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Great Story, Worth Picking Up,
This review is from: To Beguile A Beast: Number 3 in series (Legend of the Four Soldiers) (Mass Market Paperback)
Helen Fitzwilliam is on the run with her two children from her lover, the Duke of Lister. Her friend, Viscountess Vale, tells Helen to leave London and head to Scotland to work as a housekeeper for Sir Alistair Munroe. But when Helen arrives at Munroe's dark castle on a stormy night, the lightning betrays Munroe's face, scaring her children. Helen was unaware that Munroe was disfugured, and his mood suits the stormy weather outside. He wasn't happy at Helen turning up with her children, and was annoyed at Vale for doing this behind his back. Munroe wants Helen to leave, so he can return to his solitude, but Helen knows she cannot go back, so she puts her foot down. She begins the next day, although it's soon clear she is struggling with her duties as a housekeeper, since she's only ever been Lister's mistress.
Munroe is a former soldier returned from the war. Since he was tortured, he was scarred and lost an eye and a couple of fingers, he became reclusive and lived in his old, dirty castle. He knew he needed a housekeeper, but found no reason to have one, due to his face. But soon, he's beginning to fall for Helen, and allows her to employ some staff. Even her children were beginning to warm towards him, and Helen witnessed some moments between them that touched her heart, and they develop a relationship.
But Lister had learned of her whereabouts, vowing to drag Helen and his two children back to London with him. Lister had no real regard for her or the children, he just hated the fact she left, since they were 'his property.' Munroe found out, and used his clever mind to find a way to ensure Helen and the children would finally be free of Lister forever.
Overall, the story was really good. Something that annoyed me though was the picture of Munroe just inside the book. Basically, he had all his fingers, had the eye which was meant to be missing, and had no scars. I knew from Helen's description that apart from these things, she thought he had a pretty good body, which the picture showed, but surely they could not show those afflicted areas, or used Photoshop? It didn't make Munroe seem real and the man on the front was someone else.