- Title: Beast
- Author: Judith Ivory
- ISBN: 9780062034816
- Page: 279
- Format: ebook
An exquisite American heiress, Louise Vandermeer is beautiful, brilliant and bored which is why she has agreed to a daring adventure to travel across the ocean to marry an aristocrat abroad Rumor has it her intended is a hideous cad a grim prospect that propels her into a passionate, reckless affair with a compelling stranger she never sees in the light of day.ThougAn exquisite American heiress, Louise Vandermeer is beautiful, brilliant and bored which is why she has agreed to a daring adventure to travel across the ocean to marry an aristocrat abroad Rumor has it her intended is a hideous cad a grim prospect that propels her into a passionate, reckless affair with a compelling stranger she never sees in the light of day.Though scarred by a childhood illness, Charles d Harcourt has successfully wooed Europe s most sophisticated beauties For a lark, he contrived to travel incognito on his own fiancee s ship and seduce the young chit in utter darkness But the rake s prank backfired It was he who was smitten while the hot tempered Lulu, now his wife, loves only her shipboard lover, unaware it was d Harcourt all the time And Charles will never have her heart unless he can open her eyes to the prince who hides within.
Recent Comments "Beast"
This was THE most annoying book I've read in a freaking, freaking long while! I cannot begin to describe how truly pathetic the story was! I was close to dumping this book and begin another but damn me, why didn't I?[image error]"Let's break the plot down:A vain, self-centered, apparently insecure, beautiful (so much so that people stop-dead in the middle of the road as she goes by. Sure, there wasn't any traffic back then, remember?) eighteen year old bitch of a girl has been set to married to [...]
Beast by Judith Ivory is one of my two all-time favorite romance books and also simply one of the best books I have ever read. When I read books or watch movies, afterwards I have a certain feel for them, a textural sensation. Beast has left me with one of the richest, most voluptuous "feels" ever. The story is set around the turn of the 20th century. The first half of the book takes place on the ocean liner Concordia; the second half takes place in Provence, France. The plot is fairly simple. I [...]
When you keep wishing your husband who's been abroad for 3 days will delay coming home at least 3 or 4 hours more so you can manage to finish the book, you know the book's a keeper. If anyone told me two days ago that I would come to love a book by Ivory whose book The Proposition was a huge disappointment for me, I would have laughed at them; yet here I am. This book not only turned a keeper, but one of my top 20 books ever.This book had everything: witty dialogues, clever humor, a wicked, sexy [...]
This is my first Judith Ivory book I’ve picked up and although it started off great, for me it fell short in the end. The Good Because of my love for the start of the book I thought I break it down between the good points on the book and the bad points. The beginning was wonderful with Charles setting out to prove that looks are not everything, teaching a lesson to Louise. I didn’t care for Louise at the start, but slowly she blooms into a mature woman, someone trying to find her way and her [...]
Very nice Edwardian romance. The hero, Charles, was quite different and most of the book was written from his POV. He was scarred and hyper aware of it but rather than secluding himself and brooding about it, he instead made himself confident (at least on the surface) and flamboyant and vain. He starts his incognito relationship with the heroine, his fiance whom he's never met, out of pricked pride. The heroine, Louise, is 18 and for once was written as an 18 year old. She is polished and refine [...]
4.5 starsThis is truly amazing - when a book makes you feel such a range of emotions and sensations. The way Ms. Ivory writes is very sensual - she appeals to all of the senses, especially smell in this one. How is that possible? Well, it starts out because the hero, Charles, is in the business to make perfumes - or grows the key ingredients for them like lavender and jasmine. The descriptions are beautiful and clear - I really felt like I could smell them! Much of the story takes places on a sh [...]
A very tender, passionate, delightful and intimate look at a relationship…with all the inherent failings and follies. Only if you are able to forgive the mcs of this book their utter stupidities, will you enjoy their story. And there is much to like and love here – just as there are things that may put you off. The mixed and extreme reviews are understandable but I, for one loved both the mcs (or were they three of them?), their exchanges, the push-pull and the multi-layered story. The Ameri [...]
3.5 starsA delicious take on the beauty and the beast trope (view spoiler)[especially how Charles is presented as both the 'beauty' and then the 'beast'(hide spoiler)]. Ivory very capably gives us Charles Harcourt. I loved his inner dialogue and how his character is laid out with his strengths and insecurities and how the devious Charles was hoist by his own petard. Also liked where she took Louise and how the story evolved. I felt her love, grief, anger, puzzlement.I quite willing suspended bel [...]
This had the potential of being stupendous but the ludicrous plot and unlikable ice queen heroine ruined it entirely. I'm really annoyed because I had this sitting on my bookshelf for over a year and looking forward to reading it for so long. I originally wanted to give this an extra star but there was honestly nothing I enjoyed about this. The first half of the story dragged out unbearably slow where the hero devises an idiotic scheme to seduce his unsuspecting young soon-to-be-bride as someone [...]
3.5 starsI am sad that I am almost done with her books, when her book were good they were amazing, unique, with characters who had flaws, when her books were bad, they were the worst. This one kind of falls in the middle, I would have rated it higher had the whole double identity not bogged down the last half and gone on way too long. I did like how the book was unapologetic about how vain and immature the heroine was, after all she was 18 and not like most books where heroines just melt over th [...]
This starts off with the hero doing the wife of an acquaintance. It lost me already there. I'm uninterested in reading about this type of cheaters. What followed was even more infantile, never mind that Charles was supposed to being an adult. I really dislike the "boys will be boys" excuse. For anything.No thanks. And people call this a romance
This was an interesting read. I'd never read it before, and I can see why it's so beloved. It has all the emotional energy and erotic power of the Old Skool romances. Ivory evoked the turn of the century feel with such vividness that I felt as if I were reading a contemporary novel. The world is very immediate and real. That said, I felt like the second half spun out too long. I tired of Louise's angst and Charles' waffling. The pair of them from the ship were so much better - freer, more themse [...]
Good plot, but lacking in developmentORY BRIEF:I liked the overall plot. Charles a French aristocrat has one blind eye and limps due to a bad knee. (He’s the beast.) Louise’s American parents are wealthy and arrange a marriage between Charles and Louise. Charles seduces Louise in the dark on a ship. They continue seeing each other but only in the dark. She does not know he is her fiancé. When the ship docks in France, she discovers her lover left the ship without saying goodbye. She pines f [...]
I can't say enough about how much I adore this author's style, and particularly this book. She really gets inside her characters heads and writes from that perspective - a true talent that is so rare among writers. This story was particularly heart-wrenching at times, while simultaneously being tragically funny. Charles's pain from inadvertently placing himself in such an impossible position. Louise's desperate need to be seen for who she is (by herself, especially), and to be recognized as more [...]
Oy. I don't know what else to say right now because this novel DESTROYED me and I'm a puddle of goo.But seriously? I think I'll go with--perfection. For the time being. Until I calm down and wipe myself up off the floor.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.I really wanted to love this book, the plot was there it just lacked development. There were some good lines of dialogue and the sexy bits were very well done, but in the end that was all there was to it. I just couldn't love this book as I so wanted to.First: (view spoiler)[ Her parents write him, basically begging him to marry their daughter in exchange for all the whale feces his heart desires, and he desires that ambergris, a lot. I mean, NAGL. (hide spoiler)]Moving [...]
Discussed this on AAR with Elisabeth Lane.AJH: So, Elisabeth: broad impressions. How’d you find it?Elisabeth: I was blown away by this book. It’s unconventional in pretty much all the ways. And I think sometimes the danger of that is that the romance can get lost. But it’s also, I thought, incredibly romantic. You have this anonymous shipboard romance in the first half and then this marriage-in-trouble romance in the second half and the two pieces still manage to work well together to crea [...]
08/01/2013 --Overall Rating = 4 StarsBook Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 4 / 2 / 5 = 3.5 StarsWriter’s Voice = 4 StarsCharacter Development = 4 StarsStory Appreciation = 3.5 StarsWorth the Chili = 5 Stars [$5.99 on classic]Searock, a friend of mine, has this on a shelf marked "gorgeous". Mary B. recently read and rated this book 5 Stars. She wrote a lovely review stating, "I can't say enough about how much I adore this author's style, and particularly this book. She really gets inside her [...]
I DNF after 10% purely because this is not the kind of B&B theme book that I'm looking for. I like my Beast to be have at least some of the following traits:reclusivebroodyinsecuredepressspitefulHowever, the Beast in this book was having an affair with a married woman in the beginning of the book and he seemed pretty easy going. Honestly, I don't care about his debauchery, but this is hardly the Beast that I visualize. So, no go for me.I assure that my comment does not reflect the quality of [...]
Seldom do I rate books of this genre so highly, but this book is truly a masterpiece.This book does something really exceptional with two very unlikable characters and gives them a really dramatic great love. I ended up staying up to finish the book (never happens anymore) and then I reread it immediately after reading it and then again. So, three times in a row.There were some reviewers that complained about the writing style and I think that's a valid complaint -- initially when I picked up th [...]
The premise seemed interestingbut failed on so many levelsI might be ignorant on how society worked at the beginning of the 20th centurybut why on earth would supposedly wealthy and high class parents write a letter saying basically "OMG youre so rich! You should totally marry our daughter!" Im paraphrasing of course but thats essentially what it says.On to the rest of the reviewSo much was made of the heroines age (18)that it felt obscene,with the narrative harping on and on about her adolescen [...]
Ivory creates an effect that lasts in this retelling of a classic fairytale. Synopsis: Louise Vandermeer, a young, beautiful, and sometimes shallow heiress is searching for a way to learn about herself and the world. Lost, without direction, and bored by life, Louise agrees to marry a man of her parents choosing, though she isn't above a bit of light flirtation on her trans-Atlantic travel. Scarred by a childhood illness, Charles d'Harcourt is successful, ambitious, and vain--despite his unusual [...]
Again, another arranged marriage. A disappointing one. I think I need to a stop on this arranged-marriage-addiction of mine. Beast was basically about two vain people, Louise Vandermeer who is on her way to meet her fiance and Charles d'Harcourt who was in the ship with his mistress (I forgot her name, but whatever). Charles decided to play a prank on Louise, but he fell head over heels in love with his fiancee. The two decided to meet in secret at night and had an affair. Little did Louise know [...]
Reread on November 24, 2016:I really enjoyed this a second time around! The emotions were portrayed really well. I empathized with Charles a lot, and Louise's conflict was well written. Seriously. Judith Ivory is a writer.Original review: Judith Ivory knows how to write. Which I appreciate, since that's not a common feature all romance authors share. She explores emotions with excellent prose, evoking all sorts of sensory feelings. She can also craft a love scene. :P This woman is good. However, [...]
I tried. I truly tried. I got as far as the first page of part three and remembered I had better things to do then internally scream at a whiny child. Louise is probably on my top ten most annoying heroines. She griped about how her beauty was such a curse in every page. I was okay with it for the first few chapters and then it just began to get horrible. Then theres Charles, he wasn't so bad. In fact I liked him. He pointed out that she was a spoiled brat and basically told her. Then again the [...]
This book had me giggling and smiley at the H/H's antics, then the book changed and with it my adoration of the heroine. 70 pages from the end, after much teeth grinding, I gave it up.I dunno what happened really, how I could go from absolutely loving everything about the book, to hating the heroine, to being disgruntled with the author's writing, thinking the hero an idiot for loving the b*itchy, shrewish heroine. And so, I could only give this book 3 stars mostly due to the spoiled, superficia [...]
A book with A on AAR, I was sure I enjoy. Except that I did not like the hero nor heroine.Him, as if it were a joke, decides to seduce his betrothed during the transatlantic travel, taking advantage of a lights' failure so as not to reveal himself.She, has no qualms about taking a lover just before her wedding, because she was told that her betrothed is ugly, and because she does not know him and therefore do not feel compelled to be faithful."Beautiful" spirit both of them, they're both as bad [...]
Judith Ivory is an excellent writer of beautiful prose. But the plot of this book didn't please me nearly as much as the prose. I was highly skeptical of the lovers-in-the-dark plot, which however, she pulled off quite convincingly. But once the ship docked and the lovers "met" one another for real, I was just impatient to get to the reveal. And that comes very late in the book.I'm glad that I read this, but I have no desire to reread some day. And I learned more than I ever wanted to know about [...]
*sigh* Her books always leave me with a big smile on my face. The writing is sublime, the story enchanting.
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