Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Review - - Beauty Tempts the Beast

Beauty Tempts the Beast
by Lorraine Heath
Sins For All Seasons - Book 6
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: September 29, 2020
Reviewed by PJ

She wants lessons in seduction

Althea Stanwick was a perfect lady destined to marry a wealthy lord, until betrayal left her family penniless. Though she’s lost friends, fortune, and respectability, Althea has gained a scandalous plan. If she can learn to seduce, she can obtain power over men and return to Society on her terms. She even has the perfect teacher in mind, a man whose sense of honor and dark good looks belie his nickname: Beast.

But desire like this can’t be taught

Benedict Trewlove may not know his parentage but he knows where he belongs—on the dark side of London, offering protection wherever it’s needed. Yet no woman has ever made such an outrageous request as this mysterious beauty. Althea is out of place amongst vice and sin, even if she offers a wicked temptation he can’t resist. But as the truth of his origin emerges at last, it will take a fierce, wild love to overcome their pasts.

PJ's Thoughts:

Somehow I knew Beast would end up being my favorite. Lorraine Heath has wrapped up her Sins For All Seasons series with a book I inhaled in one sitting, then returned to the beginning and slowly savored scene by scene, word by delicious word. Heath is a gifted writer who brings layered stories and nuanced characters to life through her skillful command of exquisite language and heartfelt storytelling. Consider this passage in which Thea begins to realize what her life would have been had she not lost what she thought at the time was everything:

The world in which she'd grown up lacked magic, depth, satisfaction. Only now did she realize it, only now did she understand that without him, her world had been an arid place where she never would have truly come into herself.

Such a beautiful description of how, sometimes, losing everything you thought necessary leads you to who you're truly meant to be and to the person you're meant to be with.   

Beast and Thea are both complex characters which makes them that much more interesting, both individually and as a couple. I loved watching them shift and grow through the deepening of their relationship and the changes in their lives. I enjoyed watching Thea's growing confidence as she took control of her destiny. And Beast has so many intriguing facets. I loved his caring, nurturing nature, his calm, reasoning demeanor, and his fierce love for Thea. I'm not a swooning person by nature but, oh mama, is he worthy of it. My love for them is as boundless as their love for one another. I just finished a third reading of this book and, honestly, all I want to do is go back to page one and immerse myself in their journey all over again. I have a feeling I'll be revisiting them often. 

Heath has packed this story with humor, heart, and deeply sensual emotion. I was immersed from start to finish. And that epilogue! I don't usually enjoy epilogues that take characters decades into the future but this one featuring the entire Trewlove family was glorious. My heart burst with joy while my eyes overflowed with tears and I laughed out loud. I couldn't have asked for a better conclusion to one of my favorite Lorraine Heath series. 

And, bonus!  Heath is bringing us two future books featuring secondary characters (Thea's brothers) from Beauty Tempts the Beast with the possibility of Trewlove sightings in those stories. Color me beyond excited! 


Are you reading the Sins For All Seasons series? 

Do you have a favorite book or couple in the series?

Do you enjoy an epilogue that takes you decades into the future?


  1. Lorraine Heath was one of the authors I read when I first started reading romance and I thoroughly enjoy her books. I have several on my TBR mountain, but have not yet started this series. I do enjoy epilogues. If the series is finished, it is nice to see how the HEA has continued. We do have to admit we are invested in them and their lives. We always like to catch up with friends we haven't seen in years and this is no different.

    1. I highly recommend this series, Pat. I think it's one of her best. The epilogue takes readers 40 years into the future and it's an absolute delight.

  2. I really enjoy epilogues (and prologues) and anything else the author wants to let me know lol. I have enjoyed her in the past but have not read this series.

    1. I've only read one epilogue where I wished the author hadn't shared. Let's just say it wasn't happy. This one, on the other hand, is glorious! :)

  3. I love this series and I've been looking forward to reading Beasts story. Yes, I love epilogues that take me decades into the future, rather than say just a year or two later.

  4. Reading your review, it is evident, I am missing out on this series. I like Ms Heath's writing, but I have not dipped into this series.

    I plan to correct that.

    I love epilogues. I love knowing the story about how people are doing in the future. To be honest, I could probably use their new address and send them a card every now and then. What can I say, I am a sucker for romantic couples who love one another.

    Thanks for this review. Lovely as always. I hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

  5. Sounds like a series I need to start reading. Great review PJ>

  6. I love this series. Wasn't expecting the epilogue to be so far in the future, but I loved that.


  7. I do love epilogues that take you years out. I also love epilogues that are only 6 months into the future. Moral of the story is, I love epilogues!!

  8. I do love epilogues that take you years out. I also love epilogues that are only 6 months into the future. Moral of the story is, I love epilogues!!

  9. Just got my copy of this and CANNOT WAIT. :) I think Beast will be my favorite as well.