Reviews of The Bride and the Brute

A novella. Jayce Cullen has been fighting her fear of storms since she was a child, but nothing could have prepared her for the fury of her new husband. Feeling deceived and betrayed into a loveless marriage, Lord Reese Harrington wants nothing to do with his new wife. The beautiful bride must battle the demons of her husband's past and hope that she can weather the storm of his brutish behavior.


anarn26 reviewed on March 1, 2021

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Gur01 reviewed on March 8, 2020

I heard one wise man say that if one keeps on thinking about a mistake, unintentionally they will do the mistake. I think in this story, the male lead character is too absorbed about his mother's infidelity due to which his father is dead. And then he is doing the same mistake of bedding others after marriage. Whether consummated or not he is a married man, and sleeping with other is not something which could be taken easily. Especially as he himself is suffering because of his mother's issues he should be able to think about his wife’s feeling. It is kind of projecting negative heroism I feel. If you don't worry much about the lead male character's infidelity issues, then go ahead and read.
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manicmini reviewed on Oct. 16, 2016

Loved the characters & plot but the story itself seemed very abbreviated especially towards the end. Will not put me off other O'Donnell creations.
Of the 222 pages less than half were the actual story the remainder being
advertising for excerpts from her other books but since it was a freebee
no complaints.
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Shorea A. reviewed on Aug. 23, 2015

I liked the first half. The characters were so vivid and it intrigued me how they would develop. But then the second half became so predictable and overly dramatic. The excerpts of the other books seemed interesting enough, though. I'd skip to those parts instead.
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Bonnie R. reviewed on Oct. 5, 2013

Started out amazing but went downhill and left me wishing I hadn't read it at all
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Crystal Dawn reviewed on March 28, 2013

I enjoyed it. I think she does a good job of explaining why Reese would look for love instead of the usual arrangement. A reader always wants more detail in a good book, but a writer has to set some limits. I thought it well told and the relationship that developed between Reese and Jayce was captivating.
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Gareth Ellzey reviewed on Jan. 20, 2013

I wish I could give this a better review, but I was disappointed in the anachronisms - The medieval setting was inaccurate, and the whole thing seemed like a more modern, say 1800s, story set in the 1300s for the heck of it. The relationship between Morse and Reese was not explained; the role Nicole played in the castle was not developed; and lastly, a man of that time would not have been interested in a love match. He'd have taken a wife for land and heirs, and looked for 'love' with a leman. It was mentioned that Jayce had been reared and trained as a lady of the castle, but none of the skills and abilities were mentioned: did she act as a healer, brewing potions and poultices? Did she direct the servants? Since Nicole did not, apparently, did James act as housekeeper and chatelaine? The taming of the horse was a nice feature, but the bitterness of Morse was too easily dispelled. Maybe if it were better edited/researched, it would be a better story.
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safiya x reviewed on Nov. 21, 2012

Really a sweet an enjoyable book.
Love the coherence in the events
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hrhsophia reviewed on Oct. 18, 2012

Good story.
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Davina reviewed on Sep. 1, 2012

this is a great book. i enjoyed it from start to finish.
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