Book Reviews of Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Author: Hannah Howell
ISBN-13: 9780821780046
ISBN-10: 0821780042
Publication Date: 4/1/2007
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 188 ratings
Publisher: Zebra
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 13
Thayer thought he was about to attend his cousin William's wedding & soon discovers he is the bridegroom of the beautiful Gytha due to a twist of fate. Thayer is appalled at this news. Years earlier his heart was severely broken by a beautiful but heartless well-bred woman and he promised himself he would never become that vulnerable again. Gytha slowly breaks through the barriers he's constructed around his heart with her innocence and loving ways. But deep down Thayer still isn't convinced she is as pure as she seems and dreads the day when he will find her in bed with another man. Because of Thayer's mistrust, a greedy uncle & Thayer's ex-love Elizabeth (who decides she wants him back in her bed) he and Gytha have a very rocky road ahead of them.

I enjoyed this book, even though I didn't like it as well as her Highland series. It was somewhat amusing to watch Thayer and Gytha stumble around their love, but mostly I just wanted to thump them.
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Helpful Score: 9
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 severely broken by a beautiful but heartless well-bred woman and he promised himself he would never become that vulnerable again. Gytha slowly breaks through the barriers he's constructed around his heart with her innocence and loving ways. But deep down Thayer still isn't convinced she is as pure as she seems and dreads the day when he will find her in bed with another man. Because of Thayer's mistrust, a greedy uncle & Thayer's ex-love Elizabeth (who decides she wants him back in her bed) he and Gytha have a very rocky road ahead of them.


I really enjoyed this delightful Beauty & The Beast retelling! It was refreshing to read about a heroine who had no care for looks and although she was physically perfect she didn't feel it was an important part of who she was. This book was very funny in parts, while still being emotionally intense and the chemistry between the h/h was smoldering. This one teared me up & had me smiling at the same time. I hated to see their story come to an end. Track this book down & move it to top of the TBR [to be read] pile.
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Helpful Score: 5
Although I think all of Hannah Howell's books are good, this was not her best. Gytha notices Thayer's heart and soul long before she ever thinks about his looks. He just has to accept that she loves him unconditionally.
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Helpful Score: 4
Not one of her Scotish titles of the Murray Family. But, great story! The hero isn't a perfect male specimen and the beautiful woman loves him anyway. It was easy reading, but the chemistry between the characters was great and seeing them overecome their insecurities and get past the danger they face was fun.

From the back cover:
On the eve of her wedding to the heir of Saiturn 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 Devil can break the promise his foster-father made years ago and soon finds himself married to a woman whose exquisite beauty and sweet innocence intrigue him. But can his new bride look beyond his scars to find a hidden passion and undying love locked deep inside him?
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Helpful Score: 4
One of Howell's slower books.
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Trashy romance at it's finest
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Helpful Score: 1
Hannah Howell always writes a good romance. The hero was stupid at times but the heroine loves him anyways. Good read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very good historical romance set in England.
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Helpful Score: 1
Nice read. The characters were well written, the storyline was believable. It was nice to have a hero with some insecurities, rather than focusing on the heroine's.
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I loved this book...It is a very heart warming tale about 2 people who are perfect for eachother but take a lil while to figure it out. So many parts of this book made me cry with sadness then laugh with glee.
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This hero's pain broke my heart
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Interesting book and a good read. On the eve of her wedding Gytha is shocked to learn that her betrothed is dead and she is to marry the next in line. Thayer is a battle-hardened kinight known as the Red Devil.............
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I absolutely loved this book. Read it 3 times.
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i like the twist of the male lead having a bit of insecurity with his looks. sweet read.
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I absolutely loved this book! I even read the ending once I got to the middle of the story-I couldn't wait. The relationship between these two was fun and the passion they shared was wonderful. For such a huge warrior he is so insecure!
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I always enjoy romance, intrigue and historical fiction all rolled into one.
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I"m a fan of Hannah Howell this story doesn't dissapoint
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Not bad.
This is my second Hannah Howell book and this was much better than the first (Only For You). However it was also remarkably similar to that book. The story had much the same basic premise, with a woman marrying a man she doesn't really know, there's a bad guy who wants to kill the hero, she eventually gets pregnant, winds up caught by villain, hero saves the day, yada yada yada.

What I liked about this book is that the hero is a big, unremarkable-looking, red-haired man with freckles. The emotional angst in the story is that he believes he is ugly and doesn't deserve someone beautiful, doesn't trust that someone beautiful can really love him. It is an unusual storyline, that of a man who is insecure about his appearance. The heroine, someone very beautiful who has spent a lifetime of people fawning over her looks and is unmoved by appearance. She finds certain features beautiful and she finds their spirit beautiful. They are well matched.

3 Stars
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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 himself (his looks not his fighting ability) and the woman who loves him but is frustrated by his inability to see that she loves him.

Well written with grea t characters (even the bad guys). And as expected, a happily ever after for our hero and heroine. This was written in 1992 and isn't up to Hannah Howell's current standards but still a great read.
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On the eve of her wedding to the heir of Saiturn Manor, the stunningly beautiful Gytha is shocked to learn that her betrothed, a man she barely knew, is dead. Now she must marry the heir, Thayer Saiturn, a battle-harden 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 Devil can break the promise his foster-father made years ago and soon finds himself married to a woman whose exquisite beauty and sweet innocence intrigue him. But can his new bride look beyond his scars to find a hidden passion and undying love locked deep inside him?
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i enjoyed this book
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Historical romance. Tale of the love between a fierce knight wounded in battle and his passionate woman whom he is betrothed.
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Hannah Howell is a great author, her books deal with Scotland, and they are a great read!
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good action historical romance
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Romantic, lovely characters, Hannah Howell at hre best....
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hannah howell does it again. a great read didn' want to put it down.
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It was really good my first Hannah Howell book. It made me pick another book of hers. I couldnt put the book down.
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Awesome book! I flew right through it!
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I really enjoyed this book, it took me one day to read, I couldn't put it down. Hannah Howell has another great book to her credit.
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on the eve of her wedding to the heir of Saiturn Manor, the stunnigly beautiful Gytha is shocked to learn that her betrothed, a man she barely knew id dead. Nowe she must marry the 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 interst in marriage, But not even the Red Devil can break the promise his foster father made years ago and soon finds himself married to a woman whose exquisite beauty and sweet innocence intrigue him,.. do they make it?? Read and see
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loved her books
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Not my first HH book
I enjoyed the premise and her characters were most lively
A good summer read
FMK