When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

Monday, February 21, 2011

I think someone got up on the wrong side of the bed!
I have discovered something about myself – I am a hunk snob! When it dawned on me that this book's hero, Piers, was sort of based on House, all I could see was Hugh Laurie, and while I like Hugh Laurie the actor and think he’s pretty quirky I do not see him as very sexy or hunky and when I start reading about Pier's manly proportions… my ick factor kicked in. So, be careful who you base your heroes on. One man's big log is another man's wet noodle.

Now, to When Beauty Tamed the Beast. I really enjoy Eloisa James' writing, but sorry to say her fairy tale series just hasn't clicked with me...loved her Duchess series. And, with this particular book in the fairy tale series you really have to be a big fan of House to like the hero. Sorry to say I’m not a big fan of House. And, yes I'm repeating myself.

There are some humorous moments in this book. I especially loved the one where Linnet (heroine) thinks that there is something wrong with Pier’s Mr. Toad because it is sticking up instead of hanging like a horse. You see, her mother always had a thing for guys who were hung like a horse. I adored the butler, Prufrock, and thought the secondary characters were quite strong and well-written.

The main problem I had was with Piers. I could just not feel any sympathy for him. There were so many times I wanted to just grab him and say “oh grow up, you are not the only person who has ever been in pain." Linnet, I liked better and found her loss of beauty toward the end of the book to be very poignant - wish there had been more of that and less of Piers. What a Mr. Grumpypuss. I envision headlines after 10 years of marriage: Wife murders husband, says she just couldn't take it anymore, so she beat him to death with his cane.

S-o, if you like House, you will like this book. It’s well-written and has a great bunch of secondary characters. I also found all the medical details quite fascinating and I had a laugh out loud moment over the names of two of the medical assistants: Kibbles and Bitts.

Time/Place: Early Regency, Wales
Sensuality Rating: Warm


Tracy said...

You're so not the only one. I liked House (when I used to watch TV) so I know who the actor is - but as a romance novel hero? Um, no, thank you very much, but no. He's too scrawny for my liking and definitely not hunky. He may be a strong personality in House but he's definitely more of a beta in my mind.

I like James's work though so I may read it anyway. :)

Melissa said...

I actually liked the story, and found the flirtation humorous, up until the very graphic ailment scene towards the end. I'm sorry, but that was a little too much detail.