Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The Beast of Beswick - Book Breakdown

Beauty and the Beast meets Taming of the Shrew in this laugh-out-loud and heartfelt Regency romance.

Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and snarling at anyone who gets too close. With a ruined face like his, it's hard to like much about the world. Especially smart-mouthed harpies—with lips better suited to kissing than speaking—who brave his castle with indecent proposals.

But Lady Astrid Everleigh will stop at nothing to see her younger sister safe from a notorious scoundrel, even if it means offering herself up on a silver platter to the forbidding Beast of Beswick himself. And by offer, she means what no highborn lady of sound and sensible mind would ever dream of—a tender of marriage with her as his bride.

Book Breakdown 

Astrid is very protective of her younger sister and would do anything to make sure she has a proper season. When her aunt and uncle declare her sister is to be married to the man who ruined her, she heads over to the one place she thinks they’ll be safe: the beast of Beswick’s house. 

Beswick fought in the war and survived but didn’t come back the same. He’s all scarred up. It’s the primary reason he hides from the world. But when Astrid and her younger sister show up, he doesn’t turn them away.

Astrid is not the normal girl for her time. She’s very outspoken about her thoughts and opinions and I love her for it. While I know it’s just not very realistic, it makes for a much better story to me. I don’t want to read about meek little girls who are just waiting for some guy to sweep them off their feet. I simply loved seeing Astrid take charge of her future and making sure her sister didn’t make the same mistake she did.

This was very much inspired by Beauty and the Beast. So while Beswick seems like a real jerk, underneath, he’s got a heart of gold and I loved watching these two slowly fall for one another. 

It’s a quick read that just left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside and I need that right now.