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Beauty and the Beast

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,135 ratings  ·  234 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell enthralls readers with her unforgettable tales of the love between fierce knights and their passionate women, weaving her storytelling genius to give us one of her best romances yet.  .  .

Beauty And The Beast

On the eve of her wedding to the heir of Saiturn Manor, the stunningly beautiful Gytha is shocked to learn that her

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by Zebra (first published 1992)
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Dec 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
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
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
Bark  |  Laurie  |  LOHF
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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 through th
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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.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3/5 stars

It's okay. It has nothing from the other world, it is simply entertained. It is a book that hooks you when you are reading it, as soon as you leave it, at least for me, it was difficult for me to pick it up again but once I started reading it hooked me again.

I liked the story. At first I thought it was a version of beauty and the beast and on the one hand it is when it comes to the subject of inner beauty. The protagonist has a lot of scars and is not very attractive but the protagoni
Victoria Castillo

So i was thinking of how i would write this and i decided i to go straight to the point. Much easier...less boring.

I didn't like this. The plot dragged throughout half of the book and the main characters exasperated me. I didn't feel any connection to Gytha, the heroine, who is the prototipe of a lady of the 1600's and don't get me wrong, is not like i was especting something different, but she just didn't have any trait i could find interesting. She was just a Meh, plain character.

Thayer i thou
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Assuming and expecting the beauty and the beast story set in the historical times was my first mistake and continuing to read even when I realized that it was not the right time for me to read it was the 2nd mistake. Oh well, no issues except that when you force yourself to read something that was not enjoyable then surely the review is gonna reflect that frame of mind and it is not something that I love doing. So there, You have been warned dear friends!

Beauty and the Beast does not have much o
Madhulika Liddle
May 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In 14th century England, the exquisitely beautiful Gytha is getting ready to be married to William, the heir of Saitun. That—the heir of Saitun—is the important part; because, as the result of a long-ago agreement, Gytha is promised to the heir of Saitun, whoever he may be when she comes of age. So, when news comes, just on the eve of the wedding, that William has suddenly died, Gytha is nearly married off to his spineless and weak-willed cousin Robert, before the arrival of Thayer, yet another ...more
I've been digging through some "Beauty & the Beast" themes, and this one was titled as such, so I gave it a go.

This book is unabashedly a historical romance. It had me smiling from the start. Our hero, the Red Devil, is big and red and furry, scarred and battle-marred and befreckled like a red-headed stepchild. Our heroine is golden and pure and sensual, all in one package, and when she sees Big Red for the first time, she wants to take care of him and ease his worries. She gets all squishy ins
Lucy Qhuay

An enjoyable enough historical romance, without being particularly original or exciting.

It's plain to see I picked this book up drawn by the promise of some kind of beauty and the beast retelling , but I must say I was disappointed.

I was expecting Thayer, the hero, to be a battle-scarred, cold-hearted, ruthless warrior, but when push came to shove, he really wasn't.

He was surprisingly soft and sweet, albeit in a rough way. Sure, he had trust issues and he was scarred, both in and outside, since
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
Dec 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The hero in this book is the most insecure and spineless asshole I've read about in the longest time. He literally watched his wife get almost raped by some guy and he just stood there because he was insecure about her love. This book is too passive with little to no plot and with an unlikable hero. I don't mind insecure heroes, but this one took it to an extreme. ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was really excited to read this story, but it didn't really work for me. It started off so well when Gytha was married off to Thayer, a warrior. He wasn't planning on getting married on the day of his cousin's wedding, but since the marriage contract was to the heir of Saitum Manor and Thayer wasn't dead like all had thought, he ends up being the groom instead. I figured this would be a fun story between a lady and a war hardened knight, however, that wasn't actually the case.

Thayer wasn't a b
More like 3.5 stars.

Not a retelling of the fantasy, despite the title. The heroine is a drop dead beautiful person and the hero is often described and a big, red brute of a man. But that is about all. He is considered super masculine but is plain and women aren't falling all over themselves for him. I liked that aspect of the book.

In story structure this was is almost a mirror for Only For You by the same author. Coincidentally I read both books back to back. I didn't expect their plots or even
This book was unfortunately just a little boring, Mary Jane Wells was amazing narrator as usual, but I still kept finding myself loosing interest and would finish entire chapters and not absorb any of it.
My favorite part was mostly just Gytha calling Thayer stupid. Because he was. Normally I can really understand characters who just don't feel good about themselves, but I feel like he took it just a bit to far.
This is a sad review because I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it at all either.
Oct 07, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNFed @27%

I had several issues with this book:
- The narration:
I can't stand Mary Jane Wells. Her male voices weren't good and she just went with her normal accent for this narration. Maybe if she could do better voices, the accent wouldn't have bothered me as much.
- Not truly Beauty & the Beast: She's a definite beauty and as other have noticed, he's not beastly just a plain looking ginger (while being all tall and ripply so he has his attractions). This is Britain, c'mon, gingers cannot have b
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Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Apr 02, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
Shelves: romance, fiction
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 ★
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Louisa Cornell
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
May 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-rom
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).

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