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A Kingdom of Dreams (Westmoreland Saga #1)

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Abducted from her convent school, headstrong Scottish beauty Jennifer Merrick does not easily surrender to Royce Westmoreland, Duke of Claymore. Known as "The Wolf"; his very name strikes terror in the hearts of his enemies. But proud Jennifer will have nothing to do with the fierce English warrior who holds her captive, this handsome rogue who taunts her with his blazing

Mass Market Paperback, 438 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
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Judith McNaught has done it again! This book has two major "pet peeves" of mine (#1- at the beginning, the hero beats the heroine not only once, but twice; #2- somewhere down the road, the hero and the heroine are torn apart by a Big Misunderstanding), but who cares? I don't know why, I don't know how, but I ended up loving this book! :)

Royce turned out to be a wonderful hero. After a less-than-thrilling introduction, he slowly (but steadily) started to grow on me, up to the point where I unders
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

I am at a loss for words – I seriously don’t know how to review this book – which words to use to do it justice. Kingdom of Dreams is my first read by this author and it will not be my last.

I was instantly captivated by the characters who are deeply complex, wonderful people trying to make their way through a rough, and oft times unfair world – and do it while keeping their honor and integrity intact. The storyline with its twists and turns fascinated me from the first page and held my attentio
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
Huge 5+ stars

Kingdom of Dreams is one of the best books I've read!

The story is full of vibrant and richly developed characters, a plot that's riveting, emotional, provocative, and a prose that's exceptionally well written. To top it off, this book has one of the best ending I've read. It was amazing, extremely poignant, and very powerful. I'm still an emotional mess hours later.

Judith McNaught is an exceptional storyteller and I'm embarrassed it's taken me so long to read one of her books.


Loved this one. This is the second book I have read by this author and it will not be the last.

Royce Westmoreland .

aptly named THE WOLF

Scottish and English wars and hatred have abounded for years.

THOR, his trusted stallion

Can he tame the lovely Jennifer or will she be the one to tame the Wolf?

(The artist who painted this one was actually from my home village in the West of Ireland)

Loved Jennifer, she was so feisty, independent, loyal, beautiful …

"My own kingdom … I used to plan

Re-read…AGAIN!! One of my favorite go-to-comfort-inspiring reads! How is it possible that it keeps getting better?! One of the best fight-to-the-finish love stories! It doesn’t come easy and it comes at a cost, but it’s so worth it!!!

5 Stars!! I am a blubbering mess. The last six paragraphs in the book, before the epilogue, where Royce contemplates the recent events in his life, just undid me. This is an intense, well written, passionate romance.

A wonderful journey, as Royce and Jenny discove
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
Jennifer and Royce are at war with each other, well, technically their countries are. She's a Scottish Countess and he's an English Duke. And when Royce's brother, Stefan, kidnaps Jennifer and her sister, Brenna, things become personal in more ways than one.

Several people recommended this book to me (thank you!) and I can see why! Who doesn't love an enemies to lover story especially with someone as yummy as Royce.


Royce is known as The Wolf and is the King of England's best warrior. He has a f
Aug 31, 2013 Mona rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mona by: Effie
Shelves: favorites
AMAZING, fabulous, OUTSTANDING read, that deserves a happy dance!


**Some spoilers ahead**

To say I was captivated from beginning to end, is a serious understatement. I physically couldn't stop myself from devouring every word written. Not to add any updates or even add this book to my CR list. My eyes were drying out (seriously, I used eyes drops) from not blinking enough and lack of sleep. It wasn't a pretty sight...


This historical romance sure didn't feel historical to me. It was so easy to r
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Thanks Ash for the recommendation or I wouldn't have read it otherwise and that would be a shame! Also a pat on the back for me since I found this gem at Half-priced books.

This story can best be summarized with two words: Total escapism!!!! There's a reason historical romance reigns ahead on my favorite genre list and A Kingdom of Dreams is the perfect example! I loved the family/clan dynamics, court politics, and the depth the author portrayed these complex characters. This story was exactly w
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I just have to start off by saying that this may be my all time favorite stand alone romance book… EVER.!!!!! No kidding. I wasn’t even planning to read it quite yet. But I had gotten the paperback a while ago and it’s been sitting on my nightstand ever since. So the other night, I was having a little trouble sleeping and my ipad was downstairs… so I picked up this book. And I said to myself.. “I’ll just read the first chapter and see what it’s all abo
Taryn at My Secret Romance

This review was posted at My Secret Romance

This is romance at its best!

I've come to the conclusion that all the books I said I loved in the past, I didn't. I was wrong. I'm realizing that I lusted after them, not truly loved. This book is love.

The way I wrote my review for Whitney, My Love, is going to be the same way I write my review for this book. There isn't anything I can say that hasn't already been said about this book. It is a phenomenal book and everyone should read it regardless if yo
Duchess Nicole
This is a fantastic medieval romance. I stayed up until 3 in the morning, knowing that I wouldn't finish, because I literally couldn't put this book down. It took the best attributes from a strong-willed female heroine and the very best attributes from an alpha male hero and put them into THIS BOOK. I don't even really know what to say. So often, there is only a surface level reality to books set hundreds of years ago. But I swear I was hearing thundering hoof beats while I read this. Gush, gush ...more

Seriously. This book was just what I needed. I adored every page. Review to come.
Aug 18, 2014 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Buddy Read - Hannah
Review from July 31, 2009
A Kingdom of Dreams, by Judith McNaught, is probably my favorite love story of all times. Romance is not my preferred genre, but this book definitely has all the magical elements to make you believe in fairy tale love and a knight in shining armor. I love the two main characters of this novel, and when they meet, you become captivated by their fierce battle of wills and ultimately their undying love for each other. This story is filled with a perfect blend of romance, a
Sophie ♥
“Royce understood then why she had come: she had come to finish the task her relatives had begun; to do to him what he had done to her brother. Unmoving, he watched her, noting that tears were pouring down her beautiful face as she slowly bent down. But instead of reaching for his lance or her dagger, she took his hand between both of hers and pressed her lips to it. Through his daze of pain and confusion, Royce finally understood that she was kneeling to him, and a groan tore from his chest: "D ...more
Aug 10, 2009 Tatiana rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all romance novels' fans
Recommended to Tatiana by: Arlene
Shelves: 2009, romancelandia
"A Kingdom of Dreams" is regarded as one of the best love stories by numerous romance novels fans. Being a non-romance reader (my interest waned by the age of about 15 when I'd read all possible feisty wench/dangerous rogue scenarios), I can't be a fair judge of the book, but here is my review nevertheless.

This book had some decent, at times funny dialog between 2 main characters, the bedroom scenes were fairly steamy without being graphic, but other than that, it was a typical historical roman
After reading it for maybe the hundredth time, I declare "A kingdom of dreams" to be the best historical of all time!!!
The spellbinding quality of Mcnaught's narrations, how she magically weaves a story/characters that transport you to another time and place is unique just to her!!

I always wished for movies to be made out of her HRs'..well since that has not yet been done,i'll try a little bit something here with my imagination...(WTH even if it gets a bit cheesy;))

Yes, I'm having the "sugar coated marshmallow phase" please!
Lately I seem to have a thing for fluffy books. Having just upped my yearly book challenge on here to 50 books, one might suspect I turn to these 'snacks' fearing I otherwise won't meet my goal. Considering that I've read two, maybe three, Harlequins in high school and found them unintentionally funny at best (something I was quite pleased with at the time, for a new found addiction would've meant ongoing struggles to hide corny cover a
An epic lovestory with great emotion, brave knights, insoluble conflicts and everlasting love - 5 *Huge* Stars

This novel was written almost 25 years ago (1989) and I'm so grateful that some goodreads friends chatted about it a few weeks ago. I could well have missed it in another 25 years and it had been a real loss for me.

A Kingdom of Dreams ~ would be a goodreads with 10
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In a camp on the border between England and Scotland year 1497 begins an epik love story. The Scots and
Silvana -SLiTsRead
10+++ Stars

This is how all romance novels should be written!

This is a book that reminds me why I love reading so much, this is to me how romance novels should be written. A Kingdom of Dreams is going on my all time favorite books- even days after finishing, I get a goofy grin on my face when I recall certain scenes. A story full of passion, suspense, distrust, misunderstandings and dreams that held me spellbound throughout.


A Kingdom Of Dreams tells the tale of the first Duke of Claymore, Royce
I've re-read this book for years. I can't even remember the first time I read it. And my paper copy is falling apart, quite literally.

So, obviously I love it. It's one of my favorite books, period.

And, as I read it this time I was surprised, and awed, at that even more. It has several tropes that I absolutely despise. Things that I'd never set out to read.

Forced Seduction.
Big Misunderstandings. Yes, plural.

But it also rights these wrongs. In a thoroughly just manner, in my opinion. The
Jan 24, 2008 Kristine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: wants a love story and enjoys smartly-written characters.
Ok. So it took a lot of courage for me to actually post a review of this book mostly because I didn't want to publicly admit that I'm a sucker for McNaught's romance novels. But after reading this book and nearly bawling my eyes out at the end, I couldn't NOT write about how much I loved this book.

Judith McNaught is famous for writing heroines with modern-day dreams and aspirations, no matter what setting her characters are in whether it be medieval or contemporary. This novel was no different.

My heart is bursting!!!! Love is not a strong enough word to describe how I feel about this book!

5 HUGE, DREAMY STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Many people have read this book and I seem to be in the minority of those who haven't until now. And because of this reason I won't draw out my review. But OH MY GOD. I love HR but this is in a class of it's own!

Breathtaking and incredibly thick with layers and plot twists, this is the best HR I've read to date. It had everything I could hope for: Romance, intrigue, a
This was a reread for me, I first read Kingdom of Dreams 12 years or so ago.

I am not a huge fan of historical romances, but I will always love these first books they made me fall in love with reading.

Judith McNaught is amazing, and all of her stories are told so well.

Royce/Wolf is a swoon worthy character, he made me wish I could jump into Book Land.

I highly recommend this book!

A Legendary Love Story....


A magical historical romance that was intelligent, passionate, meaningful, and just plain re-readable! Loved it!

**** 4.5 Stars****


Really Loved this!

One word to this describe my feelings for this book ROYCE!

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This was my second Judith McNaught HR and loved it. It was such a great story/historical romance . Set in the medieval times. It had drama, angst, romance, passion, suspense, great characters. There were some parts that really frustrated me and pissed me off but at the same time, there were parts that made me laugh and swoon.

Royce was an English warrior. Fierce, loyal, dangerous. He was so swoon-worthy. Loved his charact

This was romance all the way! This book opens at a wedding where neither the bride or groom want to be there, and you don 't know why. Then the heroine takes you back to the beginning to explain it to you, which honestly i was irritated with at first. I didn't want to know the middle of the book before reading the beginning, but i kept reading of course. i got so caught up in the characters and the story I completely changed my mind about the beginning.


This was an emotional roller coaster of a read! It raises your interest quickly then drops, twirls and wrenches every feeling possible until you shakily close the back cover, exhausted but exhilarated. What a ride!

I must say Jennifer and Royce are two of the most complex characters I have read in an historical romance in a while. I vacillated between loving and hating each one numerous times, depending on what chapter I was reading at the moment. In the end, Royce became the hero of all h
Lady Heather
This is the first book I have read by Ms. McNaught and it was absolutely amazing!! What an amazing ride this was! Loved everything about this book! The characters, the writing, the story! WOW!!
Can't wait to read more from this author!
missEvi [can't commit to a book]

Historical romance and I have an almost nonexistent relationship. I like the history, I like the war, even the scenes with the gory details, but I can't stomach the heroines, i.e. their disposition, the way they are treated, their fluffiness.. their personal hygiene.. I am not delusional but, really, a girl needs her toilet. Furthermore, I am not a strong feminist, but still I get so worked up from the plot that people around me keep their distance. don't tell me it's fiction

I was so pleasantly
a classic judith mcnaught, and still her best to date!

this novel is something every self-respecting romance reader should at least have read, if not have for keeps. i've probably read this a dozen times and i never get tired of it. full of passion, humor, and even a dash of action. and very rich in that deep emotional turbulence that only ms mcnaught can deliver--not just conflict in the feelings between the hero and the heroine, but also among the other characters. what i also really loved abou
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Other Books in the Series

Westmoreland Saga (6 books)
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  • Until You (Westmoreland, #3)
  • Simple Gifts: Just Curious / Miracles / Change of Heart / Double Exposure (Westmoreland, #3.5)
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“The groom always smiles proudly because he's convinced he's accomplished something quite wonderful. The bride smiles because she's been able to convince him of it.” 212 likes
“Some women need no jewels to make them sparkle. You are one of them.

-Royce Westmoreland”
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