When Beauty Tamed the Beast
By Eloisa James
(Avon Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780062021274, 374pp.)
Publication Date: January 2011
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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?
- 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.