May 23 2012 8:08am

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

Ewan MagregorWe’re in the penultimate meeting of the H&H Book Club for May, which is Teresa Medeiros’s The Bride and the Beast.

Let’s continue the discussion of the book with a few questions:

Have you read Medeiros before?

What do you like best about the book?

What do you like least?

To break the fourth wall for a moment, there are several things I like about the book, and a few things that I do not like so well. I love the lush description of the castle, the village, Gwendolyn’s clothing, the moon, even the cat! I am thrilled that the Dragon admires both Gwendolyn’s body and her mind, and that they continue to engage in witty banter throughout their courtship. I love Gwen’s sense of humor about herself and her situation, and her remaining true to herself despite what travails she’s gone through. I like, too, that Gwendolyn’s remaining true to herself means she doesn’t undergo a big transformation, where she loses weight and becomes more beautiful—when she sees the villagers again, she’s dressed becomingly, and they’re aware of her beauty in a way they haven’t been before, but that’s not because of her changing.

The things I don’t like could be summed up in one phrase: Big Misunderstanding. I don’t understand why Gwen or the Dragon react as they do once certain events unfold, and I further don’t understand why a couple that has proven themselves so able to speak to one another don’t do just that when complications arise. It makes me respect their intelligence less, and I think they are both smart, clever people.

What do you like and what don’t you like about the book?

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Lucy D
1. Lucy D
I would agree with you Megan on all your points. This was my first Teresa Medeiros book, but not the only one on my waiting on my Nook to be read. I loved the chemistry between these two and just the kiss after he pull her from the window leaves me fanning myself.

I also agree that the books hit a point where I was just confused about why things got so awkward between them, and when there finally was a reason for the didn't get worse nor did it get better.

I thought it was incredible up to that point and then it just dropped off to good.
2. wsl0612
Hey Megan and Lucy, I'm so glad I'm not alone here. I too was rather disappointed in the last 3rd of the book. The Big Misunderstanding is one of my least favorite tropes. I had hoped there would be more snark and tension between the two; the running around chasing one another seemed more silly and pointless. I just felt like they lost their chemistry at that point :-(
Megan Frampton
3. MFrampton
Oh, I forgot to mention that this is, incredibly, the first time I've read Medeiros--I have had her books on the TBR pile forever, so I was so excited to get to read it. I really love how I can see everything she's describing, and also reveals characterization through dialogue.
I am also glad other readers have the same thoughts about the last bit of the book. There IS a lot of running around, isn't there?
Rakisha Kearns-White
4. BrooklynShoeBabe
I'm not adding anything to this conversation, but I would like to ask, is that Ewan McGregor in the picture?
K.M. Jackson
6. kwanawrites
I was annoyed throughout by Gwen not just turning around already and seeing who the dragon was. She was a smart woman with lots of curiosity and I could not imagine her being kept from finding out. That to me would have made the rest of the capture fun.
Still I enjoyed the book. They were sexy and real.
Marian DeVol
7. ladyengineer
I just finished this yesterday. Work, connectivity and Android tablet problems as well as other obligations delayed my getting to it.

Megan, I agree with most of your points.

I loved the first section (half?) before the big reveal of Dragon's identity - the descriptions, the sarcastic dialogue, etc. I'd have liked the second half better if there had been more setup in the reasons for the Big Misunderstanding - more info about Gwen's feelings re: events fifteen years prior, more background (trickier without revealing "too much") about Dragon's history. The BM gets sprung rather deus ex machina fashion.

The dashing to and from town would have been more credible if town and the village were closer - town was Edinburgh or the village in England. It's 1761 for heaven's sake. That kind of travel took time and major effort! ;->
Robbie Thornton
8. Button
I have read Teresa Mederios before, but it has been a few years. I remember particularly loving "Breath of Magic". It's one of those books that I remember details of years later, and thinking of it still makes me smile.

As for this book, I too enjoyed the dialogue in earlier parts of the book, but I swear I was getting confused with all the skipping and hopping around in the second half of the book. It seemed rather busy but lacking in substance.

Overall though, it ended with a HEA, and I shut the book with a smile, so in the end, I did enjoy the read.
Rachel Powell
9. JMercy
First off - love Ewan McGregor! Secondly, I really enjoyed reading this book. The Big Misunderstanding did seem silly when compared to the revelation of the traitor and the incredible set up of the first half of the book. However, the end pulled the threads together well enough and I had that giddy HEA feeling at the end, so I was happy. Has there been a post yet for June's book?
Lucy D
10. AngeZap
I really enjoyed this book and it was so easy to read. I loved that Gwen was kept in the dark as to who the dragon was. Even though it was so obvious. I loved that tupper found love and it was with one of the wayward sisters. It was my first Mederios book and will be reading another one of hers.
Bring on Junes book!
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