The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard

November 18th, 2019 Kimberly Review 15 Comments

18th Nov
The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard
The Beast of Beswick
by Amalie Howard
Genres: Historical Romance
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The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare meets Taming of the Shrew in the start to a new Regency series from award-winning author Amalie Howard.

Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and snarling at anyone who gets too close. With a ruined face like his, it's hard to like much about the world. Especially smart-mouthed harpies―with lips better suited to kissing than speaking―who brave his castle with indecent proposals.

But Lady Astrid Everleigh will stop at nothing to see her younger sister safe from a notorious scoundrel, even if it means offering herself up on a silver platter to the forbidding Beast of Beswick himself. And by offer, she means what no highborn lady of sound and sensible mind would ever dream of―a tender of marriage with her as his bride.

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Do you want to hear a funny story about how I came to read The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard? Grab a cup of hot cocoa and I’ll share. Be sure to stay and find out why I fell in love with this Beauty and the Beast retelling.

I was thinking I was in the mood for a good historical romance despite all the review books and purchased books surrounding me. ?Oh come now, you have all felt the calling or niggle for something new, not yet obtained; have you not?

As I sat there pondering an email arrived from NetGalley with a recommendation from Sarah Maclean. In fact the subject read, NYT bestseller Sarah MacLean says “I loved every word!” I adore MacLean’s books so it piqued my interest.

When I opened the email there before me in red was the gorgeous cover of The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard. A historical romance and a Beauty and the Beast retelling to boot. Be still my heart! ?

So naturally I dropped everything and devoured it. Sarah was right. I can call her Sarah now, right? I feel like we are besties now that she has recommended this book to me. ??

Enough stories. Let me tell you why I love The Beast of Beswick. The story opens in the home of Lady Astrid Everleigh’s Aunt and Uncle. Astrid lives here with her sixteen year sister. Her Uncle and Aunt are their legal guardians until the girls marry or come of age. It seems her Uncle has plans to marry her younger sister off to the man that ruined Astrid. Determined to save her sister and knowing the terms of her parent’s will she sets out to marry and not just anyone. To thwart her Uncle and her enemy, she will need Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick! Intrigued?

From Thane (The Beast) and Astrid’s first encounter I was all in. I loved the sizzling chemistry, the slow-build but most of all the sharp barbs, quick wit and snarky banter. These two were a joy to read about and they simple came to life on the page.

Thane was badly wounded in battle and carries scars the mar his face, back, and legs. He suffers both physically and mentally from the wounds. Howard did a splendid job of explaining what has led him to become basically a recluse and allowed the reader to understand his gruff and explosive personality. I wanted to hug him and throttle him on more than one occasion.

Astrid is headstrong, independent and outspoken. I imagine she would have had a difficult time even if her first season wasn’t ruined. I adored her but also appreciated the growth we witnessed.

Secondary characters from Astrid’s sister to Thane’s servants added humor, interest and suspense. I adored Thane’s Aunt and would like to take tea with her. I imagine she has some stories to tell.

If you are looking for a Beauty and the Beast retelling filled with strong, loveable, snarky characters wrapped in heat and swaddled in a regency romance, I cannot help but recommend The Beast of Beswick. I, for one, loved every word.

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15 Responses to “The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard”

  1. Carole's Random Life in Books

    I do exactly the same thing. I am surrounded by books but still have to look for something I am in the mood to read at times. This book literally showed up on my doorstep today. I think I will take both Sarah’s and your advice and give this one a try. Great review!

  2. kindlemom1

    I got an email about this one as well and passed on it LOL! Looks like I shouldn’t have. I think honestly, and this is terrible, but it was that cover that threw me! It looks so cheesy. So glad this was so good though, you definitely have me curious now!

  3. Jenea's Book Obsession

    I am guilty of pushing my gigantic review pile aside when I get in inkling for something new and shiny too. I can see why you did with this one too, it sounds absolutely amazing! I love the sounds of Astrids character and the chemistry between her and Thane sounds wonderful too.

  4. Sophia Rose

    Ha! Might be guilty of chucking my review pile for a new shiny and for a whim to read a book someone recommended. Glad it was a hit on both counts. I do love Beauty and the Beast retellings, but also that this is a Regency romance with a scarred military hero and a woman trying to save her sister.

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