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How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced, #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 7th 2017
“Never touch the Beast.
“Never let the Beast touch you.”
FINAL DECISION: Very enjoyable first book in a news series, and I can’t wait to read more. The story of two people whose supernatural gifts haunt them both. They manage to find love in an arranged marriage where danger and death surround them.
THE STORY: Raised on the Isle of Moon and believing herself an orphan, Luciana was aware that she is one of the Embraced (those born on a night of eclipsing moons who have supernatural powers) but did not know her true lineage. When her father appears in her life, she discovers that if she doesn’t marry the Beast of Benwick, her father will be killed. However, if it is discovered that Luciana is actually impersonating her dead sister, both she and her father will be killed. Lord Leofric, aka the Beast, is also Embraced. He has the power to use lightning, but that gift comes with the cost that he can kill people with his touch. Ordered to marry by his uncle the king (who also happens to want Leo dead), Leo expects a loveless marriage of circumstances, until he meets Luciana who is far more than he expected.
OPINION: A new series kicks off with a bang with the introduction of a world in conflict. A man who hasn’t been touched since he was a child because of his “gift” and a woman who is forced to impersonate her dead twin and hide every facet of herself. When the two marry, their gifts complicate their lives.
A new series, especially in the paranormal/fantasy romance arena can involve a lot of explanations and worldbuilding which impedes the progression of the plot. While this book is the first book in the new series, it largely avoids the extended explanations which can slow down the story.
Instead, the story has a most intriguing hero. A man who is tormented by his own gift. Leo is a man who cares enough about the people of his uncle’s realm that he wants to protect them even as they fear him. A warrior, Leo has sacrificed much and his fits has separated him from others. Immediately he sees something in Luciana and as the two navigate their marriage, there is humor along with the political intrigue and danger.
Luciana is sweet and being convent raised, she is a bit naive. This leads to some amusing situations with her new husband. One thing is that Luciana is almost too sweet, but she is never annoying. Her generosity and genuine caring for other people gives her depth and while innocent in many ways, she is not ignorant of the world.
I loved the humor and sweetness between Luciana and Leo even as the story dips into political intrigue and death. The story has a nice balance to it and I really look forward to reading more about this world as the series unfolds.
WORTH MENTIONING: There are all types of supernatural powers in this world. Elves and shifters, witches, those who harness the elements, and those who see the dead. Because being one of the Embraced is such a danger, there is much still to discover about these people.
CONNECTED BOOKS: HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS is the first book of The Embraced series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.