Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
Need something funny, fun and steamy just in time for Valentine’s Day? You can’t go wrong with any book written by Elizabeth Hoyt, but this one in particular is great fun.
Lily Stump is a well-known, but down on her luck, comic actress using the stage name Robin Goodfellow. Forced out of her apartments she moves with her maid and son to the portion of a theatre not consumed by a recent fire as the rebuilding of the space and replanting of the pleasure gardens surrounding it occur. Out in the garden she meets the man she names Caliban. He is mute, and seems agreeable to his new name. His face is not much to look at but his physique and sweet manner more than make up for it. Imagine Lily’s surprise when she discovers that her gardener escaped from Bedlam, is an accused murderer and happens to be an aristocrat. Of course antics, escapes, disguises and surprises ensue.
I thought this would be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but Hoyt found her inspiration from an older tale, that of the Minotaur. Each chapter starts with an excerpt from the tale so we get two love stories in one!