-out-loud and heartfelt Regency romance.
Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and snarling at anyone who gets too close. With a ruined face like his, it's hard to like much about the world. Especially smart-mouthed harpies—with lips better suited to kissing than speaking—who brave his castle with indecent proposals.
But Lady Astrid Everleigh will stop at nothing to see her younger sister safe from a notorious scoundrel, even if it means offering herself up on a silver platter to the forbidding Beast of Beswick himself. And by offer, she means what no highborn lady of sound and sensible mind would ever dream of—a tender of marriage with her as his bride.
Rapid-fire repartee and a struggle for self-acceptance underpin this playful, steamy Regency retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from Howard (What a Scot Wants). Lady Astrid Everleigh is livid when she learns her greedy uncle intends to marry off her younger sister, Isobel, to the Earl of Beaumont, who destroyed Astrid's reputation with a malicious rumor nearly a decade earlier. Powerless against her uncle's decision, Astrid impulsively proposes marriage to reclusive Lord Thane Harte, known as the Beast of Beswick as much for his quick temper as for the grisly scars covering his body. Despite intense mutual attraction, both Astrid and Thane are convinced that they are unworthy of love because of the way society has shunned them. Their marriage of convenience presents a chance to both save Isobel's future and to heal their own wounded hearts. Thane and Astrid are equals in their independent spirits, intelligence, and verbal dexterity, and their passion is off the charts. Readers will fall in love with this fresh twist on the fairy tale.
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It was pretty good
Smart, interesting characters and a good story! I enjoyed the book.
Beast of beswick
Thane was severely wounded in war. He is carrying big scars on the inside too. Astrid needs him to help with her sister. They think they have agreed to have a marriage in name only.