Apr 27 2012 9:23am

H&H Book Club for May: Teresa Medeiros’s The Bride and the Beast

Thanks to everyone for offering their choice on books featuring an overweight heroine for this month’s H&H Book Club.

The most votes went to Teresa Medeiros’s The Bride and the Beast. We’ll start discussions in about a week.

Questions to ponder as you start reading:

—Would the book be just as good if the heroine wasn’t plus-size?

—Do you like the fairy-tale aspects of it?

—Would you like to kiss a dragon?

Meanwhile, here’s the blurb:

Gwendolyn Wilder did not believe in dragons.  But the superstitious villagers of Ballybliss did, and so Gwendolyn found herself bound to a post as a sacrificial offering to the Dragon who haunted the ruins of Castle Weyrcraig. Fifteen years earlier, someone had betrayed the Laird of Weyrcraig and his handsome young heir to the English for a thousand pounds in gold. Now the Dragon was demanding that very amount. The frightened Highlanders hoped that instead of gold, the fair virgin would satisfy the beast’s insatiable appetite. As for Gwendolyn, she never doubted that the so-called Dragon was a fraud. She knew there was a perfectly good explanation for the mysterious lights seen flickering in the crumbling castle and the unsettling sound of bagpipes drifting through the glens. But as she waited for whoever-or whatever-to claim his prize, she could not help trembling as a furious storm lashed about her...and she saw what appeared to be dark wings and a stream of silver smoke emerge from the shadows.  Rumor had it that the Dragon could take the form of a man, and so he did with Gwendolyn-a man who would not show her his face. He carried her into his lair and made her his prisoner, his pampered pet. And while she didn’t expect to be eaten by the fire-breathing Dragon of Weyrcraig, neither did she expect to be warmed by his sensuous caresses or devoured by his passionate kisses.

The Dragon had demanded gold and the fools had given him this golden-haired maiden. She was the very last thing he expected-and now there was no way he could let her go. She could never know that he was no monster but a flesh-and-blood man who had just laid eyes on the one woman who could slay him. Still, this supremely handsome man of devastating virility was more dangerous than any dragon. He would take it upon himself to enchant the practical Gwendolyn as she had enchanted him. He would weave a spell of sensuous magic around her that would defy all her commonsense notions and tempt her to believe in something even more unlikely than dragons and more powerful than the past that threatened them both-true love.

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1. wsl0612
Just want to say hurray as I haven't read this one yet :-)
Teresa Medeiros
2. Teresa Medeiros
It's such an honor to be chosen! I had SO much fun telling this story and Gwendolyn remains one of my favorite heroines :)

If anyone wants to read an Excerpt, you can find one HERE :)
Vanessa Ouadi
3. Lafka
Awesome, I'm so looking forward to reading Teresa Meideiros' book!

Are we going to discuss this month book as last month's? (I mean, 1/3 by 1/3) Or are we going to discuss it as a whole from the beginning? _ I just want to know where to stop reading or not (if I can stop myself, that is ^^), because knowing the end of the book may alter one's opinion of the entire book and that probably weighs in the discussion :)
Marian DeVol
4. ladyengineer
What fun! I'm looking forward to this as I've not read it nor as yet many books by Teresa Meideiros.
5. angezap
Finally a book my library holds. I'm going to rush off and pick up a copy today! Can't wait to start reading......
Megan Frampton
6. MFrampton
Yay! Thanks, @TeresaMedeiros, for stopping by!
@Lafka, we'll do it as we did last month's--a third at a time. I'll start probably a week from today, May 7th, so people can get the book and start reading.
Elizabeth Halliday
7. Ibbitts
My Library doesn't have this book, but (yeaaaaa!) the Library in a neighboring town 60 miles away does have it. I have arranged to pick it up on May 10th, so I'll be a few days behind at the outset, but will catch up with the rest of you guys before the second third!
Teresa Medeiros
8. jlmanime
I just wanted to express how much I love this book. I read it quite some time ago but I always dig through my mounds of books to find this one to read. It was a really fun twist on Beauty and the Beast and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope you ladies do as well!

Happy Reading!
Teresa Medeiros
9. Pammy1965
Just bought the book for my Kindle and am can't wait to get started!
Teresa Medeiros
10. arenrayn
it one of my fav.... actually give hope to those people that are plus size (including myself) that guy actually care about ourself & personality rather that focus on our look. But to be sacrifice by bunch of idiot villager was really scary & it make me a bit piss off with the villager for their stupid ideas....
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