Loved this story. Well paced, interesting voice, a little bit of steamy just at the right times, a villian you really want to lose, a strong male with guts and honor and last but not least a beautiful, graceful, strong but still sweetly feminine heroine. The only complain is that the villian is not completely revealed and brought to justice it is only implied. I would love to see a sequel when he is.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
This was such a well rounded book in my opinion. I loved the children and Puddles and even Alistair's sister. I enjoyed the characters from the previous book making an appearance.
This is one spicy sexy book too!
Loved it! Tied with book 2 as my faves of the series!
The storyline and characters, especially Alistair's character.
Yes. I think this my favorite performance by her
Love this book! Already listened to it 3 times within one month. This is the best book of the series. The other's were okay, but I truly enjoyed the story in this book!
I like this book, but didn't love it. I'd rather a Lorraine Heath book in this same genre. I am a fan of Anne Flosnik and always listen if she's the narrator. She did a great job as always. Still, I'd recommend it.
The story was quietly interesting and not not your average romance plot line. Both the hero and heroine were unusual (hero with severe and irreversible body injuries, heroine was an unmmarried mother with two children). I followed the story, despite the narrator's sickly sweet narration. All in all not the best listen, but also not the worst.
I'm a sucker for love stories, and this book has it all. Laughter, tears and romance
Yes, I couldn't put it down.
I would absolutely listen To Beguile a Beast Again. I fell in love with the characters. It was a book that makes you giggle and smile.
When Helen argues with Alistair about his needing a housekeeper, sends her away and she returns with more hired help.
I wanted to but i forced myself to listen only at work.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
I have never read the print version.
I really liked the fact that the female character was not cookie cutter and she had children. That is so much more realistic to life today. So it became a blended family, which was a nice touch.
I almost feel like her voices were confusing on who was the man and who was the woman. She had this weird raspy voice going on and the male character's voice was strange. He sounded like he could have been a character on Sesame Street, like a big weird monster muppet. Or better yet Count Dracula! And the woman voice was very strong, deep, stern. In my opinion, the woman sounded like an older woman nearing her 50s instead of a 30 year old young mother. I mean Anne's performance wasn't absolutely awful but it did not have a nice flow where I felt I could get lost in the book.
I don't think so. I listened to the book while at work and cooking dinner. It wasn't that I couldn't put it down but more so that I had bought the book. So....
As I said, it is not an awful read. Its okay...it just wasn't as good as I was expecting. I definitely wouldn't pay full price for this.
Yes, and in fact I already have. I don't love Anne Flosnik, but she isn't awful either. Elizabeth Hoyt is notable among modern romance writers for her extremely explicit and very steamy (ahem) love scenes. She is sometimes a little flimsy on plot and accurate period detail. But the relationships are interesting, the characters are generally a little outside the norm for romance novels, and again - the erotic scenes are really something.Personally I found the little fairy tale intro to each chapter an irritating diversion from the main plot. I mean, we're already being told a story that is based on a fairy tale - it seemed a bit heavy-handed to have yet another fairy tale that tells us the same thing, more or less, as the main story. What's the point?
What did work for me was that the hero is genuinely unconventional - truly disfigured (not just a rakish facial scar) and he genuinely suffers as a result of his injury and disfigurement. He doesn't miraculously recover at the end. So that was refreshing.
The heroine was fine, if a little vapid. There are children in the book, which I normally dislike, but I found them only moderately annoying. So it breaks down like this:
Tortured hero: yes, terrific. Great hero.
Heroine: Okay. She is insightful and has basically no issue with the hero's looks and doesn't act like she's doing him any favors, which is nice. The weakness is that the plot has her actively pursuing a job as a housekeeper, then lamenting her utter lack of experience as a housekeeper, and later demanding respect for her housekeeping despite the fact that her "employer" said he didn't want a housekeeper. Then, after she becomes her employer's mistress, she pretty much acts like his mistress while hoping she doesn't seem too much like his mistress. It makes her seem kinda dumb.
Kids: present, and annoying, but not the MOST annoying I've ever read.
Sexy bits: Hot. There is a part with a lemon that was more disturbing than sexy, but whatever. It wasn't totally repulsive or anything.
"Meh." There wasn't a lot of genuine conflict here, just two unattached adults who clearly loved one another - plus, it's a romance novel. The ending is pretty much a foregone conclusion.
Syrupy, breathy, slightly overdramatic.
Um. Was it supposed to?
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Yes I probably will. I really liked this series of books and this was my favorite in the series.
When Helen finally sees Alistar without his eye patch and instead of being disgusted or turning away from him she treats him with tenderness and acceptance.
Yes, shes ok. Not my favorite narrator but certainly not the worst.
I love Helen and Alistar, they are such an unlikely couple but perfect for each other. Alistar is so tourtured by his past but is redeemed by Helen's unconditional love. Alistar is also far from physically perfect although he is still very appealing and I tend to really like stories with imperfect characters.