Title: Taming Beauty
Author: Lynne Barron
It’s best not to answer the door when the Earl of Dunaway come’s knocking.
After learning this lesson by trial and error, as any good lesson ought to be learned, Miss Lilith Aberdeen fashioned a life for herself on the fringes of London society. She is the last lady likely to risk her independence or her heart on anything as fickle and frivolous as love. Or the waxing and waning of familial affection, for that matter. So, how is it she winds up journeying to the wilds of Cornwall to deliver the earl’s pampered, petulant daughter into the hands of the reclusive Baron Malleville?
Blame it on the scandalous, unscrupulous and downright dissolute earl.
Jasper Grimley has spent more than a decade living in self-imposed exile, tending his lands and waiting for his chosen bride to come of age. When his betrothed is plucked from his grasp mere months before the wedding, he sets in motion a plan to turn the Earl of Dunaway’s plethora of debts and profusion of daughters to his advantage. Unfortunately, when dealing with the earl, even the best laid plans have a tendency to fall to ruin, and Jasper soon finds himself beguiled by the wrong woman. Lilith is not the sweet, innocent, biddable bride he bargained with the devil to possess, but she just might be…
The lady destined to lead him down the primrose path to happily-ever-after.
Disclaimer: This book was provided directly from the author in exchange for an honest review
Taming Beauty is a historical romance and was beautifully written. It was a wonderful read and it was a romantic tale that I couldn’t get enough of.
Lilith is not your typical lady of London society. Unlike other historical romances I have read, Lilith has known pleasure before Jasper. Honestly this was just a small difference but one I couldn’t help but overlook. I just get tired of historical fictional women saving themselves for their husbands. Lilith felt realistic, a fleshed out and believable character. She has emotions and feels strongly and passionately. Jasper’s character was also wonderfully done. Romance novels sometimes depict the hero as perfect and flawless. No, Jasper has made mistakes, plenty of them. His marriage arrangement being the biggest obstacle to overcome.
Going into this book, I don’t really know what I expected. I can say after finishing it, that it was a great read and I am glad I didn’t pass this one up. If you are looking for a different sort of historical romance, this is for you. The banter between Jasper and Lilith is entertaining and highly enjoyable. If that doesn’t spark your interest, then you must be boring. Kidding! Taming Beauty was a one of a kind historical romance!
About the Author:
Write About What You Know.
Every Creative Writing Teacher and College Professor said these words to Lynne Barron in one form or another. But what did she know?
She knew she enjoyed the guilty pleasure of reading romance novels whenever she could find time between studying, working and raising her son as a single mother.
She knew quite a bit about women’s lives in the Regency and Victorian era from years spent bouncing back and forth between European History and English Literature as a major in college.
She knew precious little about romance except to know that it was more than the cliché card and a dozen red roses on Valentine’s Day.
Then she met her wonderfully romantic husband and finally she knew.
Passion, Love and Romance.
And she began to write.