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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

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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?

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Product Details

  • Series: Fairy Tales (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062021273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062021274
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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.

SPOILER****

E. James names two of the doctors studying with Piers at his castle hospital Kibbles and Bitts...LOL.
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While I admire the skills of Eloisa James, I did not consider this to be a good example of her abilities. The cutesy names for the characters (Kibbles and Bits, etc) and overt use of the "House" persona (right down to the cane) were distracting and removed me from the story. Just when I thought I might be able to ignore the fact that much of the dialogue was far too modern for the time period, we're hit with the tired line "What happens in Wales stays in Wales". I am SO tired of this line. I rolled my eyes when Julia Quinn adopted it for the title of one of her books - its use here was simply annoying. By the time the "Cuddy" reference was used, I had had enough. I finished the book because several reviewers here claimed the ending was beautiful and emotional. I kept waiting for the big moment to hit....and nothing. Perhaps, by this point I was so far removed from the story that it simply wasn't going to work for me. By the end I found the heroine to be shallow and insipid ("I'm not pretty anymore!")and the hero was arrogant and obnoxious (I LOVE Hugh Laurie as House, but Piers channeling an anemic House simply fell flat). James admitting at the end of the book that she essentially swiped the House persona for her character made it slightly less egregious, but it was still irritating. To those of you who enjoyed this book, kudos to you. I am happy you were entertained. Judging by the reviews here, I am in the minority, but this just did not work for me. Ms. James, please develop your own characters for future titles. Plsthx.
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The book had moments for me, I didn't mind it was a tried and true story told in another way, but when she wrote "What happens is Wales, stays in Wales" she lost me. I was very disappointed in being taken out of the story. I find it lazy.
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I haven't had much luck with Ms. Jame's novels, but had to give this a try based on the reviews. At the core of it, it was a really good romantic historical novel, but in the execution of it, too many things are just plain campy and over manipulated by the author. I almost gave up in the beginning because it starts with the absolute ridiculous, but as soon as our hero and heroine get together, things smoothed out nicely.

Lynette Thrynne could easily be the most beautiful woman in England, but it's not going to dig her out of the scandal she finds herself in. After a prolonged flirtation and casting off from a prince, combined with an unflattering dress, the ton believes Lynette is a pregnant trollop. Of course, none of it's true, but the damage is done, so her aunt and father, who are irredeemable, scheme to save her by sending her off to Wales to marry a bad tempered Earl with no prospects for marriage. When she meets Piers, the Earl of Marchant, he's as bad tempered a beast as everyone says he is, but Lynette handles him just fine, provoking word, for provoking word and it appears the two really are made for one another. The only problem is prospects for marriage were never Pier's problem. Piers carries the weight of the world in hatred and anger for his father and the fact that his father is the one to find Lynette only makes the situation worse. As Piers and Lynette spend time with one another, Lynette turns his life upside down and he struggles between wanting her and not wanting her, with the caveat that no one else can have her either.

The relationship and scenes with Piers and Lynette are fun, witty and sexy. I could take or leave the supporting characters with the exception of Sebastien, Pier's cousin, who was wonderful and should have his own novel.
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