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.
French reading/listening in English! From the bi-nation island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten (French/Dutch) in the Caribbean. enjoy audible!
I prefered the audio.
The love scenes!
The naming of this blessed puppy and when she stand up to the duke.
Laugh in some areas! Sadness as well
I would recommend all the books in the series, at first I found the fairy tale inside the story distracting but it became something that was almost as interesting as the book itself.
Dark and brooding man in a secluded castle, whats not to like?
The narrator Anne Flosnik has a British accent and did a wonderful job. I don’t know if it’s the author’s writing or the narrator’s reading, but I loved the sex scenes. I loved Alistair’s words during their first time together. He describes things in a seemingly detached scientific manner, yet lustfully. I laughed at the way I was carried away. Other sex scenes had me smiling as well. Probably the best part is Alistair’s desire for Helen.
One of my friends gave the book 4 stars but felt the author “tried too hard on the love scenes, making them feel overly dramatic.” Well there you have it. We are so unpredictable in our emotional reactions. So you may not be as carried away as I was.
I enjoyed the relationship development. We see how they interact and warm to each other. During the first 2/3 of the book I was thinking 5 stars. But the last third brought it down a little. It became more like other romance novels - bad guys, good guys, suspense, and saving the day. Unfortunately the couple separates for a reason I didn’t like - one of my pet peeves - “I want you but I fear you might leave me in the future.” But the first main part of the story was so good that it was worth it. It’s a feel good story.
This is book 3 in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series. There is a mystery that flows through all the books which I believe will be solved in book 4. There was a British traitor who caused Alistair and other men to be taken prisoner and tortured seven years ago. Alistair is searching for the traitor. It is not resolved in this book which initially bothered me. But after I figured out it goes through all four books, I didn’t mind as much. It’s a secondary plot.
UNRELATED FAIRY TALE:
In many of the author’s books (maybe all, I’m not sure) she has a short fairy tale unrelated to the main story that she divides into short paragraphs. She puts one paragraph at the beginning of each chapter of the book. In the physical books, I skipped those. In the audiobook I couldn’t skip them. I was annoyed at having to listen to them. They took me out of the story. They felt like TV commercial interruptions. They caused me “a little bit of stress” trying to remember what happened in the previous excerpt. I wish she wouldn’t do this.
GENRE: historical romance.
I really enjoyed the story, although toward the end it dragged a bit. But I have to say that the narration was really good as well. A lot of times people will learn to avoid narrators because they've read one or two books in the past from that narrator. Don't make that mistake this time. The reading speed was a lot easier to listen to, and the male voices did not all sound strained.
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I adored the way Anne Flosnick read this story. She totally rocked it. Her male and female voices were excellent as were the English and Scottish accents. I am a great fan of Elizabeth Hoyt and this story was truly excellent. It was of course a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I was Beguiled by both the Beast and the Beauty. This romance was steamy twisted and I found it erotic. This was just and all around great buy!