Christmas Awards 2011

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast by Hannah Howell

Publisher: Zebra

April 2007

ISBN: 978-0-8217-8004-6

Pages: 336

England 1365

Gytha is in the middle of getting ready for her wedding which is to take place within days only to be told by her father that her groom is dead but the wedding is still to go forward as the she is now to marry her groom’s cousin and heir, Thayer Saiturn. Now Gytha finds out that her newest groom is a battle hardened knight that is known throughout the realm as the Red Devil. One of the first things that strikes Gytha as soon as she sees Thayer for the first time is the rightness of what is about to take place.

Thayer Saiturn has no doubt about his skill in battle but after having his heart broken by a woman he isn’t as sure of himself when it comes to women, especially beautiful ones. Thayer’s honor means everything to him so he knows that he will honor his foster-father’s promise that was made many years ago and marry Gytha. Thayer can only hope that she will be able to see the man beneath the scars he has.

Thayer and Gytha are brought together by their marriage but it is their passion for each other that gives them a chance to have a strong happy marriage. First though they will have to find out who is after them and defeat an enemy that hides in the shadows while striking at them when they least expect it. If they don’t find their enemy quickly they may not be able to have the happy life and family they both want to have together.

This is one story that can be read over and over again. The humor in it will have reader laughing at what the character do throughout the story. One of my favorite scenes is when Thayer and Gytha have a misunderstanding and Gytha knows the only way they are going to be able to get past it is for her to get Thayer to tell her what she needs to hear among other things is an apology. She gets that by making Thayer angry because she knows that will loosen his tongue where as nothing else will. Everyone thinks she has lost it but she knows that no matter what Thayer would never hurt her no matter how angry he gets. The way Gytha goes about will have you laughing out loud and when Thayer realize what she has done is funny too. This is one book that is hard to put down once you start reading it.

I give this one 5 red roses

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