Maiden and the Monster

Maiden and the Monster

by Michelle M. Pillow

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WINNER of the 2006 RT Reviewer's Choice Award!

NYT & USAT Bestselling Author

Vladamir of Kessen, Duke of Lakeshire Castle, is feared as a demon in the land of Wessex. The kings have granted him a title of nobility in exchange for his part as a political prisoner. Discontent, he bides his time in his new home until war will once again rip through the land. But boredom soon turns to devious pleasure as the daughter of his most hated enemy is left for dead at his castle gate. Now the monster bides his time plotting revenge.

Lady Eden of Hawks' Nest doesn't know what to think of the man who saved her life, but she can't wrench her thoughts away. His words are those of a tyrant, true to his vicious reputation, but his touch is that of a man, stirring passion when there should only be fear. It would seem the infamous monster is not as monstrous as he appears.

Medieval Historical Romance - Long Novel

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625012081
Publisher: The Raven Books LLC
Publication date: 07/15/2018
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 596
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.32(d)

About the Author

Michelle M. Pillow is a NY Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Romance and Cozy Mystery Author. Romance Writers of America has recognized her for publishing over 100 titles.

She is best known for her Qurilixen World, an Award-winning, bestselling collection of science fiction, futuristic, and paranormal romance novels. The collection includes 34 books within 7 series installments (and growing): Dragon Lords, Lords of the Var, Space Lords, Captured by a Dragon-Shifter, Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides, and more.

Michelle is always up for a new adventure or challenge, whether it's a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She was a refugee extra on SyFy's Z Nation.

Fictions Genres include: Science Fiction, Futuristic, Paranormal, Shifter, Vampire, Ghost, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Parallel Universe/Alternate Reality, Historical, Chick Lit, Romance and Cozy Mystery


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Maiden And The Monster 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LadyRavenRAVE1 More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT... bought it almost a year ago kept putting it off to read.. but SORRY i did. the story line was great for me and the steamy sex. You cant help but fall in love with Vladamir he was a sweet monster if thats possible and Eden loved her.. A definite KEEPER....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Couldn't put it down!
n7kk7br00ks More than 1 year ago
medieval historical romance by Michelle M. Pillow. Kind of a new version of Beauty and the Beast. Whilst set within a historic period, there is a serious dollop of literary licence when it comes to attitudes towards sex and relationships!!!! In late 9th C Wessex, Britain is divided between the Danes and the Anglo-Saxons and have a temporary peace. Lady Eden, is found outside of the castle walls of the Lakeshire. She has been treated shoddily by every male in her life. The Duke, Vladimir, is one of the Viking hostages, used to ensure peace between the peoples. He is the eponymous monster. He isn't a happy or very pleasant man. However, by the use on an internal monologue we see what goes on within his head and what happened before he became a hostage, which makes him a more likeable hero! No spoilers storywise but I did find Eden rather too sweet and forgiving. She doesn't really ever seem to do anything to get herself out of bad situations and just seems to float aimlessly in the mire of males!! Her death can be used as a tool for revenge and intrigue. Even in these times women were able to carry weapons - personally I'd have clobbered a few of these neanderthals!! This isn't my usual genre as I'm not must of a historical romance girl (too much of a historian!!) but Ms Pillow's style, and sense of adventure drew me to read it. I did find the characters hard to like but that didn't detract too much from what was essentially a decent story. There are some slips with peerage, titles and delves into modern language which just wouldn't have been used but this isn't a historical biography so I'll forgive!!
pammyl More than 1 year ago
OK I am Not one for historical romance unless it has some paranormal in it lol this didn't and it still kept my attention, so much so that when I had to put it down because company came over a keep wondering what was going to happen next in the story lol. It's full of lust, betrayal, revenge, but at the end true love. I don't think a book had me so emotionally evolved that cried so much. Impressive.
cherigCG More than 1 year ago
This story has a wealth of emotions and character growth. I didn't want to like Vladamir, he worked very hard to live up to his name as a monster, but the little maiden made it a constant battle. I am not an avid Historical Romance Fan, however Michelle Pillow has given me a new found enjoyment. The Duke Vladamir has lots of reasons for his discontent and little incentive to change. He is in the land of his enemy, a prisoner with benefits. Still Eden captures his interest as a nameless, half dead beating victim dropped at his castle gate. As she recovers he tries to ignore her and her very real appeal. While there are times I wanted to throttle him, as I began to understand his past I found myself understanding how Eden fell under his spell. Watch him soften and her strengthen. Ms Pillow likes to wring emotions from her readers and she does a great job with this one. I was provided an ARC for an honest review.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
“I would recommend MAIDEN AND THE MONSTER to anyone who enjoys a good medieval romance. Will she survive it? I told his lordship she would. I didn’t want to give him an excuse not to help her. Methinks that if he suspected she was near death, he would turn her out.” “I don’t know. Methinks it depends on her will to live. If she doesn’t want life, she’ll die.” Haldana sighed. “I’ll stay with her and watch over her. Please, direct the girls to take over my duties.” “Yea. ‘Tis already done.” Ulric narrowed his eyes in heavy contemplation, drawing back the coverlet at the girl’s bruised throat. His frown deepened. It looked as if she’d been strangled. “M’lord has put her in my charge until she awakens. He wishes to speak to her then.” “Methinks that m’lord is more frightened of her being here because she is a woman and a woman of his class.” “Yea, methought it also. He didn’t think much of me saying she was a beauty.” In truth, Ulric only saw the line of the lady’s slender body outlined by the coverlet and the fullness of her lips, but he’d mainly called her beautiful just to aggravate his lordship. He let go of the coverlet, letting the old material fall once more to cover the noblewoman’s neck. He moved his fingers to stroke the wiry hairs of his mustache. “Wouldn’t it be nice if she was sent here to melt the curse from his lordship’s heart?” Haldana sighed, wistful. “Yea, even the curse from this castle. Then the Monster of Lakeshire would leave us be once and fer all.” “You are a romantic dreamer, dear girl.” Ulric kissed Haldana briefly on her forehead and turned to leave. “Let me know at once when she awakens.” “Yea, Ulric, I will.” Haldana let her girlish giggle echo in the chamber as he shut the door. From outside the chamber, he heard her say, “Poor child. You don’t know what you have gotten yerself into coming here.” MAIDEN AND THE MONSTER by Michelle M. Pillow was a very enjoyable medieval romance complete with knights, kings, castles and a maiden to rescue. I love the story of The Beauty and the Beast and this story was reminiscent of it in many ways. I listened to the audible edition. It took me a bit to get in tune with the characters, but, once I did, I was subsequently fully invested in the story and listened raptly until the end. The story was set during the Vikings vs. Saxon's period in Wessex (an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in the south of Great Britain) in 879 AD. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Check it out here: pending... 3 1/2 Wine Glasses!
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars  Overall 5  Narration 5 Story  5 Vladimir is depressed and cranky, and takes no little pleasure in the fact that many of the castle’s servants and visitors are afraid of him: the differences in his speech, dress and rather imperious bearing combined with his hair-trigger temper are his weaponry against his involvement in life and the pleasure it could bring.  Widowed some 6 years earlier, he has no patience for the gods of his own childhood or those of the new Christian religion he has converted to: merely halfheartedly nod at the conventions and wishes of the King.  Scarred from a fire that took his family, his servants are afraid of him: his control and impatient nature.  Eden was dumped, beaten and near death in a pile of skins, entrails and dirt outside the front gates of Vladimir’s keep.  A mystery to solve, for sure, combined with the rarer emotion of protectiveness and attraction keeps Vladimir curious about her appearance, even as his baser nature for revenge against her father is all consuming.   Eden is able to see beneath the iron-fisted control and shuttered emotions to find the pain that is mostly hidden beneath his brashness.   There is a palpable attraction between the two, despite the discrepancy in their relationship: her desire to not return to her father’s house yet lack of fear from what he will do TO her shows her inner core of strength, and makes her all the more attractive and unusual for a woman of her day.  His struggle to remain aloof and protect his heart against the desire and attraction that she is able to stir in him, after long believing his chances for a life with a woman long dead show the kindness and sense of regret that he has, despite his often cruelly voiced reactions.  This is a slower story, better suited to savoring and allowing the inflections so capably provided by the narration of Mason Lloyd to depict the emotional confusion and struggles that each character is experiencing.  Lush details that fill out both the scenes and the scents of the story, as they provide a sense of the time to readers effectively display Vladimir’s differences to his Saxon neighbors, and delineate his high standards for his surroundings, even though he had spent the past year carefully cultivating an impression of disinterest to all but his harshly barked orders.   It isn’t difficult to understand the attraction between the two,  that understanding quickly turning to compassion and empathy until you are hoping that the two will speak clearly and open to the happiness awaiting them together.  Another cleverly crafted historic romance from Michelle M. Pillow that manages to incorporate a serious level of sexual tension before culmination for the two lead characters. There are accounts of less savory moments, although these are detailed with a sense of purpose, and the perpetrators do get to answer for their behavior.  Mixing in historical details, dress and even approach to conversation keeps the story fully in its time, while being completely modern in description and imagery.  I really did enjoy this AudioBook, and fans of the genre, who are seeking an era that is not predominant in the genre will, I believe, enjoy it as well.  I received an AudioBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
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