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The Bride and the Beast [Hardcover]

Teresa Medeiros
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July 2000
Teresa Medeiros makes her hardcover debut in this magnificently sensual and romantic tale filled with passion, humor, and suspense. It is the unforgettable story of two indomitable characters whose love affair is the stuff of which legends are made....

Gwendolyn Wilder did not believe in dragons.  But the superstitious villagers of Ballybliss did, and so Gwendolyn found herself bound to a post as a sacrificial offering to the Dragon who haunted the ruins of Castle Weyrcraig. Fifteen years earlier, someone had betrayed the Laird of Weyrcraig and his handsome young heir to the English for a thousand pounds in gold. Now the Dragon was demanding that very amount. The frightened Highlanders hoped that instead of gold, the fair virgin would satisfy the beast's insatiable appetite. As for Gwendolyn, she never doubted that the so-called Dragon was a fraud. She knew there was a perfectly good explanation for the mysterious lights seen flickering in the crumbling castle and the unsettling sound of bagpipes drifting through the glens. But as she waited for whoever-or whatever-to claim his prize, she could not help trembling as a furious storm lashed about her...and she saw what appeared to be dark wings and a stream of silver smoke emerge from the shadows.  Rumor had it that the Dragon could take the form of a man, and so he did with Gwendolyn-a man who would not show her his face. He carried her into his lair and made her his prisoner, his pampered pet. And while she didn't expect to be eaten by the fire-breathing Dragon of Weyrcraig, neither did she expect to be warmed by his sensuous caresses or devoured by his passionate kisses.

The Dragon had demanded gold and the fools had given him this golden-haired maiden. She was the very last thing he expected-and now there was no way he could let her go. She could never know that he was no monster but a flesh-and-blood man who had just laid eyes on the one woman who could slay him. Still, this supremely handsome man of devastating virility was more dangerous than any dragon. He would take it upon himself to enchant the practical Gwendolyn as she had enchanted him. He would weave a spell of sensuous magic around her that would defy all her commonsense notions and tempt her to believe in something even more unlikely than dragons and more powerful than the past that threatened them both-true love.

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  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553801252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553801255
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,977,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Holiday or bedtime(!) read 21 May 2014
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This was bordering corny but I have to confess I went with it and found it to be not a bad read - maybe a tad overpriced for what it is.

I hate people that post reviews with 99.5% spoilers so I will leave it to you to read it and see what you think.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet!!! 11 Jan 2001
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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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