The Beast and the Bookseller by Eva Devon

Published: June 5, 2023

Entangled: Amara

Pages: 222

Genre: Historical Romance

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Eva Devon, USA Today bestselling author, was raised on literary fiction, but quite accidentally and thankfully, she was introduced to romance one Christmas by Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory novella, The Present. A romance addict was born. She devoured every single Lindsey novel within a few months and moved on to contemporary and paranormal with gusto. Now, she loves to write her own roguish dukes, alpha males and the heroines who tame them.

All of London gossips about the Duke of Montrose. A recluse. Inflicted with a terrible disease. A gargoyle with a terrible temper. But he’s also the most important patron of the centuries-old book shop that belongs to Miss Elizabeth Sharpe’s family. Now she’s been charged with delivering books to the Gargoyle of London herself—or risk their shop falling into ruin. But surely a duke can’t be that ghastly…

Garrett Maximilian doesn’t give a tinker’s damn what society says about him. Most of them are sycophants, bowing and scraping in his presence. But not this proud, redheaded spitfire of a woman standing before him. In fact, nothing makes him feel more alive than Miss Elizabeth tartly criticizing his books. Perhaps he just needs a plan to keep her close…

The duke’s glower doesn’t terrify Elizabeth as much as it fascinates her. And worse, he looks at her with a dark hunger that should make her shake with fear—not desire. But Elizabeth’s father has sinister plans in store for his daughter…and this beastly duke might be her only salvation.

“Shall we form a book club?”

Elizabeth works day in and day out in her family’s bookshop. A shop that has been in the family for decades. Though, her father spends more time drinking than working. Garrett spends his time mostly alone, despite being a Duke. He spends time reading and expects the bookshop to deliver his books diligently. Neither expected to fall in love.

This was so sweet! I loved how this romance centered around a shared love of books and how stories connected two lost hearts.

Elizabeth was such a fun character. She was bold, intelligent, kind, and warm. Garrett was a brooding, well-read, generous man who was lost. Their connection was instant and profound.

The way this story flowed was lovely. And I enjoyed how other books were woven into the plot. It was a fun, refreshing read. The charm in these pages was delightful.

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