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The Warrior's Wife (The Warrior #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  496 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Two warring families, one widow who has forgotten her family's hatred, one powerful knight determined to reclaim his family's castle and a wife to rule it beside him. No one will stop him not her father, his king or the lady herself.

In 1214 England, Sir Rafe Godsol sees widow Katherine de Fraisney at his friend's wedding. Rafe decides that he will marry Katherine even thou
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Steel Magnolia Press
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Elis Madison
It’s John I’s England. At a friend’s wedding, young knight Sir Rafe Godsol spies pretty young widow Katherine de Fraisney, and he’s attracted. When he learns that she is the daughter of his family’s enemy, he and his brothers plot to use her to even some long-held scores.

To complicate matters, Kate’s uncaring father is busy trying to marry her off again—and his taste in men really stinks. Hers isn’t much better, it turns out.

The first sex scene raised my eyebrows in a bad way. Seriously. She’s
I have always loved this era - knights and castles and, oh, the clothes - so I jumped with glee when I found this book. This could have been one of my new favorite books. It almost was. While Lady Adele wasn't always right, I learned to love her and wished Kate had listened to her more.

The downfall of this book was the sex scene. I don't like sex in my books - most often it slows the plot down - and I really don't like stupid, selfish, lost control, premarital sex. That aside, it was just dumb.
A wonderful well-written story. I would have rated it a perfect 5 stars if I hadn't had to skip over sexual content that did nothing to add to the story. It would have been just as good if left to the imagination.
The Warrior's Wife by Denise Domning is a Medieval historical romance, originally published by Avon under the title The Warrior's Damsel. The book has been reissued under this title- The Warrior's Wife and is published by Steel Magnolia Press.

Kate's sire is practically obsessed with finding a match for his widowed daughter.
There are several choices available, but it never crossed his mind that Kate would find Rafe Godsol to be the one she wished to marry. The Godsol family and the Daubney famil
William Simmons
Missed the mark - I did finish reading so 2 stars.

In the beginning I enjoyed this book, the story had a lot of potential, but I continued to read with the expectation that I would see growth and intelligence in the characters. Both failed to appear.

Then came the middle of the book and this totally upright lady sneaks past the guards to meet someone that has already proved to be disreputable. Along comes the hero to save the day but does he save her? He saves her from one deplorable situation an
Pat aka Tygyr
Kate was married very young to a sickly young man. He dies without heirs. She is now living with her father and they are attending a wedding. He is using the time to find her another husband, and she has no say in the matter. Meanwhile she can't understand the bride's happiness and eagerness for her groom. Kate did not enjoy being married. Because of her husband's weakness, she had to be trained how to arouse him to do his husbandly duty. Kate has an idealistic idea of romance and her father's s ...more
The time is during the reign of King John, who rules while brother Richard is off to the crusades. Kate Humpfrey's impotent husband dies. Her father is a mean spirited man who is determined to get her wed to someone else. He takes her to a wedding of the daughter of a neighbor Lord to find an eligible man to marry Kate and give him grandsons. At the wedding is Rafe Godson son of the man Sir Humpfrey killed and whose estate he stole. Rafe plans to abduct Kate, marry her and retrieve the family es ...more
Sheila Carsins
Wonderful Story of Knights and Courtly Love!

I enjoyed this book immensely. The knights and ladies of long ago believed in rules for courting and games of love, and it's easy to see why the love games were responsible for such a high standard of ethical codes for behaving and living. The settings and characters felt so real, that it's easy to get caught up in this tale. I half expected Robin Hood or King Arthur to make an appearance, despite the year used as the time frame. It's hard to stop read
Paige Babb
I would love to be able to say that I loved, or even liked, this book but I just cannot bring myself to. It's too shallow and I found the characters lacked depth. I found the climactic moment in the final chapters to have a too convenient solution that was just not realistic. What also got me was in the end there was a forced cliffhanger that had me questioning if this was a book in a series, and worse still, questioning if I really cared about what happened next even if it was.

It's okay light r
Erin Brooks
Hard earned love

Kate had one marriage that was . . . And now her dad wants to pawn her off to another so soon after. She even liked . . . At the wedding party, but couldn't marry him

Rafe is arrogant enough to . . . . Even if it is Kate!

When trouble brews starting with . . . Than a bad loser in . . . To a fouled up . . . Successful kidnapping . . . And unsuccessful.
This book was okay. The historical details seemed accurate regarding atmosphere though the actual language was easy to understand without historically accurate accents or word usage. The plight of the heroine also seemed accurate. The hero's feelings for the heroine were appropriately romanticized away from historical accuracy (because too much realism would NOT have been romantic). :-). The problem is that the romance between the H and h was sweet - too sweet. Not enough development or even eno ...more
Domning is one if my favorites in medieval romance - I feel like I can't put it down, even though the plots tend to be thin. While this harbors just the right amount of historical cliché and steamy bits, it's her characters that sell me on Domning, and this one was no different. Rafe was charming, Kate the late-bloomer in terms of truly comprehending her place in the world, and while there were plenty of misunderstandings, I think in the end, the heart was served. So I'm satisfied.
Predictable, being a Romeo and Juliette type story with two families that hate each other and a forbidden love but a fun read none the less. I liked this much better than anything that I was forced to read in a high school class. I can't stand the much loved Shakespeare anyway. The author does a good job of drawing a picture of the post wedding celebrations and the knights games. These details bring the whole world to life.
Carla J.
A Well Spun Tale

If you like medieval Romeo and Juliet stories of gallant knights and daring damsels, then this is a book you will love. Plenty of romance, a dastardly villain of a father , and a timely rescue. Plus no suicide on either side of the feud. This was a fun book to read and will keep you amused and entertained.
Margaret (Margot)
When delving into the world of fiction, I need merely consistency and a well told story to lead me to the movie reels of my mind. In that, this story was successful. The hero is of course charming, witty and patient, and while he is not perfect, he is at least honest. The heroine naïve, “almost” innocent and head strong, although this characteristic is developed through the novel.

The historical aspect of this story deals more with a woman’s role in society more than any other aspect. Her place
ArguedThe Warrior's Wife

A well-written, delightful historical romance. A feud between families has created unease in the kingdom. A knight decides to kidnap and wed the daughter of his enemy in order to win the family home and lands back, but love gets in the way.
Another great historical romance from Denise Domning. This one is about Kate a young widow who's father can't marry her off quick enough. There is another family in the county that they have been fueding with for generations. This is Rafe's family. Both families are attending a wedding under truce. Rafe's family think that kidnaping Kate would be a good way to regain property stolen from them years ago. Kate's father sees the oppertunity to get the husband he wants for Kate. In true romeo and ju ...more
Rafe and Katherine meet at a wedding and are immediately attracted to each other. Unfortunately, they are from warring families. A typical romance with misunderstandings but ultimately love between the two; however, I love this genre/time period so I enjoyed the book.
I really enjoyed the story of Rafe and Kate. It was full of interesting twists that kept the suspense until the end. This was the story of a young knight who was set on avenging his father's death by pursuing the daughter of his family's enemy.
just a romance - embarrassing to read and acknowledge I read it! I do not consider this historical fiction but that is the category it fell in when searching for a book from my library to read during cold spell.
Coleen Dailey
I enjoyed this book. It was a light read but a nice break. It followed the typical historical romance formula but was a fun read. I would recommend it for a beach read or anytime you need a break.
I liked the idea of this book, but it didn't live up to my expectations. Not sure why the book needed the sex scenes, it would have been better to leave that part up to the imagination.
Autumn Storm
The first couple of chapters were a little hard to read but once I got use to the period writting I couldn't seem to put it down. Looking forward to reading the other two books in this series.
Angie Peoples
While at first I must admit this book seemed to lag, it was finally after getting to around chapter twelve that it picked up and became a sure fire tale that I couldn't put down. I enjoyed this book even though the start was a wee bit boring and really didn't add a whole lot to the story line other than they were both at the same set of friend's wedding and Kate's father was completely bonkers. I'm glad I didn't stop reading it so I could eventually get to the really good part of the book. Looki ...more
Samantha Charlton
I enjoyed this story but initially found the hero and heroine not particularly likeable at times. The heroine was a bit weak, and naive to the point of stupidity. She does redeem herself later on but it took me halfway through the book to start liking her. The hero's arrogance makes him a bit unappealing initially, and I would have liked him to have had his comeuppance before the story's end! Domning writes well and brings the medieval period to life beautifully. However, I felt that the hero an ...more
Kate's internal struggle wore REALLY THIN after about 50 pages.
Shing Shang13
I got a deal on this book (either free or for $1 through BookBub). I gave it 3 stars but I think it was closer to 2.5 in all honesty. I'm new to this genre so I don't have much to compare it to. It was a sweet romance, but Kate was a bit timid and childish for my tastes. I usually like a more fiery female lead, but due to the time period this story is set in, I guess I should cut her a little slack for being such a nambie-pambie. Overall, a quick, fun read, though I don't think I'll be picking u ...more
Feb 14, 2015 KatieV marked it as to-read-historical
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Jane Harper
A great beginning and ending, but lagged a bit in the middle.
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