The Beast of Beswick was a historical romance with a modern day feel. There was no old English language to get caught up in so readers could instead get lost in the fabulous story of Thane and Astrid’s romance.
Lord Nathaniel Harte has vowed to never marry and to live out the rest of his life doing as he pleases at his estate. Left scarred from his wartime service, he’s not much into appearances or what others think and would rather rely on his own devices.
Lady Astrid Everleigh may have been compromised by a scoundrel, but she’ll do anything to keep her sister from making the same mistake, including offer herself up to the Beast of Beswick as his bride to gain protection for her sister.
While neither wanted marriage, they find they may be better suited than first thought and their marriage of convenience turns into so much more.
Thane truly acts the beast when we first meet him. His physical scars cause him to hide away from society, letting no one in other than a few trusted servants and his beloved aunt. He doesn’t want a wife. Honestly, he doesn’t want anything except to be left alone. But, when Astrid shows up asking for a marriage of convenience, he can’t let her walk away.
I adored Astrid. She’s so unlike the typical lady of the time period, being strong willed, intelligent, outspoken and extremely witty. She knows her mind and doesn’t love that a woman really has no say in her own future and is willing to do anything to protect her sister. Her outspokenness is refreshing and I love that she’s willing to go after what she wants.
I truly loved the dance of this couple. Thane pushes Astrid away due to his fears and insecurities. Astrid loves Thane but is afraid to give her whole heart. Yet, they fit together and enjoy the banter and company they provide to each other. Their chemistry is off the charts. And, while a lady, Astrid is anything but a prude.
The Beast of Beswick was a gorgeous love story with smokin’ hot romance, fabulous characters and witty dialogue. 5 Stars.