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Beauty and the Beast
Hannah Howell
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Beauty and the Beast

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,926 ratings  ·  135 reviews
On the eve of her wedding to the heir of Saitum Manor, the stunningly beautiful Gytha is shocked to learn that her betrothed, a man she barely knew, is dead. Now, she must marry the new heir, Thayer Saiturn, a battle-hardened knight known as the Red Devil...

With a face scarred in battle and a heart broken in love, Thayer has no interest in marriage. But not even the Red De
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Published by Zebra Books (first published 1992)
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It's that time of year again: I'm at my parents', I've run out of books, and I'm going through a relative's attic library.

This book is a fairly typical historical romance novel, complete with BIG MISUNDERSTANDINGs, DEVASTATING TWISTS, and LACK OF COMMUNICATION. The big unique thing in this book is supposed to be that instead of a charming, womanizing rogue, the hero is a somewhat deformed, ugly man with no self-esteem around women. There are two problems with this:
1. This is not terribly unique
Bark's Book Nonsense
This book features something new (at least to me): a hero who isn't drop dead gorgeous and is insecure because of it.

Thayer thought he was about to attend his cousin William's wedding & soon discovers he is the bridegroom of the beautiful Gytha (ugh, what a name) due to a twist of fate. Thayer is appalled at this news. Years earlier his heart was broken by a beautiful but heartless well-bred woman and he promised himself he would never become that vulnerable again. Gytha slowly breaks throug
Aly is so frigging bored
Main characters:
Gytha Raouille
Thayer Saiturn, the Red Devil
What I Liked:
-the time period
-the mostly accurate portrayal of the time period
-seeing the life at court
-Gytha’s family
-Thayer’s son, Bek. He and Roger were the smartest men in the book :D
What I didn't like:
-this will sound bi-polar, but the overlay use of “’tis, nay, aye, mayhap, etc” drove me insane! I know I complain a lot when the language is too.. new in one of my historical, but this one had too much. I want balance, not a headache
Stefani Grahu
He de admitir que en un principio tan solo le eché un ojo a este libro por la relación que el título establecía con mi clásico favorito de toda la vida, y más aún cuando supuse por su portada que contendría algo más que pasión de cuando en cuando, pero ahora debo confesarme amante empedernida de Thayer, Gytha y su historia.

No tengo ni siquiera nada que objetar sobre la narración, que fue capaz de situarme rápidamente en el medievo más lejano. El contexto histórico en el que se desarrolla también
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En realidad un 3'5 la historia entretenida pero mmñe algo pesadina por momentos porque hubo cosas que se repitieron hasta la saciedad (vamos, hasta el final).
2.5 stars

I hesitated between a 2-3 on this, so 2.5 stars it is. I sorta liked it. Which is between 'it's ok' and 'I liked it', I suppose.

The hero was insecure, but to my surprise we weren't treated to someone who was violent or emotionally abusive as so often happens with this plot line. I get so tired of that. The H largely kept his insecurities to himself and only truly showed his deep-down insecurity driven mistrust of the heroine once. Otherwise, you just kinda wanted to shake him for being
I didn't care for either main character in this one. Thayer was too hung up on a few scars and red hair! Gytha was beautiful and blonde. (my eyes are rolling here). For the majority of the book Thayer expected/suspected Gytha of cheating on him.

Gytha had good morals and loved Thayer, he just could not get his act together...until the end, of course. Even when he found her being assaulted, he thought he was witnessing Gytha with a lover. He.Just.Stood.There.
Monserrat Maxfield Markov
Editando: HorroresOrtográficos
Mi primer libro de Romance Histórico y... ¡¡Me ha encantado!!
Como me encantan las historias de muchos años atrás. ¿Qué fue lo que más me gusto del libro? Debo admitir que adoré a Thayer es un hombre poco agraciado; la verdad para mí está más que perfecto. Me encantan los hombres que a simple vista se ven bien malotes, creo que esos son los que más pasión tienen, te cuidan, te aman, te procuran... En pocas palabras, lo eres todo para ellos.
El problema de Thayer fue s
It was an okay read. Found myself skimming through a good bit of it. Likeable heroine, even the hero was all right - but he was no beast. Really don't know why the book was titled so, when it falls so short of living up to its name.

The first half of the book was happy, and then there were weak villains to wreak havoc on all the happy paypul.

Blah, blah, blah ... "I love him but I can't tell him, because I don't know if he reciprocates, and if he doesn't that would just turn my life into a sucky p
Fun read. Gytha goes to her marriage only to find out that she'll be marrying someone else. Her intended has died, and the contract states that she is to marry the heir, rather than any particular person.

Thayer has been scarred in battle and doesn't want to marry the beautiful Gytha. He figures she won't be happy with her marred husband, and her beauty will draw handsome men to her whom she would choose to sleep with rather than be true to him. Gytha however has no such plans but must convince
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Louisa Cornell
Wonderfully written. A vulnerable but strong hero - assured in his prowess as a warrior and his ability to protect and hold what was his, but completely unaware of his appeal to women. Humble, quick tempered with the control of a monk and the heart of a poet.

A heroine raised in a loving home, treated with respect and thus she is not your normal shrinking medieval maiden. She gives as good as she gets and rolls with the punches. She's practical rather than pampered, thinks things through, smart
hmmmmmm menarik ceritanya
ttg Gytha yg harus menikahi heir of saiturn manor
tunangan pertama gytha, william, dikabarkan meninggal kemudian penggantinya thayer dikabarkan meninggal hingga gytha harus menikahi the last heir of saiturn manor (hehehehe lupa namanya :p)
masalah terjadi saat thayer saiturn ternyata belum meninggal & kembali ke saiturn manor membuat gytha harus menikah dengannya.
gytha gadis yang sangat cantik & memukau, yg terbiasa memiliki pendapat sendiri & juga baik hati la
Although the title of this Hannah Howell historical romance leaves no mystery as to the general theme of the story and how it might progress, the hero and heroine's story was still a joy to watch unfold. The heroine, Gytha, is a very moral person in a time when very immoral acts and attitudes were widely accepted as the norm. That alone inspires respect. However, she is not only a very beautiful person on the inside, she also has an unparalleled beauty on the outside. Gytha strongly believes in ...more
Elis Madison
Yeah, I know. The title made me cringe, too. Seems like this theme has been done to death… because it has. Anyway, so here's Howell's version:

Gytha, a famously beautiful young woman, was betrothed at birth to the heir of Saitun Manor. Seems people were croaking all over the place in those days, so rather than betroth her to a particular boy, her father deemed it safer to just betroth her to "the heir" whoever that might end up being. For most of Gytha's life, that was William, a decent, good-lo
Apr 03, 2007 Rhapsody rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
Set in the 1300's. Gytha is betrothed to the handsome William, but when he unexpectedly dies shortly before their wedding, she has to marry Thayer, the next heir to the estate. Thayer had a heartbreak in the past and is dismayed at the thought of marrying a beauty like Gytha who will definitely cheat on him. Although he's a very well-respected warrior, he is deeply insecure about his looks and Gytha's feelings for him and his distrust threatens to permanently damage their relationship, despite G ...more
Barbara ★
English beauty, Gytha has wedded Thayer, the Red Devil, a man who sees himself as ugly which no Lady would want to saddle herself with. Gytha's beauty is both a balm to his soul and a threat to his sanity as he envisions all men clamoring after her and someone eventually turning her head away from his ugly visage. His extended family (cousins) are trying to kill him to get his land and title and Gytha, of course, gets in the way and kidnapped. This is the story of a man who doesn't believe in hi ...more
I adored the concept of this book and I started to read it with high hopes but I couldn't get into it. I also felt like there was nothing keeping me in the story. Once the wedding happened it just seemed like that was it. This book just didn't work for me. Check out these reviews and form your own opinion:

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Lost But Not Looking
Love Romance Passion
He amado totalmente este libro, creo que es la primera vez que la protagonista me cae mejor que el chico (aún así también le adoró a el).
Desde el principio te atrapa en la trama, transporta dote a la época y la chica no es para nada como las mujeres remilgadas que había en esa época aún que es cierto que se nota la sociedad en la que se encuentra con el pensamiento.
Gracias al narrador omnisciente podemos saber los pensamientos de ambos protagonistas y la opinión de los personajes secundarios.
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
This book had an interesting premise that failed to live up to expectations.

One of the main problems I had with the book was the heroine.

I dont have a trouble with the heroine being innocent. But I do have a problem with them not having any personality.The way the heroine acted and was described by others made me think of a doll or a child. She is sooo pretty and her eyes are guileless.

In short shes perfect,set apart from the rest of humanity. And also one of the dullest heroines in Romancelandi
I liked the story parts were slow a little too much. The characters were all great. I loved the hero even if his self loathing went on too long. The heroine was incredibly strong and kind.
Danna Canterino
MAS RESEÑAS EN ------------------------

Encontré este libro hace ya un mes más o menos (cuando hice la reseña ^^) y la sinopsis me llamó la atención, y por ello comencé a leerlo. No esperaba que el libro esté ambientado en la Edad Media de Inglaterra, ya que nunca he leído un libro de esa época porque verdaderamente es un período de la historia que no me gusta nada, pero a pesar de ello, la historia me gustó mucho. La misma cuenta la historia de lady Gytha
Zel Polev
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I would have loved it a lot. It has lots of positives, the plot is good enough and the character's interactions are very interesting but the negatives are just more powerful. It could have been made a bit better.

Our hero, Thayer, isn't really someone many would care for. He doesn't have any outstanding good traits, and is often insecure. Yes he might be big and strong and has well endowed phallus, but characteristically he is weak. He doesn't seem to make any great decisions or hold on to any ph
Heidi Hart
Hero with Self Esteem Issues This book might have the beta-est beta hero ever, notwithstanding the fact that he's a fierce medieval knight who wields a broadsword, leads a band of loyal men, and is undefeated on the battlefield: despite all that, he's got serious self-esteem issues. Thayer has lots of battle scars, plus he's a freckled ginger, all of which combine to make him--in his own mind at least--the "Beast" of this book's title. I've never encountered a romance hero so obsessed with, and ...more
Lady of the Lake
While adding Hanna Howells books to my to read
list I realized I had read this already a while back. I guess I didn't add
it because it wasn't one of my favorite. The hero was just too long in getting over his problems and insecurities. The heroine did everything she could to show her love for him but
he was so caught up in his scars and drama to get passed it all in a timely manner! Tortured heros are great but I can't always wait
until the last pages for him to have his aha moment.
I do love my romances, and enjoy a lot of Howell's books. This one was enjoyable right up until the last few chapters. It could have ended much sooner and I felt that the drama/dilemma was too contrived and drawn out. I got annoyed with Thayer for being so dense, and Gytha for being so silly. Anyway, a quick read that solely focuses on the relationship of these two dimwits.
This was my first Hannah Howell. Will definately be adding her to my favourite author list. I enjoyed this story. It was funny, witty and with lots of heated interaction between the hero and herione whether is was in the bedroom or having it out at each other in front of the rest of the household. Very impressed.
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Hannah Dustin Howell is a best-selling American author of over 40 historical romance novels. Many of her novels are set in medieval Scotland. She also writes under the names Sarah Dustin, Sandra Dustin, and Anna Jennet (see below).

She has also used the following pseudonyms:
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