Published in 2012
H/h - Rhys Ashcroft, Earl of Falmouth/Danielle Carmichael
Read in October, 2015.
Lord Beast isn’t your typical take into the beauty and the beast theme. Danielle is not a classical beauty. In fact, she has never been considered a beauty, which is why at the age of 23 she’s still a spinster after 6 seasons, never having even one proposal of marriage. Danielle, or Dani as her closest people call her, is short, rather plump and all in all plain to look at. She’s also one of those people who have accepted how she is and doesn’t make a lot of fuss about it. Dani’s childhood hadn’t been nice and cozy either. Her father died early and then her mother had bouts of depression. Dani, being the only child, was left to take care of her mother who was never much of a mother to begin with. If that wasn’t enough, some years ago, she took a fall from a horse which almost took her life. Even though she survived but barely as her back was injured. She isn’t bedridden but is plagued with bouts of bad pain from time and again… it seemed if she was active during the day, it was a struggle for her to get some sleep at night, which happened quite frequently. After reading all these I could only wonder at how she herself didn’t become depressed herself! But it seems Dani is made of sterner stuff and (a wee bit) on the fluffy side, so it seems nothing ever weighs her down. At least not that much.