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Can a wounded beast trust a beauty with a past to tame his most secret desires?

Reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe has hidden in his castle ever since returning from the Colonies, scarred inside and out. But when a mysterious beauty arrives at his door, the passions he’s kept suppressed for years begin to awaken.

Running from past mistakes has taken legendary beauty Helen Fitzwilliam from the luxury of the ton to a crumbling Scottish castle—and a job as a housekeeper. Yet Helen is determined to start a new life and won’t let dust—or a beast of a man—scare her away.

Beneath Helen’s beautiful façade, Alistair finds a courageous and sensual woman. A woman who doesn’t back away from his surliness—or his scars. But just as he begins to believe in true love, Helen’s secret past threatens to tear them apart. Now both Beast and Beauty must fight for the one thing neither believed they could ever find—a happy ever after.

©2009 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“There’s enchantment in Hoyt’s stories that makes you believe in the magic of love.” (Romantic Times BOOKreviews)

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Beauty and the Beast

I love listening to Anne Flosnik read historicals -- and "To Beguile A Beast" is no exception. This title is well worth the time and use of a credit and I look forward to more of Elizabeth Hoyt's work. "...Beast" has exactly and right amount of plot, emotion and intimacy.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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fun romance.. very sweet

If you could sum up To Beguile a Beast in three words, what would they be?

intriguing and kept me hoping for these two lovers to come together.... sweet story

What three words best describe Anne Flosnik’s performance?

awful! so nasaly! accents were ok but could barely listen to it... read the book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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It took a while but...

It took some getting used to Anne Flosnik's voice, but I finally got into it. Her voice is a bit grating, in my opinion. However, after about a third of the book through I got used to her, and her style of reading. She sometimes got her characters 'mixed up' in a couple places (she gave Helen the same 'accent' as Alistair's sister) which confused me, but all-in-all it was an enjoyable 'read'.
The story itself I thoroughly enjoyed and have requested some more titles from Elizabeth Hoyt through my local library.

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  • Kristin
  • Brookings, SD, United States
  • 02-06-13

enjoyable listen

This was an enjoyable book, a nice twist on the 'beauty and the beast' story line. I like stories where characters have made mistakes and yet still find happiness. This female lead was a strong woman, which always appeals to me in these historical romances. Not sure how realistic some of those characters are for their time, but it is fun to read about them. I thought the narrator did a good job, not perfect, but certainly easy to follow the different people. Would like to listen to others in this series.

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  • Kimberly
  • ANN ARBOR, MI, United States
  • 12-29-10

Nice read!

The story was nicely paced and the plot was believable. The inner conflict of the characters was expressed very well and both characters were worth cheering for. The resolution came at just the right time...something that seems to be a struggle for many authors. I loved this story!

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  • Benoibe
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • 01-11-12

Beautiful, Brilliant, Enchanting. A+

It's unnecessary to read the other books of this series. I did not like the first book. I knew this particular novel was highly acclaimed, so I got this one. Oh wow. I can't do this novel justice, it's extraordinary.
It's a true fairy tale. Like Jane Eyre with beautiful bedroom scenes included. My god don't miss this novel!!

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • weeden
  • Quitman, TX United States
  • 07-14-16

Nice book

this book is an erotic historical romance

Sir Alistair Munroe likes living the life a recluse after being physically and emotionally scared. When a woman and her two children show up on his door step claiming to be his new maid, it turns the world he once knew upside down.

Helen is trying ti escape the man who fathered her children, but he will not leave her. Since he has an upper class status it is hard to find anyone who will help her, until she comes up with a plan to change her name and work.

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Excellent

Ms Flosnik is perfect for this type of book. The drama and compassion was easily felt by the excellent way dialogue flowed between characters.

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Great story

I read this in paperback for the first time last weekend and had to get it for my library. Normally romance with children and dogs as part of the plot are not what I read but it was well done. Yhe main characters, Helen and Alistair, had some deep scars but are both very thoughtful, caring people.

Story flowed; I never became bored. It was rather sexy, steamy, but I didn't mind. LOL. It even made me teary eyed 5 or 6 times.

I've listened twice already, and intend on listening and reading it again, that's how much I enjoyed. it was on sale so I bought it, but would also say it was worth a credit.

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Story and narrator together made this a truly wonderful story.

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.