Book Review-How To Tame A Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

Posted February 6, 2017 by Loverofromance in Book Reviews / 16 Comments

Book Review-How To Tame A Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

I received this book for free from St. Martins Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review-How To Tame A Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn SparksHow to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #1
on January 1st 1970
Genres: Fantasy Romance, Psychic Abilities, Ghosts
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: St. Martins Press
ISBN: 1250108217
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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?

Reading Challenges:
  • Spooks, Howls and Fangs Readings Challenge

  • Summary

    Being born as an Embraced, is a death sentence to any who are born gifted. Luciana always thought that she was an orphan along with the other women who are like her own sisters. They share a close bond. Luciana and the other women live on a island nunnery. Part of a kingdom seperate from the others. She is shocked when she learns that she has a father and needs her help. She learns that she was a twin and her sister died and will need to marry a stranger known as the “beast” in order to save her fathers life from the kings wrath. But she will have to act like her sister and forget being Luciana and what she has always known to believe. So she leaves the only home and family she has ever known to be someone she isn’t, and to marry a man known as the “beast” But upon meeting this tall and handsome beast she is drawn to him. Leo also known as the Beast of Benwick, has been feared for most of his life. Where when he was five years old was struck by lightning and his body was changed and hasn’t been able to touch or hold anyone sine his touch can harm or even kill. He starts to realize that she is powerfully gifted but will she be strong and able enough to survive his touch

    Plot and Story Line

    How To Tame A Beast in Seven Days is the first book of a new series by one of my favorite authors Kerrelyn Sparks. Now granted, this book was so unique different and not what I was expecting. She has kinda switched genres from vampires and shape shifters to a whole different realm of fantasy where dragons exist and being magically gifted is a death sentence by the king. And boy did I fall madly in love with this book very quickly. The first impression I had about this book was the bond that these girls have with each other. We have five women that were born in a unique time that made them Embraced and they are each gifted. Our heroine of the story Luciana (such a gorgeous name) has the ability to see certain moments in the future as well as see and interact with ghosts. She finds out her true heritage and so she returns home with her father planning on marrying a man she has never met. Now Luciana having been raised in a convent has no clue what to expect from a marriage with him. There aren’t any men there and has never interacted with them. So she is pretty innocent at times but is intelligent and kind. I loved Luciana so very much. Now we have our hero. He is quite the character. He is pretty tough, not a man you want to cross but also has some close friendships and has some extreme power inside him. I love how protective he is yet he is starved for any physical touch. The world that Kerrelyn Sparks has created a world of ghosts, dragons, elves, shifters, and magic and I was drawn completely into it. Sparks has surprised me with this book and her plans for this series has me super super excited!!

    The Cover

    I honestly don’t mind anything about this cover….I do love those pecs and abs….yep I wouldn’t mind keeping him.

    Overall View

    How To Tame A Beast in Seven Days is part of a uniquely crafted romance that is stunning in detail, thrills and chills, captivating characters that endears the reader…not a book you will want to to put down. STUNNING!!

    About Kerrelyn Sparks

    Kerrelyn Sparks is the New York Times bestselling author of a series that mimics its sexy heroes by refusing to die. Now up to book thirteen, the Love at Stake series spreads laughter worldwide in thirteen different languages. In spite of a tendency to nibble on necks or howl at the moon, Kerrelyn’s vampire and shapeshifter heroes are still wonderfully romantic.

    Please visit www.kerrelynsparks.com where you can read excerpts, play vampire games, or join the forum. Kerrelyn loves hearing from readers, even those who howl at the moon. Letters may be sent to P.O. Box 5512, Katy, TX 77491-5512.

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    • I’m so glad to see you enjoyed this one! It’s in my to be read pile, too. I’m hoping to get to it soon.

      Nice review. 🙂

      • Oh you would really really like this one, such a fun filled romance.

    • Oh I’m glad you liked it! I have this one coming up to read!

      • you will love this one hun!!!! Can’t wait to see what you think of it.

    • I haven’t posted my review yet but I really enjoyed this one. I can’t wait to read more of this series. The characters and the world were just amazing in this book. About the cover…it is nice but is it just me or is his belly button too high? Maybe not.

      • oh I loved this world and the characters as well….so many fun ones. I can’t wait to see what she does with the series.

    • Look at us twinning! Well I actually reviewed this book today but still – it’s like we share a brain. 😀 😀 😀 😀 I loved this book as well! Beauty and the Beast retellings always seem to be good but I think this one is officially my favorite. So cute! I need to check out the author’s other books.

      Great review, Renee! =)

      Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

      • Thanks Alyssa!! It is kinda funny we reviewed this one so close together and both LOVED it!! hehe I really liked the beauty and beast retelling angle and liked all the elements this author put in. You definitely need to check out her other series its pretty fun.

    • Although I’m not drawn to books like these all the time, you had me at Luciana can interact with ghosts. I love ghosts!!!

      • I actually think you would love this one Quinn. It is a historical fantasy, has a beauty and beast fairy tale retelling trope, and some fabulous characters and a very sweet romance. And the ghosts are great, its her sister and her mother so it is a nice twist to the story.

    • I have not read anything by her yet and I am so ashamed because she has been on my authors to try list forever now >.< oops. So this has dragons? give me, give me, I love dragons

    • Michele H

      Nice!! I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. Between having dragons and ghosts (and other fantastical creatures) this promises to be an interesting story! 🙂

    • Karen

      I’ve read a few great reviews for this book.

      Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • Oh my gosh that sounds amazing! It’s been a couple years since I’ve read her. I don’t know why I haven’ picked one up in all that time. Shame on me.

      • It is amazing Anna!! I had a blast with this book so very much. She did a great job with this one and is so different from her last series but such a sweet romance. You will love it.

    • Oh wow this sounds like a fantastic read! It’s got everything I’m interested in! Glad you loved it! I’ll have to check it out soon (: Great review!