My first by the author. Very entertaining and a bit on the light side, although it was very witty. There were a few angsty parts and quite a bit about facing the fact that parents are flawed humans like everyone else and you either have to live your life angry and bitter or accept them and let it go.
My assumption about the hero being inspired by Dr. House was fair. The author actually mentioned at the end that the TV show was her primary inspiration even more so than the fairytale. Piers was a doctor who definitely had the snarky, living in pain, and inappropriately funny part of it down. He was his own character, however. For one thing he fought desperately NOT to depend on drugs or alcohol for his pain, but feared due to family history and the unrelenting pain that he may end up becoming an opiate addict at some point anyway. He was very afraid to marry and have children because of the nightmare his father, the Duke, put he and his mother through due to his opium addiction. I don't think this is a spoiler, because it seemed obvious to me -- but I'll put it behind a tag anyway. (view spoiler)
The Earl/Doctor can be a real ass, which shouldn't be a surprise. Linnet mostly puts him in his place and gives as good as she gets. She's no doormat by any stretch of the imagination.
If you're very bothered by anachronisms, there are certainly some here. Some of the phrases used, in particular, seemed very out of place in a Regency. i.e. "What happens in Wales, stays in Wales." Also, and this is very YMMV, I like the hero to have to convince the heroine he loves her even though he's acted like a complete jackass. Linett has his number, so his revelation is not surprising to her. Although his actions in the end do show his unconditional, deep love for her. I definitely won't spoil that part.
Re: the audio, Susan Duerden was excellent as always.
I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.
I really enjoyed my 2nd listen to this one. Beauty is a lovely young lady who finds herself suddenly ruined because of a poorly designed ball gown. The beast, well he has to be experienced. Unlike many other books of this type, both of the characters in this one have no difficulty speaking their minds, but the conversations between them never become strident or cliche.
Very enjoyable, and Susan Duerden does a great job.
When I search for books I all to often forget how much I enjoy Eloisa James. I guess I'll get another of her books right away.
Hilarious, emotional, intriguing.
Linett...she's thrown into a situation that's out of her control, but she makes the best of it.
Yes, I have and Susan is awesome.
Yes, this is one of those books, that keeps you tuned in to every nuance.
Awesome, to read and to listen to as well...highly recommended!!!!
This is one of my favorite audio books I've listened to so far definitely in my top 10.
Susan Duerden is a wonderfully gifted reader, I think she could make and instruction manual sound brilliant! So when you pair her with a cleaver and witty author you have a winner!
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I have been enthralled with the Fairy Tale series by Eloisa James. It was an unexpected surprise because quite frankly I expected some very predictable love stories. I have to say the only thing predictable about these love stories is that love conquers all in the end.
I devoured this book about the love between an English beauty, Linnet Berry Thrynne, and the beast she tamed in Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant. OMG! What a delightful read!!! From the very start, this book was hilarious while still being able to carry the undertones of a girl in ruin and the challenges that presents to a noble English family.
James is just fabulous in her craft of creating these wonderful, funny and witty conversations between the characters. Even at the beginning, in the part that would expected to be the "slow part" because of the background setting in which there is much discussion between Linnet's father and her maternal aunt about what to do in LInnet's predicament. I was so amused with the colorful characters and the scenes that were created to make the reader giggle and laugh.
So how do you like that? This book is so great that even the presumably "slow part" is so good!!!
Now to the romance...the chemistry between Linnet and Piers can be described as nothing more than an scintillating amalgam of intellects and fiery passions for one another. Now, the banter between the characters is so unique. These two are smart, funny, sexy, witty, edgy, and so appealing! I loved how Linnet and Piers clicked together on a higher level than just base passions. Linnet is devastatingly beautiful and although Piers approaches her with a very cautious and cerebral manner, he can't help but be drawn to her just because she is so perfect for him...I mean come on!-- she's his dream come true!--Isn't that what makes a great fair tale???
Well, this book is just amazing on so many levels. I loved the build up to the main conflict in the plot. When I first started reading about the hero, I was intrigued that even though Piers was described as a muscular, fit, smart, and very virile man..that he was actually eh-hem..."incapable???"-I couldn't believe it.......Thankfully, that side of the story gets revealed soon enough and the unveiling is AMAZING!--just so witty, smart and great. The leads are also very candid with one another...they engage in some crazy verbal sparing. They play hard ball with one another, but that's just a side of their smart, sassy characters.
And, I just knew that the main plot conflict was going to be horrible just because there were so many gifts to the reader before hand in Linnet and Piers fabulous but very unconventional "courtship"--if you could call it that.
What happens to the heroine was so emotionally draining, and just horrific. That part of the book was filled with a lot of angst and sadness.... I could not wait for the "happily ever after" to come.
Thankfully, the HEA does come and it's just as great as the book is. THis book will be memorable to me for the witty banter between leads, that amazing pool by the sea, the guard's house (steamy & great love scenes), and the beautiful, deep love that builds between these unforgettable characters.
Every beast needs a beauty to come and tame his wild side to help him find true love and to learn to let past hurts go and just enjoy the beauty that life brings....
Narrator: I really enjoyed Susan D.'s narration. She creates the most fabulous, masculine male voices...and her female voices are sweet with a nice sing-song quality. Great narration!!!
Day dreaming book lover!
Wonderful performance and story. The absolute best in romance. I laughed and cried listening to this book and Susan Duerden's narration was phenomenal. I have listened to this book multiple times especially when I am feeling a little blue and never fails to cheer me up.
This is, by far, my favorite audiobook that I have listened to so far! The story is captivating and the narrator really brought them to life!
A love story to remember. Again, the narration just brought this story to life.
I especially liked the scene when the characters in the book first visited the seaside pool together.
The author's wit really shined in this story. It made me laugh a time or two.
Definitely a must listen!
Funny, sexy, and heartwarming
I loved the hero in this story. I loved his witty personality that was rude, arrogant, and sexy all rolled up in one. The chemistry between the characters is extremely well written and believable.
I was highly impressed with her performance. She pulled of each character so well that when I read the story weeks later, all I could hear is her interpretations.
The most moving part to me was when mother and son reunite after the boy has been in the hospital alone and the mother forbidden to come.
I have read most of Eloisa James' books but this is my first audio by her. Needless to say it is one of my all time favorites and I will definitely be listening to more from this performer.
Really enjoyed this take on beauty and the beast! The narration was good, too. Highly recommend if you enjoy regency romance.