Bride of the Beast

Bride of the Beast

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by Sue-Ellen Welfonder
     
 

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In this historical romance, Sue-Ellen Welfonder delivers a sensual tale set in medieval Scotland about a young woman in need of a champion - and finding one in a heroic, scarred warrior.

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In this historical romance, Sue-Ellen Welfonder delivers a sensual tale set in medieval Scotland about a young woman in need of a champion - and finding one in a heroic, scarred warrior.

Editorial Reviews

Ingela F. Hyatt
What can I say about this book? Bride of the Beast is the thrilling sequel to Devil in a Kilt. A wonderful, sensual tale of passion, danger and long lost love finally found. Sue-Ellen Welfonder has a remarkable ability to draw you into the story as if you are actually there, making you laugh, cry and sigh along with her very real and vibrant characters. If you liked Devil in a Kilt, you will love Bride of the Beast. A keeper! (Historical Romance Club)
The Historical Romance Club
The best historical romance we have read all year. BRIDE OF THE BEAST is pure magic. A joy to read, Welfonder has the talent to make you feel as if you are actually there. This is a novel to cherish for years to come.
on the book's win as The Historical Romance Club's Favorite Historical Romance of the Year for 2003
Suzanne Coleburn
A thrilling story. Vibrant characters. So sensual at times it will give you goosebumps. Ms. Welfonder spins pure magic. No wonder she won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best First Historical Romance with Devil in a Kilt. With writing like this, Ms. Welfonder is headed for super stardom!
Reader to Reader Reviews
Romantic Times
4 1/2 Stars and a Top Pick
Romantic Times Bookclub
4 1/2 Stars and a Top Pick

Emotionally intense, highly sensual, soaring with romance and peopled with unforgettable characters, Sue-Ellen Welfonder gifts readers with a tale that will leave an indelible mark on their hearts and minds. Marmaduke is a hero to dream about and you'll be as much under his sensual spell as Caterine. With this magical love story Ms. Welfonder secures her place as a writer on the way to stardom.

Brill, Sandra
Everything I had hoped for and more. Ever since meeting Sir Marmaduke in Welfonder's DEVIL IN A KILT, I have been anticipating his story. I was not disappointed. He is one of the best knights in shining armor that I have ever had the pleasure to read about. For a true love story, readers need look no further than BRIDE OF THE BEAST. Read this one to fall in love with love.
Romance Reviews Today
Robin Peek
A fantastic Scottish historical romance. The perfect hero. A strong, independent heroine. Vividly described scenery, from the castle grounds to the darkened torch lit hallways. Old castles, knights protecting fair maidens. Ahh ... if only. Welfonder once again proves why she is an author to watch out for. Her characters are multilayered, her writing creative and innovative. BRIDE OF THE BEAST will carve a place for itself in your heart and is definitely not to be missed.
Word on Romance
Suzie Housley
Welfonder has given Bride of the Beast's memorable hero, Sir Marmaduke, the magic to wrap himself around the hearts of millions. It was a joy to read and review such an extremely moving novel. Ms. Welfonder once again has produced another winner!
Myshelf.com and Bridges Magazine
Janean Nusz
Welfonder's style is beautiful, her characters finely written, and her storyline draws readers into a historical world so real, that one can almost taste the sea spray crashing against the cliffs. She has penned an utterly unique hero in Sir Marmaduke, one strong enough to conquer every woman's longing heart, but sensitive enough to win the love of even the most jaded readers. Far and away, one of the best books I've read in a good long while.
Road To Romance
RBL Romantica
The sequel to Welfonder's much-loved DEVIL IN A KILT, with a haunted but strong heroine and a tough but caring hero - both these books are not to be missed.
Kathy Baker
Filled with emotions, passion and sensual characters. Welfonder takes the reader to the hills of the Highlands and we never want to leave.
Waldenbooks and Romance Sells, 1999 RWA Bookseller of the Year
Srinivas, Rashmi
Welfonder is adept at spinning a historical Scottish tale filled with love, dripping with sensuality, and laced with deceit and danger. Existing fans and new readers will be delighted with Bride of the Beast; charming and captivating!
Bookloons Romance Reviews
Tidlund, Diana
With her newest release, Welfonder proves she is one of the most outstanding historical romance authors today. She whisks readers into a long ago magical world that could only be brought to life by a truly talented author. Bride of the Beast is a shining example of an extraordinary romance at its best. A keeper among keepers whose sheer beauty is sure to bring tears to your eyes and joy to your heart.
Reviews That Grab Your Attention at WritersUnlimited.com
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, the rescue of a drowning lapdog finally brings the couple together, but readers will be left wondering how love finally prevailed and why it took so long. (Jan.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446547345
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/08/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
49,061
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

Harriet Klausner
What makes this book stand out is the lead couple, especially the male protagonist. His honor, loyalty, and compassion make him a hero for any age, while Caterine is an intrepid lady who is the perfect complement to the male champion. Historical readers will enjoy Sue-Ellen Welfonder's wonderful writing that shows she is one of the top knights of the era.

Meet the Author

Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.

Now a full-time writer, she's quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.

Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.

Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida.

Learn more at:
www.welfonder.com
Facebook.com/SueEllenWelfonderAuthor
Twitter, @se_welfonder.

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Bride of the Beast 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sir Marmaduke Strongbow , what endears this character of Scottish tale of love to us, is his scar marring his noble features. The scar runs from his eye to the corner of his mouth. This makes his one eye appear blind, though the eye really is gone. This gives Maramduke a grimacing, if not scary appearance, at times. He received his scar in a rage induced sword fight with Duncan MacKenzie's evil half brother, who poisoned Marmaduke's wife (Duncan MacKenzie's sister), killing her. Marmaduke is now asked by Lady Linnet MacKenzie, sister to Lady Caterine Keith to become Caterine`s champion and pretend to be her husband. Lady Caterine Keith whose husband was murdered and she, violently raped repeatedly by a group of English warriors. Caterine now can not stand the sound, much less the sight, of any Englishman. Because Caterine is without a husband, the hatefully Sir Hugh is trying to step-in and force her hand in marriage. This is why Sir Marmaduke must become her champion. With both their troubled pasts, they will struggle to overcome their demons and mistrust to find that love desired, is found. You will fall in love with the charming silver tongued devil, in more ways than one, (*G*). His courage and honor is second to none. You will find yourself routing for this scarred brute of a man, with each turn of a page, that is... BRIDE OF THE BEAST...
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1330 Scotland, widow Lady Caterine Keith struggles to keep her strategically located Dunlaidir Castle safe from the odious Sassunach like malevolent Sir Hugh de la Hogue who insists she marry him. Her best friend Lady Rhona sends a message to Caterine¿s sister Linnet, married to Duneen Mackenzie, for help. Linnet obtains a pledge from loyal knight and friend Sir Marmaduke Strongbow to keep her sibling safe. Marmaduke arrives at the castle, but is rejected by Caterine not because of his scarred visage, but because he is English. In spite of his tainted blood, Caterine believes her sibling would only send someone she trusts. Caterine offers a pretend marriage, but the honorable Marmaduke insists on a real wedding. She agrees, not understanding that Marmaduke wants her not the estate. A sequel, BRIDE OF THE BEAST, is a delightful fourteenth century Scottish romance that brings back characters from DEVIL IN A KILT to include Marmaduke. The story line is typical of the sub-genre, but what makes it stand out is the lead couple especially the male protagonist. His honor, loyalty, and compassion make him a hero for any age while Caterine is an intrepid lady who is the perfect complement to the male champion. Historical readers will enjoy Sue-Ellen Welfonder¿s wonderful writing that shows she is one of the top knights of the era. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally loved thiis book! Could not put down My heart went out to Sir Marmaduke. A man of great honor,loyalty, and love. A well written romance- every detail, every Scottish/English word PERFECT! A must read for the true romantic!
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Oh my, I'm in love... Marmaduke has to be the sexiest Highlander yet... AND I loved the scattered updates on Duncan and Linnet (from the 1st book in this series) thru-out the book... A Must-Read... Sue-Ellen is a master at weaving delightful Highlander romances...
babyduck More than 1 year ago
omg I loved this book. well worth the money spent.
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