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When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Eloisa James
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Eloisa James’s writing is absolutely exquisite.”
New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros


“Nothing gets me to a bookstore faster than a new novel by Eloisa James.”

New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn


A wonderful spin on a much-beloved fairy tale, Eloisa James’s When Beauty Tamed the Beast is heart-soaring and fun historical romance at its finest. No wonder People magazine raves about her books, saying, “Romance writing does not get much better than this.” Eloisa’s delightful take on Beauty and the Beast unfolds in Regency England, where a beastly, bad-tempered Earl matches wits with a brazen beauty who has vowed to make the handsome grump fall in love with her in two short weeks.

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After Prince Augustus Frederick reneges on his promise to marry her, Linnet Thrynne faces social ruin since everyone—based partly on her mother’s scandalous past and partly on Linnet’s ill-fated decision to wear a ball gown that gives the impression she is pregnant—now believes Linnet is a hussy of the first degree. Fortunately, Linnet’s aunt, Lady Etheridge, comes up with a solution. Rumor has it that Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, is in the market for a wife. The irascible nobleman’s only requirement is that his bride-to-be be a woman “more beautiful than the sun and the moon,” a condition Linnet easily meets. Linnet is certain once the beastly Piers meets her, he will fall under her spell. But immediately after encountering the cranky doctor, Linnet realizes the intractable, intelligent, and altogether intriguing Piers is not exactly the husband for whom she bargained. With equal measures of superbly nuanced characters, sexy passion, and scintillating wit, James deftly fashions a fairy-tale-perfect romance. --John Charles

From the Back Cover

Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty . . . Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman.

Linnet is not just any woman.

She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love—in just two weeks.

Yet Linnet has no idea of the danger posed to her own heart by a man who may never love her in return.

If she decides to be very wicked indeed . . . what price will she pay for taming his wild heart?

Product Details

  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062021273
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Original edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A8ZYXG
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. Period. February 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm an Eloisa James fan anyway but I think this is her best yet. At first I was a little iffy because the first chapter of the book basically just describes how beautiful and perfect Linnet, the heroine, is. However, that skepticism was soon replaced with anticipation of what was going to happen to her. I laughed at Piers' temper tantrums that usually involved funny little insults to his butler, etc. I felt both Linnet's and Piers' feelings of desperation in various parts of the novel. I greatly admired and hated Piers for his dedication to his work. I could go on and on about how emotionally involved I was in this book but to put it simply if you like historical romance you should read this and reread this.

This is honestly my new favorite book. I read it really quickly and regret it because I am now wanting more. I liked "A Kiss at Midnight" but this is exponentially better. I've read 10 books by Eloisa but this one takes the cake.
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70 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe she made me cry! January 25, 2011
By Daisy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I didn't expect any more of this novel than a fun retelling of the fairy story, some good dialogue, the usual enjoyable Eloisa James romp. It was all that and a bit more. I have no intention of giving away any of the story but I had a vision at one point when I was sniveling with the poignancy of the moment of Eloisa James as Kathleen Turner at the beginning of the movie after Romancing the Stone where she's writing the last chapter of her romance novel and sobbing over her typewriter. What can I say, they seem like real people whom the author cares about. I think it's her best yet. (And of course they don't live UNhappily ever after)
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read the excerpt for this novel online and was ready to be charmed by the book, but I had no idea I would fall in love with two wonderfully written characters. I won't go into a story plot outline, that can be found everywhere, but I will suffice to say I enjoyed the witty dialogue and medical "hospital" setting. Piers, the Beast, is a 19th century Dr. House with a closet of skeletons to deal with, a Welsh Castle full of sick people, a double-dipping butler and an unwanted fiancee', Linnet, the Beauty. Add into the mix his long estranged father, the Duke- his mother, whom the Duke divorced - and many persons with various maladies, plus other doctors in residence studying with Piers and you have a book full of fun!
Piers and Linnet (an intelligent beauty) verbally spar from the first moment, a writing tool when done correctly is enjoyable, but here it is sublime. It is a romance with the requisite amount of hot love scenes, but it is also funny and sweet and well done. I enjoyed the ending, since I always like epilogues that give me a glimpse into the future lives of the characters.


E. James names two of the doctors studying with Piers at his castle hospital Kibbles and Bitts...LOL.
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointed March 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased this book based on the reviews and now I simply dont want anyone else to be misled into thinking that you'll cry over the ending and that the book is truly moving, because frankly, it's not. It's not like I expected a whole lot of depth, I just wanted a fun, lusty book with a little bit of my favorite fairy-tale thrown in. But as I began to read the book, I became more and more disappointed.
The characters are disjointed, unrealistic and unlikable, writing is also disjointed, one minute a character is right next to someone and then he's all the way across the room in the next. The dialogue is even worse, it seems that the author simply throws in old fashioned words at times and expects it to pass as historical accuracy. The author also cheats her way out of a technical problem with one of the characters simply saying "I lied. Ta-da!"
To any discerning reader, who is used to period pieces such as Pride and Prejudice, North & South or Vanity Fair, this book is almost agony. I would recommend reading "Heart's Blood" by Juliet Marillier instead. Better concept, more issues addressed, better writing, deeper characters, historically accurate, just a little less sex.
Hope that cleared a few things up. Good luck.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By jazz
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The heroine is a dumb blond. The hero is one of those jerk doctors that you wonder how they continue to have patients come see them. His bedside manner leaves something to be desired. Except when Linnet gets Scarlet fever. He is so attentive to her that you want to believe he has fallen in love with her, and that he's just been acting the jerk all this time! I felt that this book had too many characters and interference. These two had barely any time to themselves! Its a wonder that they even found enough alone time to do the dirty deed as many times as they did before she got sick. I mean, between her father and aunt, his dad and wayward mom, the men his mom was all flirty with, the butler, (OMG) his patients!...his cousin, the other surgeons, the freaking nurse! I kept skipping past all this dialogue and descriptive prose, all by these OTHER people! It was all just...too LOUD! Loud noise. And, I don't ask for much from romance novels, except that they be engaging! I mean, how are two main characters supposed to get close and win over reader's hearts, if the readers rarely get to see them alone!

Alright, I digress. By the end of the novel, I had basically, well...stopped caring about the heroine. There is no other way to put it. I saw that she got well and when she got better, she started to push the good doctor away. Huh? Yeah, all book long she kept trying to convince the stupid man he was in love with her and finally, finally, after a near death fever--from which the stupid man brings her back from the brink--she turns him down because she's sure he wants to be with her out of pity! Really? Really! Give me a break! This book has too many negatives that outweigh the positives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
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Published 23 hours ago by Mrs Julie Christoforou
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful
A twist on Beaty and he beast sets this story apart from others I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Kudos toms James for being a great author. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Cyntodo
5.0 out of 5 stars Still enjoyable
I am liking each book I read by James more than the last. These characters and the story itself were better than the last. On to the next!
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Published 1 month ago by Bernadette A Munday
4.0 out of 5 stars Great historical romance
The hero in When Beauty Tamed the Beast is based off of the character Gregory House, from the TV show House M.D. This made me unsure about picking up the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bookminx
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun And Interesting Story
I really loved the story and characters in this book. The Scarlet Fever segment had a lot of interesting information.
Published 2 months ago by Hoffwit
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Story of Beauty and the Beast That Twists Convention
WHEN BEAUTY TAMED THE BEAST is the second book in the Fairy Tales series. Linnet Thrynne is a beauty but when she is ruined without any cause, she ends up agreeing to travel to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Melo
5.0 out of 5 stars When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
The second book in the charming and funny Fairy Tales series by the prolific Eloisa James, a professor of Shakespeare. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. E. Almaguer
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated the characters
ugh such crap. week female character and not hot at all. Was supposed to be gorgeously written. Not so much.
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More About the Author

A reviewer from USA Today wrote that she "found herself devouring [Eloisa's] book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Eloisa wrote her first novel after graduating from Harvard, but alas, it was rejected by every possible publisher. After she got a couple more degrees and a job as a Shakespeare professor, she tried again, with much greater success. Over twenty best-sellers later, she teaches Shakespeare in the English Department at Fordham University in New York City. She's also the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

For info about books, visit Or ask a question on Facebook (where Eloisa spends entirely too much time): And then drop in on her very romantic, very Eloisa Tumblr blog, a labor of love:

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