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Monday, August 31, 2009

Beauty Tempts The Beast by Leslie Dicken

Beauty Tempts The Beast by Leslie Dicken
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (196 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Queen Anne’s Lace

Is the enemy of her enemy a friend…or a beast?

Lord Ashworth is scarred by a night of terror years ago that left his face in ruins and his life in shreds. He hides in Silverstone Manor, using rumors that paint him as a horrible, murdering monster to keep visitors at bay. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that the rumors might be true. He tells himself it’s better this way. If his memories ever resurface, at least he will be the only one hurt by them.

The woman on his doorstep, however, simply refuses to fear him. That’s not only an oddity, it’s a threat to his secret…and his heart.

Vivian Suttley has seen the face of evil more than once in her young life. She’s on the run from the latest, a cruel man determined to force her to marry him. Whatever the whispers about the reclusive Ashworth, surely it’s nothing compared to the bleak, violent future she leaves behind.

Ashworth saved her once before, and he’s her last hope for refuge. Yet she wonders if she’s truly safer at Silverstone—or if she has just made the biggest mistake of her life.

A horrible night of terror leaves Lord Ashworth scarred and his life in ruin. He hides in Silverstone Manor, using rumors he’s a beast to keep everyone away. But could the rumors be true? Will he ever know? Then Vivian Suttley arrives refusing to fear him, and to leave. The mysterious Lord Ashworth offers her refuge, but could she be making the biggest mistake of her life by trusting him?

Beauty Tempts The Beast is brisk, fast-paced, and completely sexy. The writing is crisp and concise with characters any reader can easily identify with. The point of view never jumps, and the scenes are well described and packed with delicious adjectives. The dark and mysterious atmosphere Ms. Dicken’s creates in Silverstone Manor pitch perfect.

Ms. Dicken is a talented story-teller. This is my first story I have read by her, but I know it will not be my last. Wonderful job for a writer who is definitely a must keep in the business. Don’t miss out on this deliciously decadent read.