Review: Beloved Monster (The Ravenswood Chronicles #1) by Karyn Gerrard

September 16, 2016 Review 0

Review: Beloved Monster (The Ravenswood Chronicles #1) by Karyn Gerrard

What makes a man?
The wild and dissolute Viscount Ravenswood lives only for his own pleasure, caring not one wit for the broken hearts left trampled in his wake. But his decadent lifestyle finally catches up to him in a fatal carriage race. It’s an infamous and spectacular end to a brief, immoral life—or is it?

And who is the woman who loves him?
When Glenna Parker stumbles upon her cousin Reed Parker’s cluttered laboratory, she could never have imagined the mad experiment he is about to embark upon—to bring a man back from the dead. Not just any man, but Ravenswood, who once shattered her heart. With no memory of his former life, Glenna calls him Luke, and finds herself enchanted by his compassion—and passion. Protecting the scarred Luke has become Glenna’s sole mission, but can she protect her heart from her beloved monster?

Title: Beloved Monster
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 #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Beloved Monster, Beloved Beast
Published by Lyrical Press
Source: Publisher
Published: 09/13/2016
Genres: Historical Romace, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 175
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Beloved Monster is definitely a creative story.  When I asked to review this book I was a little worried that it would be a copycat of Frankenstein, but I was really impressed with Karyn Gerrard work.  I really loved the underlying ethical dilemma that was present in this story.  A man is brought back from the dead, what should be done with him?  As long as there is a heartbeat, it is considered a human being.   While doing its experiment, Professor Reed never thought that someone would be living again.

The Viscount Ravenswood is hated by a lot of people.  All he thought about was to have its way with women.  Pleasure is his ultimate goal.  There are a whole lot of rumors and stories about him.  When he died, there were not a lot of people that were shedding tears for him.  Professor Reed stole Viscount Ravenswood body from its casket and decided to do an experiment on him.  His cousin Glenna showed up in his laboratory and decided to help him.  They never thought that Viscount Ravenswood would come from the dead.

Let me get something out of the way right now: I am not a fan of a virgin main character.  In fact, I am usually running away as fast as I can from those stories.  There is no need to say that after having read a couple of pages and realized that Glenna was a virgin, I thought I would be in for a painful time.  I have to admit that Karyn Gerrard did a really good job with Glenna character.  Glenna was romantic and a little naive, but she got a wilder side too.  From time to time  she was a little annoying, but for the most part, I liked her.  I especially liked the bond that she had with Luke (previously known as Viscount Ravenswood).

Luke came back to life with no memories of who he was before.  He has scars and his skin is gray.  He is not the handsome man that he used to be.  He also has a completely different personality.  Little by little he is learning again to talk, to walk and so on.  Reed and Glenna kept him hidden in their basement.  As soon as he saw Glenna he fell for her, but he looks like a monster he can’t believe that Glenna could feel the same way.  As time goes by, Glenna fell in love with Luke, but her cousin Reed is not happy about that at all.

It is a truly entertaining story and it was a pleasure to read it.  The pace of the book is perfect and its character development is great. Overall, it is a great story.   From time to time I was getting irritated with Glenna character but other than that I love this book.  I’m curious to see what direction the author will take in the second book of the series.


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