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.
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.The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard delivered a swoon-worthy Beauty and the Beast retelling that made me laugh and fall in love. #NewRelease #MustRead #RegencyRomance #HistoricalFiction Click To Tweet
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