Beauty Tempts the Beast
Beauty Tempts the Beast
By Lorraine Heath
Lorraine Heath ends her bestselling Sins for All Seasons series with the hero readers have been waiting for!
She wants lessons in seduction
Althea Stanwick was a perfect lady destined to marry a wealthy lord, until betrayal left her family penniless. Though she’s lost friends, fortune, and respectability, Althea has gained a scandalous plan. If she can learn to seduce, she can obtain power over men and return to Society on her terms. She even has the perfect teacher in mind, a man whose sense of honor and dark good looks belie his nickname: Beast.
But desire like this can’t be taught
Benedict Trewlove may not know his parentage but he knows where he belongs—on the dark side of London, offering protection wherever it’s needed. Yet no woman has ever made such an outrageous request as this mysterious beauty. Althea is out of place amongst vice and sin, even if she offers a wicked temptation he can’t resist. But as the truth of his origin emerges at last, it will take a fierce, wild love to overcome their pasts.
It’s a little hard to write a review for this book. I started it and was immediately drawn into the story of the final Trewlove child, Benedict, aka Beast, and Althea. Althea was a lady but her family lost everything and now she’s working as a barmaid at Benedict’s sister’s tavern. Benedict is quickly intrigued by this lady who is very out of place and attracted to her. He decided to hire her to train the ladies of the night that he offers protection to in how to be respectable. Althea, however, decides that she wants lessons in seduction from Beast. It sounds a little complicated but these arrangements are quickly and concisely laid out in the book. I got to that point and then real life got rough and I ended up stopping and starting the book. Honestly, I pushed through because I knew I would enjoy it but just wasn’t in the right mental state for the book. I know this book is good because, despite my mental state, the last 20% griped me and pulled me right back into the story. I went from reading it to finish and write my review to being unable to put it down because I wanted things to work out for Althea and Benedict.
This was a really satisfying end to the series and yet set up a series for Althea’s brothers. Benedict especially was so caring and respectful that I couldn’t help but fall for him. Althea has had life kick her down but she’s dusted herself off and come up with a plan to move forward and create a future for herself. The attraction between them is palatable and sexy and yet respectful. Even more though is how they came to love and trust each other.
She could tell him anything and everything. And if they sometimes gazed into each other’s eyes for a little too long, if want, need, and desire threatened to make themselves known, he was adept at breaking the spell by stirring the fire, or pouring more libations, or moving to stand by the fireplace. A couple of times he’d excused himself, claiming his unfinished manuscript was calling to him. But she’d known he hadn’t trusted himself to honor his commitment not to take advantage, which only served to make her trust him all the more. She found herself desperately wishing he would gift her with a kiss, a caress, or a whispered endearment.Beauty Tempts the Beast by Lorraine Heath, Chapter 20
Overall, this was a lovely story and I wished I had been in the right mindset for most of the book. I have a feeling a reread is due at some point and that I will enjoy it from start to finish that time.
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.