I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard
Published by Entangled: Amara on Nov 26, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
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The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare meets Taming of the Shrew in the start to a new Regency series from award-winning author Amalie Howard.
Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and snarling at anyone who gets too close. With a ruined face like his, it's hard to like much about the world. Especially smart-mouthed harpies―with lips better suited to kissing than speaking―who brave his castle with indecent proposals.
But Lady Astrid Everleigh will stop at nothing to see her younger sister safe from a notorious scoundrel, even if it means offering herself up on a silver platter to the forbidding Beast of Beswick himself. And by offer, she means what no highborn lady of sound and sensible mind would ever dream of―a tender of marriage with her as his bride.
Lady Astrid Everleigh will do anything she can to protect her younger sister from marrying into the wrong hands, even if it means making a bargain with a beast. Lord Nathanial “Thane” Harte, the beast of Beswick lives a life of solitude due to being disfigured during the war. The last thing he ever expects is for a highborn lady to crash into his life offering herself up on a platter in return for his help. As far as Lady Astrid is concerned, who needs a hero when a beast is so much better!
I have always loved a good beauty and the beast story. A hero who is disagreeable, ruthless, unforgiving and a brute with a hideous disposition…oh my! Where can I find me one of those! Thane is all of that and so much more. Thane is certainly a beast in this story, but he is also more than that too. While he might not be a conventional hero and both emotionally and physically scarred, Thane still possess qualities that make any good romance story a true romance. Although, I will admit there are quite a few times I wanted to jump through the pages and smack him around a little bit. He can be frustrating, but deep down inside I can see he has a pure heart of gold.
Lady Astrid is a bluestocking and at almost twenty-six years old no marriage prospects in sight. Astrid is quite content being unwed and her days consist of making sure her younger sister has her first season and does not fall into the clutches of an undesirable. But, when one such rake has set his sites on her sister, Astrid is ready to sacrifice herself to the devil. Or rather in this case, a beast! Astrid is definitely one of my favorite heroines. She is not young by any means and quite on the shelf. She is far from naive though which makes her the perfect heroine that can get under the skin of said beast.
The story really moved along and I found myself reading all throughout the night. What can I say, give me a good romance story and I will be determined to get to the end and the happily-ever-after, which this story had in spades. Sure, I was frustrated, mostly with Thane and his actions and I couldn’t wait for that “a-ha” moment when Thane finally realizes that love conquers even the most beastly of beasts. However, I would have loved Astrid’s sister to have gotten her own story and that is my only disappointment.
If you are a huge fan of Regency era Historical Romance stories then you will definitely want to pick up a copy of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.