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.
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.