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Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty Naturally she's betrothed to a BeastPiers Yelverton Earl of Marchant lives in a castle in Wales where it is rud 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 womanLinnet is not just any woman She is 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 weeksIf she decides to be very wicked indeed what price will she pay for taming his wild heart? An unabridged recording in 8 parts 9 hours 20 minutes

10 thoughts on “When Beauty Tamed the Beast

  1. says:

    “I suppose you think I’ll fall in love with you” he said“uite likely”“How long do you give yourself?” He sounded genuinely curious“Two weeks at the outside” And then she did give him the smile—dimples charm sensuality and allHe didn’t even blink “Was that the best you’ve got?”“Generally that’s than enough”“I suppose I should say something reassuring at this point” He pitched his voice to a groveling apology “It’s not me it’s you” Then “Oops Got that backwards It’s not you it’s me” My favorite TV character in the whole wide world is this man I adore him and his cranky assThis book is brilliant It is charming It is absolutely delightful It is so fucking cute seriously and not because it is part of a series of Regencies based on fairy tales It is humorous it has wit and the characters are just in House voice so fucking cuteThe reason I included the gif and the reference to House MD the TV show is because this book is a delightful mix of Beauty and the Beast in which the Beast is essentially Dr House The heroine is a beauty The beast is a cranky cripppled doctor whose man parts aren't in working order spoiler alert they work uite well thank you very muchSnortLinnet is stunning Gorgeous Men faint at her feet Women glare at her with envy Birds sing in her presence The sun dims next to her splendor so on and so forth Only that doesn't matter one bit because Linnet is seriously fucked Her reputation is in shreds all because she was seen and kissed in the company of a playboy prince and then had the misfortune to 1 get sick in the morning from some bad prawns then 2 wear a dress that made her look preggers Those empire waisted dresses man Everyone thinks there's a bun in the oven from Prince not so charming and so nobody wants to touch her with a 30 foot poleEnter The Duke This Duke is fucked too because his son and sole heir Piers the Beast is not only a doctor horror of horrors a nobleman with a profession but he's horrendously mutilated and his family jewels are no longer in working order The Duke needs an heir Enter Linnet who's presumably knocked up PROBLEM SOLVED LINNET AND PIERS WILL MARRY EACH OTHER The endOf course notLinnet may be beautiful but she is neither stupid nor meek She is not afraid to stand up to Piers because frankly nobody else does “A barking mad doctor—that’s me—and a wickedly conniving beauty—that’s you—limping along together in a lifetime of happiness? I hardly think so You’ve been reading too many fairy stories”“Who says I can read? I can barely count remember?”He glanced at her and she decided once again to withhold the family smile “I’m starting to think I may have been wrong about your abilities You can probably count all the way to ten and back”“That just warms my heart” she cooed And Piers the fantastic cranky asshole is just as charming as my beloved Dr House He suffers from the same amount of excruciating pain due to his unhealing injury And he has pretty much the same amount of bedside manners “Piers looked up at him 'You're new What's your name?''Neythen my lord''Sounds like a terrible illness No like a bowel problem I'm sorry Lord Sandys your son has contracted neythen and won't live a month No no there's nothing I can do Sandys would have preferred hearing that to syphilis” This is a fairy tale but the delightful thing about this book is that there's so much going on There's no nauseating amount of romance the side cast and side stories as well as the little bits of medicine in the book are so fun to read and follow And did I say I love the supporting cast? I adore them Dr House has his own little team of doctors and Piers has The door opened and Prufrock ushered in the three young doctors currently making a nuisance of themselves trying to learn medicine“Penders Kibbles and Bitts” Piers said nodding at each in turn “Kibbles is the only one with working brains; Bitts is a gentleman so there weren’t any for him to inherit And Penders is improving which is good because there was nowhere to go but up KIBBLES AND BITTS These little bits of humor in this book warms me old cockles And then there's his cousin Sébastien the Regency euivalent of the charming affable Wilson His best friend although Piers would vehemently deny it and the one who understands him than he likes “You think you’ve suddenly developed the ability to diagnose me of all people? You can’t even manage a simple fever”“I know that you have an affinity for unhappiness” Sébastien said tipping his glass to his lips “In fact paradoxically you don’t feel truly happy unless you are unhappy The way to do that is to push away the people who give a damn about your nasty hide Me for one—except that I’m impossible to dislodge so you seem to have given up on me Your parents” He turned and raised his glass in the direction of Linnet “Your utterly beautiful fiancée He put his glass down on the sideboard “You and I we’ve always been together”“Just break it to me gently will you? You’re running off with a dairymaid” I loved this book because it wasn't too heavy on the romancewhich made it all the sweeter when it finally came

  2. says:

    When Beauty Tamed the Beast was an okay read for me I enjoyed the audio version but I didn't really care much for the hero or heroine There was just something about both of them that was off putting to me I didn't connect to them and in turn didn't connect to their love story It wasn't a bad read it just didn't do it for me

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    Once upon a timelooks at calendar not to long ago A reviewer named Rane picked up the second in a fairy tale series Rane enjoyed the first book in the series and looked forward to next and thankfully wasn't disappointed or shed tears in her little reviewer corneror write her displeasure in this review saved her keyboard from the heartache of pounding keys And with joy Rane was able to bestow stars along with others on this great little tale Rane a true lover of the story of the Beauty and the Beast and looked forward with glee at what this author had in store The Beauty named Linnet was sassy and smart with her beauty of a curse then a blessing and when gossip cast her and her family in dreadful shadow of doubt all that's left is for her to marry and uick and perhaps fake having a prince's baby along the way for good measure Of course this doesn't fool the foul mouth smart aumhmahbutt head Of a Beast who may not be a beast on the outside but is for one on the inside Piers the Earl of Marchant half beast half doctor with shades of another sarcastic doctor by the name of House prove to be as smart about all those illnesses of the body as he had a gift of a sharp tongue With scars and trouble with this leg after a dark accident that befell him Piers is perfectly beastly to all those expect his Mama for I think she beat his as butt The Beauty and the Beast clash like titans of old but not with super powers or swords no sir With Banter and romance and roses and crashing sea with steamy passion and What? Why are you looking at me so? To much purple prose? Ah yes soback to the topic at handRane enjoyed the duo banter much greatly with the Beast seeing behind the Beauty and the Beauty getting the Beast out of his shell This worked out splendid indeed but Rane wished with all her reviewer heart for behind the banter and while the past came in bits and pieces substance is what Rane craved And like an unexpected shower was given and given and given and given WHOA Said Rane while this was nice and all she said I feel uiet bloated with so much given and so few pages left The Beast does put his foot in his mouth and the poor Beauty suffer so and while many hearts were finally open this happen very uickly For Beauty finally was accepted as herself and not hiding behind her crutch of beauty and Beast finally stop being an as butthead Which was all good and all but forced Rane the reviewer to kick off a star from her review Sad But not is all lost For Rane did enjoy herself greatly with two wonderful characters and a fairy tale ending Rane was happy and as she wrote yet another funny review she proclaimed again this was another great book indeed and that was all and away she went on another book journey So longThe EndUntil the next review

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    Just what the doctor orderedI’m a big fan of historical romance novels but admittedly the genre can become a bit tedious due to storylines and characters who are confined to the particular roles and behaviors of their era I’ve read just about every kind of historical romance from those of the light and fluffy variety to those that leave my emotions in a tattered mess Well I’m happy to say that When Beauty Tamed the Beast struck a perfect balance of both and was an absolute pleasure to read It wasn’t an angsty story at all and I found myself constantly smiling and freuently even laughing out loud at their ridiculous banter The dialog throughout the book was priceless with such sarcasm and dry humor that I just couldn’t wait for the next confrontation to take place And while it was a very funny read my heart ached for both Piers and Linnet and the internal battles they both foughtAt first I couldn’t put my finger on what it was that was so appealing about our hero Piers Yelverton Earl of Marchant He’s a gruff offensive belligerent doctor whose bedside manner could leave one contemplating the upside of death Add to this that he’s not known for being stunningly handsome and I have to ask myself why I was so drawn to him His no nonsense approach at telling patients they were going to die seemed so callous and yet oddly funny There was something vaguely familiar about him but I just couldn’t uite decide what that was Then one of my Goodreads friends asked me if I recognized the similarities between Piers and Dr Gregory House of the popular television show House who I happen to adore Of course Why didn’t I recognize it? Maybe it was because I haven’t watched the last couple seasons of the show because Dr House as a character seemed to move away from the man I had come to adore in the earlier seasons Piers on the other hand is exactly what had me falling in love with Gregory House in the first placeMiss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a beauty who hasn’t been ruined by it It’s odd because she knows she’s beautiful because everyone says she is but it doesn’t seem to matter much to her Well not until she faces the possibility of losing her looks I really enjoyed her as a heroine and she’s the perfect match for Piers who needs someone he can’t trample with his cutting words and offensive manners She’s strong independent and every bit as smart as Dr House’s counterpart Dr Lisa Cuddy Yes indeed Piers and Linnet are a perfect matchNow before you get all offended that Ms James might try to secretly copy this popular television show there’s something you need to know; she didn’t do it secretly at all There’s an author’s note at the end of the book in which she comes right out and states that the character Dr Gregory House and the Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital greatly influenced her story But all that said Ms James did an incredible job of making Piers uniue In fact maybe he really did exist and Dr House developed his techniue based on Piers’ work ; When Beauty Tamed the Beast is a great second installment to the fairy tale inspired Happily Ever Afters series but can be read as a stand alone novel as the only connection to the previous books is that they are fairy tale themed There is no character or plot overlapping Yes this was just what the doctor ordered It was fresh passionate funny sexy as all get out and an absolute delight to read

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    Beauty and the Beast if the Beast was House MD and Beauty was hilariously snarky I totally loved thisEven better than this retelling It was a close raceBeauty is Linnet She gets ruined by a prince because she wears an unfortunate dress that makes her look preggers It doesn't matter if it's true or not according to the ton she is done Her only choice is to marry a Duke who is a brilliant doctor and is nicknamed the Beast He is supposedly impotent so her fake little princely bun in the oven is her ticket to a nice sham of a marriage It's perfectIt sure helpsBeast is Piers He's hilariously grouchy and brilliant and an asshole His caustic condescending manner makes people cower before himBut he meets his match with Linnet She can dish it out just as well as him and she's not scared in the least bit Sébastien brought Linnet over “I thought perhaps you didn’t notice that your fiancée had entered the room” “Good evening fiancée” “Beelzebub” she said inclining her head Linnet feels completely comfortable with Piers because she knows that he is impotent so she doesn't have to worry about him trying any funny business She goes swimming with him and it's just a good thing that this girl is as innocent and clueless as she is because if not the jig would be up ahem “You know? She glanced at him and a little flare of color rose in her cheeksWhat? He said rearranging himself discreetly and then rewrapping the towel tightlyYou're going to laugh being a doctor and all but my mother said something onceWhat? She told me once that men hungHung? he repeated Hung she said giggling again In front You don't hang do you She waved a hand in the general vicinity of his waist You don't mind me saying that do you? I formed this disgusting vision of of a hanging thing and well you don't hang at all You stand straight upHe burst out laughingI know she said laughing too I'm a fool Well okay thenanywayPiers has no intention of marrying Linnet even though they are perfect for each other That seems to be a theme in this series so far so it looks like our HEA may not happen But hey it IS a fairy tale If I were to marry anyone Linnet it would be youI always knew these breasts would come in handy she said with satisfaction It's not like they are comfortable to own or house They gotta give us something back for our troubles right girls?The humor in this book is awesome I LOVED this couple because they were perfect for each other Beast is the best beast in any retelling ever He was hilarious The banter between them was great And again the side characters were so good that I'm going to look for the half book novellas that have their stories All in all totally fun

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    45 stars Tortured male MC based off of Dr House snarky banter and a slow burn love story?I adored When Beauty Tamed the Beast which was just what the doctor ha ordered right now It was my first read by the talented Eloisa James and I think I started off with the right one I loved the loose interpretation of a Beauty and the Beast retelling especially since the beauty character had even brains than beauty Linnet was relatable charming and hear me out probably on the demisexuality spectrum I loved how she used her beauty to disarm people but it was truly her wit and charm and made her special Piers was beastly and snarky and I loved it I have a thing for sarcastic MCs and male MCs who are broody and damaged and Piers was it I was rooting for him to get his head out of his ass for the whole book and I loved his raw sexuality and straightforward nature The whole book was great even if the middle got a bit slow However the emotional stellar last few chapters will keep you up reading until late into the night Trust me I enjoyed all of the secondary characters the medical content and the pacing Eloisa James this one is a hitgoodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

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    My goal was to read as many Beauty and Beast retellings as possible before I went to see the new movie However with all the book club reads and personal reads I was able to only read two I read Beauty by Robin McKinley and this book I looked up available Beauty and the Beast stories at the my library and this book popped up so I thought why not?This book was nothing like the original story of Beauty and the Beast Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is beautiful so she is called beauty every once in a while However rumors start that she is pregnant with the prince's baby so she becomes an unwanted woman Her father agrees to have her married off to Piers Yelverton Piers Yelverton Earl of Marchant lives in a castle in Wales that is turned into a hospital; he is a doctor He has a bad temper and he has a severe wound to his leg that has left him as a beast Piers doesn't want a wife and is not interested in Linnet but as time carries on his perspective on her changes Do they fall in love? You will have to read to find outLike I said earlier this book is nothing like Beauty and the Beast It does not follow its plot or style at all; however this was a fantastic book in all other ways and kept me very interested

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    If you like Dr House in TV you'll probably enjoy this book too The hero is exactly like House the same aching leg and dry wit that drives some people insane and some women like flies to honey I belong to the second group because honestly I think there is nothing sexier than a man with brains provided that he's not only using his wits to laugh at others but also to laugh at himselfI also liked the heroine a lot Linnet was as sarcastic and intelligent as House Piers himself thus resulting in many humorous dialogues that had me laughing out loud all the time And then as the end neared the tone of the book changed It became emotional angsty even as misunderstandings and self denials threatened to tear those two apart I understand why many people didn't like this turn of events but being a lover of angsty romances mostly it only made me appreciate the book I definitely think the hype about this book is worth it after all

  9. says:

    Loosely based on the traditional plot line When Beauty Tamed the Beast is a uirky and fanciful version with a likeable society belle heroine and a cynical nobleman doctor hero as protagonists and a remote country estate in Regency era Wales as backdrop James's writing was smooth and engaging as ever infused with humour and zest and her dialogues and banter shone as usual so my lower rating stems from elsewhere Mainly from the fact that I found the melodramatic turn the events took in the last uarter of the book completely at odds with the light hearted almost farcical tone set at the beginning making for an uneven read The secondary characters and romance not as interesting and the hero's stubbornness which started to sound entirely gratuitous approaching the end also prevented me to fully savour the story As a whole an easy entertaining read just not on par with book 1 in the series A Kiss at Midnight instead a thoroughly enjoyable romp Buddy read with Anna

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    5 stars – Historical RomanceAfter reading three books by Eloisa James that left me less than wowed I was wary about reading another one But the premise for this sounded great and all the rave reviews convinced me to give it a try Boy oh boy I’m so glad that I did because it’s fabulousand yes it wowed me I loved itSarcastic snarky humor witty banter and snappy dialogue? CheckA feisty funny intelligent lovable heroine with razor sharp wit who gives just as good as she gets? CheckA crass crotchety cranky self centered borderline mean disabled brilliant doctor hero who somehow manages to be likeable amusing and even sexy despite his insufferably rude general pain in the ass demeanor? Check A refreshing unusual storyline even though it’s a retelling of a class fairytale and borrows from the TV show House MD? Check Satisfying secondary characters? CheckNice uniue setting? Check The scenes in the “pool” and guardhouse were sensual and steamySome sad touching moments that manage to avoid spiraling into melodramatic angst? CheckGreat epilogue? CheckAn overall keeper? CheckThe book that finally made me an Eloisa James fan? Check