How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days
Book 1, The Embraced - A Novel of the Embraced
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From the brilliant imagination of Kerrelyn Sparks comes a bold new fantasy romance series in which passion and magic collide. Behold the Embraced...
As one of the Embraced—one born with magical powers—the beautiful, innocent Luciana escaped certain death after her father hid her away on the Isle of Moon. Now, nineteen years later, her father has returned with a frightening request. He will be executed unless Luciana returns to the mainland and marries a man feared throughout the land: a terrifying brute known as the Beast.
Luciana accepts her fate and agrees to wed the Beast—Lord Leo—in order to save her father. Soon she learns that her betrothed is also one of the Embraced. With the ability to wield lightning, Leo’s immense power strikes fear into the hearts of men. . .and his mere touch can put an end to a woman’s life. But Luciana cannot deny the passion that burns between them. How can she resist the man who scorches her soul and makes her feel intoxicated with desire—even if surrendering to him could destroy them both?
Wonderful start to a new series!
So, I have only seen a few episodes of Game of Thrones, but Tame a Beast reminds me of that. Fantasy, dragons, kingdoms at war...its all very GoT but with more romance and I liked it more than I expected. Honestly, I am not a GoT fan, but this book is good! Its certainly not as x rated as GoT or as violent, but the themes are there. You have your scheming kings, murders, secret identities, hidden royals, and more.
Luciana can talk to and see the dead. She has to pretend to be her dead twin sister,Tatiana, and marry "The Beast", a man who can harness lightening. Leo (the Beast) is the nephew of a king who wants him dead. This arranged marriage between Leo and Luciana/Tatiana is merely a way for the king to gather more land.
The book takes some time world building. You have to get the basics on the kingdoms, the people, the religions, and more. Luciana is an Embraced. Since the kings on the mainland kill Embraced, she is sent to live on an island at a convent. She and the other Embraced girls have no idea who they are or that people would kill them. I think the premise of the story is really interesting and drew me in right away. Luciana is so kind; even after her father abandoned her but kept her sister she is willing to go along with this plan that could mean certain death for them both. Leo is such a tortured hero! He has this power that nearly kills him, but he knows he needs it in order to keep his people safe. He is willing to sacrifice himself to save the people. He can't touch anyone without killing them, so his existence is lonely and isolated. He is giving up his entire life to save the people who call him the Beast. Its tragically sad! I LOVED the love story between Luciana and Leo. It was so good!! This is probably my favorite ship of all time. Seriously, that is saying something since I read like 300 romance books a year. These two are epic!
You also get a great cast of supporting characters. The sister, Tatiana, Christopher, a young ghost boy, Brody, Nevis, and all of Luciana's 'sisters' from the convent. These characters provide such a rich depth in their small roles. I can't wait to read more about this world.
I think this series has a great deal of potential! With each book there will be less world building necessary so the pace should pick up. There were times this book just felt so slow because of the necessary background information. However, the story is fantastic and I think this series will be well received!
Magic and mayhem
In a world where magic is despised, a group of magically blessed young woman are thrust from the safety of their lives on an island sanctuary into the world that would see the destroyed for their abilities.
Luciana never knew she had a twin or a family that sent her away for her safety. When her sister is murdered, her father barely escapes, but he must ask Luciana to enter this world that would see her dead in order to save a family she never knew…but beyond that, she must marry the Beast of Benwick to save her father’s life.
Sparks is back with a brand new series that has a compelling historical, light fantasy flare. Magic and mayhem take place in a world controlled by dictators that fear both magic and mayhem.
Light, playful, and highly entertaining, HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN days was utterly enjoyable. While Sparks provided her classic world building and humor filled characters to back up the humor and romance.
My only complaints, it was an insta-love situation as well as a bit repetitive, which kept me from loving it.
If you are a fan of Sparks, this is a must read! For all others, you must check out this new set of quirky characters in Spark's' THE EMBRACED SERIES.
I received this ARC copy of How to Tame A Beast In Seven Days from St. Martin's Press. This is my honest and voluntary review.
Great new series!