The Bride and the Brute

Rated 4.10/5 based on 20 reviews
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. More
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Words: 68,190
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465815743
About Laurel O'Donnell

Laurel O’Donnell has won numerous awards for her works, including the Holt Medallion for A Knight of Honor, the Happily Ever After contest for The Angel’s Assassin, and the Indiana’s Golden Opportunity contest for Immortal Death. The Angel and the Prince was nominated by the Romance Writers of America for their prestigious Golden Heart award. O’Donnell lives in Illinois with her four cherished children, her beloved husband and her five cats. She finds precious time every day to escape into the medieval world and bring her characters to life in her writing.

Her works include:

LOST SOULS Urban Fantasy Series


The Bride and the Brute by Laurel O'Donnell - A Medieval Romance Novella
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Review by: manicmini 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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Review by: Shorea A. 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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Review by: Bonnie R. on Oct. 05, 2013 :
Started out amazing but went downhill and left me wishing I hadn't read it at all
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Review by: Crystal Dawn 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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Review by: Gareth Ellzey 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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Review by: safiya x on Nov. 21, 2012 :
Really a sweet an enjoyable book.
Love the coherence in the events
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Review by: nanette brumfield on Oct. 22, 2012 : (no rating)
Thanks for your beautiful book! One of the best that i have read recently :)
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Review by: hrhsophia on Oct. 18, 2012 :
Good story.
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Review by: Davina Barnett on Sep. 01, 2012 :
this is a great book. i enjoyed it from start to finish.
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Review by: Lindsey Owens on July 16, 2012 :
I loved this book! Amazing twist to Beauty and the Beast like story. Loved the characters, made me cry and I couldn't get enough of it!
Great job.
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Review by: Tj McKinnon on May 06, 2012 :
Amazing book! I absolutely loved the characters, they made me laugh, the made me cry, it was wonderful!
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Review by: L. E. Plissee on April 10, 2012 : (no rating)
Thank you for that great smashwords book... I have enjoyed reading it
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Review by: Shani Minaj on March 29, 2012 :
Amazing book, one of the best smashwords books I've read!
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Review by: Jutzie on Feb. 28, 2012 :
The Bride and The Brute by Laurel O'Donnell
This was a novella so it didn't take too long to read but it was still packed full. Jayce is suddenly married off to Lord Reese Harrington. A man she heard had vowed against ever marrying. And after the marriage he treated her with disgust. Not even willing to consummate their marriage.

Reese knew what happened in marriages without love and now he was forced into one. Too bad the girl was so beautiful, he wanted nothing to do with her. He planned to return her to her father after his sisters rescue but was not able to.

Jayce has a sweet nature and is easily loved but she felt alone and unloved as her new husbands rejects her. Reese is full of anger towards her and she understands why when she learns why he married her. As hard as she tries, he seems to despise her more. A really good story set in England during the 1300's.

This was a free ebook and was definitely worth taking the time to read.

**Sexual situation within marriage.
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Review by: teya israel on Feb. 07, 2012 :
romance not thoroughly justified.
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Review by: JackieW on Jan. 31, 2012 :
I wish I could give this romance more stars, but it was just too short to develop a plot. It felt hurried along and cut off in places. Several plot developments started but were never heard from again...and I really wish the author would have investigated those developments, they looked interesting.

The book stopped suddenly and much too easily. I'm all for love conquering all and such, but in the span of five minutes?

Another problem I had is our hero held himself from consummating the relationship through all sorts of scenarios, and THAT is how he does it? Really? He showed he didn't care about her at all, no matter what the author wanted us to believe.

Lastly, I resent looking for, and thinking I found, a BOOK, only to find a short story! The story was 60 pages, with 150+ pages of previews of other books!

All in all, this author could be rather promising, I did enjoy the story (what there was of it), but with so little to go on it's hard to know.
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Review by: Adelaye Hearst on Jan. 14, 2012 :
Nice work, Could have added a little more depth a some places. Romances are tricky, everyone always wants more. I think this had just the righ amount, would read more of this author
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Review by: Doris Holmes on Jan. 01, 2012 :
Good read
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Review by: Emily Andersson on Dec. 28, 2011 :
What a great love story. Just wished it went on, but the ending was explosive!
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Review by: Ana Shea Ann on Dec. 19, 2011 :
A really good and well written book.

I wish it had not ended it where it had but went on a bit more.
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Review by: Raven26 on Dec. 16, 2011 :
This is a really good book, about love growing over time! I couldn't put it down!
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Review by: Raven26 on Dec. 16, 2011 :
This is a really good book, about love growing over time!
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