Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review 'Darling Beast' by Elizabeth Hoyt
From New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt comes the seventh thrilling title of danger, desire, and dark passions from her sensual Georgian Maiden Lane series.

A man condemned…

Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction . . .

A desperate woman…

London's premier actress, Lily Stump, is down on her luck when she's forced to move into a scorched theatre with her maid and small son. But she and her tiny family aren't the only inhabitants-a silent, hulking beast of a man also calls the charred ruins home. Yet when she catches him reading her plays, Lily realizes there's more to this man than meets the eye.

Out of ash, desire flares..

Though scorching passion draws them together, Apollo knows that Lily is keeping secrets. When his past catches up with him, he's forced to make a choice: his love for Lily . . . or the explosive truth that will set him free.

My Review:

I received ‘Darling Beast’ a view weeks ago through the Little Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review. What immediately grabbed my intention was the beautiful cover. I find this cover just gorgeous and I still can’t stop looking at it. This cover definitely made me want to start reading as fast as I could.

In ‘Darling Beast’ we meet Lily Stump, A.K.A. Robin Goodfellow. Lily is an big time actress in serious money problems. Together with her young son, and her maid, Lily is forced to life in an abandoned an scorched theater. Trying to make the best of her new home, Lily lets her son Indio play in her garden surrounding the theater. One day, Indio finds a huge beast of a man in the garden. Even though this man looks very intimidating he soon finds a friend in Lily’s young son. And although Lily doesn’t want to admit it, she finds the huge man very attractive.
Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from the prison Bedlam and found a refuge in the gardens of the old theater as a simple gardener. Apollo doesn’t want anyone to find him and he surely doesn’t need a woman distracting him. But when Apollo locks eyes with Lily for the first time he is immediately fascinated by the beautiful actress. Unfortunately for Apollo, getting closer to Lily also means a bigger risk of being exposed of who he really is.

When I first started reading ‘Darling Beast’ I wasn’t really sure what I could expect. I love romantic stories but I sometimes I have a little trouble in liking books written in another era. Thankfully, ‘Darling Beast’ grabbed my intention very soon and I really liked this book. I especially liked Apollo’s character. He was such a strong and sad men and I could easily imagine how Lily would have fallen in love with him. What I also really loved was how Apollo treated Indio. He made a damn good father.

Although I don’t like many books written who takes place in the time of courtesans and formal balls, I really liked this book. I loved the way Apollo wanted to take care of Lily and how Lily feared she was not good enough for him because she was just an actress. I could easily picture all the beautiful dresses and the beautiful buildings.
This book was also very thrilling, I feared that there would be no happy ending and that Apollo would never find true happiness. Elizabeth Hoyt really made you never want to stop reading.

This book definitely was worth reading and it never got boring. I would definitely recommend this book to all romantic book lovers. This book is not only romantic and beautiful but it also has a sexy twist to it. Definitely one to check out! ;)

About this Series:


The Maiden Lane series takes place in 1730s London. Elizabeth Hoyt describes it on her website as following: ‘From guttersnipes to dukes, gin-shop sellers to the daughters of earls, Dragoon captains to Thames river pirates, the Maiden Lane series embraces everything about this fabulous time in London’s history.’ 

‘Darling Beast’ is already the 7th book in the Maiden Lane Series. 

About the Author:

Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband.

For more information about 'Darling Beast' and Elizabeth Hoyt please visit her website, Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook.

Many thanks to Clara Diaz and Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the opportunity to read this wonderful book.

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