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A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

Alexis’s #CBR4 Review #11: When Beauty Tamed the Beast, Eloisa James

I loved Outlander. Simply loved it. So much so that every once in a while I go on Amazon and get suckered into buying a new book because it’s recommended for people who bought Outlander. And that is how this happened.
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Linnet Thrynne has just been publicaly humiliated and is considered ruined by the ton. So clearly the only response is to ship her off to the Earl of Merchant who is a surly impotent (not a misspelling) brilliant doctor who lives in Wales. Let’s just call him House. Because he’s House. He limps around his castle with his cane barking at the idiot doctors while simultaneously solving medical riddles nobody else could figure out. He and Linnet get together. There is some lame sex scenes (spoiler: he’s not really impotent). House brutally kicks Linnet out for reasons I still don’t clearly understand. Linnet falls deathly ill prompting House to save her with his mad medical skills while realizing that he will die if he can’t be with her. End scene.

While I’ve definitely read worse, this wasn’t great. I suspected as much when the book showed up with a picture of a hot pink prom dress on it. If you’re a house fan/shipper you may enjoy this. There is some clever banter in the first half (prior to the lame sex) as Linnet and House verbally tussle. If you don’t require realistic historical detail in your historical romance, this may be enough to make this book work for you. But it didn’t work for me.

I love me a richly detailed historical romance. This wasn’t it.

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3 thoughts on “Alexis’s #CBR4 Review #11: When Beauty Tamed the Beast, Eloisa James

  1. That cover slays me! As if the name weren’t bad enough. I’m going through a romance novel phase and the covers make a big difference when you have a 6 year old in the house, and I’ve noticed that the coverart really can indicate what to expect.

  2. No one can hold a candle to Outlander. I sprain my eyeballs every time I see a tweet come up in my “Gabaldon” search on twitter that says “Oh if you loved Outlander, you’ll love this.” Nay, sir. Just, nay.

  3. I totally agree about the cover art being a big clue. Although a few have put out good books (well fun at least) with horrifying cover art. The early Kresley Cole books had covers that looked like cheap bondage porn. And Loretta Chase has written some gems (Carsington brothers series). But the covers are rip-it-off-and-pretend-you-got-it-at-a-yardsale lame.

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