REVIEW for Taming Beauty by 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.
This was such a good read I couldn't put it down! Unlike some of the other historical romances I've read, this one is centered around a man rumored to be quite the savage beast and a woman who was brought up amidst unscrupulous women. Lilith's own father is not exactly the model you would want for any child. He is too easily swayed by the female persuasion and has illegitimate children everywhere, Lilith included. As for the women in the family, well she comes from a long line of mistresses and scandals. Needless to say it's nothing new to her. But when she agrees to try to get her younger sister out of an arranged marriage to Jasper, the so-called beast, she is over her head. Plain and simple. I like how this book is different and not solely focused on women who are just perfect. Practically no one in this book is and Lilith's younger sister is a spoiled brat. Hands down. But Lilith is a very complicated woman and Jasper? Well he has his reasons for everything. Totally fabulous read!
5 out of 5 stars!!
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