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Malin’s #CBR Reviews #78-80: Historical romance edition

So I’m finally NEARLY up to date with this summer’s reading, and decided that these three historical romances I read in August could easily lumped together into one post.

Book 78: When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James. What if Dr Gregory House was an Earl in on an estate in Wales and a really gorgeous woman wanted to marry him, mainly because most of polite society thinks she’s carrying a prince’s bastard? 3 stars

Book 79: A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare. I absolutely ADORED the previous two Spindle Cove novels by Tessa Dare, and it was frankly unrealistic that this novel live up to my sky-high expectations. It was very enjoyable, if not as awesomely enjoyable as the first books in the series. 4 stars.

Book 80: The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James. When the plain young heiress discovers that her best friend, the handsome heir to a duchy, mainly married her to cover up the fact that his father embezzled a bunch of her money, she kicks him out and he’s forced to resort to piracy (sorry, privateering) to stay alive. The most enjoyable Fairy tale retelling by James yet, certainly a LOT more fun than the original story by Hans Christian “I really hate children and am determined to scar as many as possible with my dreadfully depressing stories” Andersen. 4 stars.

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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