“Is the enemy of her enemy a friend-or a beast?
Lord Ashworth is scarred by a night of terror years ago that left his face in ruins and his life in shreds. He hides in Silverstone Manor, using rumors that paint him as a horrible, murdering monster to keep visitors at bay. Yet he can-t shake the feeling that the rumors might be true. He tells himself it-s better this way. If his memories ever resurface, at least he will be the only one hurt by them.
The woman on his doorstep, however, simply refuses to fear him. That-s not only an oddity, it-s a threat to his secret-and his heart.
Vivian Suttley has seen the face of evil more than once in her young life. She-s on the run from the latest, a cruel man determined to force her to marry him. Whatever the whispers about the reclusive Ashworth, surely it-s nothing compared to the bleak, violent future she leaves behind.
Ashworth saved her once before, and he-s her last hope for refuge. Yet she wonders if she-s truly safer at Silverstone-or if she has just made the biggest mistake of her life.
Warning: This book contains a lot of sexual tension and a several sexual scenes, have a fan ready!”
- Publisher: Samhain
- Release Date: July 7th, 2009
- My Copy: eBook given to me by the author.
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|Beauty Tempts the Beast|
To be very honest, I thought at first glance that this was a paranormal romance, only to find out it is a Historical Romance. It was only my second read in this genre and I absolutely loved this book.
I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Beauty Tempts the Beast. I read it last night in one sitting and I just wanted more in the end. A story of trauma, heroism, tragedy, hate, envy and love.
Vivian Suttley is on the run, trying to escape the fate her father chose for her, She does not want to marry Marvin, a vicious man who treats women as things. Vivian than runs to Silverstone Manor, where Lord Ashworth lives and since she hears he is in need of a wife, she decides that it might be best for her.
Ashworth is a scarred and recluse man, but as a child Vivian had been graced with his gentleness and had been saved from a very complicated situation. Besides, the man who is hunting her, hates him with all his might, so Silverstone Manor might be the safest place for her to hide.
Lord Ashworth is conformed to live in his house away from the world where his secrets can be kept in the dark. But, his life changes when Vivian shows up in his house and life and for the first time a woman doesn’t seem to be afraid of the way he looks after his scar marked his face.
When his old betrothed shows up with her sights on his fortune and he realizes that Vivian might be the real deal, Ashworth finds himself scared of more than just the supposed the Beast that roams the hall of his manor, he finds himself scared of living and letting his heart beat for real, for the first time.
Beauty Tempts the Beast is about action, it is about human drama, taking charge of your own life and not letting the past rot your insides. This novel is such a beautiful story of two scarred people discovering that there is nothing wrong with falling in love. I loved the mystery surrounding Lord Ashworth’s Manor and I loved how perfect Vivian and Ashworth were for each other.
The only thing that bothered me a bit, was Ashworth self deprecation, though I do understand the whys and was very happy with how things worked out.
Leslie Dicken has found a new fan in me with this novel. Such a lovely book that I flew through with ease and pleasure. I can’t wait for what else she has in store. If you are a romantic at heart and is need of reading a beautiful romance with a touch of mystery, I totally recommend this book.
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