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The Bride and the Beast (Fairy Tales #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,688 ratings  ·  220 reviews
Using the timeless "Beauty and the Beast" theme, the story of the Dragon of Castle Weyrcraig begins as superstitious Highlanders leave a helpless virgin in the courtyard to satisfy the Dragon's appetite. When Gwendolyn Wilder defies the dragon, he makes her his prisoner so he won't be exposed. But under the Dragon's gruff exterior beats the heart of a passionate man.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Bantam (first published 2000)
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Elaine Mcdonald
Love Medeiros!

My favorite quote from the story:
"How could I have let you do any of those things when I've never even seen your face? When I don't even know your name?"

"That may be true," he said quietly, "but for just a moment there, I would have sworn you knew my heart."
This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in 1700's Scotland.

The story starts with our hero Brandon. His family, the lord of a village was betrayed to the English by one of the villagers. His family was killed and he was taken prisoner for many years. He is hiding back out in his ruined castle after many years away.

The heroine Gwen is 25 and thought to be strange by her family and village because of her love of science in a time of superstition. The villagers think there is a half man/half
Nov 21, 2011 Bookwatcher rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: My worst enemy
I swear!!! I try, try and try but this lame book was to much for me! Abandoned (after 1 day and more than 100 pages of boring reading!).

Hate the main female character! All hers possible jokes was terrible! Hate the way she describe every woman as a who** and only she is the virtuous one! (come on! Soooo terrible some jokes about her sisters!)

Hate even more the main male character! OMG, someone PLEEEEEASE tell me why I should be charmed by one so annoying as him!

So, my point is.... I'm paying
After reading the cover blurb and through Chapter 2, you can pretty much see exactly how the rest of the book will go. Now, that's no problem, if engaging characters, rich dialogue, or humorous situations keep you entertained while you read. No such luck.

Hero is boring, emo, 1-D. Dragon analogy is stretch throughout the book in non-clever, corny ways. I must be revenged! What? I love her? Ok.

Gwen is curvy/plump. Don't worry about forgetting it, because it's shoved in your face about once a page.
Ann Keller
Long ago, someone in the village of Ballybliss betrayed the Laird of Weyrcraig to the English and both the nobleman and his family were slaughtered. Years later, a fearsome creature - a dragon no less - claims Castle Weyrcraig, demanding food and drink be brought to him, as well as a thousand pounds of gold, the reward given to betray the laird. The superstitious villagers accede to the Dragon’s demands, including giving him the fair Gwendolyn, an innocent, to appease his unceasing hunger.

Yet, t
Christy Stewart
As a retelling of the often retold 'Beauty And The Beast' I expected this book to be painful and contrived. Or painfully contrived. But it was good!

When Medeiros tried to be funny, it was funny. When she tried to be clever, it was clever. That alone is rare, but her characters were also lovable and had a lot of depth.

I'm still confused as to how Tupper isn't gay though...I was so sure...
It is very heart warming romance and it has a little mystery and humor.
The storyline is original and really catches your attention..
I really enjoyed this book
Thanks VERİ!
As the only virgin (literally it's a bit disturbing) left in the Highland village of Ballybliss, Gwendolyn Wilder finds herself being sent off as a sacrificial offering to the legendary "Dragon" of Weyrcraig, literally tied to a steak and wrapped in virginal white Gwendolyn finds herself not as an offering to a mythical creature but as a temptation to the mysterious castle inhabitant. The "Dragon" of Weyrcraig is overly tempted by Gwendolyn's abundant curves, her over educated (for the time) min ...more
As you can guess this story is based off of beauty and beast.

Life in Ballybliss has fallen on hard times. Fifteen years ago the laird and his family were murdered by Englishmen and nothing has really been right since then. Gwendolyn is a young woman who is trying to live by her virtue and take care of her father. All of her life she has been subject to ridicule because she is overweight. Sadly Gwen is one of the few people who has common sense and is also literate. Her brains are what take her i
Sara ♥
4.5 stars. I REALLY liked it.
Teresa Medeiros's writing style is not my FAVORITE. It's too flowery and like... poemy... I don't know how to describe it. Fanciful, maybe. A lot of metaphors that... well, I feel like you should have a good reason to use a metaphor... it shouldn't just be RANDOM. But they were. And similes. And I just don't know. It was odd.

I liked the premise (a Beauty and the Beast story, obviously, that takes place in Scotland in the mid/late 1700s) and I really loved the heroin
This is more like somewhere between a 2.5 and 3.5

Unfortunately, I found myself skipping at some parts. The story isn't bad at all, but I don't why I couldn't connect with the characters as much as I would've liked. Maybe it was too short? I don't know. Hope you end up enjoying it more than I did.
This is the first of Medeiros's books that I've read, and I have to say I am impressed. The Bride and the Beast's main characters are well written and have depth. The tale proceeds at a good pace and has a logical, satisfying conclusion. The author's prose dances off the page with rich description and a lovely rhythm. I found no over- or incorrect usage of figures of speech, i.e., similes, metaphors, etc., not to mention, I was not bothered by the reiteration of the heroine's size. It made sense ...more
Scottish people are superstitious! So when "the Dragon" sends a demand that can't be met to the village of BallyBliss, they decide that it's totes okay to tie a virgin to a stake in his courtyard as a peace offering! Except Gwen's all like "it's 1761 not 1461 COME ON DRAGONS AREN'T A THING" except then metaphors, man. Of course there's dragons if they're SEXY dragons!! BUT OH WAIT HIS SHADOW-HAIR IS FULL OF SECRETS!!! WILL THEIR ROMANTIC BONERS BE ENOUGH TO OVERCOME THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL!! TUNE ...more
I thought The Bride and the Beast was one of the better fairy tale inspired romances I've read. The first 2/3rds of the book I loved, but towards the end I thought it got a little silly. I also sort of wished her period in the castle went for a little longer but that's just being picky. I still thought it was rather good anyways.
I know I liked this book once. It was the first Medeiros I ever picked up, and I certainly liked it well enough to become a regular reader of her novels. But this really may just be one of those places where age and awareness have ruined something for me.

What’s really spoiled it for me now is the entire attitude of the heroine. She’s just so Special Snowflake because she reads and has held onto her virginity, and the amount of slut-shaming she heaps upon every other woman in the village, includ
Author: Teresa Medeiros
First published: April 2001
Length: 324 pages, 3505 kindle locations
Setting: Georgian Highland Romance - Scotland 1761. Memories of Culloden (1746) colour their actions and decisions.
Sex: Reasonably explicit. Only a couple of bedroom scenes, towards the end.
Heroine: Is plus-size ("generous, but shapely, derriere" p.104, loc.1108). Her size colours how she sees herself, and how she is treated. She eats many biscuits and has many (kissable) dimples. It is not an issue for our
Astrid Yrigollen
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"Vaporous tongues of mist crept out of the glens and hollows, swirling like dragon’s breath around the parapets of Castle Weyrcraig. The sea pounded at the cliffs below, roaring with mindless fury. The full moon cast an icy glow over the castle, chilling everything it touched and deepening the illusion that the ancient stones had been frozen in time."

I love this description the most out of the book. But through out the book Teresa has done an amazing job describing the scenes from the book. I
Leyla Fernandez
This was my first romance novel. I read it a few years ago and the memories still dance in my head. You know that feeling when you're trapped so beautifuly in a book. The butterlfy and hungry feeling to just keep reading and reading. Well thats what happened to me every time I read this work of art. It has all the romance ingredients you would love to encounter when you grab a book.
I thank Teresa Medeiros for delighting us with her story telling.
If you love passion, pain, love and a good story,t
Caroline Yamashita
Um dragão doido para se vingar de uma aldeia pobre.
Uma virgem que foi obrigada a se entregar a uma dragão cruel.
Para mim 3,5!
Eu achei um pouco enroladinho!
Na verdade, essa história de vingança não me cativa!
Carolyn F.
Am I the only one who didn't like this book? It wasn't horrible but it wasn't very good either. Gwendolyn's a chubby little girl who has a crush on the Laird's son Bernard. Then she thinks he's killed with his family. Years later the Laird's protector(?) a dragon is making the village live in fear and since she's the only virgin left, they tie her up at the castle. Well the dragon is more than she thought. There's this convoluted romance that was so irritating, it was skimtastic. Which I also en ...more
Serban Georgiana
Asa cum ne spune si numele cartii,in acasta poveste-i intalnim pe Frumoasa si Bestia adaptati Scotiei anilor 1700.
Initial am crezut ca am in fata ochilor o mare"prostie de carte",dar s-a dovedit ca nu este asa de rea .
Personajele au fost chiar haioase,si usor de indragit,dar poveste razbunarii nu m-a impresionat mai de loc.Nu am inteles nici motivatia acestei crude tradari,dar nici razbunarea in sine.Nu vreau sa dezvalui absolut nimic.Rar o fac,doar atunci cand simt ca o carte ma impresioneaza p
Dec 29, 2014 Pamela rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
A very heartwarming re-telling of the classic fairytale and I simply loved it.
Elizabeth Bennet
That would have been my title had I chose a name. I actually was reading another review page for Lisa Kleypas, " Suddenly You," and one of the reviews compared this book with hers.

I mean no disrespect for either in regards to my opinion but this book really does not belong in the same class as Lisa Kleypas. Maybe I'm biased because she's one of my favorites but it was disappointing none the less. Gwendolyn, who is the heroin, was very charming in the beginning. She was chubby, saucy and a tom bo
Elisabeth Lane
Gwendolyn Wilder loved Bernard MacCullough from afar as a girl. But when the English raid his father's Castle for harboring the Scottish pretender, the young would-be laird is killed. Or so she thought. And when a dragon comes to claim the ruined castle, the villagers send the only virgin left in Ballybliss to slake The Dragon's hunger.

The Bride and the Beast by Teresa Medeiros is one of those books that despite some issues, I really loved. It doesn't hurt that beauty and the beast is pretty muc
Oh, this book brings memories from times long ago - not the book itself, but the genre - of living in a dorm in my college, and reading borrowed crappy romance books, instead of studying.
No better way to prepare for an exam, than reading some crappy romance, as it very successfully vacuums out your brain and voila, you're prepared to study! (not really).
As for crappy romance books, this ain't one of them. Campy as hell, full of tropes and cliches, plump heroines and lairds, all the ravishing yo
The mysterious Dragon of Weyrcraig Castle has once again demanded the villagers at Ballybliss provide him with food and whiskey. But this time he also wants gold. Since the villagers don't have any gold, they decide a virgin sacrifice will have to do. So, they stake Gwendolyn Wilder in the castle courtyard, hoping she will satisfy the Dragon's appetite. Gwen soon finds herself a prisoner to the Dragon, a man who treats her like a princess, but keeps to the shadows so she cannot see his face.

Rebecca (everyday reader)
This telling of a classic tale, with changes and liberties, is an imaginative and well penned story. Bernard is not the beast you think, and the 'Beauty' of the story doesn't show all her beauty on the outside, but the inside as well. A charming read!!
After reading all of the good reviews on this book, I was dissapointed. The story started out well, but then both characters developed a huge streak of immaturity. I'm also not a fan of characters running away from their situation.
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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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