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Peek Inside Beauty Tempts the Beast

Lord Ashworth keeps himself hidden in his crumbling manor, but Vivian Suttley’s presence threatens to destroy his carefully constructed life.

Beauty Tempts the Beast

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Lord Ashworth keeps himself hidden in the crumbling Silverstone Manor. A night of terror years ago left his face in ruins and his reputation destroyed. Rumors from the village allow everyone to believe he’s a murderous monster. Refusing visitors and all potential brides sent by his mother, Ashworth keeps the world from invading his self-made prison.

The newest woman at his door refuses to be afraid. She’ll not allow his face, his intimidations, or the oddities of the manor to scare her away. Her very presence threatens to reveal his secrets. He cannot have her stay…and yet to have her leave is unthinkable.

Vivian Suttley knows the true meaning of evil. Her desperation has led her to the daunting manor with its reclusive lord. She’ll chance the whispers and rumors if it means an escape. After all, Ashworth saved her once many years before; perhaps he can be her savior once again.


"I love beauty and the beast type themes, the novel Beauty Tempts the Beast by Leslie Dicken is one of them." --Lovetoread, Goodreads

"I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Beauty Tempts the Beast. I read it last night in one sitting and I just wanted more in the end. A story of trauma, heroism, tragedy, hate, envy and love." --Larissa, Goodreads

"Beauty Tempts the Beast is immediately engaging, quickly capturing the reader’s attention with a dark, tortured hero surrounded by mystery and an equally mysterious heroine hoping to find protection as his bride." --Teresa St. Mary, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633032
Release Date: Aug 21, 2017
Page Count: 313
Imprint: amara next
Genre: historical
Tropes: marriage of convenience, redemption

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By Elle April 19, 2011

I don't know what's with me these days but more often than not in the past week I've found the titles mismatch the book. "Beauty Tempts the Beast" I support "Tempts the Beast" works. He was rather reluctant. But "Beauty" isn't a suitable title for Vivian the heroine. I'm not saying she isn't pretty ...more

By Lovetoread January 23, 2015

I love beauty and the beast type themes, the novel Beauty Tempts the Beast by Leslie Dicken is one of them.

This book is about Vivian Suttley who has seen the face of evil more than once in her young life. She’s on the run from the latest, a cruel man determined to force her to marry him. She hears ...more

By Larissa April 22, 2010

*4 & 1/2 starts out of 5 stars!*

To be very honest, I thought at first glance that this was a paranormal romance, only to find out it is a Historical Romance. It was only my second read in this genre and I absolutely loved this book.

I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Beauty Tempts th ...more

By Teresa October 02, 2010

“Beauty Tempts the Beast” is immediately engaging, quickly capturing the reader’s attention with a dark, tortured hero surrounded by mystery and an equally mysterious heroine hoping to find protection as his bride. Each of these characters is surrounded and driven by dark deeds and painful secrets t ...more

By Emoore0916 September 07, 2009

this was actually a historical romance. When i initially bought this I thought it was paranormal contemporary romance. I guess thats what happens when you buy books on a whim. Even though I don't read romance I gobbled this book in one night and its not short. I actually enjoyed this book quite a bi ...more

By Dianna September 06, 2018

So good

I really enjoyed this novel by this new out there. I will go on to read more from her. Y ...more

By Riley August 12, 2018

It was a little longer than I expected it to be, but I enjoyed it. Always love a new twist and perspective on my favourite fairy tale lovers. ...more

By J October 10, 2010

Is the enemy of her enemy a friend…or a beast?

Lord Ashworth is scarred by a night of terror years ago that left his face in ruins and his life in shreds. He hides in Silverstone Manor, using rumors that paint him as a horrible, murdering monster to keep visitors at bay. Yet he can’t shake the feelin ...more

By Emily January 19, 2015

I was expecting to give this book a 5 star review. I was hooked almost the minute I started reading and couldn't put it down till 3 in the morning.
I love that Vivian doesn't care about the scar, (but how they would have fallen in love if she had I don't know) and how Charles slowly seemed to be abl ...more

By Barbara ★ October 28, 2012

I'm a sucker for a tortured hero who pulls himself from society in order to protect others from himself. Of course, in these type of books, someone other than the hero is behind the evil that is happening and convincing the hero that he is the beast. Beauty Tempts the Beast is no different, Lord Ash ...more

By Lani March 11, 2015

Best retelling of beauty and the beast I've read so far. I loved the historical writing of this tale and the mysteries that kept you constantly on your feet wondering who really did it?

I lived the passion between the two characters, Vivian and Charles.

both had a story tell and secrets to hide from r ...more

By The Word Nerd June 12, 2016

I took a chance on this one and it was a nice little surprise. Not quite your Beauty & the Beast story, but it's definitely the theme. I'd classifiy it as more of a gothic mystery. What is haunting our hero? Is it supernatural? Who or what is behind it? I didn't really put it together, in full anywa ...more

By Lily June 10, 2015

I love Beauty and the Beast themed novels and this one did not disappoint! I loved the characters.... both Vivian And Lord Ashworth were appealing, well developed and complex. I was pulled into the story right from the start and was riveted the whole way through. This story had it all - a tortured h ...more

By Tami July 19, 2011

This book was not what I was expecting. It is very different then the fairy tale. Same basic plot, however it is very spicy, I mean there should be a R rating for this book. But it is well written and intriguing. ...more

By Lorrane March 25, 2016

nice story with little action at the end. ...more

By Tammy October 27, 2012

3.5 stars ...more

By Lynne May 03, 2014

A nice sweet story, good for a light read ...more

By Pamela(AllHoney) July 11, 2014

Has a slight gothic feel to it. The hero, Lord Ashworth, was scarred and has become reclusive at Silverstone Manor. But then Vivian Suttley shows up in hopes that he will give her refuge. ...more

By Maddux February 16, 2013

Well written with an exciting conclusion. Just what I needed this week. ...more

By Lesley August 17, 2010

Loved this reinterpretation of Beauty and the Beast. It kept me reading long after I should have been asleep. ...more

By Camylle October 24, 2013

Great plot with awesome twists and turns, dark basements and a small boy who is so cute! ...more

By Kate April 17, 2012

Really good! ...more

By Pam April 04, 2015

not too bad It also had nice little mystery.Great adaption to the fairy tale. ...more

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Leslie Dicken

About the author

Leslie Dicken

Leslie writes romances. She also makes jewelry, loves to garden, help other's better their health, and sell real estate. A recent empty nester, she lives outside Washington DC with her husband, a chunky orange kitty, and a crazy 90-pound dog.

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