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She wants lessons in seduction Althea Stanwick was a perfect lady destined to marry a wealthy lord, until betrayal left her family penniless. Though she’s lost friends, fortune, and respectability, Althea has gained a scandalous plan. If she can learn to seduce, she can obtain power over men and return to Society on her terms. She even has the perfect teacher in mind, a man She wants lessons in seduction Althea Stanwick was a perfect lady destined to marry a wealthy lord, until betrayal left her family penniless. Though she’s lost friends, fortune, and respectability, Althea has gained a scandalous plan. If she can learn to seduce, she can obtain power over men and return to Society on her terms. She even has the perfect teacher in mind, a man whose sense of honor and dark good looks belie his nickname: Beast. But desire like this can’t be taught Benedict Trewlove may not know his parentage but he knows where he belongs—on the dark side of London, offering protection wherever it’s needed. Yet no woman has ever made such an outrageous request as this mysterious beauty. Althea is out of place amongst vice and sin, even if she offers a wicked temptation he can’t resist. But as the truth of his origin emerges at last, it will take a fierce, wild love to overcome their pasts.


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She wants lessons in seduction Althea Stanwick was a perfect lady destined to marry a wealthy lord, until betrayal left her family penniless. Though she’s lost friends, fortune, and respectability, Althea has gained a scandalous plan. If she can learn to seduce, she can obtain power over men and return to Society on her terms. She even has the perfect teacher in mind, a man She wants lessons in seduction Althea Stanwick was a perfect lady destined to marry a wealthy lord, until betrayal left her family penniless. Though she’s lost friends, fortune, and respectability, Althea has gained a scandalous plan. If she can learn to seduce, she can obtain power over men and return to Society on her terms. She even has the perfect teacher in mind, a man whose sense of honor and dark good looks belie his nickname: Beast. But desire like this can’t be taught Benedict Trewlove may not know his parentage but he knows where he belongs—on the dark side of London, offering protection wherever it’s needed. Yet no woman has ever made such an outrageous request as this mysterious beauty. Althea is out of place amongst vice and sin, even if she offers a wicked temptation he can’t resist. But as the truth of his origin emerges at last, it will take a fierce, wild love to overcome their pasts.

30 review for Beauty Tempts the Beast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    For many readers, Beauty Tempts the Beast, is the book we have all been waiting for from the Sins for All Season series. Finally, we have the story of Benedict Trewlove, also known as Beast. Although Beast is huge, he does not earn his nickname the way you might think. He is knows as Beast for a reason rarely discussed in HR. A young woman, obviously in fear and promising to return in a few days, dropped the Beast off into the tender care of baby farmer Ettie Trewlove. Baby farming was one of the For many readers, Beauty Tempts the Beast, is the book we have all been waiting for from the Sins for All Season series. Finally, we have the story of Benedict Trewlove, also known as Beast. Although Beast is huge, he does not earn his nickname the way you might think. He is knows as Beast for a reason rarely discussed in HR. A young woman, obviously in fear and promising to return in a few days, dropped the Beast off into the tender care of baby farmer Ettie Trewlove. Baby farming was one of the more heinous practices in Victorian London. Mothers or fathers brought their by-blows to women who were usually paid a lump sum to “care” for the child. Sometimes the child made it to an orphanage. Usually the baby farmer murdered the child outright or let the child die. The aristocrats usually preferred door number two. Ettie decided to raise and love the five children brought to her. Fourteen years later Ettie gave birth to her own daughter. The other children have known their parentage, except for Beast. He has always felt forgotten. One night Beast is hanging out at the pub his sister owns and spots that one of the new barmaids is obviously an aristocrat, and a true fish out of water. The two youngest children of a duke, Althea (Thea) Stanwick and her brother were ejected from their home in the middle of the night. After the humiliating end to their aristocratic way of life, they were forced to move to Whitechapel and find work. They lost money, prestige and titles. Beast devises a plan that would help him finally close a the brothel that he never wanted. he only owned the building to keep the women safe. He would need Thea’s help in preparing the women for new lives. Thea conceives an audacious and shocking plan that would result in her claiming some of the power she lost. She has decided to never again be at the mercy of men, including Beast. But the plans are perfect for them to aid themselves and each other. Of course there is heat between them. Heat they try so hard to resist. Thea is a fascinating woman; she conceives her plan in order to return to her rightful world, even as she learned to hate it. Thea also took a long look at her behavior toward others and found out there was more than one kind of shame. Beast and Thea both conceived original plans, but then much of Heath’s writing is refreshing as it encompasses aspects of the aristocracy HR’s usually ignore. Heath always writes intriguing characters with a large dose of heart. As this is the last Trewlove book, all of the previous brothers and sister made their appearances. The Trewloves will probably pop up in two other books featuring Thea’s brothers. Beauty Tempts the Beast ends with a lovely epilogue, set 37 years in the future when the Trewlove family gather. It is there that a sweet secret Ettie has been keeping for 25 years is revealed, saucy minx that she is. I can’t really think of a discordant note, in Beauty Tempts the Beast. The writing, plot and characters are all like Thea’s former life, first class. Thank you to NetGalley for an Arc. The opinion in the review are all my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    Rating 3.5 ARC provided by NetGalley and Avon in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review. We open the first chapter with "beasts"/Benedict's as a baby being dropped off to Ettie Trewolves who cares for unwanted children (babies born out of wedlock). It's a sad first chapter but is key to who Benedict is and becomes. Beast and Thea meet when she's a barmaid at the Mermaid and Unicorn. He becomes intrigued and realizes that she doesn't belong in this rough and Rating 3.5 ARC provided by NetGalley and Avon in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review. We open the first chapter with "beasts"/Benedict's as a baby being dropped off to Ettie Trewolves who cares for unwanted children (babies born out of wedlock). It's a sad first chapter but is key to who Benedict is and becomes. Beast and Thea meet when she's a barmaid at the Mermaid and Unicorn. He becomes intrigued and realizes that she doesn't belong in this rough and offensive atmosphere. Beast believes that she is a lady and isn't part of his world. They strike up a conversation and he frequents the bar often. As time passes he proposes to Thea that she help teach woman manners and training in a certain vocation. The woman live in a brothel under Ben's protection, he is just there to provide a "safe environment". He believes she can help them find a new life and move on and he can shut down the building. But Thea has a proposition for Beast, she wants him to teach her how to become a seductress. Beast was right that Thea isn't part of his world, Thea has been expelled from society as her family has been accused of treason so her life there is over. Hence her desire to find a way to provide for herself. They agree to a three month timetable. The two have chemistry from day one and the more time they spend together the attraction and feelings intensify. As time passes there are new revelations about Thea and Ben that cause some shift in their relationship and each have to face some tough decisions individually and as a pair. I really liked Ben, even in past books he was this big teddy bear. His character evolves and at times a little off but all in all my favorite. Thea wasn't my favorite heroine of LC. I found her somewhat wishy washy and somewhat off putting at times. Their love story was a rollercoaster but sweet and definitely had a happy ending. I loved the epilogue!! The story line was good and pacing was good as well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Sins for All Seasons #6 Publication Date: 9/29/20 Number of Pages: 384 It is poignant and bittersweet to bid farewell to the Trewlove clan in this, the final book in the series. This world needs more Ettie Trewloves in it. She took in six children in the stews of London – cast-off children, by-blows of the aristocrats – and she raised those children as her own. She loved them, taught them love and respect, and saw that they were educated, even though that meant teaching themselves. I’ve lov Series: Sins for All Seasons #6 Publication Date: 9/29/20 Number of Pages: 384 It is poignant and bittersweet to bid farewell to the Trewlove clan in this, the final book in the series. This world needs more Ettie Trewloves in it. She took in six children in the stews of London – cast-off children, by-blows of the aristocrats – and she raised those children as her own. She loved them, taught them love and respect, and saw that they were educated, even though that meant teaching themselves. I’ve loved each of Ettie’s children – Mick, Gillie, Finn, Aiden, Fancy, and now Beast (Ben). I have been anxiously awaiting Beast’s story because he’s always like a shadow – secretive and in the background of each story – and he has intrigued me. All I can say is that I think it is the best story of the series. Not only is the story steamy and romantic with a hero who is one of the most generous and honorable men you’ll ever meet, but the Epilogue is absolutely to die for. It may be one of the best Epilogues I’ve ever read. Benedict Trewlove began protecting people when he was just a young lad. He was big and gangly at the time, but he still had the nickname of Beast. That caring and protectiveness are how he came to be the owner of a brothel. He hates owning the brothel. He assures the ladies are protected. He takes no money from the ladies. He also does not partake of the ladies themselves. He has found other occupations for most of the ladies, but he still has a few for whom finding other employment has been more difficult. If he could just do something for them, he could close the place down. What he needs is someone to teach them proper ways of doing things so they can become seamstresses or whatever else they’d like to be. Just the person he needed dropped right into his lap when he went to his sister’s pub for a drink. She was riveting and she definitely didn’t belong in this place. He was sure she had Mayfair written all over her – but she very firmly rebuffed his questions. That, of course, only piqued his interest more. When he told her that he had a proposition for her, she went ballistic and made assumptions that weren’t true, but he could see where she might leap to that conclusion since she didn’t know him. Lady Althea Stanwick, daughter of a duke, once the darling of the ton, had her world turned upside down. Everything was stripped from her and her brothers when her father was caught and hanged for treason. They were turned out of their home with little more than the clothes on their backs. She was now just plain Miss Althea Stanwick and she and her younger brother, Griffin were living in a cold, unfurnished shack in Whitechapel. Nobody would hire her as a governess or companion, so she’d tried other jobs – like a seamstress, but she was soon dismissed because her stitching just wasn’t fine enough for quality clothing. Now, she’s working at the Mermaid and Unicorn serving drinks to customers. She tries to keep her head down in order to escape being noticed by the men, but that doesn’t always work. She’ll just have to do her best because she cannot afford to lose her position. After overhearing a conversation between her brothers, Althea makes a life-changing decision. She will take the Beast up on his proposition and become his mistress. OH! MY! However, when she tells him she’ll be his mistress – he tells her that wasn’t his proposition. Sharp and quick thinker that she is, she makes an alternate proposal. I absolutely loved how resolute Beast was – how protective. Althea was determined to get some ‘lessons’ for herself and Beast was determined not to give them. I loved watching them fight their attraction. When Beast loves, it is totally, deeply, and forever. He is a wonderfully sigh-worthy hero. I hope you’ll read and enjoy this book as much as I did. Just be prepared – you’ll run the gamut of emotions right along with Beast and Althea. Joy, heartbreak, anger, shock, triumph, revenge – you’ll experience it all. Then, you’ll get to the Epilogue and OMGoodness. It is wonderful and perfectly wraps up the series. BTW – although we’ve sadly said farewell to the Trewloves, there is a two-book series (duology?) coming and it will feature Althea’s two brothers who are trying to redeem the family name by identifying the co-conspirators in their father’s treachery. Maybe we’ll get some cameo appearances by a Trewlove or two in those. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Beauty Tempts The Beast is the final installment in the "Sins For All Seasons" series and I can't believe this series is over. Although I definitely can see hints for a spin off series if the author chooses to do so, which, I am very curious to see if she does or will she leave us hang This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Beauty Tempts The Beast is the final installment in the "Sins For All Seasons" series and I can't believe this series is over. Although I definitely can see hints for a spin off series if the author chooses to do so, which, I am very curious to see if she does or will she leave us hanging. I guess we will find out what happens. And even though this series I have struggled with I really have appreciated where Lorraine Heath has taken this in the theme of "Baby Farmers" definitely a topic that is so rarely addressed in historical's. And I will say that I was really looking forward to Beast's story, he has always been one of my favorites of the siblings, but, the heroine really ruined this book for me. He understood the power of touch, of feeling a connection, of knowing someone was there for him, would always be there for him Althea Stanwick was once a member of the Aristocracy, but then, her father was found to be a traitor to the crown and conspired against their country and her mother died from the shock and she and her brothers lost everything. She is a barmaid at a pub "The Mermaid" where she meets Beast. There is a connection from the beginning. But after some thinking Althea decides to take control of her life and wants to learn to seduce men and have that power over them and she wants Beast to train her. But Beast offers her an additional proposition.....if she teaches the women at a brothel he owns to be proper and more respectable so they can stop making money by selling their bodies he will give her seduction lessons. But before long those lessons turns into something more than just an agreement between Beast and Althea....it turns into love when they least expect it. It had been only a kiss in the same manner a feast was merely one dish or a storm a single raindrop or a blizzard a solitary snowflake. Beauty Tempts The Beast was a likable story in many ways but to be honest the heroine really turned this off for me in the beginning. At first I was really drawn into this story but having just read a book with a similar plot where the heroine wants to seduce and control men ....not really my cup of tea or at least not the way it was written to be honest. I can definitely understand why Althea wants to take control over her own life especially with how she and her brothers were so horribly treated, but the way she goes about this plan just rubbed me the wrong way. However, the HERO ....*sigh* such a dream boat. I love the various levels to his character that we see in this book and I just fell for him instantly. At first we just see him as this broody hero who is protective of Althea and really any woman to be honest. He has money and connections and uses his wealth to help others. And he is an author. Just a man of many talents and so strong in his character and loyalty to his family and those he loves the most. I love how he is always fighting for Althea even when she spurns his love. He is so devoted to her in many ways and never stops fighting. I wish that I could have enjoyed this book a bit more, I really had high hopes for it but I think just reading two books in a row with similar plots and unlikable heroines just turned me off from this book. But I am not sure I was ever fully endeared to this heroine, especially since she doesn't really redeem herself in the end, the ending actually made me like her even less. But I am hoping that the next book from this author I will enjoy way more and curious to see what she has planned for us in the future.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I’ve read and enjoyed all of the books in this series and I was thrilled to see Beast’s story be the last one. I loved Althea. She’s a little uncertain at the beginning, but quickly figures it out and goes after what she wants. Beast is all marshmallow, as I suspected. I loved reading them talk and learn about each other. Their chemistry and honesty was fantastic. Plot wise, it was good. The build up was a slow burn and the conflict didn’t happen until I was through 3/4 of the book. I did enjoy I’ve read and enjoyed all of the books in this series and I was thrilled to see Beast’s story be the last one. I loved Althea. She’s a little uncertain at the beginning, but quickly figures it out and goes after what she wants. Beast is all marshmallow, as I suspected. I loved reading them talk and learn about each other. Their chemistry and honesty was fantastic. Plot wise, it was good. The build up was a slow burn and the conflict didn’t happen until I was through 3/4 of the book. I did enjoy the grand gesture, but it’s the epilogue that encompasses the entire series that really did it for me. Overall, it was delightful reading this HEA and getting to see glimpses of everyone’s happiness. I can’t wait to read Althea’s brother’s books. **Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge**

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    Beauty Tempts the Beast is the final book in the Sins for All Seasons series and while I didn't read the previous books it read fine as a stand alone. I thought this book was ok. For starters I didn't like Althea. She is a proper young lady who needs to reinvent herself after her fathers betrayal that left her and her brothers outcast. Benedict is basically a kind hearted pimp who doesn't take money for the ladies who entertain in the home they all live in. He has helped all the woman to get new Beauty Tempts the Beast is the final book in the Sins for All Seasons series and while I didn't read the previous books it read fine as a stand alone. I thought this book was ok. For starters I didn't like Althea. She is a proper young lady who needs to reinvent herself after her fathers betrayal that left her and her brothers outcast. Benedict is basically a kind hearted pimp who doesn't take money for the ladies who entertain in the home they all live in. He has helped all the woman to get new jobs but the ones left are a little harder. His idea is to have Althea train them in how to be respectable young woman. Althea's idea is she wants to be a Mistress and strikes a deal with Benedict for him to train her. Honestly the whole idea of the story was just not for me. ***I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own***

  7. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    4.5 stars Althea Stanwick is the epitome of everything an aristocratic lady should be, but her father’s betrayal has left her family penniless and stripped of their titles and any honor they once had. Her plan for survival is now to learn the art of seduction so that she can attain some power over the men of society and return to that cutthroat world of her own accord. She’s just found the perfect man to teach her, a handsome and honorable man with the incongruous nickname of Beast. Benedict Trewl 4.5 stars Althea Stanwick is the epitome of everything an aristocratic lady should be, but her father’s betrayal has left her family penniless and stripped of their titles and any honor they once had. Her plan for survival is now to learn the art of seduction so that she can attain some power over the men of society and return to that cutthroat world of her own accord. She’s just found the perfect man to teach her, a handsome and honorable man with the incongruous nickname of Beast. Benedict Trewlove has no idea as to his own origins, but he’s comfortable with his position as the de facto ruler, and protector, of the darker side of London. He’s devoted much of his adult life to protecting and aiding women, but the request Althea puts to him is shocking. Ben knows Althea doesn’t belong in his world, but he’s more tempted by her than he’s ever been and it’s a struggle for him not to break his own rules against dallying with a woman who’s under his protection. But when Benedict learns who he really is, their newfound love will be sorely tested against new responsibilities and past mistakes. This was quite a slow burn, but it was steaming right along and I loved it up until the point where Althea started pushing Ben away. Even though this is something I’m not crazy about and which typically is a major turn off for me, Althea’s reasons did make sense and she was for the most part always forthright with Ben about her feelings for him. The fact that she didn’t hide those feelings for too long was part of what saved this for me. As far as Ben is concerned, I adored him as a hero. He had a bit of everything going for him: tall, dark, and handsome; a little tortured; strong, silent type, and so noble. I adored him, especially when he allowed himself to be vulnerable. This was such a lovely way to finish out the Trewlove family’s stories and the epilogue gave me a lovely warm feeling. I’m so looking forward to the spin-off series and stories for Althea’s mysterious brothers. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    4 Stars! It's been awhile since I last read from Ms. Heath, good thing her writings still didn't disappoint. The story has very low angst in it. Beast is feared by many, but contradict to his huge structure, he actually cares about women. Quite a gentleman in fact. Loved him. Althea on the other hand, is not someone I would root for because I really cannot fathom her reason to become a mistress. Like what??! I love the Trewloves, their bond as a family was really strong and their relationship f 4 Stars! It's been awhile since I last read from Ms. Heath, good thing her writings still didn't disappoint. The story has very low angst in it. Beast is feared by many, but contradict to his huge structure, he actually cares about women. Quite a gentleman in fact. Loved him. Althea on the other hand, is not someone I would root for because I really cannot fathom her reason to become a mistress. Like what??! I love the Trewloves, their bond as a family was really strong and their relationship funny. When the part about Benedict's lineage was revealed, it was so sudden and so fast that it felt rushed. Good thing this book has a great and satisfying epilogue. Some parts were left unanswered, which was explained in the end that the next book is gonna be about him. Although this book is part of a series, it could be read as a standalone. But to fully understand each Trewlove, I highly suggest you read the whole series. ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was a bittersweet ending. I was sad to finish the series but was so happy Beast finally got his HEA. This was a sweet story about finding a strength you didn’t know you had. Ben and Thea’s story is well written and a really enjoyable journey. I laughed and cried and sighed at the romance. Ms. Heath has a way of drawing you in and wrapping her readers in this world she has created. I look forward to reading about Thea’s brothers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aila

    "The world in which she'd grown up lacked magic, depth, satisfaction. Only now did she realize it, only now id she understand that without him, her world had been an arid place where she never would have truly come into herself." Amazing! BEAUTY TEMPTS THE BEAST is a gentle, sweet, quieter romance that is low in angst but high in attraction. I've tried reading previous Heath's books and couldn't get into them, but I decided to take a chance with this one, since I'm weak for anything involving Bea "The world in which she'd grown up lacked magic, depth, satisfaction. Only now did she realize it, only now id she understand that without him, her world had been an arid place where she never would have truly come into herself." Amazing! BEAUTY TEMPTS THE BEAST is a gentle, sweet, quieter romance that is low in angst but high in attraction. I've tried reading previous Heath's books and couldn't get into them, but I decided to take a chance with this one, since I'm weak for anything involving Beauty and the Beast. This book delivers, and more. Although this is the last of a series, it was easy for me to follow, and the cameos made by previous characters in the series are minimal. Usually I get annoyed when it feels like there's a push for other characters' stories, but it wasn't overt in BEAUTY TEMPTS THE BEAST and didn't take away from the story, which I appreciated. We start this book with the meeting of Beast, or Benedict, and Althea at the pub she works at. He thinks she doesn't belong there, while she's struggling to continue life after her father, a Duke, was revealed to be a traitor to the crown. He has a proposition for her: help him teach rules of etiquette for the women who work at the brothel he lives at, and he will teach her seduction to attract men as a mistress after her terms of employment ends. It's high paying, and an opportunity for her to release her brothers' responsibility for her. They agree, and the fun starts. Check out the rest of my review on the blog, One Way Or An Author!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pj Ausdenmore

    Somehow I knew Beast would end up being my favorite. I so loved his journey. Packed with emotion, deeply sensual, and filled with humor and heart, I was immersed in the story from start to finish. And that Epilogue! My heart burst with joy while my eyes overflowed with tears and I laughed out loud. I couldn't have asked for a better conclusion to one of my favorite Lorraine Heath series. And, bonus! Heath is bringing us two future books featuring secondary characters (Thea's brothers) from Beaut Somehow I knew Beast would end up being my favorite. I so loved his journey. Packed with emotion, deeply sensual, and filled with humor and heart, I was immersed in the story from start to finish. And that Epilogue! My heart burst with joy while my eyes overflowed with tears and I laughed out loud. I couldn't have asked for a better conclusion to one of my favorite Lorraine Heath series. And, bonus! Heath is bringing us two future books featuring secondary characters (Thea's brothers) from Beauty Tempts the Beast with the possibility of Trewlove sightings in those stories. Color me beyond excited! Extended review at the blog when the book releases. ARC received from Avon via Edelweiss for an unbiased review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maida

    At 50% I thought I was going to give this 4 stars, but when I reached 80% I knew Beast and his Beauty deserve nothing less than the full five stars. I cried non-stop at the way Thea and Benedict are breaking each other’s heart because of society even as I know there’s going to be a grand event that will bring them back together in the end. Lorraine Heath tied up the Sins for All Seasons series so wonderfully with this reverse-Cinderella tale. So, so good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie (Jewlsbookblog)

    This was a beautifully written, swoon-worthy read! Benedict was a lovable sweetheart! He had a huge capacity to love and I could see why Althea appealed to him on many different levels. I was just as intrigued by Althea, selfish moments and all, but it took a bit to warm up to her. Once she started opening up to Benedict though, everything snapped in to place. I even enjoyed the conflict! I was thrilled it wasn’t prolonged and completely nonsensical, but resolved in a logical, understanding mann This was a beautifully written, swoon-worthy read! Benedict was a lovable sweetheart! He had a huge capacity to love and I could see why Althea appealed to him on many different levels. I was just as intrigued by Althea, selfish moments and all, but it took a bit to warm up to her. Once she started opening up to Benedict though, everything snapped in to place. I even enjoyed the conflict! I was thrilled it wasn’t prolonged and completely nonsensical, but resolved in a logical, understanding manner. And the Trewlove family! They were a colorful group of friendship, acceptance, and so much love...I had such a blast with this story! I haven’t read the entire series (actually just book one) and had no difficulty following along. This can easily be read as a stand alone. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley and Avon books. This is my honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    A good wrap up to the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This being book 6 of Heath's current series, it works surprisingly well as a stand alone. I have read book 2 in the series also. The series follows the Trewlove family (rather hate the name, but that's just me) and the next book in the series I believe will be Althea's two brothers (the heroine from this book). This book has a few character appearances from other family members from previous books. Althea was a lady. WAS. Sadly, those days are over and now her life is filled with attempting to fi This being book 6 of Heath's current series, it works surprisingly well as a stand alone. I have read book 2 in the series also. The series follows the Trewlove family (rather hate the name, but that's just me) and the next book in the series I believe will be Althea's two brothers (the heroine from this book). This book has a few character appearances from other family members from previous books. Althea was a lady. WAS. Sadly, those days are over and now her life is filled with attempting to find her niche with the working class. After multiple jobs, she's chosen to be a barmaid. But she knows if she can just become a seductress then she will have more freedom and choices in life. She wants to learn to be the most desired mistress in London and have some life in society again. Benedict is a bastard living in the darker side of London. He comes across Althea when he frequents the bar for a drink. He knows she doesn't fit in there and wants to know her story. Soon they strike a bargain that bring them together under the same roof. WARNING: The hero's name is Beast. I know some people love it and some don't, so just prepare yourself haha. Give this book a try if you are in the mood for -an “almost” antihero – he technically runs a brothel, but that's not all there is to it -Victorian time period – this book takes place in 1873 -Whitechapel setting – most of this book takes place in the darker area of London -medium to high steam -one of the main characters in this book has a disability. I don't want to be specific because you find out rather late in the book but I love that it was included. -no villain or mystery to solve – there's a few plot devices at work here, but most of the focus is on the couple and their relationship -this story includes 'riches to rags' and 'rags to riches' elements -class differences – heroine was raised a lady, hero is a bastard in Whitechapel -ruined heroine – socially, utterly ruined, the heroine receives the cut direct any social place she goes -MC ages – hero is 33 and heroine is 29 So overall I really enjoyed this story. When I saw where the plot was going with the bargain, I thought it was a little silly (heroine wants seduction lessons, hero wants a tutor) but I was also excited. The characters are together for most of the book and I love that. It's quite steamy, which I also love. The thing I loved the most was that it just felt a bit different from what I've read lately. The fact that the heroine was a lady and has lost everything was a fairly new plot focus for me. I also adore books that take place in the darkness of London, so that hit another sweet spot for me. I enjoyed the hero a lot. He was a tad alpha, a bit jealous, but super mushy and caring inside. Here's one of my favorite scenes from him staking his claim: “Beast held silent for all of a minute before bestowing upon him the grin that men had been displaying for centuries when they knew they possessed what another man coveted. “I know everything she likes.”” But, and I find this a lot with Lorraine Heath, she just doesn't take it quite as far as I want her to. It's totally a personal preference. But I just want more. More pain, more darkness, more emotion. She tends to delve into these topics and just doesn't push it as much as I want. But I'm also a jaded psycho. So I think many others will be so happy with her writing. (I think Kerrigan Bryne has ruined me) My other minor complaint is that some of the heroine's behavior didn't really make sense to me. I didn't know her as a character very well in the beginning (not sure if she was introduced in other books?) so the whole 'I want to be a seductress' seemed to come out of nowhere to me. But what really got me was her behavior while she was working as a barmaid. It wasn't the behavior of someone who was contemplating being a courtesan. Things like dumping drinks over people's heads. And while I fully support her choice to douse some groping drunkard, I just couldn't stop thinking how much she was going to hate being a courtesan. Being a mistress, sure it might open doors for her in society and give her some stability in life, but it was like she hadn't even considered what it REALLY meant. Faking it for a man. Putting up with atrocious or undesirable behaviors. It just came off as really naive to me. Lastly I really disliked how the heroine behaved at the end. It knocked a star for me. MAJOR SPOILER WITH MINOR COMPLAINT . . . . . . . . . . . . (view spoiler)[ Of COURSE at the end of the book, the hero has to become nobility. I get we want that happily ever after and we want our characters to live their best life, but it seems like in these situations, especially where the main character is a bastard, it's expected that they are really a duke in disguise. Or an earl. Etc. Again, this is just my feeling because I've read a lot of this story line where that happens, hopefully that isn't bothersome to other readers. (hide spoiler)] Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. All of these thoughts and opinions are totally mine.

  16. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Brilliant series conclusion. Lorraine Heath nails it again! I found myself with a somewhat sloppy grin plastered all over my face quite a few times during the reading of this rousing tale--when I wasn't indignant or blushing. Needless to say I loved this last offering in the Sins for All Seasons series. Althea Stanwick needs to find her way back into London society after being dropped by the denizens of the ton. She's even been given the cut direct by her awful fiancé when her father was proven to Brilliant series conclusion. Lorraine Heath nails it again! I found myself with a somewhat sloppy grin plastered all over my face quite a few times during the reading of this rousing tale--when I wasn't indignant or blushing. Needless to say I loved this last offering in the Sins for All Seasons series. Althea Stanwick needs to find her way back into London society after being dropped by the denizens of the ton. She's even been given the cut direct by her awful fiancé when her father was proven to be caught up in acts of treason. From a ton 'princess' to Cinderella was a huge fall from grace for her, and her two brothers. Althea decides that power is the key to survival. How does a woman like her find power? By attaching herself to a powerful man. To do that she needs to become practiced in the art of seduction. Althea turns to Benedict Trewlove, owner of a brothel, and known as the Beast. She chooses this man who walks on the dark side of life in the underbelly of Whitechaple London to be her teacher. What a shock for him! Don't we just love his soft heart! As matters proceed we see how fiercely he is torn between his desire for this startling woman and the need to protect her. The tale hastens towards its climax, with Benedict's secret past and lost antecedents being revealed, adding yet another layer of fascination and mystery. Lorraine Heath has once again produced a well tuned read set in the 1870's! I loved it and my sloppy grin grew even more pronounced, punctuated with the occasional Ooh and Aah! I'm must add that I'm pleased to see Althea's brothers will have their own stories. Yay! A HarperCollins ARC via NetGalley

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This novel was another great read by Ms. Heath. Such a twist of fate with both characters, both whose life plans greatly changed. Thea had everything has the daughter of a duke but his betrayal stripped her family of everything. Thea had to become stronger and work to support herself, for she could no longer rely on anyone but herself. Ben knows he was born a bastard and has a reputation as a Beast. He provides protection and is trying to get those under his protection into better occupations. T This novel was another great read by Ms. Heath. Such a twist of fate with both characters, both whose life plans greatly changed. Thea had everything has the daughter of a duke but his betrayal stripped her family of everything. Thea had to become stronger and work to support herself, for she could no longer rely on anyone but herself. Ben knows he was born a bastard and has a reputation as a Beast. He provides protection and is trying to get those under his protection into better occupations. Thea rejects Ben's offer, thinking he wants her for sex, but Ben recognizes her aristocratic nature and has another job for her instead. Both debate the terms of the agreement, challenging the other. Ben is honorable and tried to deny his feelings to Thea, but Thea has seduction plans of her own. I received this novel from net galley and the publisher as an ARC. Thank you! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Luz Trevino

    Beauty Tempts the Beast Series: Book 6 in Sins for All Seasons series Rating: 5 wonderful stars Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC given for review. All opinions are my own. Beauty Tempts the Beast is the final book of the series and it brought the whole series to a wonderful conclusion. I've read most of the series, the first three books were good, didn't read the fourth one and the last two have been 5 star reads for me. Beauty and the Beast tropes are one of my favorites and this Beauty Tempts the Beast Series: Book 6 in Sins for All Seasons series Rating: 5 wonderful stars Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC given for review. All opinions are my own. Beauty Tempts the Beast is the final book of the series and it brought the whole series to a wonderful conclusion. I've read most of the series, the first three books were good, didn't read the fourth one and the last two have been 5 star reads for me. Beauty and the Beast tropes are one of my favorites and this one did not disappoint. I loved Benedict "Beast" Trewlove. He was such a rough around the edges man, but with a BIG heart of gold. He was so intimidating because of his size and reputation, but those that really knew him knew that he was a very good man who looked out for women who were in need. This is how he meets Althea. Thea was part of the aristocracy, but her father was part of a plan to kill the Queen. Therefore he was hanged and Thea's family lost everything. That is what lead her to work as a barmaid at one of Ben's siblings establishments. They are both attracted to each other from the first time the meet and I loved how they did not know how to behave around each other. Ben comes up with a business plan that will help her improve her way of life, but she counters his offer with one that puts his limits to the test. Attraction limits that he does not know how to handle. I loved how they slowly got to know each other. By the way I think she fell in love with him for the first time when he showed her his huge library! I thought it was so cute that they attempted to read when in reality they were looking for companionship and of course love. Ben from the very beginning became her protector. I liked how he always was there for her when she needed him the most. I enjoyed their tender and romantic moments. It is not until the past comes back into his life that their love for each other is put to the test. The angst between them because they couldn't be together was so heartbreaking. It brought tears to my eyes. So good!! They then had to prove that their love for each other could conquer all. Characters from the previous books appear in this final book which it was nice to revisit with them again. I highly recommend this one, I will say it was my favorite from the series and it can be read as a stand alone.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Arkin

    Sooooo happy to hear Thea’s brothers will get stories! Sad to see this series come to an end - i have enjoyed the Trewlove’s stories!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay pinkcowlandreads

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫/5 The end of an era! The Turelove’s stories have been providing roguish book boyfriends for years and Lorraine Heath Definitely ended with the best of the lot, Beast. Beast is the man you want in your corner. He is someone who stands up for the less fortunate and while doing so, lifts them up as well. He is truly a king among men! When Beasts notices that the new serving girls at his sister’s tavern doesn’t belong, he he becomes fixated on her and determines that she is the one who can solve ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫/5 The end of an era! The Turelove’s stories have been providing roguish book boyfriends for years and Lorraine Heath Definitely ended with the best of the lot, Beast. Beast is the man you want in your corner. He is someone who stands up for the less fortunate and while doing so, lifts them up as well. He is truly a king among men! When Beasts notices that the new serving girls at his sister’s tavern doesn’t belong, he he becomes fixated on her and determines that she is the one who can solve his housing problems. Beast lives in a brothel and in order to put an end to the brother, he needs to find the girls better , respectable positions. Who better to polish the girls behaviour and manners, than a former scion of the ton. Althea will accept Beasts generous terms, with one of her own; teach her the rules for seduction. She has lost all that she has know, so now she will make her future with her own decisions. After her deal with Beast is complete , she will become a courtesan. As the lessons are given, both Beast and Althea begin to learn many things that they did not expect, like what love feels like and how much you are will to do for the person you love. I didn’t know until reading this last book in the series, that Beast would be my favourite of all the Tureloves. Lorraine Heath has written and gorgeous and scintillating tale that series and standalone readers will love! Beauty Tempts the Beast by Lorraine Heath is scheduled to release September 29th, 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this book from HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books through Edelweiss+. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Blog link: https://pinkcowlandreads.blogspot.com... #BeautyTemptstheBeast #LorraineHeath #Edelweiss #pinkcowlandreads

  21. 5 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    Benedict “Beast” Trewlove was raised in a family of abandoned children. He’s lived his life on the dark side of London, providing protection for women with his reputation and his fists. Once addressed as “lady,” Miss Althea Stanwick’s life has taken a drastic turn…leaving her penniless and cast out of society. When Beast approaches her with a job offer, Althea has conditions of her own. This is the sixth and final book in the Sin For All Seasons series. While this book can be read alone, it is en Benedict “Beast” Trewlove was raised in a family of abandoned children. He’s lived his life on the dark side of London, providing protection for women with his reputation and his fists. Once addressed as “lady,” Miss Althea Stanwick’s life has taken a drastic turn…leaving her penniless and cast out of society. When Beast approaches her with a job offer, Althea has conditions of her own. This is the sixth and final book in the Sin For All Seasons series. While this book can be read alone, it is enriched by the family connections established throughout the series. I thought this was one of the better books in the group, although I still like #5 best. I loved Ben/Beast! He’s my favorite type of hero: hard on the outside, marshmallow on the inside. I wanted to jump in the book and give him a big hug every time he was emotionally vulnerable. I liked Thea too. From aristocrat to pauper, she wasn’t whiny or helpless. I loved that she treated others with the kindness that wasn’t shown when her status changed. Lorraine Heath does class difference novels better than most authors. She also seems to have a way with timing and flow. Every time I was starting to get frustrated about missing information or a reveal, it would be right there in the next few pages. I appreciate the reader notes at the end of the book, and am excited for the next book duo about Thea’s brothers…I’m glad we readers won’t be left hanging! * I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #BeautyTemptsTheBeast #NetGalley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookfever)

    Beast a.k.a. Benedict is the only Threwlove not to have found love and a happily ever after. Enter Althea Stanwick who works as barmaid at the Mermaid and Unicorn. Instantly he’s intrigued by her and guesses she’s a former lady and wants her to teach the women of the brothel he owns etiquette so they can have a better future, but what he didn’t expect that in return Althea wants Ben to teach her the art of seduction. On that note I’ll say that Ben and Althea took my heart and ran with it. I loved Beast a.k.a. Benedict is the only Threwlove not to have found love and a happily ever after. Enter Althea Stanwick who works as barmaid at the Mermaid and Unicorn. Instantly he’s intrigued by her and guesses she’s a former lady and wants her to teach the women of the brothel he owns etiquette so they can have a better future, but what he didn’t expect that in return Althea wants Ben to teach her the art of seduction. On that note I’ll say that Ben and Althea took my heart and ran with it. I loved them together so much that I can’t even explain. They just fit together as two puzzle pieces. The chemistry between the both of them was off the charts hot. Another thing I just loved were the small appearances of the other Threwloves and their spouses from the previous books in the series. It’s a small thing but seeing them again and having a glimpse into their current lives even though this isn’t their book made it just that much better. Also, it just made me so happy to see how Ben’s family accepted Althea right away without question. It warmed my heart so much. In such a short time I’ve come to love this series so damn much. I’m quite sad this was the last book about the Trewloves in particular but I’m glad the author isn’t completely leaving them behind. And as for this book, I loved it so much. Beast’s story was everything I had hoped it would be.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jewels Tate

    I can't say enough good things about this book. I loved it, and loved the chemistry between Thea and Ben. The MC share a love that runs truly deep, and genuine. Makes me wonder, is there real men out there that is that sweet? They meet in a bar where she is a barmaid, and he is a patron. Automatically and instantly he knows she's a lady, and asked her to tutor the woman at the brothel where he lives and own. In return she wants lessons on how to be a seductress, and wants to be a mistress one da I can't say enough good things about this book. I loved it, and loved the chemistry between Thea and Ben. The MC share a love that runs truly deep, and genuine. Makes me wonder, is there real men out there that is that sweet? They meet in a bar where she is a barmaid, and he is a patron. Automatically and instantly he knows she's a lady, and asked her to tutor the woman at the brothel where he lives and own. In return she wants lessons on how to be a seductress, and wants to be a mistress one day. Thats how their story begins. Along the way they fall in love with each other. Thea born into nobility. She falls from grace but not from her doing but of her father's. Her father was a Duke accused of scheming to kill the queen, and was hung. Shorty after that her mother Her family is scorned, and casted out, and stripped of their titles, belongings, and money. Ben was born an illegitimate and raised on the dark side of London. His biological mother gave him up as baby in order to protect him from his father's father. He was raised by the woman who took him in. 33 years after his birth his biological parents find him. He his now a scottish earl, and heir to Dukedom. His world spins upside down. Boths thiers fates were reversed. She lost everything while he gained everything. Because of that she turns down his proposal, and loved him so much that she is willing to let him go she fears that if he accepts her he would lose everything He fights hard for her love but she is truly stubborn and declines to return it. She fears that society will not accept him because she is a daughter of a traitor. Then she realizes nothing can stop him from loving her, so she accepts his proposal and they marry. I personally loved Ben's character from the start to the end. He is a big teddy bear and protective of all woman. Everything he does is for the better. While I loved Ben, I only liked Thea. In my eyes she was selfish in her fears, and gave up too easily on their love. But I'm so happy for the both of them. This book was given to me as a arc from netgalley in return for a honest review. These are my thoughts and my thoughts alone. Thanks you netgalley for giving the opportunity to review this lovely book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Arriesta

    Book Review – Beauty Tempts the Beast by Lorraine Heath, A Sin For All Seasons Book #6 Lorraine Heath is one of my all-time favorite Historical Romance authors, who creates these incredible and vivid characters, families and backstories. I have been impatiently waiting for Beauty Tempts the Beast, Book #6 of A Sin For All Seasons series and I am so excited to be able to review it. The first chapter absolutely destroyed me, and I love how Lorraine always takes the time to provide the back story of Book Review – Beauty Tempts the Beast by Lorraine Heath, A Sin For All Seasons Book #6 Lorraine Heath is one of my all-time favorite Historical Romance authors, who creates these incredible and vivid characters, families and backstories. I have been impatiently waiting for Beauty Tempts the Beast, Book #6 of A Sin For All Seasons series and I am so excited to be able to review it. The first chapter absolutely destroyed me, and I love how Lorraine always takes the time to provide the back story of how each child comes into Ettie Trewlove’s care. Benedict (Beast) Trewlove is a fan favorite of the ASFAS series with his quiet, contemplative and caring nature to help the fallen women of Whitechapel. After meeting Althea Stanwick, the new barmaid who obviously doesn’t belong in the rough and vulgar atmosphere of the men who frequent the Mermaid and Unicorn, Beast offers a proposition for Althea to provide lessons in etiquette and vocational training to the women under his care in exchange for funds and lessons of her own in seduction…. to become a prized courtesan for the members of the ton. While Beast initially agrees to the lessons. he and Althea quickly realize their attraction to each other, and Beast wants no other man to have her. This story made me cry 5 times and I loved it! I loved the Christmas scenes with all the Trewlove family characters, including young Robin. The Epilogue was incredible, it was so well done, I could literally read an entire book about just the future of the Trewlove family, like Julia Quinn did with the Bridgertons. I loved the secondary characters of Althea Stanwick’s brothers who will be the new leads of the upcoming Lorraine Heath series, Once Upon A Dukedom duology. Thank you so much to Avon Romance and Edelweiss for an ARC in exchange for a review. I have my preordered print copy for its release September 29, 2020.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shala

    4.5 stars. This was my first Lorraine Heath novel, and I am now going to binge her backlist! There is so much to love about this book. Both characters have difficult challenges that they face throughout the novel. Most importantly, Thea and Ben go on a journey to find themselves. Through their interactions together, they find out what their priorities are. The judgement of "the ton" is ever present in this particular novel, especially in regards to Thea. Her father was hung as a traitor, and eve 4.5 stars. This was my first Lorraine Heath novel, and I am now going to binge her backlist! There is so much to love about this book. Both characters have difficult challenges that they face throughout the novel. Most importantly, Thea and Ben go on a journey to find themselves. Through their interactions together, they find out what their priorities are. The judgement of "the ton" is ever present in this particular novel, especially in regards to Thea. Her father was hung as a traitor, and everything ripped away from her. Marriage prospects, her home, wealth, everything. Ben was raised by a foster mom, and was ridiculed for a physical malady that he has had from birth. Though he and his foster siblings are well respected, he was always an outlier, preferring seclusion and his personal business ventures. Their meeting was unexpected, and it helped them change everything. This seems to be the end of this particular series, but we are getting a short spin off featuring Althea's brothers. I will definitely be checking that out!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Megan (BookWifeReviews)

    I have been waiting for this book since the first mention of Beast. Any hero named Beast is a hero I want to know everything about. This book did not disappoint! Beast aka Benedict Trewlove, doesn't know who his parents are. He was dropped off at a baby farmer that decided to keep him (along with many others). Beast has watched his adoptive brothers and sisters find love and family. He feels lonely.. That's when he notices that the new barmaid doesn't belong. Althea (Thea) Stanwick was kicked ou I have been waiting for this book since the first mention of Beast. Any hero named Beast is a hero I want to know everything about. This book did not disappoint! Beast aka Benedict Trewlove, doesn't know who his parents are. He was dropped off at a baby farmer that decided to keep him (along with many others). Beast has watched his adoptive brothers and sisters find love and family. He feels lonely.. That's when he notices that the new barmaid doesn't belong. Althea (Thea) Stanwick was kicked out of her home in the middle of the night and found work as a barmaid. I loved these two. Thea was very headstrong. She decided that she didn't want to belong to any man.. so she fought her attraction to Ben. Ben has always been one of my favorite of the Trewlove siblings. He just seemed so sweet! I loved that he got his HEA... even if Thea wasn't exactly what I wanted for him. Thank you netgalley for my copy!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Beauty and the beast trope – yes, please. The characters in this story come to life. The respect that Beast shows for women is due to his bringing up by a wonderful mother. This lovely tale of Beauty (Althea) and Beast (Benedict) and their growing love is so well told and intriguing that I had a hard time putting the book down. The strength that is flowing through these two characters and his siblings is beautiful. I love these feel good stories. I cannot say enough about how much I loved readin Beauty and the beast trope – yes, please. The characters in this story come to life. The respect that Beast shows for women is due to his bringing up by a wonderful mother. This lovely tale of Beauty (Althea) and Beast (Benedict) and their growing love is so well told and intriguing that I had a hard time putting the book down. The strength that is flowing through these two characters and his siblings is beautiful. I love these feel good stories. I cannot say enough about how much I loved reading this story. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    I feel like I have been waiting forever for Beast to get his book in this series and I am happy to say, it delivered. I always love a good Beauty and the Beast retelling and this isn't really that, but I liked it all the same. Beast is a big guy, but a good looking one. (He does have a physical impairment, but I won't spoil the reveal in the book.) As the story begins, he owns a building that's used as a brothel... not because he's a pimp, but to give the ladies a safe place to live and work. But I feel like I have been waiting forever for Beast to get his book in this series and I am happy to say, it delivered. I always love a good Beauty and the Beast retelling and this isn't really that, but I liked it all the same. Beast is a big guy, but a good looking one. (He does have a physical impairment, but I won't spoil the reveal in the book.) As the story begins, he owns a building that's used as a brothel... not because he's a pimp, but to give the ladies a safe place to live and work. But now, he wants to be rid of the place and help the women find other ways to support themselves in society. Enter Athlea. She grew up in Mayfair, but when her father was hanged as a traitor she lost all of her social standing. Now she works in the bar run by Beast's sister... until he gets the idea to hire her as a tutor for the brothel employees. Of course, sparks fly, and it's only a matter of time until these two are unable to keep their hands off each other. I really appreciated the fact that Althea never put on airs or looked down on the people in her new life. So many former "ladies" in HR still think themselves above others even after their own circumstances change. Althea is pragmatic... and even more, she sees value in the women she tutors, and of course, falls in love with the good man who hires her. There's an interesting twist to make the black moment in this one and I liked the way it turned everything on its ear. A great epilogue too. Very satisfying. *ARC provided by publisher

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aly is so frigging bored

    This was amazing! I loved the story and the characters. Ms Heath brought back beloved secondary characters and she wrote a lovely epilogue set into the future. It was just the best book for me at the time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Diane Peterson

    Just a wonderful book and a wonderful conclusion to the series. I loved the relationship between the hero and heroine. Their attraction to each other was deep and genuine. I love how they talked things out when conflict arose. I love that the misunderstandings/misrepresentations were fairly quickly resolved. I loved the family connections between Ben and his foundling brothers and sisters. Plus, Ms. Heath has tickled our curiosity about the next series featuring the heroine's brothers. Just a re Just a wonderful book and a wonderful conclusion to the series. I loved the relationship between the hero and heroine. Their attraction to each other was deep and genuine. I love how they talked things out when conflict arose. I love that the misunderstandings/misrepresentations were fairly quickly resolved. I loved the family connections between Ben and his foundling brothers and sisters. Plus, Ms. Heath has tickled our curiosity about the next series featuring the heroine's brothers. Just a really excellent book. ARC provided through Netgalley.

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