When Beauty Tamed the Beast

By Eloisa James
(Avon, Mass Market Paperback, 9780062021274, 384pp.)

Publication Date: February 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover

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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?

About the Author

A New York Times bestselling author, Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but who can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is an honest-to-goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa's website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence.

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  1. At the beginning of When Beauty Tames the Beast, neither Linnet nor Piers is strictly truthful with each other.  That’s not exactly abnormal—I had my future husband convinced that I was sweet, supportive, and a fabulous cook (I learned a lot from watching soaps).  But Linnet and Piers are telling lies that aren’t exactly flattering:  Linnet is claiming to be pregnant, and Piers is boasting of impotence.  First, agree among yourselves that I did a clever job of shifting the whole question of superficial beauty to deeper questions of the body.  Then have another drink and get down to brass tacks:  so, who has had a run-in with an impotent man?  All details welcome.

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