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Winner of the 2006 RT Reviewer's Choice Award! Medieval Historical Romance Long Novel 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 Winner of the 2006 RT Reviewer's Choice Award! Medieval Historical Romance Long Novel 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 and lust when there should only be fear. It would seem the infamous monster is not as monstrous as he appears. Rating: Contains graphic sexual content, adult language, and violence. Length: Long Novel Heat Level: Very Sensual


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Winner of the 2006 RT Reviewer's Choice Award! Medieval Historical Romance Long Novel 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 Winner of the 2006 RT Reviewer's Choice Award! Medieval Historical Romance Long Novel 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 and lust when there should only be fear. It would seem the infamous monster is not as monstrous as he appears. Rating: Contains graphic sexual content, adult language, and violence. Length: Long Novel Heat Level: Very Sensual

30 review for Maiden and the Monster

  1. 4 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    I wasn't thrilled when the old guy groped the injured woman in her bed, knowing she was on her way to be a nun. When he shows himself as a monster hitting his subjects, and then literally kicking a dog in the stomach? Nope. Not for me. I don't care how long he's been without a woman as he excuses his abuse. DNF 20%. I wasn't thrilled when the old guy groped the injured woman in her bed, knowing she was on her way to be a nun. When he shows himself as a monster hitting his subjects, and then literally kicking a dog in the stomach? Nope. Not for me. I don't care how long he's been without a woman as he excuses his abuse. DNF 20%.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Betsi Bjoraker

    Sometimes, I binge on shitty romance. "Trashy" implies, to me, some kind of redeeming quality; it's mostly terrible, sure, but the characters are a little likeable, or the romance is sweetly stupid, or maybe the action is hot enough to outweigh the rest. That's trashy. Trashy isn't really my thing. Shitty, now...shitty romance novels are another level entirely. And my god, is this novel shitty. Vladamir ("the Monster" of the title) is something of a political prisoner in England, and he has a bl Sometimes, I binge on shitty romance. "Trashy" implies, to me, some kind of redeeming quality; it's mostly terrible, sure, but the characters are a little likeable, or the romance is sweetly stupid, or maybe the action is hot enough to outweigh the rest. That's trashy. Trashy isn't really my thing. Shitty, now...shitty romance novels are another level entirely. And my god, is this novel shitty. Vladamir ("the Monster" of the title) is something of a political prisoner in England, and he has a black belt in brooding. Some quirk of the description led me to picture him as Nathan Explosion, and I liked that, so it stuck. Vladamir Explosion lives in a grubby castle and broods like no man has brooded before. He scowls. He smolders. He gets boners and they anger him, mostly because he just can't quite work up the energy to go off and rape a servant, which he considers to be some kind of reasonable historical alternative to masturbation. So he broods about the boners. Whatever, everybody has to have a hobby. Fortunately for Vladamir, a badly beaten woman turns up in a pile of garbage outside his castle, as women do. He takes a look at her after the filth is mostly scrubbed away and immediately considers feeling her up from the inside. Eden, who is clearly having kind of a difficult day, looks like she was the lone survivor of an explosion in a baseball bat factory, and all he can think about is how bad he wants to pork her. Vladamir apparently dual majored in brooding and inappropriate boners. He decides to just be really rude to her instead. You know, as one does. Eventually she recovers from her injuries enough to wander the castle in the dark. Vladamir bumps into her in a dark hallway and reacts by dry humping her until he comes in his pants. It's all romance from here on out! The story never gets better than that. Oh, it certainly continues, and in delightfully awful fashion: she's enthusiastic about blowjobs, they get married to make her dad angry, there's a kid from his previous (hideously tragic and sad BROOD BROOD BROOD) marriage, it turns out he looks like Freddy Krueger below the neck, some utterly forgettable minor characters get it on, whatever. Vladamir finally gets to put his dick in a willing lady and spends weeks literally hiding from her because of...reasons? The bed was untidy and I guess only prostitutes do it in messy rooms? Or something? He gets over it eventually. Then he does her in the butt. It is hilarious. It is the reason I am even writing this review. Look, I'm not a butt scientist. I don't know everything there is to know about butts. But I still can't help but think that if your dude can float you around a pond for fifteen minutes and then march his business through your backdoor with hardly a warning knock, you may wish to consult with a doctor about your weird slippery butthole, because they're not supposed to do that. That isn't how buttholes work. Whatever's leaking out of Eden seems to do the trick, though, and Vladamir reflects on why he isn't a fan of Christianity: because they won't let him do butt stuff. It was my favorite moment of the whole book. I died. There's more plot and drama and crap after that point, but it was so bland and stupid that I more or less forgot all of it immediately. I seriously cannot remember how the book ends. I maxed out my ability to care about anything with the improbable butt lovin'. For me, this was the story of Nathan Explosion glowering his way into banging a hot abused chick with a slip'n slide butthole. It was awesome. I will never, never read it again.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jill Dunlop

    Lady Eden unconscious after being severely beaten and smelling of pig manure is left to die just outside the Duke of Lakeshire's castle. He mistakenly believes the bundle of fowl smelling furs is just that, but his servant discovers that the pile is actually a woman who is barely alive. Vladamir against his will at the insistence of his servant and friend Ulric, places the woman in Ulric's care to recover. However, after Eden is cleaned up and the swelling in her face lessons he realizes how att Lady Eden unconscious after being severely beaten and smelling of pig manure is left to die just outside the Duke of Lakeshire's castle. He mistakenly believes the bundle of fowl smelling furs is just that, but his servant discovers that the pile is actually a woman who is barely alive. Vladamir against his will at the insistence of his servant and friend Ulric, places the woman in Ulric's care to recover. However, after Eden is cleaned up and the swelling in her face lessons he realizes how attractive Eden is and wonders where she came from and how she came to be found in her condition on his doorstep, so to speak. I was pleasantly surprised by Maiden and the Monster. It is published by Ellora's Cave, which is known for their erotic romance, but also the stories are generally shorter. Maiden in the Monster is 355 pages and wasn't quite as erotic as other Ellora's Cave books I have read in the past, but this is actually one of the reasons the story worked as well as it did for me. I thought the history of the time period was well researched and the characters true to the time period. I was expecting one thing and got something else and it was a pleasant surprise. Vladamir is a bit of a beast. He was jilted by his first wife of whom he adored and loved. She in turn was a selfish, horrid woman who scarred Vladamir deeply. He has built up walls to keep people out and he puts on a mask of indifference and cruelty when in reality his is a very sensitive, affectionate man. Eden discovers that his bark is worse than his bite and believes that he is a good man. His actions have spoken louder than words in the way he cares for her. She has been around other men who have treated her cruelly and Vladamir is not one of them. My one little complaint about the book is that there is a very passionate love scene towards the latter half of the book in a very beautiful outdoor setting. This scene took me by surprise and this time, not in a good way. The scene went in a direction that seemed out of character for Vladamir and Eden. It seemed as if it was to be more sexually explicit for the reader as a way to titillate, instead of being the true motivations of the characters. Of course, this is just my opinion and I could be reading to much into how a publisher might influence the outcome of a book and that one scene did not overly influence my experience when reading this book. I just felt like mentioning it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kari Kaz

    This book was a surprise because I was expecting sweet and it's much spicier than I would've thought for a medieval romance. It was a good surprise because I enjoyed the story. Vladimir was pretty awful, or that's what we were meant to think. Eden was a great heroine. She was mistreated before meeting Vladimir, which is probably true to the time period, but despite the abuse she remains quite strong. Vlad, who is called "monster" is taken by her but he's also insecure. I really wanted them to fi This book was a surprise because I was expecting sweet and it's much spicier than I would've thought for a medieval romance. It was a good surprise because I enjoyed the story. Vladimir was pretty awful, or that's what we were meant to think. Eden was a great heroine. She was mistreated before meeting Vladimir, which is probably true to the time period, but despite the abuse she remains quite strong. Vlad, who is called "monster" is taken by her but he's also insecure. I really wanted them to finally get together. I didn't like the way the author described some things (he had longish nails, huh?) and the words she used for the smexy scenes sounded too modern. However, the story captured my attention and I'll read more books by this author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Space Cowgirl

    Bad🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 To The Bone💀 ADULT Historical Medieval Romance💕 and Adventure. Vladimir, A Viking Warrior made a Duke by King Alfred, cultivates his wicked and evil reputation, with some peasants thinking he can appear and disappear at will. He dresses all in black and looks the part of an evil man with his long, wild hair and scowling countenance. Only the few servants he brought with him from Daneland are loyal and love him. He's actually quite poor and his holding is tiny, he's a placeholder for the 👑 Bad🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 To The Bone💀 ADULT Historical Medieval Romance💕 and Adventure. Vladimir, A Viking Warrior made a Duke by King Alfred, cultivates his wicked and evil reputation, with some peasants thinking he can appear and disappear at will. He dresses all in black and looks the part of an evil man with his long, wild hair and scowling countenance. Only the few servants he brought with him from Daneland are loyal and love him. He's actually quite poor and his holding is tiny, he's a placeholder for the 👑King. But why was he made a Duke, over the nearby Earl, who has a vast holding and many knights? When a severely beaten, nearly dead young woman is left on his doorstep, he cruelly debates whether or not to let her die. Is it a trick? His trusted servant prevails, and the woman is taken in a nursed back to health. His misgivings about her are well founded. She turns out to be the Lady Eden💃💋, daughter of his enemy, the nearby earl. He still thinks it's a trick. Meanwhile, her father, who had basically sold her to a wealthy but untitled man, is waiting for a ransom note! He thinks she has been stolen! He is in dire need of the money💰 promised for her hand in marriage👰, but he doesn't know what has happened to her. His Castle🏰 is crumbling and he is getting desperate. So what did happen to her? The Duke spends his waking hours imagining all the ways he can ravish Eden, and his sleeping hours dreaming about it, too. When he finally finds out her father is the hated Earl, the Duke takes matters into his own hands, er, arms! ARC Provided by Booksprout 🌱 This ebook was $5.99 on Amazon at the time of this review. Opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Author Pillow📚, makes the Duke🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 into a supernatural figure among the peasants and most of his household. But he's mostly just a fierce Viking warrior who has lost his wife and is terribly embittered by it and wants revenge.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Netanella

    3.5 stars, actually! Methought I picked up a paranormal romance, and got an over-the-top medieval instead, complete with dramatic dialogue and grand gestures, just like watching a Spanish soap opera on Telemundo. Our heroine, Eden, is the beauty of beauties, it is not enough that she arrives at the monster's keep beaten and broken - nay, she must be covered in dead animal entrails as well. Our monster, Vladamir, is the baddest of the bad - he snarls, he wears black on black, and grunts "Arggh!" f 3.5 stars, actually! Methought I picked up a paranormal romance, and got an over-the-top medieval instead, complete with dramatic dialogue and grand gestures, just like watching a Spanish soap opera on Telemundo. Our heroine, Eden, is the beauty of beauties, it is not enough that she arrives at the monster's keep beaten and broken - nay, she must be covered in dead animal entrails as well. Our monster, Vladamir, is the baddest of the bad - he snarls, he wears black on black, and grunts "Arggh!" frequently and often. Once our characters fall in love and admit to each other their feelings, they face more disaster, including a death sentence the anticipation of which is fraught with enough angsty emotion to power a small village. Methought I loved it. Rock on, Ms. Pillow!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"

    Beauty and the Beast tale with a medieval setting. (view spoiler)[Warrior H Vladamir) scarred trying to save his baby daughter from a fire set by first wife in suicide/murder attempt (hide spoiler)] This is fairytale erotica so while Eden (h) is innocent, she quickly accepts, enjoys, and explores anything Vlad does/initiates during their encounters. This one lacked depth for me - but it is a light fairytale retelling so I considered this in my rating and review. It was ok for me. 2.5 rounded sta Beauty and the Beast tale with a medieval setting. (view spoiler)[Warrior H Vladamir) scarred trying to save his baby daughter from a fire set by first wife in suicide/murder attempt (hide spoiler)] This is fairytale erotica so while Eden (h) is innocent, she quickly accepts, enjoys, and explores anything Vlad does/initiates during their encounters. This one lacked depth for me - but it is a light fairytale retelling so I considered this in my rating and review. It was ok for me. 2.5 rounded stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gaele

    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 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Poet Gentleness

    I loved Michelle Pillow 'The Dragon Lords' and 'Lords of Var' series . They are, in my opinion, either 4 or 5 star books. They are well written, makes us laugh a few times, have a good pace, they have sex, love story and action. At long last, they are good books to spend your free time with. BUT this one... I don't recommend. The characters are not well built, the pace is too quickly. How does the heroine fall in love with the monster eludes me. They don't even have time to built a small relatio I loved Michelle Pillow 'The Dragon Lords' and 'Lords of Var' series . They are, in my opinion, either 4 or 5 star books. They are well written, makes us laugh a few times, have a good pace, they have sex, love story and action. At long last, they are good books to spend your free time with. BUT this one... I don't recommend. The characters are not well built, the pace is too quickly. How does the heroine fall in love with the monster eludes me. They don't even have time to built a small relationship - weird as it may be - let alone fall in love. The characters swing in their personality. Well, it seems to me it was written in a hurry. I don't like to write bad reviews, but her other books are SO good, that I had I say it, unless you get disappointed with this book and loses Pillow's great other books. SO, look for the other series and forget this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    The beginning was slow, with clique dialouge and a lot of unjustifyable actions on the two main characters part. I almost stopped reading it. I did not however. And I am glad I didn't. As the book progressed the characters became fuller as the author did a good job of explaining the motives and reasoning behnd their actions. The dialouge also became less clique. All in all it was a well thought out story with good conflict. I ended up loving both characters especially for their flaws. Definately The beginning was slow, with clique dialouge and a lot of unjustifyable actions on the two main characters part. I almost stopped reading it. I did not however. And I am glad I didn't. As the book progressed the characters became fuller as the author did a good job of explaining the motives and reasoning behnd their actions. The dialouge also became less clique. All in all it was a well thought out story with good conflict. I ended up loving both characters especially for their flaws. Definately unique. Warning: not for the prudish. I personally have no issues with sexual situations or violence in any art form wheter it be film, or novels. I gave it only 4 stars due to the beginning chapters being a bit slow to develop my interest.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Viv “BookVixen” Gutierrez

    A hero worth brooding over! I went into this one with eyes wide open. Some of the reviews were, let’s just say, less than flattering. A broody hero who was the broodiest ever to brood? Why, yes, thank you! A sweet, innocent heroine who is in danger, beaten and thrown on the monsters figurative doorstep? Take my money!! I didn’t expect much going into this one. But honestly I liked it. Were there some silly misunderstandings thrown in to add to the angst factor? Sure. But nothing that took away fr A hero worth brooding over! I went into this one with eyes wide open. Some of the reviews were, let’s just say, less than flattering. A broody hero who was the broodiest ever to brood? Why, yes, thank you! A sweet, innocent heroine who is in danger, beaten and thrown on the monsters figurative doorstep? Take my money!! I didn’t expect much going into this one. But honestly I liked it. Were there some silly misunderstandings thrown in to add to the angst factor? Sure. But nothing that took away from the overall story. And the overall story is a damaged man who has lost his way, who everyone believes to be a monster and so he starts to believe it about himself. And a woman who sees beneath the ugly scars and attitude to the goodness hiding underneath. A man accustomed to harshness and cruelty, and the gentleness and love of a sweet woman who tames him. A man from whom everyone turns away and sees as evil, and a woman who sees him as a refuge and a man worthy of love. So yeah there were some over the top moments with the hero, some misunderstandings that could’ve been easily cleared up, but there was passion and redemption and plenty of swoon moments to compensate for the silly ones. Hero’s past is mentioned, although he’s been celibate since his injury and the wild superstition that surrounds him has kept the females away. So in addition to being extra salty from the fear and revulsion he elicits in everyone he meets, he’s also extra crispy horny and that doesn’t help his attitude problem. He was previously married (but ISNT still in love with dead wife) Possible triggers: heroine is beaten (off page) severely. No sexual assault occurs, although it’s mentioned happening to her servant. Heroine is a virgin. No ow/om drama. No cheating or abuse between MCs HEA

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sandra R

    I listened to the audio version. Great narrator, so 5 stars for him and I loved the hero's accent! As to the story, overall, I liked this erotic romance set sometime before 1000 in medieval England. I had to take the historical details with a grain of salt, so don't be too picky about those. The author writes fun, steamy, erotic stories that are not to be taken too seriously. LOL. There's some swordplay, death and a bit of adventure as well. Plus a dark, creepy castle, very modern erotic languag I listened to the audio version. Great narrator, so 5 stars for him and I loved the hero's accent! As to the story, overall, I liked this erotic romance set sometime before 1000 in medieval England. I had to take the historical details with a grain of salt, so don't be too picky about those. The author writes fun, steamy, erotic stories that are not to be taken too seriously. LOL. There's some swordplay, death and a bit of adventure as well. Plus a dark, creepy castle, very modern erotic language (some that was a bit cringe-worthy) and a scene including mud... 3.5 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)

    DNF 12% I listened to this book with Author's Direct. I'm sad to say that this book wasn't for me. I wasn't really enjoying the writing style. It felt messy in places and inconsistent. I also wasn't connecting to the characters. I couldn't picture them together nor was I enjoying their relationship. So I'm sad to say this book wasn't for me but I will continue reading Ms. Pillow work because I do enjoy her stories, just not this one. DNF 12% I listened to this book with Author's Direct. I'm sad to say that this book wasn't for me. I wasn't really enjoying the writing style. It felt messy in places and inconsistent. I also wasn't connecting to the characters. I couldn't picture them together nor was I enjoying their relationship. So I'm sad to say this book wasn't for me but I will continue reading Ms. Pillow work because I do enjoy her stories, just not this one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    B.A. Wilson

    Not bad but my fav by this author.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mae

    4 stars!

  16. 4 out of 5

    BleuBelle

    Warning: could contain spilers I love Beauty and the Beast stories, so this book was waiting just for me to pick it up. And I did. I read it in one go (even if I really should be doing other things right now). This book was an ok read for me. I didn't hate it, didn't love it and I'm pretty sure I will forget about it soon. It didn't left an lasting impression. I loved the story line. It wasn't anything brand-new, but thats all right, because today nothing really is. Vladamir was an intriguing chara Warning: could contain spilers I love Beauty and the Beast stories, so this book was waiting just for me to pick it up. And I did. I read it in one go (even if I really should be doing other things right now). This book was an ok read for me. I didn't hate it, didn't love it and I'm pretty sure I will forget about it soon. It didn't left an lasting impression. I loved the story line. It wasn't anything brand-new, but thats all right, because today nothing really is. Vladamir was an intriguing character and I think Lady Eden is just perfect for him. I rooted for the couple, I really did. My issues with the book were mainly Vladamirs cruelty and indecision. I get it, he's the Beast and his heart is hardened to stone over the years. I just couldn't get over the fact, that he would just get rid of a maiden in need. He just wanted her to burn, because the stench was annoying him. That was my first indication that Vladamir wouldn't be the hero I needed him to be. Then there is his indecision about what to do with Eden. He doesn't tell her anything. She even has to live with the knowledge, that he could / would kill her anytime. Just because he has the need to revenge her father. Lady Eden tries and tries, and he just won't end her suffering. He's elusive with his answers and goes hot and cold in moments. It gave me whiplash. Seriously. I didn't know what to expect. Would he be nice to her, or cruel? Then all his thoughts about bedding his servants to relieve the stress and pent up energy. Oh no... And all this unnecessary misunderstandings? Hello! Talk to each other! It was just too much. Vladamir was just very insecure about his scars. I would have thought he would be over it by now. He calls himself a Monster, so surely he wouldn't give a damn about what other thought of him. That leads to his accusation, that Lady Eden is here to kill him or something. Yeah, right... I didn't really like all the erotic scenes. It was too much, too forced. The words they used, OMG. They talked like a modern couple This clashed with the whole "historical" theme. It just wasn't authentic. And the lake scene? Come on. I'm no expert, but even I know that you can't just go in there without proper preparation. And then this ending! It was too much. Too unbelievable. I really HATE that maid, Lizzy or something. I can't stand her. She's so selfish and doesn't behave like a servant of her station. And then she goes and tells them Raulf is dead? Just so they can marry? And all of this nearly got Vladamir killed? Nope, no no no. Not with me. That was my breaking point. I wanted to punch them all and tell them to grow up. And the king? And the reconciliation with her father? Too much. Everything was crammed into the last pages. It was so rushed. And then came the STOP signal and everything ended. Well that's it. Didn't want to make this so long, but I just had to get it off my chest. But don't let me prevent you from reading it. It's just my humble opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Daneesha

    This book had potential. I'm not saying it wasn't good, but it could have been better. So Vladamir is a duke, a foreigner in this land due to a peace treaty. He and his servants find an unconscious girl out front. Eden's been beaten badly. They take her in, albeit reluctantly, and find out she is the daughter of Vladamir's enemy. Perfect! I liked the crusty hero who cultivated his reputation as a monster. Sometimes, his behavior was a mystery. I didn't like the heroine as much. There was too much This book had potential. I'm not saying it wasn't good, but it could have been better. So Vladamir is a duke, a foreigner in this land due to a peace treaty. He and his servants find an unconscious girl out front. Eden's been beaten badly. They take her in, albeit reluctantly, and find out she is the daughter of Vladamir's enemy. Perfect! I liked the crusty hero who cultivated his reputation as a monster. Sometimes, his behavior was a mystery. I didn't like the heroine as much. There was too much exposition between the two at the beginning. If only they would just talk! All they do is think about how much they want each other. It was definitely to the point. The hero's hard everytime he even thinks about Eden. She wakes up from her unconscious state and she's burning for him! I was like, JUST DO IT ALREADY! When they finally do, the language they use during the deed was eerily modern. That kind of made it creepy. There are some villains and a hanging but it's all non-urgent feeling. The pacing is really fast so expect feelings of love very quickly. Overall, it wasn't bad. I just wanted more action and less sexy time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kat W

    I wanted to try a beauty and the beast story and this one definitely made it clear who was Beauty and who was Beast. Unfortunately, I'm not much for constant "bed" scenes and to be honest, some of them surprised my conservative side and my practical side. Sad to say, reading through them made me sleepy, too. For people who prefer a focus on the less physical side of a romance story, this tale may not be very palatable. I wasn't expecting the story to dwell so much on the lust (yes, I am naive), I wanted to try a beauty and the beast story and this one definitely made it clear who was Beauty and who was Beast. Unfortunately, I'm not much for constant "bed" scenes and to be honest, some of them surprised my conservative side and my practical side. Sad to say, reading through them made me sleepy, too. For people who prefer a focus on the less physical side of a romance story, this tale may not be very palatable. I wasn't expecting the story to dwell so much on the lust (yes, I am naive), but I found myself gradually liking the main characters. The story itself had its moments and had some decent supporting characters as well as a dash of humor. I think things tied together and then that ending (view spoiler)[ momentarily made me think I picked up a tragedy. So of course it gets points for actually making me doubt it then redeeming itself with a happy ending as I ultimately want all my romance novels to end happily. (hide spoiler)] So, I wish half of the story didn't have to feel like a series of steamy scenes, but I ended up rooting for the characters so the book was ok in the end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    My biggest issue with this one was with the stupidity of the characters. Both the hero and heroine were painfully clueless. Your wife is upset and thinks you despise her, but you have no idea how to tell her you adore her? Hmm, I dunno... maybe you should just say so, you fucking moron. Every other page was a Big Misunderstanding because Eden was pathetically naive and Vlad was horribly introverted. Neither of them actually saying what they think or feel, allowing the other to jump to outrageous My biggest issue with this one was with the stupidity of the characters. Both the hero and heroine were painfully clueless. Your wife is upset and thinks you despise her, but you have no idea how to tell her you adore her? Hmm, I dunno... maybe you should just say so, you fucking moron. Every other page was a Big Misunderstanding because Eden was pathetically naive and Vlad was horribly introverted. Neither of them actually saying what they think or feel, allowing the other to jump to outrageous conclusions that resulted in tears or violence. The other issue I had was with the wording used - entirely too modern. I don't believe for a moment that the words "clit", "pussy", and "cock" were used so commonly back then. "We sort of hoped..." is also too modern. But whatever.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gilgamesha

    This book frustrated me beyond words. The constant mistreatment of the h by H was tiresome. I mean how many times did she have to prove herself?? The intimate scenes were a bit too much for me so I ended skimming through alot of pages. The only redeeming quality of this book was the heroine was kind, passionate, witty, and at times unintentionally hilarious. I loved the scene where she proudly announces 14 times lol.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Catina

    Ehh... I bought this based off of reviews on Amazon.com - The cover was really cheesy, the story had a good premise, but was very strained in some sections. I believe the male character was very well portrayed. Lots of sexual tension between the two characters, but very unbelievable in some parts.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Paquin

    And then I bawled my eyes out A gripping book, a wonderful love story between two people who should not have been together, but whose love and passion run deeper than words can tell. And a book that seriously made me bawl my eyes out at some point.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dinjolina

    OMG, I have NEVER seen a more WRONG male model for a HR cover.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Young

    This book was fantastic. There were parts where I laughed, smiled, and cried. The end is beautiful. The story is written masterfully. I hope Ms. Pillow has more books like this.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Franco

    I absolutely loved this book. In the middle of reading it, I thought I knew what was going to happen next. Boy was I wrong. It kept me on my toes. I could not put it down.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rgreader

    a bit of a hot mess due to silly misunderstandings

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    When Lady Eden of Hawks’ Nest is dumped outside the castle of Vladamir of Kessen, Duke of Lakeshire Castle, his first impulse is to have nothing to do with the mysterious injured woman. Convinced to take her in and aid her recovery, Vladamir might just discover that Eden is the best thing that ever happened to him… It did take me a bit to get into this medieval Beauty and the Best adaptation. Vladamir isn’t instantly a likeable character, but he does find the mysterious – and injured – Lady Eden When Lady Eden of Hawks’ Nest is dumped outside the castle of Vladamir of Kessen, Duke of Lakeshire Castle, his first impulse is to have nothing to do with the mysterious injured woman. Convinced to take her in and aid her recovery, Vladamir might just discover that Eden is the best thing that ever happened to him… It did take me a bit to get into this medieval Beauty and the Best adaptation. Vladamir isn’t instantly a likeable character, but he does find the mysterious – and injured – Lady Eden intensely attractive, meaning that we get a lot of his heated sexual thoughts before we really get any romance kindling between the two. As the story starts to unspool, things start to get more interesting, and this story turned out to be one that kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning to finish the tale. The heart of the beauty and the beast aspect of the story is always there, and if you squint you can really see where Pillow played with the fairy tale, but the story does go beyond the confines of the fairy tale as well. The romance is emotionally compelling, and though there’s a lot of sex in the book, it all fits with the characters, advances the story, and is just plain hot. The book isn’t all flowers and light – Eden’s appearance at Vladamir’s castle is not only just what Vladamir needs, but is everything Eden needs as well. I loved that both characters were intelligent and reasonable, and that they clearly loved being with each other and really appreciated the relationship that they built. Pillow does throw in some curve balls sometimes as well, which I did find enjoyable. Maiden and the Monster is a thoughtful, emotional romance, and readers will not find themselves disappointed! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    What a totally spectacular read, enthralling and complicated read This was a totally riveting read from the moment I started reading this amazing book I discovered that both the characters and the plot were so very well written and that it was not possible to put this book down once I stated reading as it had blown me away totally. Vladimir had been as much a prisoner as the woman he had found near death at his gate and if it had not been for manservant insisting, they care for her she would surel What a totally spectacular read, enthralling and complicated read This was a totally riveting read from the moment I started reading this amazing book I discovered that both the characters and the plot were so very well written and that it was not possible to put this book down once I stated reading as it had blown me away totally. Vladimir had been as much a prisoner as the woman he had found near death at his gate and if it had not been for manservant insisting, they care for her she would surely have died because she had been strangled, beaten so that she was unrecognisable. Lady Eden had known that it had been her so called fiancé that had thought he had murdered her and then had dumped her body against the gates of the man known as the Beast of Lakeshire Castle. She had soon realised that all of the stories were rubbish and although Vladimir was a very withdrawn and threatening, he had never hurt any member of his staff or her. He was quiet and contemplative but could very quickly become riles and this tended to make those around him very nervous. As the story broadens and I discovered what had happened to Vladimir’s wife and daughter and also the true story behind Lady Eden and why she did not want to return to her home, she had initially asked if they would take her to a religious house where she could become a nun and simply using her life to help the less fortunate. I can assure you that once you begin reading this book you will find yourself like me totally captivated and will not be able to put it down until reaching the end. I voluntarily received and review an Advanced Reader Copy I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading any future publications; keep up all the great writing.

  29. 5 out of 5

    F

    The story of a bitter nobleman and the innocent daughter of his enemy. I found the beginning of the book very strong. First the explanation of how Vladamir had to stay in England, historically also very interesting. Then the structure of the story. With the authors previous book, I already noticed that she has a beautiful and catchy structure in her stories, which I found even better in this book. How the main characters feel attracted to each other is beautifully described. The loneliness of Vla The story of a bitter nobleman and the innocent daughter of his enemy. I found the beginning of the book very strong. First the explanation of how Vladamir had to stay in England, historically also very interesting. Then the structure of the story. With the authors previous book, I already noticed that she has a beautiful and catchy structure in her stories, which I found even better in this book. How the main characters feel attracted to each other is beautifully described. The loneliness of Vladamir, and Eden desperate to understand him. I liked the second half of the book a bit less. I found the lack of understanding between the two a bit irritating. There were some things I kept wondering about, such as the role of Luther and the father of Eden. I did not find the conversation between King Alfred and Eden very credible, especially because during the story it is made clear how common violence was at the time. Although I found some pieces in the second half of the book less good, there were also some nicely described pieces. The story is well put together and a pleasure to read. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    JodyL

    At first I thought that this would be a paranormal book but it totally isn't. This is more of a historical romance that has elements of mystery, tragedy, love and redemption. Vladimir is scarred and feeds into the image that he is a monster so that everyone will leave him alone. He had a tragic first marriage and wants nothing to do with women again. But when the daughter of his most hated enemy arrives after being beaten and left for dead, he figures that he can get his revenge. He holds the lad At first I thought that this would be a paranormal book but it totally isn't. This is more of a historical romance that has elements of mystery, tragedy, love and redemption. Vladimir is scarred and feeds into the image that he is a monster so that everyone will leave him alone. He had a tragic first marriage and wants nothing to do with women again. But when the daughter of his most hated enemy arrives after being beaten and left for dead, he figures that he can get his revenge. He holds the lady at his castle as a prisoner, then proceeds to marry her. Lady Eden ran away from the machinations of her father and the man she is promised to. She doesn't see Vladimir as the monster that everyone else does. She starts to care for him and even fall in love but can he ever find it in his heart to love again? When she finds out the truth about her father and Vladimir she has to come to some difficult decisions. I enjoyed the intrigue as well as the life and death situations that these characters find themselves in. I will add this book to the long list of winners written by this author.

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