Author: Victoria Lynne
Links: Paperback, Kindle
Beauty and the beast--they were the scandal of the ton....
All eyes feasted on the beautiful flame-haired gambler in London's most infamous club. But Julia Prentisse was interested only in the rake-turned-recluse whom they now called "The Beast." She lured him out of the crowded club to a deserted warehouse, where she made her scandalous offer: If he married her and protected her from her uncle, she would help him catch the arsonist who had ruined his life.
An act of heroism had left Morgan burned, scarred for life. But Julia's bold gaze lit other fires he had long suppressed. And now this glorious stranger was his bride. But when he tried to claim his husbandly rights, she demanded three months grace--three months to know a stranger's mind, to touch a stranger's soul, to go where no woman had ever gone before. Into his lonely heart . . . With This Kiss.
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It really does sound like the generic romance but it was a wonderful story. Morgan really is rather temperamental which comes off much like the Beast and Julia is hard pressed to keep her temper herself when pressed. In a time when husbands held every right to dictate what their wives could and could not do, Julia presses boundaries and is willing to defy Morgan's wishes especially if it will spark and emotion in her husband.
The banter between Julia and Morgan is wonderful as is the circling they do of one another. At every turn we realize that because they leave their thoughts mostly unspoken the other misconstrues the others intentions and for Morgan it comes down to being The Beast the rumors about town led him to believe. From the beginning you have a great sense that Morgan sees himself as ghastly because of his scars and whenever he believes Julia doesn't want him he equates it to his scars rather than to his own bad behavior.
The growth of the two character is an enjoyable one even in the face of tragedy and intrigue.
I'm glad I grabbed it up when Amazon was offering the free Kindle format.