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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749956968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749956967
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second in a sparkling series of Regency fiction with a fairytale twist by New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James

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A NEW YORK TIMES bestseller many times over, Eloisa James lives in New York City, where she is a Shakespeare professor (with an M.Phil. from Oxford). She is also the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Demon Librarian on 11 Jun. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Another sweet fairy tale retelling with some humour and hot smexy times thrown in for good measure.

This time it's Beauty and the Beast. Beauty is as gorgeous as she sounds; practically perfect in every way. Except that she's been ruined by rumour and scandal, and her ridiculous father and aunt insist that the only noble who'd even consider wedding her now would be the dreaded "Beast", a man whose ruthless reputation and medical brilliance precede him. I was very interested to read the historical notes section to discover that this character has been loosely based on Dr. Gregory House from the T.V show House. Or at least the leg injury, the need for the cane and the grumpy demeanor were hints of him. My Beast certainly didn't look anything like Hugh Laurie (No offense Hugh).

Beauty and Beast, aka Linnet and Piers, had sizzling chemistry right from their first meeting and it never waned. I loved the development of their love story, Piers' grumpiness didn't make him any less appealing to me. In fact, I found it quite sweet because it was so obviously all bluster; a defense mechanism against his growing admiration for Linnet.

"She's like my other half," Piers said savagely, keeping his head down. "My other bloody half, like some sort of joke that Plato made up. Like nothing I ever wanted, and then, there she was."

I'm really enjoying this series. Next up is 'The Duke is Mine' which is the retelling of The Princess and the Pea (can't wait to see how they fit that aspect in), and then another book has just been added to the series called 'The Ugly Duchess' *snort* How can you not want to read that?

4 Stars! ''''
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. J. Smith VINE VOICE on 2 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
Not so very long ago I reviewed the first of James' fairy tales series, A Kiss at Midnight, which I found OK, but not one to hang on to and read again, and I said that I always thought I should like her books more than I actually do. I have to say that it was almost as if someone was listening, as I liked this book a whole lot better. There is only a thematic connection with the other books; there don't appear to be any characters in common.

I liked this book as the two protagonists had personality and you could see what they would see in each other, which I found hard in the last book. The whole set up was maybe a bit far fetched, but it was quite an amusing tale - with a fair sprinkling of strong language. I smiled when the heroine had been reading Miss Butterworth & the Mad Baron - as I'm sure many readers of Julia Quinn will! A much more engaging and entertaining read, good protagonists and interesting supporting characters, giving enough interest but without detracting from the main plot.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alice in Wonderland on 15 Dec. 2011
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As a fan of Eloisa James, having read her Desperate Duchess series (and loving them!) I had great expectations for this book, and it managed to fufil all of them.
Retelling such a well know story as Beauty and the Beast can be risky as it is hard to keep to the general story lines while making it yours enough, but Eloisa James managed it. Both her characters were warm funny and extremely loveable. There was several background stories which only added to the readers enjoyment of the romance between Peirs and Linnet. Piers' transformation from the hard hearted beast he is at the beginning to (not to give anything away) how he is at the end of the book, is truely magical, and the message that its whats inside that counts was well shown in the very moving ending.

I would recomend this book to anyone with a love of historical romance and fairy tales. You will enjoy it!
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By Judge Tabor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
When I first began reading romance novels after taking a 20 year break (at least), this was one of the first historical romance novels I downloaded. I read a bit of the book, then moved on to other authors. Then, I eventually came back and read a bit more, then once again moved on. At some point, once I got past the first couple of chapters, I was absolutely dialed into the story. But, let me tell you, Eloisa James didn't do herself a favor by writing such silliness into the first part of the book. All the rubbish about Linnet looking pregnant in her stylish dress went on far too long. In fact, had I not eventually found other books by this author, I might never have gone back and read this one. I'm glad I did.

But... once Linnet is packed off to Wales (due to her supposed ruination) to meet and marry Piers, Earl of Marchant - a marriage kinda decided upon by their respective fathers, we knew we were in for the ride of our lives. Piers is a kind of Dr. House in that he's got an injured leg, he's grouchy, he's a genius at diagnosing patients, he's got some unresolved issues including a major lack of forgiveness toward his duke father as indicated they've not seen one another in over 20 years.

But... when the lovely Linnet Thrynne comes into his life, it doesn't take him long to realize that she's not only beautiful, she bright and so much like him - yet delightfully opposite. He loves her bosom, he loves her feistiness, he loves her face, her hair. Did I say bosom? He's starved for the presence of a woman in his lonely old castle which he's turned into a hospital and then Linnet comes into his life with her body wrapped in swaddling clothes around her middle in order to make him believe she's pregnant.
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