Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks

Posted on by
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days Book Cover How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days
The Embraced #1
Kerrelyn Sparks
Paranormal Romance - Historical - Fantasy
St. Martin's Press
March 7th 2017


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?


How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days is book one in The Embraced series by Kerrelyn Sparks. 

A new series by a favorite author. I’ve enjoyed Ms. Sparks Love at Stake series and so I decided to jump into this new series The Embraced. 

I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I started reading. I didn’t know that it was Historical Fantasy along with Paranormal Romance and so when I started reading I was unsure about everything, but the more I read the more I ended up liking the world and characters. I have to say this new world is special and I wasn’t disappointed. 

Since this is the first book we are introduced to a whole new world, new thinking, new species, religious oppression, the lengths people will go, and peculiar characters. At times the story felt a little slow, but things do pick up and we are taken on a fun adventure. The author had me laughing and falling in love with Luciana and Leo. They were remarkable together and perfect for each other in more ways then one. The EMBRACED aspect was extraordinary and I really liked all the secondary characters; especially the “sisters” introduced. I feel they will all make wonderful heroines someday. 

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days gives us a mixture of humor, seriousness, understanding, repression, and love. It was creative and a total delight to read. 

Rated: 4 Stars

Was this review helpful? If so, please consider liking it on Goodreads (Angela)!



Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (PNR) | New To Me (Series) | Library LoveNew Release (2017)



I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

15 comments on “Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks

  1. […] Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ […]

  2. Oo a new series by her. How fun! She really is a good time.
    herding cats recently posted…New Releases & Sales + sushi pincushionMy Profile

    • Yes her stories are always fun!

  3. I loved this book and am really excited for the next book in the series!
    Samantha recently posted…Wolf’s Mate by Celia Kyle: ReviewMy Profile

    • Glad you enjoyed this one. Book two was good & you will like it. I just finished it. I’m excited to continue the series.

  4. I haven’t t tried her yet I thin. I’m on a weird reading phase lately, I keep thinking I should try historical romance, maybe that’ll hold my attention long enough to finish a darn book!
    Braine recently posted…Bourbon, Gypsy, & The Red by Tiffany ReiszMy Profile

    • This year I’ve been diving into different genres more, some still have the paranormal element I like, but a lot don’t I didn’t release this was Historical Romance Fantasy, with Paranormal in it. Not until I started reading. It ended up surprising me and being an enjoyable read. If you do try. I hope you enjoy.

  5. Oh I really need to read this one. I love her books.
    Mary Kirkland recently posted…Favorite Picture of the Week!My Profile

    • It was a fun. It surprised me in how much I ended up enjoying. I do like to be surprised. ^_^

  6. I really need to try Kerrelyn Sparks. She seems right up my alley. Great review.
    Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons recently posted…Red Wolf Audiobook by Jennifer Ashley (REVIEW)My Profile

    • I think you might like this new series. It was one that surprised me. I’ve read her work before, but this was new, different, and unique. It was fun!!

  7. oh I just had a blast with this book, it was so dang good and I loved Leo and Luciana together. And the sister bond was charming. You will love book two even more than this one.
    Lover Of Romance recently posted…At A Glance: Month of JulyMy Profile

    • Glad you had a blast with this one and book two. I recently finished book two and enjoyed just as much as this one. I’m looking forward to continuing the series.

  8. Glad to see you enjoyed this one. I like the mix humor and seriousness.
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Devil’s Cut by J.R. WardMy Profile

    • It was a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t sure at first, but then I really enjoyed this one. I also liked the mix of humor and seriousness. I resonantly finished So I Married a Sorcerer and that one was just as a good as one. I’m looking froward to continuing the series.