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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Review: Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

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 . . . 


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.


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.

The little boy and his dog definitely stole the show in this story. Don't get me wrong Elizabeth Hoyt definitely created a memorable hero and heroine but Lily's little boy and his faithful companion burrowed into my heart from the first glimpse of their mischievous natures. An actress and an escapee from Bedlam might not sound like the ideal lead couple for a love story but that is exactly what they are. This author has the amazing skill to combine delightful characters with dazzling historical settings and beautiful descriptions to provide fairy tale escapes from our nine-to five lives. I was so very happy to see that Apollo Greaves was getting his own story after reading his sister's story I knew he needed to share his. I loved this author’s style and I cannot wait to read the continuing adventures of these characters.

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