Reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe has hidden in his castle ever since returning from the Colonies, scarred inside and out. But when a mysterious beauty arrives at his door, the passions he’s kept suppressed for years begin to awaken.
TRUST A BEAUTY WITH A PAST . . .
Running from past mistakes has taken legendary beauty Helen Fitzwilliam from the luxury of the ton to a crumbling Scottish castle . . . and a job as a housekeeper. Yet Helen is determined to start a new life and she won’t let dust-or a beast of a man-scare her away.
TO TAME HIS MOST SECRET DESIRES?
Beneath Helen’s beautiful façade, Alistair finds a courageous and sensual woman. A woman who doesn’t back away from his surliness-or his scars. But just as he begins to believe in true love, Helen’s secret past threatens to tear them apart. Now both Beast and Beauty must fight for the one thing neither believed they could ever find-a happy ever after.
I absolutely loved this book. I don’t know about everyone else, but I love a story with an injured hero, whom is physically or mentally disfigured or damaged who thinks themselves not worth of love or that anyone could ever look beyond their appearances to love or care about them.
Alistair is missing an eye – literally he doesn’t have one, his eyelid is sewn shut -, has scaring on the side of his face, plus he is missing two fingers on one of his hands all due to being tortured by Indians during his visit to America during the French and Indian war while he was studying plants and animals – he’s a naturalist. He comes across as a big grouchy bear who hides away in his unkempt castle in the Scottish countryside but deep down he can be a kind man if given the chance to truly know him. In reality, he was just a lonely man who couldn’t go out in public due to people staring or screaming in horror at his appearance. Oh, how I felt for the man.
I loved his scenes with Abigail and Jamie (Helen – the heroine’s children), especially when he got them a puppy after they got attached to his wolfhound whom died of old age, when he took them fishing, how he choose to help Helen get them back from the Duke instead of discovering out who the Spinner Fall’s traitor was, and how his protective side came out when Abigail was frightened by Wiggins.
Alistair was such a great hero and character. I loved him all throughout the book. Another thing in books that I love is when near the end, the hero finally decides that he loves the heroine, deserves her love and goes off chasing after her to get her back, which that just makes every romance book perfect in the end for me.
I haven’t read the others in this series. I plan to eventually but I wish in the epilogue it stated Alistair and Helen’s future and how they fared, but it didn’t, it was just a snippet to finish the ‘Truth Teller’ story that begins in each chapter. I guess I will have to read the fourth book to see if anything is mentioned about them and find out about their future. I will say that Elizabeth will probably be going on my ‘favorite authors’ list as I really enjoy her writing style and characters.