Title: Beloved Beast
If a man can live forever...
A lifetime ago, the debauched Viscount Ravenswood lost his life, only to be revived as as new man with a new name...and a new desire for love. Now, scarred and monstrous of visage, Luke Madden has outlived his beloved wife. Crushed by loss and despair, he swears to never feel such a love again. For such a perfect mingling of souls could never happen twice in one lifetime. Especially for a beast such as Luke believes himself to be.
...how can he love forever?
Gillian Browning is a bold woman of action. But her spy activities in pre-war Germany have made her a target. Now in London, she is being hunted by ruthless Nazi operatives. Luckily, a fellow spy knows someone who can protect her—Luke. Taking Gillian to his former home in the country, he reluctantly finds himself caring for her more than he thought possible, and to his surprise she reciprocates. But when a threat from Luke’s own past increases their peril, he must decide if he has the true strength to love—and trust—again
Author: Karyn Gerrard
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: My Highlander Cover Model, The Governess and the Beast , Heart of Rock, The Copper and The Madam
Series: The Ravenswood Chronicles #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Beloved Monster
Published by Lyrical Press Source: Publisher
Published: February 28, 2017
Genres: Historical Romace, Paranormal Romance
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When I read the first book in The Ravenswood Chronicles I wasn’t overly thrilled with it. Yes it made for a nice read but it lacked something. That very something is what I found in the second book of the series, Beloved Beast.
Ah, wartime romances. They have the ability to inject into a romance suspense and intrigue without trying too hard. in this case, Gillian had been a spy in pre-war Germany but was now home. Unfortunately, her activities as a field agent have made her a target. The Secret Intelligence Service is sent in to protect her and if necessary relocate her. Conveniently enough, Fred, Luke’s nephew, is the head of his SIS division and thinks there is no one better to protect her than Luke. The decision is made to get Gillian out of London so Luke takes her back to his hometown of Charlwood. Luke is still grieving for his long dead wife, but there is something in Gillian, something that may have him wanting to take a chance on love again.
Luke is back and I like him, even more, this time around. What I’m enjoying about him is how he is now, versus the monster turning to human. Normally, I like the world building but his wasn’t cutting it for me. It was the previous leading lady I just didn’t like. This time around we have Gillian and I like her much better. There’s also a few other characters, primarily Fred and Joan, that really added a nice spark to the story.
Luke and Gillian’s story has this nice backdrop of wartime which adds a nice twist to the romance. Running to save her life, trying not to fall in love again, her life in peril, the great characters, Beloved Beast turned into a quick read that was hard to put down. Fans that like a little interesting twist to the historical romances, will enjoy this book.