Title: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced, #1)
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Expected Publishing Date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook, Paperback
Page Count: 416
Rating: 3.75 Stars
From the brilliant imagination of Kerrelyn Sparks comes a bold new fantasy romance series in which passion and magic collide. Behold the Embraced…
As one of the Embraced—one born with magical powers—the beautiful, innocent Luciana escaped certain death after her father hid her away on the Isle of Moon. Now, nineteen years later, her father has returned with a frightening request. He will be executed unless Luciana returns to the mainland and marries a man feared throughout the land: a terrifying brute known as the Beast.
Luciana accepts her fate and agrees to wed the Beast—Lord Leo—in order to save her father. Soon she learns that her betrothed is also one of the Embraced. With the ability to wield lightning, Leo’s immense power strikes fear into the hearts of men. . .and his mere touch can put an end to a woman’s life. But Luciana cannot deny the passion that burns between them. How can she resist the man who scorches her soul and makes her feel intoxicated with desire—even if surrendering to him could destroy them both?
♦ Personal Thought ♦
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days is my first Kerrelyn Sparks‘s book, that also happens to be a start of a new Embraced series. It is a mashed of fantasy, historical and paranormal romance with a dollop of humour; an array of witty characters; and appealing plot. The story got me chuckling and teary-eyed; sometime wanting to smack a character or two upside the head.
Set in a world called Aerthlan where the Embraced – or people born with supernatural ability – were sentenced to death, parents of Embraced child kept their offspring safe by secretly sent them away to the Isle of Moon. Luciana, the heroine of this story, was one of such child. She grew up never knowing she had family in the kingdom of Eberon until his father came to fetch her.
Leofric was the king’s nephew, also his Lord Protector of the Realm and the thorn in the king’s side. Leo was an Embraced with ability to absorb lightning, which made him not only a lethal adversary in battle, but also dangerous in a way that nobody could touch him without ending up dead. When his uncle asked him to marry Duke of Duke of Vindalyn, he suspected the king was up to no good.
This book was truly a treat, I was entertained by the banter between characters (Nevis – Leo’s best friend – was a hoot, Luciana’s innocent wide-eye shock could be hilarious), even Luciana’s irritating twin ghost. That being said, despite their added ability and plain intelligence of Leo, Luciana, and their trusted allies, it’s a bit of a let down the bad guy always one step ahead of them.
Also, it’s sort of anticlimactic how – after the whole evil king the story had been going on – this first entry to the series ended. In a nutshell, the first half filled mostly with the wait and see; then on the next half we saw the characters sprinted from melee to another.
Of course, that’s not to say I don’t like the book. Au contraire, even with all the issues I relayed earlier, somehow this tale hit just the right spot. I say it’s a good sign for me to read this author’s backlist in the future, the way I was so engrossed I could forgive whatever snag I felt! 🙂
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.