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A Kingdom of Dreams (Westmoreland Saga #1)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  33,359 Ratings  ·  1,256 Reviews

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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Jan 13, 2014 Dina rated it it was amazing
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 ~ BlithelyBookish

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
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.
Jan 13, 2014 Mo rated it it was amazing


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
Oct 01, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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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
Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful)
A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught:
3 “More *Galavant Than *The Tudors” Stars.
Hells yeah, I want to go there! I don’t really have a choice. Before cracking open, A Kingdom of Dreams, I read Teresa Denys’ masterpiece, *The Silver Devil, and in a Medieval romance face-off; McNaught’s version loses hands down.

To be fair, the two authors have very different writing styles: The Silver Devil, is dark, gritty, and authentic to the time period; while, A Kingdom of Dreams, is modish, amusing, a
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst 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

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
Aug 31, 2013 Mona rated it it was amazing
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
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Jan 10, 2014 Lady Vigilante (Feifei) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lady Vigilante (Feifei) by: Ash Wednesday
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
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review

The Kingdom of Dreams is the first book of the Westmoreland Saga. I read this book many years ago, and I had this on my list to re read, and since my library didn't have it any longer, I decided I would need to buy it and well worth it in the end!! I loved everything about this book. At first it started out a bit slow, and I was a bit worried that I wouldn't love it as much as I did when I read it the first time. But wow, suddenly I was dr
Nov 10, 2014 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-favorite

Seriously. This book was just what I needed. I adored every page. Review to come.
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
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
Sep 26, 2010 Tatiana rated it it was ok
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
Aug 18, 2014 Arlene rated it it was amazing
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
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, ...more
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
♥ Melody
* 2.5 I'm-really-getting-tired-of-this stars *

This really should have been titled 'Taming of the Shrew- Part II'
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Well this sucks. Another McNaught favorite among many that I did not love. I feel like I should put out a disclaimer or apologize to my GR friends for clogging up your feeds with my negative reviews & low ratings as of late. I promise you I'm NOT doing it on purpose. I’m not one of those reviewers. I’ve been in a serious book funk that seems to have no e
Jan 29, 2014 *MariaA* rated it it was amazing
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;))

May 17, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: recs

4 stars!

I don't usually read historical romances and there was not actually a real reason behind it, so I thought I had to try one.

This story is set in the 15th century. Jennifer and Royce are enemies; she's Scottish, he's English and his father's first enemy. He's also knows as The Wolf.


I loved the two of them together, there were even some pretty steamy scenes!

I had mixed feelings about Jennifer, but Royce was perfection.


Up to 46% of the book, I could feel that the book was good, but I w
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
Jul 19, 2016 Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-read
4.5 Stars
Such a beautiful story! I loved it!
This is historical romance at its finest. The characters were solidly developed and the writing was just superb. It was packed with love, suspense, adventure and lessons to be learned. I fell in love with these characters and I'm sad to see them go.

Alice Kellen
Oct 20, 2016 Alice Kellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pesar de sus más de 500 páginas la he leído en pocos días (raro en mí), y ambos protagonistas me han gustado mucho. Él es un amor de hombre y ella es genial. No le pongo cinco estrellas porque no ha llegado a emocionarme ni me ha hecho suspirar, pero es una novela romántica muy completa.
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
11 March 2015: $3.99 on Kindle

Review cross-posted from here.

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 t
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 an
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
May 09, 2014 Silvana rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2008 Kristine rated it it was amazing
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.

May 22, 2015 Beverly rated it it was amazing
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!
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-Royce Westmoreland”
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