Bella and the Beast
“Bella Jones’ father, Sir Seymour Jones, was an explorer/adventurer who revealed to her on his deathbed that the late Duke of Aylwin, whom he helped inquire antiquities in Egypt, had promised him half of a pharaoh’s treasure. However, Bella must find the map to the hidden trove to prevent her and her brother and sister from living in poverty.
Bella takes a job as a curator working for the late duke’s son to help him catalogue his father’s artifacts in London. She doesn’t reveal who she is or what her motives are, but when the attraction between them because impossible to ignore, the issue of the hidden treasure becomes a more complicated secret than either of them could ever imagine.“ -Goodreads
I loved the exotic aspect of this domestic novel. What I mean by that is that other cultures were present within a regency novel that took place in London. It would be amazing to explore the home of an egyptologist. This novel was a cute twist on a fairytale, if you can’t guess which you probably haven’t been around much. It was a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a beautiful spinster and a gruff, misunderstood Duke of Alywin. The female lead, Bella was intelligent and kind. She was a good contrast/ awakening for the grumpy duke. I do wish there had been more to Bella’s tattoos than just a ward against sickness, but oh well. The ending of this novel, while perfectly happy was quite rushed. It literally wrapped up in the last 20 minutes. I would recommend to fans of regency romances.
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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.