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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Taming The Beast by Heather Grothaus

Taming The Beast by Heather Grothaus
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full (343 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

After years of turmoil, Roderick Cherbon has left the Crusades to return to the home he loves. But the wars have changed him, and the heir who thought to heal his father’s injustices has become a vicious beast of a man, scarred inside and out. He will speak to no one, see no one; he leaves the shadows of his ruined keep only under the darkness of night. And even in death his father mocks him: to retain his land and title, Roderick, the Beast, must marry.

Lady Michaela Fortune is reviled for her poverty, ridiculed for her dreams, and preyed on for her soft heart. Humiliation and want dog her beloved family, and her pride is an indulgence she can ill afford. Cherbon and its shattered lord offer a solution. But to court a man who has fallen so low, Michaela will need all her grace and beauty to harbor any hopes of taming the beast…

Who can handle a man who is scarred? Who can deal with an independent woman? Add a small child to the mix. What have you got? Taming the Beast.

There are some stories that cross genres and stick with you long past the last page. This story is one of them. Ms. Grothaus’s characters sweep you in right away and hold you tight. You feel like you are right there in the 11th century. And she writes with such detail! I love it. I now have a new author on my favorite author list.

Roderick’s been scarred. He fought and was hurt in the Crusades. He’s not a happy man. When he finds he has to marry to keep his home, well, that stinks. But I liked how he didn’t let the sadness bog him down. Yes, there are times when he succumbs to depression, but he lived through enough sadness for three lifetimes. I give him credit for persevering and getting to know his child. Many men wouldn’t deal as he does and it can come off a bit immature, but when you understand his rationale, you understand him.

Michaela is a fine heroine. She’s been beaten down by life as well, but man has she got a backbone. I liked that she didn’t take Roderick’s guff for long. Many women nowadays need to learn her strength. And I liked how she took to Leo. Lots of women aren’t prepared to deal with a child that isn’t their own.

Ms. Grothaus excels at tenderness. Her love scenes demonstrate a tenderness that shows the passion building between Roderick and Michaela, even when they don’t realize they are in love. It’s sweet and sexy at the same time.

If you want a story that will stick with you long past the last page, then you need to read Taming the Beast.