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The Warrior's Wife (The Warrior #1)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  274 ratings  ·  31 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...more
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Steel Magnolia Press
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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....more
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.
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...more
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...more
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
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
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.
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...more
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
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.
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
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
Jane Harper
A great beginning and ending, but lagged a bit in the middle.
A chance meeting, an opportune moment, and a love that will not be bound by convention or familial hatred. Sir Rafe Godsol sees what he wants and will let nothing stop him. Katherine de Fraisney never felt passion before, too bad it's for her father's enemy. Both are caught within the dangers of civil war or a feudal one and they must work together to hold the peace or lose all chance of holding each other.
Mary Kraeszig
Unsophisticated, watered-down blend where a cheap romance novel tries to meet Game of Thrones. I only finished this highly predictable book because a recent death in my family led me to look for an easy, mindless distraction.
I went into this book with no idea what to expect. I have to say that I was greatly surprised. I loved every minute of it. A true Romeo and Juliet story. I will definitely be picking up more by this author!
Mar 09, 2013 Kristen added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
This starts out with Rafe witnessing his friend's wedding, all the while looking around the crowd for a beautiful married woman he can hook up with, not for me.
Good read. Donning has inter-related her warrior series adding insights from this book into the other two books in the series. Great read. Solid research.
Enjoy Domning's work, and her glance into life at the time. Loved the corners she continued to find in this. Look forward to the Warrior's Maiden.
Julie Post
I liked the story. The heroine was a little too innocent and naive for a widow but the characters were interesting and fit the time period.
Cinnamon Williams
I really liked this book but thought that Kate was a little to weak for my taste. If you love historical romances then this is for you.
An excellent read. Needed some editing, but I really enjoyed how the author really showed and emphasized the time period.
Kimberly Guthrie
Didn't finish it just got too bored with it when their are so many good books to read
Diana Thompson-petisca
I liked the book up until the end....a little bit of a boring end to the book.
This really should be 1 1/2 star... Bah...
Kathleen Crowell
good descriptive detail
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