Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

Reviewed by Jen

I was really excited about the premise for this book. I am a sucker for a tortured hero and Leo is described as the Beast of Benwick. He carries the power of lightning, but that means he is a danger to anyone around him. He cannot touch anyone. And no one can touch him. Except maybe the heroine. How delicious does that sound?

The leading lady is Luciana. She is one of the Embraced, people born on a specific day when the moons are aligned and as a result have special powers. Hers is the ability to see ghosts. Anyway, she has been raised in a convent away from her family thinking she was an orphan her whole life. Until her father shows up to let her know her twin sister is dead and she must now impersonate her and marry the beast or else her father’s life is forfeit.

So like I said, it’s a cool promise. But this book was not a big hit for me. The first half, I really really struggled to push through. I understand that Anna was kind of naïve and raised in seclusion, but she was so naïve and perfect, she might as well have been Snow White. There was no depth to her character. She was all sweet and sunshine and utterly boring. Maybe Leo could’ve saved it for me if he was a little more tortured, but I feel that element was kind of underplayed. On top of all of that, it takes forever for the two of them to finally get together. We were at least a third of the way into the book before they even really met. Then they couldn’t touch each other. This could’ve been a sexual tension builder, but honestly it just delayed the inevitable.

There were attempts on Anna’s life throughout the book and Leo’s job was to keep her safe. Meanwhile she’s talking to her dead sister’s ghost, meeting her dead mom and other various dead people around the castle. And in exactly 5 days the two of them are in love.

I felt nothing between them. It was Insta love and Instant attraction with a little bit of self fulfilling fortune telling. To be fair, I am definitely in the minority in feeling this way. Tons of people loved this book on Goodreads. It’s got a bunch of four and five star ratings, so maybe this book would be a better hit for you.

The thing is, I thought this book would’ve been right in my lane. Not only in the description of Leo, but the blend of historical, fantasy, and a little paranormal. I’ve read other books that fit in that genre blending and loved them. But maybe it’s that this book was too slow for me. Maybe it was because it felt like it slipped in and out of a medieval and modern feel. Maybe it was because Anna was just too perfect. Maybe it was the lackluster romance. I don’t know. This just was not for me.

Rating: C-

*ARC provided by publisher

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How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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