Title: Beauty and the Wolf (The Cursed Princes #1)
Author: Marina Myles
Publication Date: June 6, 2013
Genre: Historical/Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC from Publisher
Summary (from the Author): A Union of Curses
Isabella Farrington’s marriage was hasty. For all her new husband’s riches, Lord Draven Winthrop is whispered about, avoided, and feared. Yet Isabella is drawn to Draven’s good looks, his strength, the charm he can turn on as easily as she can blink. The impoverished daughter of an Egyptologist, she knows there are rumors about her, too, and the amulet she wears. Nothing more than superstitious babble…
But when Isabella returns to Draven’s remote coastal manor, she senses there is something more at work in the grim gardens of Thorncliff Towers than superstition. Draven is passionate and seductive, but he has a brutal, uncontrolled side too, and a history of secrets. To live in peace she must discover the reasons behind a gypsy curse and a mother’s scorn. Especially when she learns Draven believes his sweet young bride is doomed to a fate even darker than his own…
Although Marina Myles lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she would reside in a historic manor house in foggy England if she had her way. Her love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale and grew by leaps and bounds when she discovered Nancy Drew/Agatha Christie mysteries and rich, historical romances.
Dreaming of becoming a published author, she went on to study creative writing at Southern Methodist University—where she received degrees in Communications and English Literature. During her time in Dallas, she had the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
Now with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds of fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. She’s busy being a wife (to her Italian-born husband) and a mother (to her two beautiful daughters), but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers.
I'll be honest, I was a little wary of this being another book about a werewolf, but it really wasn't too bad. Just like the vampire stories, I can only read one of these every once in a while because they have been so incredibly worn out. Lucky for me, the plot was enough to keep me going.
There were twists where I was entirely caught off guard and everything I believed up until that point was a lie. But it's okay, I survived it. And that just adds more meat to the story. The main characters were pretty well developed. Sometimes I felt that Isabella, the heroine, was slightly inconsistent, but Draven was such a well in-depth tortured soul that it made up for it enough. I thought it was a little odd that they claimed Isabella was "so beautiful" and had many prospects before Draven, yet no one had proposed to her. If this was written back in the 1800s, that seems slightly out of place.
Easy read. Good storyline. Steamy romance. Probably could use a little more work to be fully well-rounded, but it's definitely worth a read and I am looking forward to the next installment!