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?
Luciana has grown up hidden away believing herself an orphan but her world is shattered when a man claiming to be her father shows up and wants her to travel to court with him to meet her intended husband! Luciana has a kind heart and agrees but her intended is also Embraced and his electric touch has earned him the title Beast of Benwick with even the King wanting him dead!
For Leo, growing up Embraced has earned him a fearsome reputation but more heartbreaking is his inability to touch anyone without causing them harm and even death. Yet, he's steadfast in his loyalty to the country he helps protect and his compassion toward innocents extends to the most unfortunate woman who has been chosen as his bride. Trouble is there's something odd going on and it's clear his intended is hiding something, but what exactly is it?
A new series always has a lot to set up but happily the romance wasn't hindered by that too much here. It was fun seeing the two sides of Leo as he's this big, tough, almost impossible to kill Lord Protector but there's such a caring gentler side to him and the author plays a blinder when right from the start she injects humour into his interactions with his friends. Luciana too was a very likable heroine and as a reader, we know she carries secrets that make things incredibly difficult for her at times. Perhaps she's a bit too nice but this is fantasy with a light, delicate touch, plus the baddies are really nasty so it balances out quite nicely.
I really did enjoy How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days and as the plot all happens so quickly, it was easy to be drawn in although as it raced to the end, a twist suddenly appeared. Clearly Luciana isn't the only Embraced female and Ms Sparks sets up quite nicely for more in this series but I suspect a certain someone resembling a pirate will have my fellow readers keen to find out what happens next.
This voluntary take is of an advance reader arc from NetGalley and is my honest opinion.