It took Marcus Bradley forever to find a suitable bride. And then he lost her-all because some meddling matchmaker with a crazy notion about "true love" helped her elope with another man. Now, to save his sister from a terrible marriage alliance, he needs a replacement-an heiress to be exact . Read more...
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It took Marcus Bradley forever to find a suitable bride. And then he lost her-all because some meddling matchmaker with a crazy notion about "true love" helped her elope with another man. Now, to save his sister from a terrible marriage alliance, he needs a replacement-an heiress to be exact . . . and he knows just the woman to help him find one.
"A spirited beauty . . ."
Danielle Strafford believes everyone deserves a fairytale ending-even the monstrously scarred and notoriously brooding Marquis of Fleetwood. Not that he's left her a choice. If she doesn't help him secure a wife-by any means necessary-he'll reveal her scandalous secrets.
"A passion that will consume them both"
The more time Marcus spends with Danielle, the less interested he is in any other woman. But the Beast must do the impossible: keep from losing his heart to a Beauty he is destined to lose.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-01
- Reviewer: Staff
Daniels’s tonally confused debut, the first in the Ever After series of Regency romances, is nominally a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but the chapter epigraphs provide the only hint of folklore. Despite his wealth and title, Marcus Bradley has trouble finding a woman who will marry him, since he has been visibly scarred by his abusive father’s whip. Danielle Strafford, a bored and beautiful heiress, runs a service helping women in arranged engagements flee with their preferred partners. When Danni helps Marcus’s promised bride abscond, he insists that she help him find a new fiancée, and together they abduct a young woman. Of course, the logistics of the kidnapping don’t run smoothly, and Danni and Marcus are thrown together over the course of various complications. The narrative is too angst-ridden for comedy and too unrealistic for tragic drama. The characters are thoroughly unsympathetic, the plot strains without managing to fit the fairy-tale schema, and the setting is deplorably under-researched. The abundance of cliché in the otherwise competent prose doesn’t improve the reading experience. Agent: Rachael Dugas, Talcott Notch Literary. (Nov.)