Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Bride of the Beast Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2003
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
Larger-than-life characters and a scenic setting add color to Welfonder's 14th-century romance, but the story's lack of historical detail will ultimately frustrate readers. Since her husband's death, Lady Caterine Keith has been forced to stand by as greedy Englishmen threaten her Scottish stronghold. To protect the castle from a royal edict, Caterine's sister, Linnet (the heroine of Welfonder's first novel, Devil in a Kilt), sends Caterine a prospective husband of the highest virtue-Sir Marmaduke Strongbow. Caterine grudgingly marries the scarred, English-born knight but refuses to offer him her heart because she was once raped by English soldiers and now hates any man with English blood. Marmaduke, however, fears Caterine really resists because of his appearance. Although Caterine's opposition to Marmaduke feels contrived, Welfonder pens some steamy scenes in which the two first use sex to bridge their differences and then continue giving into desire while the differences remain. In the end... readers will be left wondering how love finally prevailed and why it took so long.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"A keeper among keepers whose sheer beauty is sure to bring tears to your eyes and joy to your heart." -- Diana Tidlund of Reviews That Grab Your Attention at Writers Unlimited
"Best we've read all year. Welfonder makes you feel as if you are actually there. A novel to cherish." -- The Historical Romance Club
"Everything I had hoped for and more. For a true love story, readers need look no further." -- Sandra Brill, Romance Reviews Today
"Extremely moving. Marmaduke has the magic to wrap himself around the hearts of millions. Welfonder once again produces another winner!" -- Suzie Housley, Myshelf.com and Bridges Magazine
"Fantastic. Welfonder once again proves she is an author to watch out for. This book is not to be missed." -- Robin Peek, The Word On Romance
"Welfonder is adept at spinning a historical Scottish tale. Existing fans and new readers will be delighted. Charming and captivating!" -- Rashmi Srinivas of BookLoons Romance Reviews
Character-driven and fast-paced, Bride of the Beast is a very enjoyable, romantic read. Don't miss it! -- The Best Reviews - Cynthia Meidinger
Emotionally intense, highly sensual, unforgettable characters. This magical story secures Welfonder's place as a writer on the way to stardom. -- Kathe Robin - Romantic Times BOOKclub
Sir Marmaduke is an RT K.I.S.S. of the Month Hero! -- Romantic Times Magazine
Thrilling. Vibrant characters. Sensual. Ms. Welfonder spins pure magic. With writing like this, she is headed for super stardom! -- Reader To Reader Reviews - Suzanne Coleburn
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
Sir Marmeduke Strongbow is such an honorable and likable character...you just cannot help hoping the best for him..ya just wanna see things end well for him. Well, THIS story is "it"...just so dog-gone FUN too. This story made me smile, then forced a huge silly grin on my face...ear to ear grin...then it made me laugh out loud...and finally cry buckets.
Downside: I was frustrated with Caterina Keith's character...I wanted to reallllly like her, but the bottom line is, she just irked me most of the time. I understood her trauma and angst and her hesitancy in giving herself wholly to someone new. Yet at the same time, she admits she wants Sir. Strongbow and even, eventually, admits she cares for him to the point of loving him. But still she withholds herself and won't admit her feelings to this man who adores her. I just wanted to slap the snot outta her.
I absolutely LOVED how we were updated periodically on what was happening in Duncan and Linnets life...ie; her pregnancy etc. Thank you for that Ms. W!!
This is a great story and well worth the time to read.
Lady Caterine Keith was in need of a man, no a champion. She needs protection from Sir Hugh who was not content with only taking her livestock but also wanted the castle and to marry her. Twice widowed and her innocence taken early in life she has no need for a man. Too stubborn for her own good, her dear friend Rhonda took it upon herself to send word to Linnet asking for help. Her sister Linnet already had a champion in mind, one of the greatest warriors none other than Sir Marmaduke Strongbow.
Sir Marmaduke Strongbow has much to look forward to. Though there was not a lady in his life, he would soon move into and guard the new castle that he and Duncan MacKenzie has designed. The only thing missing was a lady. Linnet seeks out Marmaduke to ask a favor in the middle of the night while heavy with child. Of course, Duncan is aware that she has slipped out of the bed and he soon finds them in the chapel. Linnet lost her courage and Duncan gladly requested the favor, be a champion to Caterine. He mulls over the request, bad timing considering his new castle will be complete soon. Honor, however will not let him ignore a lady in need.
I found myself a little agitated with Caterine. She was a bit cold. I could understand being apprehensive considering her previous problems but she was icy. One thing I found to like about her was his scars had nothing to do with the constant rejection. I loved his character except I thought that perhaps he was too forthcoming with his feelings. I wanted him to be more firm considering the lady he was dealing with.
Some reviewers hit the nail on the head, there was a very strong sexual attraction there but that wasn't all. He actually wanted to love her, to marry her and make her his wife in every way. He admired her strength and beauty. She on the other hand wanted a marriage of convenience. Slowly she starts to open up her heart. She admired him as a man, a very noble man who was slowly slaying her internal dragons.
The four highlanders he takes along, James (her late husbands self-pitying son) and her best friend Rhonda all make excellent secondary characters. We also visit Duncan and Linnet several times. Duncan, true to form lets off a string of oaths within the first sentence of his appearing in the book (this was one of the funniest things in the previous book IMO). Linnet appears to use her gift of sight much more in this novel. The mystery behind the traitor adds a nice touch along with the beautiful Scottish setting that Mrs. Welfonder describes perfectly.
A solid read, 4.0 rating. Historical romance readers will enjoy this book.