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The Bride and the Beast [Mass Market Paperback]

Teresa Medeiros
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April 2001
Dear Reader,

I'd been prowling the crumbling ruins of Castle Weyrcraig for so long that I could no longer remember if I was man or beast. Then one stormy night the superstitious Highlanders of Ballybliss decided to leave a helpless virgin bound to a stake in the castle courtyard to satisfy my insatiable appetites.

My demands might strike terror in the hearts of men, but this bold beauty dared to defy me. After she informed me that she didn't believe in dragons, I had no choice but to make her my prisoner—or risk being exposed to those I had sought to deceive with my dangerous masquerade.

Soon I found myself stealing into the moonlit tower just to watch her sleep. Little does she know that beneath this beast's gruff exterior beats the passionate heart of a man. Gwendolyn Wilder may not believe in dragons, but I intend to use all my sensual wiles to teach her to believe in something even more magical—true love.

Eternally yours,

The Dragon of Weyrcraig

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055358183X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553581836
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cr 26 July 2012
By cr
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This is a excellent read. This is the first book I've read by this author- but I will definitely be buying more.It is very cleverly written and you can tell that the author has a real sense of humour. A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First but not the Last 20 Dec 2013
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This is a great read. I don't normally stray over the border when reading historical romance but this book, set in Scotland, was quite different. Loved the characters and the plot - a thoroughly enjoyable read and will definitely be back for more of Ms Medeiros' writing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story 16 Dec 2013
By maggie
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This was good, very well written and laced with humour. A satisfying romance with some intrigue and a magical touch. Well worth reading.
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40 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet!!! 11 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Having been a keen historical romance reader for quite a while, I have read quite a number of different authors, Teresa Medeiros being my favourite.
The stories are always well written and attention to detail is carefully maintained, The Bride and The Beast is no exception. Based loosely on the tale of Beauty and The Beast but with a new twist.
Gwendolyn is an excellent heroine and you can't help but empathise with her over the fact that she is not the 'perfect size'. Well done Teresa! As always, the hero, The 'Beast's', story is told with just the right amount of anger, humor and sadness.
Another excellent read, one to keep!
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new Teresa Medeiros classic! 6 Jun 2000
By Xeneri - Published on
Practical, level-headed Gwendolyn Wilder doesn't believe in dragons...but the superstitious highlanders of Ballybliss do...and they will do anything they can to rid themselves of the Dragon's curse ....including getting a fair virgin to satisfy the beast's insatiable appetite.
Being the only virgin in town, Gwendolyn finds herself securely bound to a post as a sacrificial lamb waiting to be slaughtered - or - more accurately devoured by this mythical beast. Imagine her surprise when "the dragon" emerges from a stream of silver smoke to take her away...
The "dragon" turns out to be devastatingly handsome man (though he hides his face from Gwendolyn) who is much more dangerous than any real dragon could be....and when he decides to make a "pet" of the fair Gwen, the fun begins....
I discovered Teresa Medeiros with the wonderful CHARMING THE PRINCE and have been a fan ever since. Her heroines are usually smart, funny and have a good head on their shoulders....and Gwendolyn Wilder, the heroine of THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST is no exception. The Dragon is charming, virile, dangerous and everything a sexy hero should be.
I loved reading this offbeat humorous retelling of Beauty and the Beast and couldn't put it down. If you like a bit of offbeat humor mixed in with your romance, this one is for you. Enjoy.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Compelling, Great Read! 6 July 2000
By Deborah L. Kepler - Published on
Gwendolyn Wilder did not believe in dragons, but the people of Ballybliss did. When the 'Dragon' starts aking for more and more food, and finally money to make him go away, the vilagers decide to give him a 'sacrifice' to appease him and mabye he'll let them be. Only a virgin will do, and being the only virgin in the village, Gwendolyn is taken to the Castle Weycraig and tied to a pole in the courtyard and left to await the Dragons' appearance.
While Gwen waits to be 'eaten or whatever else the Dragon might do to her' she realizes that her predicament is precarious. She knows that the so-called Dragon is a fraud, and that there was a good explaination for all of the lights flickering and bagpipe playing that has drifted down from the castle, but as a terrible storm approaches, she gets nervous and wonders what will happen next. When it does and the Dragon comes out from the silver mists and she sees his face, she faints.
The Dragon carries her into his lair and keeps her as his papmered prisoner, never showing her his face. He'd made her faint for God's sake, if she saw his face again she may get hesterical! But the night was his cover, and soon Gwen falls for his sensual allure, his passionate kisses, and becomes aware that the Dragon is only a man. A flesh and blood man, out for revenge; from what she didn't know, but as the story unfolds and all is finally revealed, including his true identity, Gwen understands the true meaning of betrayal and heartbreak.
Can the Dragon make her understand his motives and make her love him again? Can Gwen ever trust the 'real' man that the Dragon is, or mourn the Dragon she thought him to be.
I love Teresa Medeiros. The first book I read of hers, Charming the Prince, had me hooked. Her writing syle is so compelling and full of feeling, that you'll fall in love with all of her characters. You'll never be disappointed with anything written by her!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Myshelf.Com Book Reviewer 4 July 2001
By Suzie Housley - Published on
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Teresa Medeiro's THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST is a rich tapestry overflowing with emotional drama. Readers will be spellbound and left guessing right up until the end as the climax slowly unravels its memorizing tale.
Known only as Dragon, a fearless creature set on reeking vengeance on the helpless townspeople of Ballybliss. He ruthlessly demands an unrealistic sum of one thousand pounds, the citizens known such a high price could not be provided. They offer the only alternative equivalent to the sum, Gwendolyn Wilder, a well-known virgin. Surprised at the gift the townspeople offer, he is captivated by the spirit and beauty Gwendolyn exhibits. Will she have the power to conquer his lair, his chamber, his bed?
Gwendolyn Wilder lost her heart and the love her life tragically fifteen years ago. Now her life consists of caring for an insane father and three haphazard sisters. When the town forces her to sacrifice her life to save them from destruction, she tries to escape. Unfortunately, she is captured and delivered to Castle Weyrcraig, known as the Dragons Lair. Dragon refuses to reveal his mysterious face, and communicates through a smoky voice, seductive touch, and a ravishing kiss. Will she have the courage to slay the Dragon and capture his heart?
THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST is deftly plotted and beautifully written. Readers will find it an engrossing tale, with a delightful cast of characters. It will long be remembered and revisited many times to come.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new treasure for the keeper shelf! 14 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Teresa Medeiros has been one of my favorite authors since way back when and she just keeps getting better. I didn't think she could top CHARMING THE PRINCE, but she did it with this one. I can't explain why her writing is so powerful, but she makes me feel all of the emotions her characters are feeling. I fell in love with "the Dragon" right along with Gwendolyn and to me, that's true magic! (I have to confess that I also fell a little in love with Tupper, too!) I also loved the fact that her heroine wasn't a size 2 in this book, but a "plump" beauty. (Just like me!)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the fairy tale! 24 April 2003
By R. Plaza-Gotay - Published on
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In this wonderful book we will find the story of "Beauty and the Beast", the great part is that it is NOTHING like it! It is far much better! It surpases the original fairy tale, and it is much more bealivable than the original version.
Gwendolyn Wilder is the only sensible person in all Ballybliss, Scottland. She has 3 sisters, all of whom are of extreme beauty and have the perfect body. Gwen does not view herself as a beauty and the fact that the people in her town including her sisters tell her so and that she eats too much, does not help to the poor concept Gwen holds of herlsef. But do not let this confuse you, Gwen is smart, and has a witt as well as a tongue that could put to shame most heroines of romance novels!She holds nothign in and speaks her mind. And 15 years ago she proved this by standing proud and tall agains the son of the laird of Ballybliss. He was 15 years at that time, and Gwen had fancied herself in love with him, until she fell on top of him and he mocked her unintentionally, so she defended herself and told him a couple of things that left him more than amused. However that afternoon was the last time she saw Bernard MacCallough, for that same night the castle of his father was attacked by the red coats and everyone in the castle was killed.

Gwen grows up to be a pretty woman with a body that has curves. She's a real woman (and thank god for that!).
Unfurtunately she is offered as a sacrifice to the "Dragon" (The Beast) that lives in a ruined and long time abbandoned castle, the castle her beloved Bernard used to inhabite.
The Dragon never shown his face to Gwen, but treats her very well and does not use her in any way that the people of her town gave her up for. He gives her everything imaginable materially speaking as well as her confidence back. As their relationship grows and evolves she finds herself more than attracted to the Dragon, she finds herself in love with him. How is it possible she loves 2 different men during her life she does not know, but she knows that as a child she had adored Bernard and woman she loves the Dragon.
But the Dragon holds a secret that could easily destroy both of them and could drive her away from him, so he fears so show his face to her and tell her his real identity, for the Dragon is in Ballybliss to seek vengance and make pay the traitor that had caused the redcoats to attack the castle and kill the MacCallough's.
The story is facinating as well as entertaining. It is much much better than the fairy tale. It is very tender and heart warming and to top it all of it is hilarious! I know I have my favorite 3 lines of the book memorized, and I just finish reading it!
Ms Medeiros is a breath of fresh air and puts fairy tales to shame!
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