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Welcome to Book One in the fabulous new Book of Love series. A dingy old book tucked away in an old Regency London bookshop holds magic and love for those who use the 'recipes'! When Lady Olivia Gosling finds The Book of Love in a musty bookshop, she is most eager to try out its love “recipes” on someone safe. Did she say safe? Well, Beast isn’t really safe, but with he Welcome to Book One in the fabulous new Book of Love series. A dingy old book tucked away in an old Regency London bookshop holds magic and love for those who use the 'recipes'! When Lady Olivia Gosling finds The Book of Love in a musty bookshop, she is most eager to try out its love “recipes” on someone safe. Did she say safe? Well, Beast isn’t really safe, but with her odious guardian about to marry her off to one of his unsavory friends, Olivia needs her childhood friend to fall in love with her... fast. If Beast can love her, then any man she chooses will surely do the same. Alexander Beastling, Duke of Hartford, is known as Beast among the ton. He is big and muscled, and there is a dark aura of mystery about him that he makes no effort to dispel. Now that he’s returned from battle, he’s appalled to learn of the marriage plans Lady Olivia’s loathsome guardian has for her. Beast has decided that he will help her find a proper husband, even if it means putting up with her ridiculous experiments taken out of a book she refers to as The Book of Love. Olivia calls them magical recipes for love. Is it possible they actually work? Because suddenly, Beast can’t seem to get Olivia out of his mind... or his heart. Read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited!


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Welcome to Book One in the fabulous new Book of Love series. A dingy old book tucked away in an old Regency London bookshop holds magic and love for those who use the 'recipes'! When Lady Olivia Gosling finds The Book of Love in a musty bookshop, she is most eager to try out its love “recipes” on someone safe. Did she say safe? Well, Beast isn’t really safe, but with he Welcome to Book One in the fabulous new Book of Love series. A dingy old book tucked away in an old Regency London bookshop holds magic and love for those who use the 'recipes'! When Lady Olivia Gosling finds The Book of Love in a musty bookshop, she is most eager to try out its love “recipes” on someone safe. Did she say safe? Well, Beast isn’t really safe, but with her odious guardian about to marry her off to one of his unsavory friends, Olivia needs her childhood friend to fall in love with her... fast. If Beast can love her, then any man she chooses will surely do the same. Alexander Beastling, Duke of Hartford, is known as Beast among the ton. He is big and muscled, and there is a dark aura of mystery about him that he makes no effort to dispel. Now that he’s returned from battle, he’s appalled to learn of the marriage plans Lady Olivia’s loathsome guardian has for her. Beast has decided that he will help her find a proper husband, even if it means putting up with her ridiculous experiments taken out of a book she refers to as The Book of Love. Olivia calls them magical recipes for love. Is it possible they actually work? Because suddenly, Beast can’t seem to get Olivia out of his mind... or his heart. Read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

30 review for The Look of Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    J. W. Garrett

    Rating: 254 pages: PG-17 or a mature reader: Adult themes, bawdy, risqué, suggestive, sexual humor. Angst Level: low for most of the book until the last as danger threatened our characters. Source: own: I couldn’t tell if this was paranormal or not. There were no spells or incantations just a book full of knowledge similar to a treatise on men and sexuality. SPOILER ALERT: This review may contain *** spoilers *** Lady Olivia Gosling had been perusing the shelves of the bookstore when a red-bound b Rating: 254 pages: PG-17 or a mature reader: Adult themes, bawdy, risqué, suggestive, sexual humor. Angst Level: low for most of the book until the last as danger threatened our characters. Source: own: I couldn’t tell if this was paranormal or not. There were no spells or incantations just a book full of knowledge similar to a treatise on men and sexuality. SPOILER ALERT: This review may contain *** spoilers *** Lady Olivia Gosling had been perusing the shelves of the bookstore when a red-bound book literally fell from the top shelf onto her head… twice. She was intrigued by the title The Book of Love and felt it was a sign since she needed all the help she could get. Her parents were dead and a distant cousin was now her guardian as well as the new Viscount. She needed to marry and soon. She did not trust the new Lord Gosling nor any of his horrid friends. One, in particular, was Lord Marston who had recently been sniffing around her making her feel uncomfortable. Olivia and her two best friends, Poppy Farthingale, and Lady Penelope Sherbourne had decided to use the information in the book in order to find true love. However, they needed to test their new theories and decided to practice with their friends. If it worked on them then they could safely use it to find husbands in the upcoming Season. It was hilarious as they decided which of their friends they would practice on. Since Nathaniel Sherbourne, the Earl of Welles was Penelope’s brother, she chose Thaddius MacLauren, Laird of Caithness as her test subject. Olivia chose Alexander Beastling [Beast], the Duke of Hartford. Poppy Farthingale chose Penelope’s brother Nathaniel as she was afraid of Beast. Now that the girls were set on their test subject, Olivia decided to go first since the book belonged to her. The Beast never knew what hit him. Oh-My-Gosh! What fun. This was such a naïve girl with such innocence you just had to love her. Either she was the silliest girl ever or sincerely kind and loving to all her friends. There was a definite threat to her that was fairly serious. The intrigue was interesting and moved the action well. The dialogue felt a bit modern sounding at times even though this was set during the Regency era. The Prince Regent was running around causing mischief for one of our characters. Olivia reading excerpts from her book was hilarious as the girls tried to decipher meaning from something way over their heads. That was a scream and caused me to laugh out loud several times. They were so innocent to the ways of men and had no idea they were playing with fire. I am looking forward to Poppy’s story in book two [The Touch of Love] and Lady Penelope’s in book three [The Taste of Love]. I really like these characters and am curious as to how they will handle The Book of Love. I recommend this for a fun read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Whitworth

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 💋💋 From the very first chapter I adored ‘Beast’, such a gent and a perfect hero for a story , I knew at that moment I was going to love the book, Meara had done it again and swept me into her world , a no nonsense love story for two people who could never belong to anyone else , they were made for each other . She’s now a ward of the new Viscount and Olivia struggles to deal with the circumstances that she’s been left in by he parents untimely deaths , the new lord is cruel, devious and ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 💋💋 From the very first chapter I adored ‘Beast’, such a gent and a perfect hero for a story , I knew at that moment I was going to love the book, Meara had done it again and swept me into her world , a no nonsense love story for two people who could never belong to anyone else , they were made for each other . She’s now a ward of the new Viscount and Olivia struggles to deal with the circumstances that she’s been left in by he parents untimely deaths , the new lord is cruel, devious and leaves her at the mercy of his lecherous friends . Beast has returned as a hero from the war , but he doesn’t feel heroic, he’d like peace and not to have people watching everything he does , he seems to be a object of fascination to people either that or they are trying to marry him off against his will . When Beast and Olivia meet again after 10 years they do so in a book shop ,when he buys her a book , The Book Of Love , which falls on her head twice , and she decides it has chosen her. The two old friends fall back into the friendships easily , and at a house party she decides to use him as an experiment ,to see if she can make him love her , using the techniques from the book . This is a very funny , and very touching book , it reads so smoothly and effortlessly, it’s a joy in every way . I would recommend this to all . If you’ve not read Meara before , what better way to start . I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alvina

    DNF Is this historical romance for a younger audience? From the first page of the first chapter to where I stopped reading reads like something I could pick up in the younger YA section of the library: dialogue formatted to be easy read, emotions a little bit more on the surface, thought processes more superficial, details fed to us. Here’s the first paragraph if you havent read a preview: Lady Olivia Gosling was minding her own business, browsing along the musty shelves of Gresham’s Antiquarian B DNF Is this historical romance for a younger audience? From the first page of the first chapter to where I stopped reading reads like something I could pick up in the younger YA section of the library: dialogue formatted to be easy read, emotions a little bit more on the surface, thought processes more superficial, details fed to us. Here’s the first paragraph if you havent read a preview: Lady Olivia Gosling was minding her own business, browsing along the musty shelves of Gresham’s Antiquarian Books, when one of those books suddenly fell off the top shelf and landed on her head. “Ouch!” I’m not really into this style. When I’m reading about adults, I want to be invested in their emotions and mindset; this style of writing throws me out of that headspace and into my preteen years. Maybe others will click with it better. Call me pretentious, whatever. I’ll try with another (later) book in the series to see if it’s the author’s style or if she grows out of it. Shame because all the story descriptions are really interesting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ✩ Yaz ✩

    3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Look of Love is the first installment in the Book of Love series. A series of books combining swoon-worthy romances and lighthearted humor. I won't keep this review long since there isn't much to say about it and the story is very simple. Lady Olivia Gosling finds or let's say is hit in the head twice by an old book titled The Book of Love in a musty bookshop. She believes that this book may have the answers to attract other suitors than the one her awful guardian is planning to mar 3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Look of Love is the first installment in the Book of Love series. A series of books combining swoon-worthy romances and lighthearted humor. I won't keep this review long since there isn't much to say about it and the story is very simple. Lady Olivia Gosling finds or let's say is hit in the head twice by an old book titled The Book of Love in a musty bookshop. She believes that this book may have the answers to attract other suitors than the one her awful guardian is planning to marry her off to. And who is a better target to experiment on than her childhood friend, the handsome Alexander Beastling, the Duke of Hartford. For surely if she managed to make a Duke fall in love with her, she can make any man she chooses do the same. It's a cute read of two friends although there is some sort of an age gap between them but their friendship is sweet. What I adore about Meara Platt's books is the humor she twines with the romance. I always know I'll have a good laugh while reading any of her books. Unfortunately, the humor was not colorful enough to hide the dullness of the characters. I liked them but I did not find them interesting nor was I invested in their romance. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I read book 4 (I know I started the series out of order) but I liked that one enough to give this series a chance and I also adored the Farthingales.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

    I Absoulty Loved "The Look Of Love" I wish more Historical Romance authors wrote stories with characters like this. At age 14 Alexander Beastling Duke of Harford saves a young girl of 6 from drowning in the lake. He gives her a nickname Goose. It was Lady Olivia Gosling. He sees her again after many years at Gresham's Antiquara Book shop. "The Book of Love" has just fallen on her head for the second time.. Beast comes up behind her. His eyes can't believe what a beauty she has grown up to be. He I Absoulty Loved "The Look Of Love" I wish more Historical Romance authors wrote stories with characters like this. At age 14 Alexander Beastling Duke of Harford saves a young girl of 6 from drowning in the lake. He gives her a nickname Goose. It was Lady Olivia Gosling. He sees her again after many years at Gresham's Antiquara Book shop. "The Book of Love" has just fallen on her head for the second time.. Beast comes up behind her. His eyes can't believe what a beauty she has grown up to be. He also, finds out that her parents have died and she is place in the guardianship of a crule, conniving and theiving distant cousin who now holds her fathers title. Beast is a National hero and from a very long line of Dukes. He is powerful, rich and handsome. But his eye was injured during the war. I even liked his relationship with Prinny. I liked the believable why the Prince Regent was woven into the story. I love the way these two have a open honest relationship. Beast is very protective of his little goose Olivia and demands she be allowed to attend a House Party in the country with her friends Poppy and Penelope. Also, Beast, and his two friends Nathianiel and Thaddeus. Lets not forget young Pip. Olivia is using the recipe or techniques from "The Book of Love" on Beast just to see if they really work. Ahe is honest and tells Beast what she is doing. The conversations between these two are priceless. They connect on every level. Even the conversations between the friends are very well written. I felt like I was there in the story. The description of the clothes the manor house and the landscape is perfect. You can really feel Beast and Olivia falling in love. This story is mildly sensual. Light Petting and a few hot kisses. But There Love, Friendship and Camaraderie Shines Through. Beast is awesome in the way he protects Goose/Olivia. The Book of Love is a Keeper and A Re Read!! The story makes you feel good!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    ♡AbbyBooks♡

    Love love it so much ! First no sex scenes. Second didn't feel like a historical romance thank god♡ third a guy who waits till marriage to have sex yes please ♡ Love love it so much ! First no sex scenes. Second didn't feel like a historical romance thank god♡ third a guy who waits till marriage to have sex yes please ♡

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elodie’s Reading Corner

    Since I discovered Mrs Meara Platt’s work, I preorder every new book she publishes. And a new series linked to her Farthingales can only be one full of witty and delicious banters. And this new book fulfills its promise. At one time, I feared Olivia/Goose will be too soft but the author was able to give her the right amount of sweetness and determination. She knows what she wants, she is also fully aware of what she risks but she is willing to dare Hartford/Beast to forbid her to use him as her pet Since I discovered Mrs Meara Platt’s work, I preorder every new book she publishes. And a new series linked to her Farthingales can only be one full of witty and delicious banters. And this new book fulfills its promise. At one time, I feared Olivia/Goose will be too soft but the author was able to give her the right amount of sweetness and determination. She knows what she wants, she is also fully aware of what she risks but she is willing to dare Hartford/Beast to forbid her to use him as her pet project. I liked her openness to Beast, refusing to lie to him, even if she tricked him at time. She does not shy away when she has to express her feelings but she is also no weak person. I loved Beast, he was so complement to Goose. He speaks his mind, analyses everything and refuses to be manipulated outside his will, but he is overbearing and overprotective of those he cares. And since he saved Goose’s life as a kid, he is compiled to be her knight in shining armor or in a not so shinning armor. « “And about my gowns. I’d like a man’s point of view on what colors might look most attractive on me.” Doesn’t matter. The man will be wondering how best to take the gown off you. “Do you think the style of my hair matters?” No. The man will be looking at your breasts. “Beast, what do you think?” That he needed an ice bath. That he needed lightning to strike him and fry his brain. » It was funny to see him interacting with Prinny, I wondered if it was possible to be as free as he was, but after all he is a duke, so just a step under him. After there is the group of friends they make with Beast and Goose, Penelope, Poppy, Thad and Nathaniel, their banters and teasing were cheerful and so fun-filled. « “How silly of me,” Penelope said after a long moment, shaking her head and laughing heartily. “We’ll have an entire week with the perfect low-brain functioning specimens. My brother and his friends.” » « Thad grinned and tossed him an imaginary ball. “What are you doing?” “Giving ye back yer eyeballs. They popped out of their sockets and rolled onto the floor when Goose walked in with her majestic assets on grand display.” He grinned again and tossed him another imaginary ball. “And that one’s your tongue. I almost tripped over it when it flapped to the floor.” » Add to the mix, some bad guys and a few actions and I had a good day enjoying Goose and Beast’s story. Plus the teaser of the next one to come has me on hurry to put my hand on it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linaria

    Honestly, the writing is bad. So if writing isn't a big deal to you, you might enjoy this. However, I found that most of the characters are stereotypes, they talk stiffly as if they are rehearsing a play, and the plot is wild. The book is stuffed with secondary characters that I think the author intends to write about in future books, but this one was so hard to get through, it'll be a hard pass for me. Beast and Olivia supposably are SUPER close, yet the text doesn't support this. It's incredibly Honestly, the writing is bad. So if writing isn't a big deal to you, you might enjoy this. However, I found that most of the characters are stereotypes, they talk stiffly as if they are rehearsing a play, and the plot is wild. The book is stuffed with secondary characters that I think the author intends to write about in future books, but this one was so hard to get through, it'll be a hard pass for me. Beast and Olivia supposably are SUPER close, yet the text doesn't support this. It's incredibly inconsistent. Beast also can't decide if he likes Olivia or not, and the plot regarding her debut is just...not great. It's free on Kindle Unlimited, so if you want a free book to pass the time, you might enjoy this!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Hart

    3.5 stars Not bad....sounded a bit modern in places and don't think we have lethal spiders here in the uk 3.5 stars Not bad....sounded a bit modern in places and don't think we have lethal spiders here in the uk

  10. 4 out of 5

    WTF Are You Reading?

    There are so many things to love about this charmingly captivating first in the Book Of Love series. The first of which being the characters that readers come to know as Goose and Beast. Yes, I am well aware that they are each possessed of both proper names and titles. It is the familiars of Goose and Beast, and all the love and history that they manage to convey. That will undoubtedly will allow the two star-crossed lovers to live on in my heart and the hearts of all who read their story. In truth There are so many things to love about this charmingly captivating first in the Book Of Love series. The first of which being the characters that readers come to know as Goose and Beast. Yes, I am well aware that they are each possessed of both proper names and titles. It is the familiars of Goose and Beast, and all the love and history that they manage to convey. That will undoubtedly will allow the two star-crossed lovers to live on in my heart and the hearts of all who read their story. In truth... If not for the addition of the red leather bound tome that falls on Goose's/Olivia's head not once but twice. This would be a simple case of childhood friends separated by time and war rediscovering one another. But the book and the questions about the process of falling in love that it poses. Serves as a catalyst of sorts for the exploration and realization of the process by which one actively 'falls' in love. in essence giving Goose and Beast a what seems a relatively 'scientific' way to explore their feelings for each other. But wait... There's more! It seems that Beast and Goose's love match may just be up for the chopping block. That is, if her loathsome and greedy cousin and the newest Viscount has his way. For not only is he determined to sell of as many as the family assets as he can. It seems that he is looking to rid himself of one very pretty little complication. In the form of Goose. By any means necessary! In short!!!! Time is of the essence! For if our dear Goose doesn't manage to 'soothe the savage Beast'. Her goose will indeed be well and truly cooked! This story also serves to introduce one to other charming players in this series. Poppy and Nathaniel (The Touch Of Love) Penelope and Thaddius (The Taste Of Love) Giving just enough background on all six friends to both set the stage for books to come, and flush out the story at hand. This is a beautifully composed story that lacks nothing. Yet is surprisingly well under the usual 400+ pages customarily seen in books of its ilk. More importantly... For those of you who love a good binge read. The entire series is available on Kindle Unlimited!!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    This is a very good historical romance. Beast is great hero, almost a little too-perfect. Lady Olivia is the typical historical heroine who’s a victim of an era in which women have very few rights. When things seem hopeless, in comes her childhood friend, a duke no less, to save the day. The ending was anticlimactic for me. After no sex for 99% of the book, I would have preferred to just end the book with the wedding. Also, the punishment Prinny gave Olivia’s crooked uncle and Lord Marston seeme This is a very good historical romance. Beast is great hero, almost a little too-perfect. Lady Olivia is the typical historical heroine who’s a victim of an era in which women have very few rights. When things seem hopeless, in comes her childhood friend, a duke no less, to save the day. The ending was anticlimactic for me. After no sex for 99% of the book, I would have preferred to just end the book with the wedding. Also, the punishment Prinny gave Olivia’s crooked uncle and Lord Marston seemed far too light. For attempted murder, even a titled lord should not have been spared from the gallows. They were ready to hang the lady’s maid’s sweetheart simply for breaking into Lady Olivia’s bedroom. I guess a woman’s life or a tenant farmer’s life were less valuable than that of a lord, even if he was an evil swindler. I’m glad those times are in the past.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Petula

    Lady Olivia Gosling needs to marry quickly before her awful guardian forces her to take a man of his choosing.  She's heard about a book that will help her find out what she needs to know to make a man fall in love with her.  An old friend has also managed to get her away from the city for a week with a group of her very best friends.  Alexander Beastling,  the Duke of Hartford is a recently returned war hero.  The highest in the land have big expectations of him.  Marriage to a worthy woman and Lady Olivia Gosling needs to marry quickly before her awful guardian forces her to take a man of his choosing.  She's heard about a book that will help her find out what she needs to know to make a man fall in love with her.  An old friend has also managed to get her away from the city for a week with a group of her very best friends.  Alexander Beastling,  the Duke of Hartford is a recently returned war hero.  The highest in the land have big expectations of him.  Marriage to a worthy woman and maybe a very influential job.  His natural protective instinct rushes to the surface when he learns an old friend is hurting.  Both our lead characters are surprisingly honest in what they want, and how they feel. They have known each other most of their lives so putting the other before themselves is normal for them both. There is lots of fun and a little danger. All the characters are really interesting and I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gen

    Ugh Heroine nickname is goose which is ok. That's fine to address her as that when speaking but to even call her goose when describing her actions. E.g. goose got into the carriage.. I forgot her real name and had to look up blurb. And his descriptions even likened her to a goose. That's just horrible. And he calls her his little goose as that was what he called her when she was little... That put me off. I didn't get past first chapter as all that annoyed me too much to finish. Respect her enoug Ugh Heroine nickname is goose which is ok. That's fine to address her as that when speaking but to even call her goose when describing her actions. E.g. goose got into the carriage.. I forgot her real name and had to look up blurb. And his descriptions even likened her to a goose. That's just horrible. And he calls her his little goose as that was what he called her when she was little... That put me off. I didn't get past first chapter as all that annoyed me too much to finish. Respect her enough to call her by her name and call her goose when she's silly or something.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    This book was quite fun, but I found the constant discussion of breasts etc a little anachronistic. It’s not what I want from a historical romance. But I loved the characters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lori D

    London 1815 Be Still My Heart! I am in love with a Beast!! When Olivia Gosling was six years old, she was saved from drowning by Alexander Beastling, The Duke of Hartford. That was the day they met and he gave her the name of Little Goose. His Little Goose. Sigh. Now back from the war, Olivia spotted him as she was browsing the shelves of the book store. The funny thing was a book kept falling on her head! "The Book of Love". Thus starts the story as the two greet each other. Of course, he had a London 1815 Be Still My Heart! I am in love with a Beast!! When Olivia Gosling was six years old, she was saved from drowning by Alexander Beastling, The Duke of Hartford. That was the day they met and he gave her the name of Little Goose. His Little Goose. Sigh. Now back from the war, Olivia spotted him as she was browsing the shelves of the book store. The funny thing was a book kept falling on her head! "The Book of Love". Thus starts the story as the two greet each other. Of course, he had always been her hero since he saved her and now he looked just as handsome as always! He ends up buying her the book although is suspect as to the contents! But Olivia was in dire straits with her Cousin, now her guardian since her parents had passed away. She was fearful he had plans to marry her off while treating her badly and leaving her around his debaunched friends. Beast comes to the rescue and forces him to let her go to a house party and the fun begins. She and her two friends who are there also are going to use the advice in the book to see if they can make someone love them! Oh yes, I want to see that book! Each chooses a subject, or should I say man and Olivia chooses Beast! This story just touched my heart and was filled with longing and such playfulness and humor among Goose and Beast (don't you adore it?) that I could only smile as I turned the pages to see what would happen. I have to say this is one of my favorite books this year will go on my keeper shelf. In true Meara Platt style, she captures the essence of times with such feeling and emotion that turn a great story into an exceptional one. "To say she looked spectacular was an understatement. She looked like an angel. No longer his Little Goose."

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Laverdure

    Get swept away by this Regency romance! 'The Look of Love, is the beautiful introduction, to Meara Platt's new 'Book of Love' series! First of all, I loved the cover of this book so much, that I had to go and grab it! What a nice surprise! I could not put it down, I read it in one day. Some scenes are so cute and funny, that I couldn't stop giggling. If you love Regency romances, then this book will be perfect for you. You should give it a chance! It tells the charming story of Lady Olivia Goslin Get swept away by this Regency romance! 'The Look of Love, is the beautiful introduction, to Meara Platt's new 'Book of Love' series! First of all, I loved the cover of this book so much, that I had to go and grab it! What a nice surprise! I could not put it down, I read it in one day. Some scenes are so cute and funny, that I couldn't stop giggling. If you love Regency romances, then this book will be perfect for you. You should give it a chance! It tells the charming story of Lady Olivia Gosling and Alexander Beastling, Duke of Hartford, known as Beast. When her parents died, Olivia became the ward of an awful guardian who is about to marry her off to one of his friends. So she decides to take control of her future and marry for love only. So she needs a plan and fast. When she finds The Book of Love in a bookshop, she sees this as a sign and is most eager to try out its love “recipes” on her childhood friend Beast which she always loved. Her life was already filled with ups and downs! She needed to find a husband of her own choosing. Beast was the perfect gentleman to be tested with the techniques explained in the book. But in the process, they fall madly in love and that's when the fun began. Together, their new relationship will create a passionate chemistry and their attraction will be impossible to resist. The beautiful Olivia will become irresistible for Beast. Will he become her knight in shining armor? Will the book of love do it's magic? Or was it that first single kiss that created a magical combination of spark, attraction and chemistry! The Look of Love is well written, filled with romance, humour and intrigue! I strongly recommend this romantic story and looking forward to read her next book!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aksa

    This experience was a first to me because this was a blindly picked book. When I saw I had only one book to read to complete goodreads challange I thought why not give the honor to a historical romance. And I got a silly idea out of nowhere to pick a book of which I've never heard. So my luck picked this This book is for those who are a beginner romance reader but those who are used to read intense romance I doubt it will be appealing to them much I really loved the innocence of the title of this This experience was a first to me because this was a blindly picked book. When I saw I had only one book to read to complete goodreads challange I thought why not give the honor to a historical romance. And I got a silly idea out of nowhere to pick a book of which I've never heard. So my luck picked this This book is for those who are a beginner romance reader but those who are used to read intense romance I doubt it will be appealing to them much I really loved the innocence of the title of this book I will say it was a sweet and adorable book. Olivia wanted to marry for love to get away from her evil guardian and be happy when ssuddenly the book of love falls on her head twice and she takes it as a sign that she is meant to find love with the book's help. She needed a test frog to experiment the methods of the book who happened to be a hard man and olivia's friend beast. The protectiveness beast shows towards Olivia since the begining was abrupt to me because they didn't see each other in a long time. It was a simple story where Olivia wanted beast's help to find love. Reading this book was like walking in a straight line no twist or surprise. I never bothered with steamy passion if a book has enough emotions and twists to engage me but to me the book didn't have either of them in ample amount still I want to read some books of this series especially one because it has a scottish hero so I'll perhaps take my chances on that one ... it was a sweet read❤

  18. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    This is the first book a 10 book series (I think). I tried it free with some of my rewards. Sometimes I find new series this way. I thought the book was basically a bit of fluff. The characters were simply drawn and not too deep. Olivia's last name is Gosling, so she is called Goose. The Duke of Hartford has the last name, Beastling, totally unbelievable. He is, of course, called Beast. Beast comes upon Goose, now grownup, and is instantly fascinated with her, at least physically. Olivia is bein This is the first book a 10 book series (I think). I tried it free with some of my rewards. Sometimes I find new series this way. I thought the book was basically a bit of fluff. The characters were simply drawn and not too deep. Olivia's last name is Gosling, so she is called Goose. The Duke of Hartford has the last name, Beastling, totally unbelievable. He is, of course, called Beast. Beast comes upon Goose, now grownup, and is instantly fascinated with her, at least physically. Olivia is being put upon by her guardian, Lord Gosling, and is in need of some help. She's always had a bit of a crush on Beast since he rescued her from drowning as a little girl. I thought the plot was too predictable, the humor was what Betty White would call bawdy, and the dialogue was stiff. It starts with Olivia finding a book called "The Look of Love" in a bookstore and using it to find a suitable husband (she thinks the duke is off-limits to her) I didn't enjoy all the double entendres and silly remarks about men and women and desires, etc. I think I'll pass on more of the series. Not too bad a read, but not the best.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Huber

    3.5/5. Very enjoyable and fun read! Loved both Olivia/Goose and Beast and thought they were a great couple. I want to read at least the next two books in the series since they are about Poppy/Nathanial and Penelope/Thad. My biggest issue with this book, however, was that it was not a Beauty and Beast retelling or reimagining in the slightest. I love anything remotely Beauty and the Beast related so this felt very falsely advertised to me and it’s probably what knocked it from 4 stars to 3.5. Bea 3.5/5. Very enjoyable and fun read! Loved both Olivia/Goose and Beast and thought they were a great couple. I want to read at least the next two books in the series since they are about Poppy/Nathanial and Penelope/Thad. My biggest issue with this book, however, was that it was not a Beauty and Beast retelling or reimagining in the slightest. I love anything remotely Beauty and the Beast related so this felt very falsely advertised to me and it’s probably what knocked it from 4 stars to 3.5. Beast’s war injury didn’t prevent him from going out in society and he wasn’t ashamed of it. He just happened to be a gruff guy who scowls a lot and looks intimidating and has the last name Beastling. While the only thing Belle-like about Olivia is she likes books and is headstrong.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Oh, this is a lovely HEA. I loved how Olivia, nicknamed "Goose", was so lovely and good to everyone - and "Beast" looked after her and was so kind too. A perfect match. Before I read this book, I thought by the cover and title that it may be a fairy story twist, but it's not. It was, however, a well written story of love. I enjoyed this so much, and have already bought #2. 5☆ Oh, this is a lovely HEA. I loved how Olivia, nicknamed "Goose", was so lovely and good to everyone - and "Beast" looked after her and was so kind too. A perfect match. Before I read this book, I thought by the cover and title that it may be a fairy story twist, but it's not. It was, however, a well written story of love. I enjoyed this so much, and have already bought #2. 5☆

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Southerland

    This is a Spicy book, not clean. Nothing graphic or crass, no premarital sex (or sex scenes after either), but more of a PG-13 read than a clean read. Funny story and characters, mild occasional swearing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This is a wonderful series. I’m reading every one of them! Classic Meara Platt fantastical romance. Love it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    LOVED!! Will continue on with this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Such a sweet, easy read that made me chuckle quite a lot. Low on drama. High on charm.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    A simple romance. A fun read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    3.5 stars - Historical Romance

  27. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Sweet and clean, and actually had a few chuckles. Not sure why it was quite so long, the writing definitely could have been tightened up. But I did enjoy it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    The concept was good, but the writing was not. Too much tell, not enough show. I would like to know what happens to the other 2 friends, but probably am going to read reviews, not not the actual books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    Nice, enjoyable read, although a bit predictable. Olivia knew "Beast" since he saved her young life. Now a grown woman with a sleazy guardian (of course), she has a week's respite in the country with her friends and experimenting with the suggestions in the Book of Love to find love and a husband. As he's way above her touch, who could serve as a better guinea pig than the Beast? Nice, enjoyable read, although a bit predictable. Olivia knew "Beast" since he saved her young life. Now a grown woman with a sleazy guardian (of course), she has a week's respite in the country with her friends and experimenting with the suggestions in the Book of Love to find love and a husband. As he's way above her touch, who could serve as a better guinea pig than the Beast?

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