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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  10,556 ratings  ·  201 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Ransom comes an exquisite tender tale of love, adventure and passion!

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

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Paperback, 309 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1985)
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Becky
This is my second Garwood romance read in less than a week. This is unheard of for me... I very, very rarely read romance, but as I'm participating in a blog activity with a friend, I'm going for it and reading 5 of them this month.

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
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Juliana
Another great Garwood romance with a fantastic cast of characters, though hero was a little too much at times

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
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Julianna
Aug 24, 2010 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Medieval Romance, Bodice-Ripper Romance, Julie Garwood
Reviewed for THC Reviews
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
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick


Yet another winner by Julie Garwood!

Summary

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
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ShoSho
The audiobook was fun! I was laughing for most of the book ,narrator's voice for Geoffrey was the funniest thing!
Jessica
1.5 stars

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
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Pamela(AllHoney)
Gentle Warrior was Julie Garwood's first published book and set in Medieval England. Elizabeth Montwright witnesses the massacre of her family. Only she and her brother survives. Baron Geoffrey Berkley has come to find the murderers and bring them to justice.

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.
Janelle
I know when I'm in a reading slump, I can always turn to aJulie Garwood book. They are all the same beat of plots, climaxes, heros, heroines and villains. Even though I know what to expect, I still enjoy them. Now I can't read her one after another but spaced apart they are certainly an easy, enjoyable, quick read.

This book had me giggling more than her others, especially the last paragraph.
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
This book is different from the other books by Garwood that I've read, and as far as I can discover, it's her first novel, so that explains the difference in writing style. The language is formal, and a tad over descriptive, as are the literary allusions. The characterization is also a lot of telling. Usually Garwood does a better job of showing, but we find out a lot about the characters because we're constantly told, what they are thinking.

The characters...Geoffrey our gentle warrior...he's a
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LJ
Gentle Warrior - Ex
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
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Larajoline
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Debra
Gentle Warrior (Kindle Edition)
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
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Lirajean
Better than average Julie Garwood! A heroine who doesn't know how loud she can get, has very decided opinions on all kinds of matters she knows nothing about, and lives and loves with deep emotions. She loves deeply, respects all who deserve it, and is courageous in all things. She's a strange combination of one of KA'S Rock Chick's and Lucy Ricardo, living in a big castle with a man trying desperately to keep her out of harm's way.
Lisarenee
Loved this one. About Elizabeth and Geoffrey (aka the Hawk). He has come to protect her home. She has just lost most of her family. She is unsure who to trust for she fears her uncle may be behind the massacre that destroyed most of her family. She is afraid for her brother, the heir, and that if her uncle becomes his guardian there will be no "guarding" of him. Geoffrey is the the Baron in charge of the land her family lives on. He has been gravely injured and she has been called upon to try to ...more
Lynsey
Now, I know that all of Julie Garwood's highlander books are pretty much the same just with slightly different events and settings, but I absolutely love them!

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
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Tiko
i wished to read this book for such a long time and im so happy that at last i had the pleasure of reading it!

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...

it
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Louis
This book is about a woman who lives in England and loves this guy but she wants revenge because the guy kept the woman in a castle so she feels that to pay back what he did to her she decided to get revenge against him for just locking her up in a castle without the guy explaining to her why she is locked up in the castle. This book was very amazing to read because it talked about a woman who is in love with a guy in England and then gets locked up in a castle and changes her mind and decides t ...more
ErinReadsTooMuch
This book was OK. It definitely wasn't my favorite Garwood book. It was still well written, but placed back towards the end of the 900's. Yeah, WAY back there. So, the whole mentality of the wife being the man's property and knowing her place and all that was historically accurate, but still kind of annoying. The Heroine is really easy to like, though the husband takes a while to warm up to. A good premise, and plenty of love scenes, but I just feel that it was lacking what a lot of her other bo ...more
Lisa
Whether you'll like this story or not depends on how much you appreciate true-to-period behavior in your fiction. The book is set in medieval times and the hero and other characters constantly treat the heroine like she is lesser. She's told over and over that she doesn't have a right to ask for explanations or to know what's going on simply because she's a woman and wife. I recognize that for the time period this is typical, and the fact that the hero never resorts to beating his wife makes him ...more
Hayley
I hate Geoffrey. I hate him with every breath that I take. I just can't conceive in my mind how Julie Garwood could have written such an atrocious character. God, but I hated him. I know that I've said that a lot, but he was just so incredibly horrible. He was cruel, pig-headed, and downright idiotic.

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
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Cindy
English Medieval romance with sex.

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
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Alexandria Tale
I'm very seldom of giving two stars to Garwood's books, but this seems to be one of them. The heroine was a bit typical of Garwood's heroine. Elizabeth was a bit whiny and annoying. I was really annoyed when she went out to Rupert's house without telling Geoffrey, when I already suspected that Rupert was the mastermind behind the annihilation of her family. Fortunately, she realized her mistake before she reached Rupert's house, leaving another clicheness untouched. The Rupert thing could be a g ...more
Red
Hmm yah rasanya ini setipe dengan The Tarnished Lady, walau berbeda jua. Well yah, perjuangan Elizabeth untuk menyadarkan Geoffrey bahwa ia adala seorang istri yang seharusnya berada di sisi suaminya bukan dibelakangnya layaknya anak buah prajurit suaminya itu.
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
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Marie
Bintang 3.

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
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Serban Georgiana
Am facut o greseala,si anume am citit succesiv doua carti scrise de acelasi autor.Faptul ca ambele carti sunt asemanatoare,si ca actiunea se pertece pe la 1100,a facut ca aceasta alegere sa nu fie una prea reusita.
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.
Tracy
I give this book 3.5 stars.
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
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Lemon
Typical Garwood, but definitely not as good as her others. I understand this was her first published novel and it shows. I am so glad she improved so much over time- you can definitely tell the difference in the writing.
Martha
Bleh! The heroine was short tempered, impulsive, vengeful, and worried, while the hero was arrogant, unfeeling, controlling, and given to fits of rage. I didn't like either of them! The plot was not engaging and it seemed to finish rather abruptly. The writing was ugly, the sort of unedited stuff too often polluting this genre. The chapter development was very basic and relied heavily on Garwood repeating characteristics rather than letting them become apparent through her character's interactio ...more
teacup
This was not worth my time. I finished it because I was intrigued by the murder-mystery it presented. Unfortunately, it was very very sexist. Instead of the usual romance dynamic where the heroine asserts her independence and the hero asserts his will and they both learn to live with each other (aka the heroine learns to let her husband decide some things in her life and the hero learns to defer to his wife as well) this mostly consisted on the "hero" shouting and exerting his power, will, and s ...more
Diana Escamilla
Es una historia entretenida, amena y divertida.

Pero Elizabeth rayaba en la impertinencia.
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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
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