by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

January 2003
ISBN: 0-446-61232-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

If you like strong, dangerous men wearing kilts then Sue-Ellen Welfonder’s newest novel was written for you! Bride of the Beast combines war, betrayal and of course love, in order to give readers a wonderful and touching story about two people who have no hope of ever finding love but somehow find it with each other.

Lady Catherine Keith is in desperate need of help. Sir Hugh, who wants Lady Catherine’s home Dunlaidir for his own, is besieging her and he doesn’t seem to care how he gets it. Lady Catherine has become an expert on holding things together and does not want anyone else’s interference, especially some unknown man from her brother-in-law’s garrison. Unfortunately she has more trouble than she can handle. Her stepson, the future laird, is a cripple and Sir Hugh has a devious plan to get rid of him, marry Catherine, and then get rid of her also. What is a girl to do when faced with such trouble? Find a champion of course!

Catherine’s sister has the perfect man in mind, one that just might help Catherine find the love and peace she deserves. Sir Marmaduke Strongbow is an English knight who has defected to the Scottish cause. He has agreed to help Catherine keep Dunlaidir out of English hands, specifically out of Sir Hugh’s hands, but he refuses to pretend to be Catherine’s husband in order to get the job done. No, Sir Marmaduke wants much more than Catherine’s lands, he wants her heart and he wants to be her husband for real. Catherine reluctantly agrees to save her home and the life she knows.

Bride of the Beast is a wonderful story of a woman who has consistently been betrayed by those around her and the man determined to steal her heart. I found the story to be touching and sweet. The nefarious Sir Hugh is the kind of villain you love to hate. Welfonder’s style is a little more flowery than I like but the story more than makes up for it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Scotland and romance.

Reviewed in December 2002 by Jen.

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