They call him many names but Angelic isn’t one of them…
Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the “Bane and Blight of the Ballisters”–and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He’s determined to continue doing what he does best–sin and sin again–and all that’s going swimmingly, thank you…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.
She’s too intelligent to fall for the worst man in the world…
Jessica Trent is a determined young woman, and she’s going to drag her imbecile brother off the road to ruin, no matter what it takes. If saving him–and with him, her family and future–means taking on the devil himself, she won’t back down. The trouble is, the devil in question is so shockingly irresistible, and the person who needs the most saving is–herself!
I can see why people would say it sounds like a Beauty and the Beast retelling – she was a beauty and he was a beast. Whether or not it was a retelling, I can assure you the story is not even close to the classic (yes, classic because I don’t know if the Disney movie I watched as a kid was the original) Beauty and the Beast story I grew up with.
In the classic Beauty and the Beast, Beast was cursed to look like a beast (but he was really a beautiful prince) because of his past actions, unlike Dain who was born with his physical traits. Also, Beast wasn’t really a good prince at first (which was why he was cursed in the first place) and just changed when he met Belle. Dain, however, was once a sweet, young boy who just wanted love and affection from the people around him, especially his father, and just naturally adapted as a reaction to how he was treated most of his life. I have to admit there were some parts that hinted Beauty and the Beast retelling, aside from Jess being a beauty and Dain being a Beast, like how Bertie’s financial problems was the bridge that led Jess and Dain to meet.
Jess was funny, highly intelligent, outspoken, eccentric, and knew how to handle Dain. She was probably the most patient woman I have ever read in a book. I love how she knows exactly what she wants and I absolutely love her sarcasm!
“I love these pet names,” she said, gazing soulfully up into his eyes, “Nitwit. Sap skull. Termagant. How they make my heart flutter!”
“And so I beat him and beat him until he kissed me. And then I kept on beating him until he did it properly.”
Dain, having a horrible childhood, grew up not knowing love and being bullied and teased because of his physical traits, therefore thinking he didn’t deserve to be loved. He learned to use money to get what he wants and to ignore his hurt feelings. I liked how he had a dark personality and sad childhood, but not too much drama and craziness.
“Women don’t have a sense of humor. They don’t need one. The Almighty made them as a permanent joke on men. From which one may logically deduce that the Almighty is a female.”
Women…sighing and salivating…over his magnificent physique. Maybe the brutal bedding had destroyed a part of her brain.
I just loved their chemistry! I liked them both and felt the chemistry between them from the moment they met in that shop right up to the end of the book. Did I mention how much I love their conversations?
“I must be besotted,” he said evenly. “I have the imbecilic idea that you’re the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen. Except for your coiffure,” he added, with a disgusted glance at the coils and plumes and pearls. “That is ghastly.”
She scowled. “Your romantic effusions leave me breathless.”
“I should like to see you try.”
And Genevieve was awesome! I loved her eccentric grandma who doesn’t even sound like a grandma. She didn’t care about what people say or think about her and she does as she pleases.
“. . I tell you Dain is a splendid catch. I advise you to set your hooks and reel him in.”
Jessica took a long swallow of her cognac. “This is not a trout, Genevieve. This is a great, hungry shark.”
“Then use a harpoon.”
I would definitely recommend this book to those who are looking for funny and witty historical romance. I’ve always stayed away from historical romance before thinking the conversations would be so boring and that I would need a dictionary handy. I didn’t realize, until now, that it could be so entertaining, funny, clever, and hilarious!
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