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Mistress to the Beast by Eve Vaugh
Samhain Publishers June 2008

Can this beauty tame the beast?

Her father’s shop is more than just a family business. It’s the place they lovingly call home. When a powerful property development company stoops to barely legal tactics to force them to sell, Lila’s outrage spurs her straight to the source to fight the injustice.

A serious accident left Hunter Jamison’s body scarred. A bitter split from his latest lover has left the former playboy without faith in the female sex. Yet, confronted with Lila’s fiery beauty, he finds himself offering her a deal: If she’ll be his mistress for three months, he’ll allow her father to keep the shop.

A simple agreement? Hardly. It’s a battle of wills that flares into much more than either of them bargained for—a consuming passion that could heal Hunter’s soul-deep scars…or inflict new ones.


Yes, it’s a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fable.

Eve has added some nice twists to the old story and the familiar tale lends itself well to the romance setting with a blackmail twist. Lila is a great ‘Beauty’; she’s brave and smart and willing to admit to her sexual attraction to Hunter.

The usual plot misunderstandings between the characters are handled in such a wonderful manner— it’s what makes this rendering of the story believable. She doesn’t care that he’s scarred, but she does react negatively to him for a very good reason. Coming to the point that they can share with honesty is what lets us see their growth. Sensual and hot interactions are a part of the story, not simply thrown in, making it a fun read.

I think it is nice to be able to enjoy a modern take on an old tale.

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12 years ago

Great review Viv. I loved Eve Vaughn’s Mistress to the Beast too. I think I am going to have to get her Stranded too. It looks yummy.


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