In feudal England, Elizabeth Montwright barely escaped the massacre that destroyed her family and exiled her from her ancestral castle. Bent on revenge, she rode again through the fortress gates, disguised as a peasant...to seek aid from Geoffrey Berkley, th...more
I read this one in place of a different one that my friend had sent me, because that one was about rippling abs in kilts and the Garwood I just read featured the same theme... sort of. So I went for something a little different and went for Feudal England over Scotla ...more
Setting: 1086, England
Gentle Warrior is another great Julie Garwood medieval romance. I had to give it four stars instead of 4.5 or 5 because at times the hero, Geoffrey, was a little too caveman-like for me. Actually, it wasn't even really caveman-like - he was just too forceful, angry, badly tempered. Overall, he was generally a good hero though, and the other cast of characters was abs ...more
Gentle Warrior was Julie Garwood's first published romance from way back in 1985, and although I mostly enjoyed it, I would have to say that it showed some of her greenness as a writer. There are many of the trademark Garwood elements here such as a temperamental alpha hero who has a gentler side; a feisty, independent heroine; lots of spirited, humorous banter between the pair; and love scenes that were pretty steamy for the time period in which they were penned. However ...more
Yet another winner by Julie Garwood!
As with all of her historical romances, we have strong, arrogant, hunky heroes who know all there is to know about... well, about everything. Or so Baron Geoffrey Berkley thinks.
Enter Elizabeth Montwright, a woman as equally sure of herself and set in her ways. Having survived the massacre of her family and being exiled from her family's castle, Elizabeth makes it her mission to gain revenge on the man who destroyed her family and regain possession of ...more
So I decided to go on a Julie Garwood glom, starting with books I haven't read or have only read once. This falls into the read once and never re-read category and I now remember why.
It's her debut novel, and you can kind of tell that Garwood hasn't yet hit her stride as a writer in that she doesn't have her characteristic fluffy tone in this one. It does have an overuse of the description "contradiction" that she still tends to bestow on her heroes and heroines. It also makes use of t ...more
One of those books I've read numerous times and I haven't gotten tired of it yet. It's not my most favorite Garwood book but I still love it.
This book had me giggling more than her others, especially the last paragraph.
The characters...Geoffrey our gentle warrior...he's a ...more
Garwood, Julie - standalone
In feudal England, Elizabeth Montwright barely escaped the massacre that destroyed her family and exiled her from her ancestral castle. Bent on revenge, disguised as a peasant, she rode again through the fortress gates...to seek aid from Geoffrey Berkley, the powerful baron who had routed the murderers.
He heard her pleas, resisted her demands, and vowed to seduce his beautiful subject. Yet as Elizabeth fought the warrior's caresses, love flamed for t ...more
I'm giving this book four stars only because Julie Garwood wrote it, and I am comparing Garwood to Garwood. Any other author, I would have given it less.
I know it is very difficult for an author to come up with different types of characters that don't mimic others that they have already written; but I think that Ms Garwood did not delve far enough into Geoffrey's past to let us see why he was such an arrogant, self centered male. He showed no heart or warmth in h ...more
I did not particularly like either main character or their story in general. There's a bit too much telling instead of showing, manipulations and the characters feel a bit two-dimensional. It also felt like there's a bit of a loose end, as one of the bad guys doesn't really get what he deserves.
I'm glad I'd read other books of the author before that one, since I didn't find this to be her best work, perhaps partly because of the ...more
The main problem for me with this book was the characters, in particular, the male lead Geoffrey. He is demanding and domineering to the point of where if I were Elizabeth I would have whacked him one. Not to mention he is almost cringingly insensitive, using put downs and degrading Elizabeth to try and mould her into what he thinks is a 'proper' wife.
I had problems with Elizabeth, too, though. At the beginning of the novel ...more
Her books are so full of charm and her characters are loveable and fun even when they are behaving stubbornly, as they often are.
For me, she has perfected the exact combination of love, romance and passion that keeps me riveted. Then there is just enough story and intrigue to make it a really exciting and unputdownable book.
I recently re ...more
Julie Garwood hasnt disappointed me thus far and this book was everything i hoped it would be and just a bit more <3
i loved the heroine. i liked that she accepted her feelings easily and didnt show much angst, i liked that she could get angry, i liked that she was so loyal... i liked everything about her :D
and the hero was really great as well. they suited each other so very much...
In the beginning, I thought this book was going to be fabulous, because Garwood is without a doubt one of my favourite romance authors, and in the first few chapters, I was so sure. So damn sure. Bu ...more
This is a favorite reread from 1985. The year is 1086. This has the usual beautiful blond heroine. This one has a few more brain cells than the usual JG heroine. In fact, I'd have to say this is the medieval version of a Mary Sue & I really don't like classifying any heroine as that. It's true though in this case. Elisabeth is perfect in every way, healing the hero after he's injured in battle. She saves more lives in another battle by shooting bad guys wi ...more
Lalu yang bikin geli itu, salah satu alasan Elizabeth adalah untuk menyelamatkan adiknya yang amnesia, selain untuk berlindung dari pamannya yang serakah. Adiknya jarang diceritakan lalu setelah agak akhir cerita, tiba-tiba adiknya itu kei ...more
I probably read it more than twenty years ago already, gosh I'm old!:)) but yeah, can't remember and hallelujah for e-book, now I re-read it again!
You will find this story much lighter and simple compare with Ms. Garwood later books If you can forget little bit what happened with Elizabeth's family tragedy:(
So, I kind of plenty re-reading HR, thanks to scribd. Pity tho tons of them I DNF after few earlier chapters. Yup, I'm mean now!:) well, what c ...more
Entah kenapa baca buku JG yg satu ini lempeng aja seperti air yg mengalir tanpa riak. Tak ada konflik apalagi yg menegangkan, kalaupun ada sepertinya dapat diatasi dengan mudah. Bahkan pertikaian antara Elizabeth dan Geoffrey sendiri yg semakin memanas tiba tiba mendingin seketika. Apa karena pasangan ini terlalau klop, pas dan saling melengkapi(?) dengan banyak sekali perbedaan sifat dan karakter diantara keduanya sehingga keduannya menjadi sosok yg lebih baik. Tapi, yg pasti pasangan ...more
Carte mi-a placut foarte mult,dar este foarte asemanatoare cu The Wedding.
In ciuda acestui fapt,acord 4 stele acestei carti,si pe viitor o sa fiu mai atenta la alegerile mele.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I thought that both Geoffrey and Elizabeth were great and well written characters.
The heroine was strong and unusual for her time as she preferred more male pursuits than feminine ones. And the hero was a strong alpha male who of course winds up having a very tender heart tamed by his wife. The banter between the characters was fun to read and even the sub characters were great. I lived Elizabeth's grandfather and her brother.
I won't go in ...more
Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. "The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the fa ...more