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  • Awesome love story

    I haven't ever read a book by this author before, but when I received an offer to read the Beast of Beswick for a review, I accepted. I'm glad I did. Thane was the spare son of a duke. He went off to war but was badly injured when another soldier, who was supposed to be on guard, deserted and their camp was attacked. Thane sacrificed himself to try to save his men. He was literally cut to ribbons by the enemies' swords. He barely survived but he now wishes that he was dead. The ton, as well as most others are horrified to be around him but the feeling is mutual. When Thane's father dies and his brother is killed in an accident, Thane becomes the duke. Astrid and her younger sister were orphaned when their parents died. An uncle and his wife wound up as their guardians but squandered every peny of the fortune their parents had left for their care. The only money left is their trusts, which their uncle cannot touch. But that doesn't mean that he doesn't have a scheme to get it. Years later, Astrid is forced to offer herself in marriage to Thane in an effort to save her sister. Their uncle has offered her 16 year old sister to Edmund Cain, the man that Astrid was previously engaged to. Adtrid had broken the engagement and Cain smeared Astrid. Her sister is a way for Cain to get back at Astrid and gain her sister's fortune in the process. Turns out Cain is the deserter that caused the deaths of Thane's men as well as his disfigurement. This is a great story of love and how it can triumph. I really enjoyed this book and plan to read others by this author.

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  • Amazing

    Thane is one beastly grumpy alpha man. Astrid is one strong sexy smart woman. They make for an interesting fun couple. There connection and chemistry is off the charts. Could not wait to see where the story would go. Loved Thane and Astrid. Will read more from this author.

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  • Had me enraptured from the start

    Who can resist a beauty and the beast story? Certainly not this reader. Yet another fantastic book has been added to my 2019 favorite books list. "She blinked, an outrageous idea blossoming. It would solve everything. It was a dreadful, desperate plan, but it was something. It was a chance. At five and twenty, she was well on the shelf, but she wasn’t dead. She might be ruined in the eyes of the ton, but she had a sound brain, she’d been raised to run an aristocratic household, and she was the daughter of a viscount. It could work. It could work. She would just have to marry a different kind of beast than the earl to save her sister. And she knew just the man." The beautiful and headstrong Lady Astrid Everleigh is desperate to save her sister from the same ruin she encountered 10 years ago. Astrid's last-ditch effort is to ask the formidable and scarred Beast of Beswick, Lord Thane Harte, to marry her so he can approve or deny anyone who asks for her sister's hand in marriage, but his answer is unexpected. Wow! I adore the robust and provocative repartee between Astrid and Thane. They both have been censured in society which has left them vulnerable and alone, but as a couple, they could conquer anything if they would only open their hearts. Astrid's ability to match Thane's rath and ardor is fascinating to read and the love scenes will leave you breathless. I have two favorite supporting characters, Aunt Mabel and Fletcher. Thane's feisty Aunt Mabel is another feminist before her time, has an active sex life of her own, and lovingly embroiders phalluses as a hobby. Thane's valet, Fletcher, is a cunning and quick-witted servant who always has his Grace's best interests in mind. This historical romance had me enraptured from the start and I declare I am a new fan of Ms. Amalie Howard and can't wait to read more of her books.  Recommend highly! Thank you to Ms. Howard for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

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  • All the potential gone to waste...

    The story and the writer both have potential but what absolutely ruined this book, was the plain virtue signalling after the couple got together. The writer has some weird sentiment that women can't be strong if they seek comfort from men, perhaps..? But in my opinion, the true strenght comes not from seeming strong from the outside, but being able to be your weakest with the ones that love you. The weirdest part of the book are the love scenes, though. There's no way anyone would talk about matriarchy or womens rights while in bed with someone. Or perhaps I have the wrong notion about relationships. And then in the epilogue there was this notion that the new Duchess supported gender rights. In a time while prison reform and child labour was rampant in the society! Is there anything more superficial and shallow? This book is for those that don't know or care about the historical facts. The plot would be quite good if the writer would stop pushing her own beliefs and instead just tell the story with its imperfections. You're not writing a pamflet of women's rights here after all!

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  • Doesn't live up to it's potential

    Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale because it is the one where the couple's love doesn't happen at first sight. I am always interested in reading an author's take on the classic tale and how they see the couple coming together. I read several glowing recommendations for this book and was excited to give it a try. Unfortunately, my only thought as I closed the book was, "What a waste of potential."

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