by Kerrelyn Sparks
March 7th 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
by St. Martin's Press
Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy—and her father's life.
Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage...until he discovers she's vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?
If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?
Adria Reyes Review:
Sheep Rating: 4 Gifted Sheep
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days was a solid start to a new series in my opinion. I’ve never read Kerrelyn Sparks before so this was a totally new experience for me.
The set up for this book starts on an island where people send their children with “special” gifts in order to protect them. They are called the Embraced. Luciana is one of four young ladies who believe they are all orphans. Then one day during a bad storm, Luciana’s father comes for her and before she can process that she’s not an orphan, Luciana is told that if she doesn’t marry the Beast of Benwick her father will be executed as a traitor to a king. Lord Leofric of Benwick, aka The “Beast” of Benwick is also one of the Embraced. He can control lightning but that gift comes with a downside, his touch can harm or even kill a person, still he becomes attracted to Luciana and her to him, but she’s hiding a big secret that could get her and Leo killed.
There was so much detail in this book it was super easy to picture each location and each character. How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days is one of those books that needs the reader to pay close attention to what is being said because there’s a purpose in almost every event and they connect to one another, building a bigger story. I loved the details that went into the story, it was crafted, not just created, until even the most unbelievable scenarios had me believing they were possible, case in point, the difference in the way Luciana and her adopted sisters speak which is very Scottish and sometimes difficult to understand, and the way Leo and his friends speak which is more modern. It shouldn’t work because it’s so different but Sparks makes it sound so natural for the two dialects to co-exist.
That said, the amount of details and connections could be confusing or even a turn off for some readers looking for a more simple story. There were moments with this book that had me going “Huh? Who is that and what is their connection to Leo and Luciana?” But I’m tenacious and I needed to know what was going on and why, and to me it was worth the time it took to untangle some of the character connections. I did get a little fussy with the pacing of the story. There isn’t a whole lot of resolution or any kind of action for the middle part of the book and then suddenly for the last quarter of the story all we do is get one attempted murder after another and even a few murders that I still don’t know if they were necessary or not. So the beginning starts off with a bang and in the middle there’s a bit of a lull and then towards the ending the plot moves so fast and wraps up a little too quickly and neatly for my liking.
Even with my problems with the pacing and a large cast of characters, I enjoyed my first Kerrelyn Sparks novel. I loved Luciana and her adopted sisters, I loved the mystery of each girl’s origins and gifts and I’m certainly going to want to read the next book in the series because I got attached to these characters. I fell in love with Leo, he’s brave, intelligent, funny, and kind even though he’s spent his whole life on the outside looking in because he can’t touch anyone. *sighs* He was so easy to fall for. I would definitely recommend How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days to anyone looking for a detailed fantasy/paranormal romance with a lively, engaging cast, and lots of humor.
Katie D Review:
I'm also giving this first book 4 sheep
I had this whole big review all hashed out. My pros and cons of the new saga by Mrs. Sparks.....but Adria pretty much covered everything I was going to say! Great minds perhaps?
This wasn't my first Sparks rodeo and I hope Adria grabs some of her other works. This author is talented and knows how to get a good PNR on a roll. That said...yes parts were confusing and perhaps unnecessary. But I can be really forgiving knowing where these characters can go in the future.
I'd say this one is totally worth your time and money!
About the Author:
Apparently, she has issues with reality. After writing 16 books about vampires and shifters, Kerrelyn has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet.
Although Kerrelyn is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters.
Kerrelyn lives with her family in the Greater Houston area of Texas. You can visit with her on Goodreads or her Facebook page, where she does a monthly contest. On Twitter, she posts as @KerrelynSparks.
You can write to Kerrelyn using this address:
P.O. Box 5512
Katy, TX 77491-5512.
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