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Fairest of Them All (Fairy Tales #3)

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From the spellbinding pen of nationally bestselling author Teresa Medeiros comes this enchanting new romance—a tale of adventure, humor, and tender sensuality that sweeps from the pageantry of an English jousting tournament to the brooding mystery of an isolated castle in Wales...

Fairest of Them All

She was rumored to be the fairest woman in all of England. But Holly de Cha
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Published (first published May 1st 1995)
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Not a fan of the rapey books.
And that's probably my biggest (but not my only) problem with Fairest of Them All.
See, all I was hoping for was some fluffy romance-like stuff, and possibly an new take on Beauty and the Beast.
For a few chapters, that's sort of what this was. Then this clanging warning bell went off in my head when the hero's inner monologue got a bit wonky. There were several other signs that things were careening from a quirky story to an icky story, but the writing wasn't awful,
I have read many books by Teresa Medeiros before, but never have I read a book that was as full of dark passions and trickery as this book! “Fairest of Them All” is a romance novel by Teresa Medeiros which details how a young woman’s desire to get out of marrying any guy gets out of hand when she ends up being married to a rough Welshman! “Fairest of Them All” has all the drama, dark romance and lies that will set any romance novel fan’s hearts aflutter!

Holly de Chastel was known as the fairest
Holly de Chastel is the fairest woman in all of England during the 14th Century, and as such, she is constantly plagued with suitors. She's come up with some pretty inventive ways of keeping them at bay, and she comes up with what she thinks is her best idea when her father announces that her hand will be given to the victor of a tournament. Holly decides that she will discourage all the men by presenting herself as ugly. She hacks off her hair, blackens her teeth, pads her skirts, binds her bre ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Jean rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ohhhh boy. Where to even begin with this one? At the beginning, I suppose: Not the beginning of the book, but my rocky relationship with Ms. Medeiros as an author. The thing is, she has a wild imagination, and her plots are usually her strength. I would read her novels as straight up fantasy or science fiction or horror, if they'd been written that way, because the plots are insane, in the best way.

So, these are all compliments, right? Why worry? Well... I read a reviewer recently say that she's
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The other reviewers have quite skillfully described the story, so I don't feel that I need to. I like Ms. Medeiros. She's a talented author, and she tells a good story. However, I had problems with both of the main characters. For the first third of the book, I found the heroine to be bratty, spoiled, and inconsiderate. She acted rashly, with little thought to the consequences of those actions on others. By the second third of the book she begins to mature, comes to understand that some of her r ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Gemma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I was done with this book when the heroine throws an honest-to-goodness temper tantrum, complete with shrieking, thrashing, and banging of fists. That's the behaviour of a five-year-old, not a grown woman.
Jul 13, 2009 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-romance
I'm not sure what to write about this book. Parts I really liked, others not so much. Holly was vain and childish, Austyn was brutish and single-minded. The story went on and on and not much happened.

Don't get me wrong - I love T. Medeiros as an author but this was not one of her better books.
Pamela Shropshire
Sir Austyn of Gavenmore is a Welsh knight, "one of the most dangerous and powerful warriors in all of Wales." The males of his family are cursed, doomed to marry beautiful but faithless women. His grandfather imprisoned his wife in a tower for years, raping her every night; finally, she jumped out the window. Austyn's father strangled his mother because he thought (wrongly) that she had cheated on him.

We're told he's a skilled knight, yet never in the book do we see him training. Pretty much al
Mar 09, 2011 Shay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-shit-list
Well, this is one of those books my "BFF" gave me because she just wanted to see my reaction. About two weeks after she gave it to me she says: "So...did you read that book I gave you?" I very dryly commented yes and didn't say anything else and I looked away. And when I glanced at her, she was staring at the floor. And finally after a very long pause and a ton of uncomfortable feet shuffling, she asks me what I thought. I skillfully avoided the question until my dear friend pinned me down and a ...more
Dec 17, 2008 Clio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Teresa Medeiros that I've read and it was great! The characters are fresh and well drawn and the plot is very romantic with an element of the supernatural. The author captures the medieval setting perfectly. The thing I liked best about this book was the humor injected into it. Holly is hilarious in her dealings with Sir Austyn who is as serious as a grizzly bear. The love scenes in this book are amazing. Holly is one of the best romance heroines.
This one was sort of flat. I didn't like the characters, and didn't really care if they ever worked it out or not.
Amelia Fransiska
Kalo ingatan gw gak salah, ini novel HR pertama yg gw baca si hero nya dr Walse ^^
Holly Felicia Bernadette de Chastel ato Lady Holly terkenal akan kecantikannya…
Sayangnya semua pria cuma tertarik ama penampilan fisiknya itu, dan itu yg paling di benci holly..
Lady Holly menolak menikah dgn para pengagumnya itu krna mrka tidak pernah peduli dgn inner beauty-nya dia..

Ayahnya yg cemas akan status putrinya yg sepertinya tidak akan pernah mau menikah, memutuskan mengadakan kompetisi..
Sir Bernard mengu
Oct 23, 2014 kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Holly is so heart-breakingly beautiful that her father keeps her locked away from slimy manhands, while also berating her for not picking out a suitably husband... GREAT START. So after an illicit run-in with a smexy Welshman in her private gardens (not a euphemism), she uglifies herself up for this tournament and ends up married to the winner--the smexy Welshman! At first, she's all like "gots to keep his slimy manhands off me so he doesn't realize that underneath this dowdy gown is a lush boso ...more
Holly de Chastel has no plan of being married off to any of the suitors who want to claim her hand. Her beauty is spoken of through the lands, but Holly doesn't want to be married so she can be a trophy on the arm of an arrogant man, she wants to be free. Holly comes up with a plan to ward off her father's next attempt only to have it backfire.

Sir Austyn of Gavenmore has no qualms of taking a plain wife, in fact he embraces it. His family is cursed into rages of jealousy and doomed marriages whe
This is a Medieval historical romance of beautiful maiden, Holly, who has the harebrained idea of disguising herself as homely to avoid being married off by her father. Little does she realize, Austyn, a Welsh knight, is in need of an ugly wife due to a curse on the long line of men in his family (involved story) in which they've killed their beautiful wives - out of jealousy. He takes her back to his castle as his bride having no idea she's really a beauty underneath. So much of this book was f ...more
May 25, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read a few Teresa Medeiros books and I’ve always enjoyed them. Not that I’m saying this was the exception. However, I will be brief in my review of this book.

Overall, the book was a good read. I think the writing, as usual, is excellent. I must confess that midway through this book I started to get frustrated. I felt confused, because at least twice because it felt like the hero and heroine kept flip-flopping on feelings and their actions. It was a see-saw and I couldn’t quite grasp what ha
My very favorite romance novel of all time...sweet, funny, smart and thoroughly entertaining in every way. Teresa Medeiros herself is also an intelligent, funny, fantastic friend to have on FB...her posts make my day!
Apr 21, 2009 Gardavson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book. Fun read. Loved the plot and the characters. Definitely a keeper.
Aug 07, 2008 Marini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my all-time favorite romance novel
Sarah Z
3.5 stars. 2 stars for Part 1 and 4+ stars for Part 2. I've said this many times. I love TM's writing. Even her books that aren't great are still enjoyable to me. This is one of those. I'm not quite sure what happened, but this could have been an awesome book. I'll break my review down into the 2 parts.

Part 1. I usually enjoy her Prologues. They typically give some insight into her characters. This one was meh. The beginning was pretty funny. I found myself laughing at times. At other times I wa
Clémence Ducharme
Romance Harlequin bas de gamme.
Le résumé s'annonçait prometteur pour une bonne petite romance avec en plus une héroïne au caractère bien trempé et une malédiction.
Si au début la lecture a été agréable, même plutôt sympathique, elle est rapidement devenue une déception.
Je déconseille. Fuyez ;)
3.5 stars!
Not sure about some aspects of the story. The idea was nice: Holly i.e. 'Beauty' was loved by everyone for her physical appearance. She turned herself ugly because she wanted some freedom from the constraints her appearance has given her. Austyn i.e. 'Beast' wanted someone unattractive because his family was cursed to bring ruin upon wives who are beautiful. Holly wanted someone to value the person she is, so they should have worked out perfectly... Of course, it didn't.

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Amanda Ryan
Jul 31, 2011 Amanda Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redonk Nutshell: A legendary beauty disguises herself in a hideous costume to deter suitors in a competition for her hand, and inadvertently falls in love with one of them

Fairest of them All is the story of Holly, the legendary beauty who's father wants her wed and holds a tournament to find her a husband. Never one to back down from a challenge, Holly decides to adorn herself as a hideous frump of a woman.

Sir Austyn of Gavenmore is on the hunt for a plain and simple bride, preferably one with
Aug 17, 2016 Audrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
J’ai choisi cette romance en raison du titre et plus spécifiquement du terme « malédiction ». J’ai toujours aimé les histoires de magie, de sorcières et de malédiction. J’espérais donc que cet aspect du roman serait très important histoire de rendre la lecture pas trop pénible. Hélas, la malédiction est bien présente mais vous découvrirez qu’elle n’est pas forcément celle que l’on croit. Par conséquent, si comme moi vous espéreriez une bonne dose de magie et de fantastique, je vous conseille de ...more
Marcia  Haskell
Jun 25, 2012 Marcia Haskell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'From the spellbinding pen of nationally bestselling author Teresa Medeiros comes this enchanting new romance—a tale of adventure, humor, and tender sensuality that sweeps from the pageantry of an English jousting tournament to the brooding mystery of an isolated castle in Wales...

Fairest of Them All

She was rumored to be the fairest woman in all of England. But Holly de Chastel considered her beauty a curse. She had already turned away scores of suitors with various ruses, both fair and foul. No
Amarilli Settantatre

«Non contare solo sul tuo travestimento per disgustarlo, figliola. Sii te stessa e vedrai che basterà.»

3,5 - Avevo letto altri libri di Teresa Medeiros e li avevo apprezzati (ad esempio la serie paranormal dedicata alle sorelle Cabot, che consiglio).
Questo storico è senza dubbio gradevole e originale, con uno stile frizzante almeno nella prima parte, quando lady Holly, gravata dalla maledizione di essere troppo bella e quindi desiderata da tutti i cavalieri inglesi
Bronwyn Rykiert
Another good book by Teresa Medeiros, not quite as good as some others but still a fun read. I find all her stories different though often it makes me think of fairy tales.

Holly de Chastel is rumoured to be the Fairest of them all and suitors from all over the country have asked for her hand in marriage, her father even gave her 12 months to choose her own husband but she does not want to get married so declines all offers.

In the end her father decides to have tournament where she is the first p
I happen to love romances written in the late eighties and early nineties. Many of them are long, dramatic, flowery. Fairest of Them All is a good example of the type. The writing itself is a kind of poetry: pretty, descriptive, and with lots of flair. I was in the mood for a medieval, and I've read enough Teresa Medeiros to know that my taste in romance novles match up wonderfully with the romances she writes, so I grabbed this one.

Fairest of Them All is about a hero cursed. All the men in thi
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New York Times bestseller Teresa Medeiros wrote her first novel at the age of twenty-one and has since gone on to win the hearts of both readers and critics. All of her books have been national bestsellers, featured on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She currently has over 10 million books in print.

She is a seven-time Rita finalist, two-time PRISM winner, and
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“He would not kiss her mouth or allow her to caress him in tenderness. He broke his fierce silence only to whisper what wicked magic he was going to work until it took little more than the husky rasp of his voice in her ear to bring her to the brink of fulfillment. Had there been even a hint of brutality in his attentions, Holly might have brought herself to hate him, but his accomplished hands cherished her flesh as if it were his own private altar. She’d never known such unbridled ecstasy. Or such misery.” 3 likes
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