Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn SparksHow to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced, #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 416
Source: Netgalley
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Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy—and her father's life.
Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage...until he discovers she's vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?
If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?


So this was a super cute and fun read though I must admit the title is a little misleading. There was very little taming of a beast, man or animal. I was kind of expecting/wanting a grouchy hero, but Leo was pretty cool anyway so I’ll let it slide.

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days is a fantasy-lite/paranormal historical romance (which I didn’t know going into it, so that was a fun surprised). In this universe there are people called the Embraced, who have supernatural powers, they’re feared so people don’t like them too much. There are also faeries and dragons and shapeshifters.

Despite the title of The Beast (because of his lightning powers where he touches people, they get a huge shock and die), Leo, our hero, is a really good guy and not at all very beastly. Luciana, our heroine, is sweet and brave and has some cool powers, being able to see and talk to ghosts! Like I mentioned, no actual taming of the Beast. Leo and Luciana basically fall in love at first sight. I’ll admit I wasn’t a huge fan of the insta-love, their love definitely lacked some depth but Leo and Luciana are both pretty adorable and have good chemistry to make up for it a bit.

The secondary characters were pretty awesome. I quite adored Leo’s friends, Nevis and Brody! I especially adored the super awesome shapeshifter Brody who spends his days as a fantastic adorable dog. Oh and Tatiana, Luciana’s sister, who started out as vapid and mean, actually ended up being pretty awesome and finding a spot in my heart. The humour is pretty modern for a medieval-esque time period but it never failed to get a chuckle out of me. The action/non-romance plot was good and flowed well in the story. There’s some twist and turns as we try to figure out who are the assassins that are trying to kill Luciana and her dad.

Overall this was fun  and easy read. Everything kind of works out too perfectly but I enjoy a happily ever after so I won’t complain too much about that. There are some weak points in the universe building and everything felt a little too over the top, but that being said I quickly devoured this book for the sweet fluffy cotton-candy-ness that it. I look forward to seeing more of this series.

{* Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About Kerrelyn Sparks

Kerrelyn Sparks apparently has issues with reality. After writing more than a dozen books about vampires, she has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet. But how thrilling that she can share this magical new world with her readers! Although she is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters. To learn more about her paranormal, historical, and upcoming out-of-this-world fantasy romances, please visit Kerrelyn on Facebook, Twitter, or her website at


Author: Cyn

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18 Replies to “Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks”

  1. I am afraid my pnr days are mostly over, but always now and again one surprises me

    1. I don’t read a ton anymore either, but sometimes one pops up and I can’t resist either, haha.

  2. I had quite a fun time with this book, and I loved the fantasy themes in it. Very different feel to it from her Love At Stake series right? I am curious to see how she builds this world through the series.

    1. I haven’t read her other series yet, but sounds like I need to check it out! I really enjoyed the fantasy theme too!

  3. Glad the unexpected elements worked out well for you. Good to know that he’s not really beastly and this is a historical PNR since I love that.

    Thanks, Cyn!

    1. It was a pleasant surprise! Thanks for stopping by Sophia Rose!

  4. I liked this one and I do agree that the secondary characters were amazing. I really hope Brody is featured in the next book in the series. Great review!

    1. I’m excited for more Brody! Thanks, Carole!

  5. I love the description of this as a fantasy-lite/paranormal historical romance!! I have never read anything like that. Even though it all worked out to neat it sounds like it was fun. Great review!

    1. It was a fun read! And definitely worth checking it 😉 Thanks, Grace!

  6. I have this but just wasn’t in the mood. You have sparked my interest again..with fantastic secondary characters and the fantasy elements.

    1. I hope you enjoy it when the mood strikes you t! It was a fun fantasy read!

  7. That does sound fun! I’ve enjoyed her books. Boo on him not being more beastly. I do love those grumbly heroes. But they sound awesome 🙂

    1. Yeah, it’s too bad he wasn’t a bit more beastly, but still pretty lovable so that’s okay 😉

  8. Ohh, glad you liked this, Cyn! I have been dragging my feet with this book, though. Not sure if I will be reading this soon… haha 😀

    1. I caved because of all the good reviews and it was a pretty cute read. Hope you enjoy it, Zeee!

  9. Alyssa from Eater of Books said a lot of great things about this one, and now your review has me even more excited to read this! Like you, I’m a fan of a grouchy hero…but I’ll get past it since this is such a cute read anyway. 😉

    1. There’s just something awesome about grouch heroes haha. I hope you enjoy it when you read it, Dayna!

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