Thursday, November 18, 2010

Review of taming the Beast by Heather Grothaus

Lord Roderick Cherbon was wounded during the crusades, only living because his best friend Hugh saves him. He comes home to find his abusive father has died and is still controlling his life because he now has to marry before he turns 30 years old in order to hold on to his land and wealth.

He advertises for a wife and after several women come and go because of his dark personality and scary castle, we meet Michaela Fortune. She has always been picked on, ridiculed and talked about, but she doesn't care. She grew up being ridiculed because her mother said she was abducted during the Wild Hunt and the stories of her father run rampant. She decided to marry Lord Cherbon to save her family from financial ruin, this is her only chance to do so.

The chemistry between these two characters is explosive right from the beginning. But Michaela is a strong woman and is focused on one thing, getting Lord Cherbon to marry her.

For the most part, I liked the book but there were parts that irritated me. Trying to decipher what little three year old Leo was saying when he talked was one of them. Leo is Lord Cherbon's son, but not his blood son and when he talks it's hard to tell what he is saying.

High is one character that at first I liked him and towards the end I found his character to be strange. The twists and turns his character takes in this book takes away from the story, not adds to it.

The paranormal aspect of the story...The Wild Hunt, also was not well developed and didn't add to the story. In fact, it seemed like an after thought just to have The Wild Hunt somehow cleared up for the reader, but it didn't work for me at all.

While I love a good Paranomal story, the paranormal aspect of this book was not well fleshed out and detracted from the story as a whole.