How I do love a Beauty and the Beast themed historical romance! This one did a pretty good job of living up to my expectations. I found the characters compelling and the plot fast paced and engrossing. I enjoyed the writing style and found the descriptions were detailed enough to allow me to picture the characters and the story well. Gytha and Thayer had great chemistry and steamy passion, however, the constant insecurities in Thayer’s personality did become trying after a while. Even so, I found that I was eager to get back to this novel every time and became emotionally involved with the characters. I feel confident in recommending this book to those that love historical romance. I will surely be reading more from Hannah Howell. *I have to mention a pet peeve of mine.....I hate when cover models do not adequately represent the characters in the novel! It was clear that Thayer was a redhead with a great deal of red body hair and very rugged looks, nothing like the cover model. Gytha was described as blonde, blue eyed and very beautiful, again, nothing like the cover model. If you can’t depict the characters correctly, don’t use them!!