Title: The Beast of Beswick
Author: Amalie Howard
Series: Everleigh Sisters #1
Read: December 6, 2020
“Because sometimes a girl doesn’t need a hero to save her. Sometimes she needs the opposite.”
Lord Nathaniel (Thane) Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and avoiding the rest of the world. Lady Astrid Everleigh will stop at nothing to keep her sisters safe from a notorious scoundrel, even if it means a marriage of convenience with the beast of Beswick.
This was my first Amalie Howard book, and I quite enjoyed it. This Beauty and the Beast retelling was entertaining and emotional. Thane was a veteran who was badly injured during the war, which has led to extensive scarring all over his body. He sees himself as a monster because of society’s negative reaction to his looks. Thane had a lot of psychological issues. He pushes people away before they can hurt him, which happens frequently in this book with Astrid. It got to be a little repetitive towards the end.
Astrid was a woman ahead of her times. She has focused her life one educating herself and taking care of her sister. I loved how determined she was to change society’s opinions on women and their rights. She was pretty sassy too which was great. Her sister Isobel was ok. I didn’t love the fact she went from meek little sister who followed the rules to a determined headstrong woman who was going to create a scandal. It felt abrupt but this may be something that will be better explained in the second book.
I think my favorite thing about this book though was Aunt Mabel. That old lady was a hoot! She was determined to live her life to the fullest with as many handsome men as she could get. Also I loved her embroidery. I about died from laughter during that scene.
Overall, this was a great regency romance. I look forward to reading more of Howard’s books in the future.