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Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: April 1, 2003
ISBN: 0373765010
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre: Romance/Series
Reviewed: 2003
Reviewer: Suzie Housley

Reviewer Notes: Mature, explicit scenes

Holiday: Valentine's Day

Taming the Beastly MD
Dynasties: The Barones
By Elizabeth Bevarly 

     Renowned cardiologist surgeon Dr. Matthew Grayson had been dubbed the 'Beast of Boston General'. The disfiguring scars that marred the left side of his face, and his cold aloof personality had earned him the elusive nickname. He is surprised to find that he is fascinated and intrigued by Rita Baron, a young nurse who works along side him in CCU. Unlike most, Rita is able to meet his eyes without any sign of pity or repulsion. Her kind, warm, nature is displayed daily with the care she gives to her patients. His admiration of her skills leads him to purchase a small gift as a token of his gratitude. He is unable to give it to her directly, so he leaves it in her mail slot, and then forgets to attach a card to let her know who is the giver of the gift. When he hears the hospital rumors that suggest Rita has a secret admirer, he knows that he will never be brave enough to reveal to the beauty that her secret admirer is a true beast.

     Nurse Rita Barone refused to touch the million-dollar trust fund that was entitled to her as being a part of the prominent rich Barone family. Instead, she selected a career that would allow her to make a difference in many people lives and offer rewards that money would never be able to purchase. She is puzzled when she finds a gift in her mail slot. When she realizes it is Valentine's Day, she assumes she has a secret admirer. Will she be able to get him to reveal her identity … and if he does, how will she react?

     Tale as old as time, true as it can be . . .who can ever get enough of reading about Beauty and the Beast? This treasured theme is one that holds my highest regard and admiration. Whenever I am lucky enough to find a book that explores this topic, I am on cloud nine. Elizabeth Beverly has done an excellent job in relating this theme to modern day times. Her characters and plot are strongly developed, and easy to relate to the conflicts that love is famous for creating. I feel this book deserves a perfect 10!

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