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The Bride and the Beast (Once Upon a Time #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  4,407 Ratings  ·  290 Reviews
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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 th
Paperback, 324 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Bantam (first published 2000)
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Jan 01, 2012 Elaine rated it really liked it
Shelves: teresa-medeiros
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
Jun 21, 2010 Bookwatcher rated it did not like it
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
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jun 25, 2016 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it liked it
Another take on a beauty and the beast theme, although the Dragon is hardly a beast.
The Bride and the Beast is a revenge and forgiveness story with a dash of humour and sadness to even the things out. This other part goes into a Monty Python's Flying Circus territory. One of the scenes reminded me of a Monty Python scene involving a mob (I can't really say which one exactly since it would be a bit spoiler-y; fortunately, they had a lot of those). Hilarious and horrific at the same time.
I liked
Sep 30, 2009 Cynthia rated it did not like it
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.
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
The hero and the heroine lacked charm and so did the story.
Even the ending couldn't save this for me. :( Would not recommend.
May 09, 2016 Tinsoni rated it liked it
The characters felt a bit shallow, and there were a few unnecessary twists and turns. Full review coming soon.
Ann Keller
Nov 08, 2009 Ann Keller rated it it was amazing
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...
I'm a BIG fan of Teresa Medeiros' books, I love her work which is why this was really frustrating for me to read because it disappointed me so much. I was surprised by this book. I don't know what happened but this isn't at all like her other work.

What I liked: The nod to the fairytale story of Beauty and the Beast. Who doesn't love that story? A woman falling in love with a lonely beast.

What I didn't like: I quickly started losing interest in the second chapter with all the cartoon-like chara
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
Jan 03, 2010 Elle rated it really liked it
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
Oct 01, 2014 kris rated it liked it
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
May 09, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it
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
Stephanie (Jump)
Sep 12, 2016 Stephanie (Jump) rated it really liked it
4 stars
Overall I found the story lacked the finesse of Yours Until Dawn . Meant to be a play on Beauty and the Beast story, this story at times seemed a bit heavy handed.

From the first scene it was pretty clear who the Dragon would be, so there was no suspense. Although our poor heroine Gwen of course has no idea.

I also found some aspects a little hard to believe, including Gwem falling in love with a man whose face she hasn't seen amd whose true identity she doesn't know. It felt too sudden.
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
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!
Summer Ann
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.
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.
Nov 16, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fairy-tale
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Zel Polev
Aug 21, 2015 Zel Polev rated it did not like it
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Genieve Ong
Jan 21, 2017 Genieve Ong rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Delightful! At some point while reading this I was crying! I am not even thinking of anything significant! Goodness! The dragon just like the characters on the book might put a scary curse on me! XDDD
Jul 22, 2013 Cruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
May 23, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it
Another hilarious read from Teresa Medeiros. I'm lucky that Medeiros has intriguing cover images because if she didn't I probably wouldn't have ever picked it out of the large box of books I got it from. If I hadn't I would have missed out on a delightful read.

Gwendolyn Wilder has lived with a lifelong crush, since before the age of nine she has wanted no one other than Bernard MacCullough when she believed him dead the year she turned nine, she was d
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Oct 10, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
I wasn't overly bowled over by this romance, it didn't do much for me. It stalled quite a bit in the beginning and became dull as Gwendolyn and the Dragon have their many sparring interludes without her ever seeing his face while being held prisoner in his castle. I wanted the story to move forward! Of course, it's not what we think. I liked the prologue, but the whole captivity part of the book just was kind of dull, I never quite felt that the love growing between the H/h was believable. His f ...more
Rin W. Vitale
Aug 27, 2015 Rin W. Vitale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars!

Hmm..surprisingly I enjoyed this one so much. Considering this is my first time reading Historical Romance genre, this did not disappoint me. Though, I must admit I don't understand some of the Scottish wording.

Beautiful fairy tale. And Toby was such an annoying-adorable giant cat!!

The Dragon paced to the hearth, earning a somnolent glare from the fluffy gray cat toasting himself on the hearthstones. He's taken in Toby in the hopes that the massive feline would help reduce the rat po
Jul 15, 2013 Shivanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readin-2013
"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
Serban Georgiana
May 16, 2014 Serban Georgiana rated it liked it
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
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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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“Then you're a bigger fool than I thought. Since when has any man ever been worthy of the woman he loved? It's only by God's grace that they love us in spite of ourselves.” 21 likes
“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.”
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