Miss Linnet Thrynne is renowned for her beauty and the talk of the Ton, currently that talk is not so complimentary. With her reputation ruined her betrothal options are suddenly very limited.
Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, has a reputation for being a genius as a doctor with a beastly bed-side manner. It is rumoured that due to an accident as a child he can no longer continue the family line.
When his future child-bearing bride arrives, Piers shows her just what a beast he can be.
Can beauty shine through the dark shards of the beast’s heart?
Piers’ attitude is fantastic. Not sure I would want it directed at me but the wit that rolls of his tongue is hilarious. He needs a strong woman to stand up to him, and likewise, Linnet needs a man who doesn’t bow down at her feet.
All her life Linnet has been told how beautiful she is, allowing her looks and her smile to come before her intelligence. With the reputation of her mother close at her heels, Linnet has had to be extra careful around men but with Piers’ reported problem, Linnet finds that she is able to be herself. This, more than her beauty (although I think it helped), is what draws Piers to her, but it does make me wonder if Linnet had not been as beautiful as she is would Piers have wanted to get to know her?
It does seem as though Piers is destined to spend his life unhappy. After the pain and suffering of his childhood, then the struggle to save Linnet, and finally the fight not to lose her again, I really was cheering for him. But as we all know this is a Happily Ever After tale and Beauty will win her Beast in the end!