How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 7, 2017
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Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy—and her father's life.
Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage...until he discovers she's vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?
If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
From the title, How to Tame A Beast in Seven Days conjured up expectations of a humorous snarkfest but I quickly discovered it wasn’t. The synopsis had me thinking this was a Beauty and the Beast type story and that wasn’t quite right either since the one threatening her father was the evil king and not the Beast. This was more along the lines of the fantasy fairytale books I devoured in my pre-teens. To my dismay, it read like it was more for that age bracket too, except for the sex scenes which just didn’t really fit and felt added on in an attempt to make the story appeal to an adult reader.
This was a good versus evil scenario where the misunderstood Lord Protector and his fiancée were just sweetness and light through and through and the evil king had the blackest of hearts with not one thing nice to be said about him. It had adventure and sword fights, all the trappings you expect in a fantasy novel, but I just never got that wow feeling I get from a really good fantasy.
Every challenge the characters faced were all conveniently solved with miraculous coincidences found at every turn. When another antagonist showed up to shake things up and set up the next book, our hero who could hit a fly with his lightning bolts miles away, suddenly couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn. The final showdown with the evil king completely fizzled, which was a slight disappointment after all that buildup. I did laugh when the plot hole big enough to fly a starship through that I had been wondering about throughout the entire book was pointed out and shrugged off.
Without all the sex scenes I probably would have liked this as a kid. Since I’m way past the age of sneaking around reading my way through middle school, it ended up being just a bit too young for me and although it was an okay read it wasn’t the awesomesauce one I had hoped for.
2.5 Sizzling Sex Scenes That Didn’t Fit Stars
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