A Kingdom of Dreams (Westmoreland Saga #1)
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
5 DREAMY STARS…
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...more
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...more
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...more
**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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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;))
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...more
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
In a camp on the border between England and Scotland year 1497 begins an epik love story. The Scots and...more
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...more
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.
Big Misunderstandings. Yes, plural.
But it also rights these wrongs. In a thoroughly just manner, in my opinion. The...more
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.
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!
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...more
Can't wait to read more from this author!
Jennifer Merrick, the eldest child of the Laird Merrick has been kidnapped by Royce Westmoreland, the Wolf, a man with a reputation for ruthlesness and cruelty; a man who merrily crushes the enemies of England under his large and bloody boots. However, that is not quite what Jenny finds, and what ensues is a battle of wills between the headstrong Jenny...more
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...more
Set in Scotland and England in 1497, the book begins at the wedding of
Jennifer Merrick and Royce Westmoreland (the earl of Claymore aka The Black Wolf) and then flashes back to tell you how they met and the events leading up to the wedding. Roy...more
Royce Westmoreland and Jennifer Merrick are enemies. English and Scot. Royce is about to battle with Jennifer's clan, and everyone expects it to be the deciding factor in who will win the war. Royce's brother kidnaps Jenny and her sister, thinking that it'll be a way to bargain with the Merrick clan. But nobody expects Jenny to be capable of escaping. Things happen, and then Royce and Jenn...more
Judith McNaught is a bestselling author of over a dozen historical and contemporary romance novels, with 30 million copies of her works in print. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical romance subgenre.