Title: Taming the Beast
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Dante Bartholomew, Beau Clarity
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
The suspicious death of Dante Bartholomew’s wife changed him, especially in the eyes of the residents of St. Giles. They no longer see a successful businessman… only a monster they believe was involved. Dante’s horrific reputation eclipses the truth to the point that he sees no choice but to isolate himself and his heart.
The plan backfires when he meets counselor Beau Clarity and the children he works with. Beau and the kids see beyond the beastly reputation to the beautiful soul inside Dante, and Dante’s cold heart begins to thaw as they slip past his defenses. The warmth and hope Beau brings to Dante’s life help him see his entire existence—his trials and sorrows—in a brighter light.
But Dante’s secrets could rip happiness from their grasp… especially since someone isn’t above hurting those Dante has grown to love in order to bring him down.
I have found that there isn’t an Andrew Grey book that I haven’t liked. There is something special about the way he writes likable, sexy heroes whose romance always seems to live with me long after I finish reading their story. Like any other author, there are some stories of his that I enjoy more than others, but Taming the Beast has got to be one of my all-time favorites of his!
What makes this book different is the sheer heated chemistry these two men share between them. I was immediately swept up into the sultry attraction they had and loved the way, together, Dante and Beau truly become a force to be reckoned with.
Dante is a misunderstood man. Because of the suspicion surrounding his wife’s death and because of his no-nonsense and sometimes surly disposition, he has been labeled a ‘beast’ to be around. Most people go out of their way to avoid him, and those who do cross his path in a negative way, usually feel his wrath. Though he can be a strongly opinionated man and even kind of jerky at times, Dante really has a heart of gold. But, because of his hurt-filled and misunderstood past, there are very few people who see the beauty that really resonates inside him.
Beau is a loving, compassionate man who will fight for what is right, for both himself and for others. As a counselor, Beau spends his life helping others and seeing past people’s hurt and anger into the person they are inside. It’s because of this, that Beau knows there is more to Dante than meets the eye, and once he sees Dante for the man he truly is, Beau himself, takes a chance on showing Dante his very vulnerable side and allows him into his life.
I loved this book. It was one of the most romantic stories I’ve read this year and since I’m a sucker for romance, I eagerly read Dante and Beau’s story from start to finish in one sitting. I also enjoyed the suspenseful backstory and hated to see the book come to an end. I found myself truly invested into Dante and Beau’s life and enjoyed the story they had to tell.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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