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Mariage à l'Essai (Clan Kennedy #1)

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Ecosse, XVe siècle. Le pays est déchiré par des rivalités sanglantes qui opposent les clans les plus puissants de la région. Afin de ramener la paix entre ses sujets, le roi ordonne le mariage de Ramsey Douglas avec une des filles du clan Kennedy. Les hommes du clan Douglas ont la réputation d'assassiner leurs épouses à la moindre incartade et Ramsey, surnommé Black Ram, e...more
Mass Market Paperback, 443 pages
Published 1995 by J'ai lu (first published 1993)
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Glamdring

Re reading, first time in English.

Although it lost a star, I had a good time re reading this book. Despite old fashioned words using now and then “Tempted” aged pretty well.

The story is set in Scotland’s borderlands around 1510, during King James IV of Scotland reign. The king wants to unify the Scots and order some of the clans to make wedding alliances. Ramsey “Black Ram” Douglas and “Flaming” Tina Kennedy are chosen for the Douglas-Kennedy alliance and none of them are eager to comply.

We se...more
Erica David
Virginia Henley is totally that dirty grandma that none of your relations will cop to owning. You know she looks at men’s butts in the grocery store. She uses quaint, old-timey euphemisms such as “mons” and “Mound of Venus.” Graaandmaaaa! you think as you roll your eyes heavenward in utter mortification. Yet, Henley’s heroes are mythic. They mask pendulous tumescence in their doeskin breeches. They defeat entire armies single-handed. They spend days left for dead on the battlefield, impaled and...more
Slavena
The only thing Scots hate more then each other are the English. This book has more clan chiefs that I can imagine, unfortunately lots of chiefs not enough Indians. First part of the book is presenting the different clans and feuds, they all hate other clans and some hate each other within the clan. I found that very funny, however first part of the book drags due to all this information and all the people involved in the story. After everyone was introduced the story picked up and I loved it fro...more
Mermarie
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Lisa
Une belle RH avec tous les ingrédients pour la rendre intéressante: le mariage forcé, les héros qui se détestent et s'attirent à la fois, la passion bestiale de l'époque, tous les codes de la société en Ecosse et en Angleterre au XVI siècle, une intrigue remplie d'événements historiques et de personnages illustres (Jacques Stuart, Henri VIII...), de l'aventure, des drames etc... Bref tout ce qu'il faut pour passer un bon moment.
Regan Walker
Captivating Story of Scottish Love in the Borderlands

In a complex, lusty tale of feuding Scottish clans during the time of James IV of Scotland and Henry VIII of England, Henley serves up a story that will grab you from the first page and will not let you go. I loved it. Henley has the ability to capture not only the time period, but also the culture of the borderlands between Scotland and England and the difficult but wonderful relationship between two stubborn, courageous people. I highly reco...more
Elis Madison
James IV's Scotland, leading up to and including the battle of Flodden Field. Actual historical figures abound, tho as always, quite a bit of license is taken.

Heroine is Valentina Kennedy, who is, as all Scottish heroines tend to be, willful and beautiful and determined to do things her way. Hero is Ramsey Douglas, who is, as always in these stories, dominant to the point of turdishness. They meet, they instantly clash, and then of course, the king more or less orders a wedding between their fe...more
Sonja
I really enjoyed the historical accuracy of this book. (Of course I don't know much about Scotland during the era, but I knew quite a bit about Tudor/Stewart England before reading this book and I was tickled by all the descriptions of historical figures.)

The characters were deep and complex and wonderfully played. Even the "minor" characters were well-developed. It was a bit long for your typical romance novel, but I enjoyed it very much.
Tpauthor
This is my all-time favorite historical novel. I love Virginia Henley's bold and brassy take on love and sex throughout history. She doesn't paint a frilly picture of the way things were. Her writing is gritty and real...and strikingly erotic. This is why she will always remain one of my top 5 favorite authors.
Gardavson
A great read, as are pretty much all of Henley's books.
P.Z.
วาเลนทีน่า เคนเนดี้ สาวผมแดงที่ถูกผู้ชายหลายคนหมายปอง แต่หล่อนปฏิเสธทุกคำขอแต่งงาน ทีน่ารักการใช้ชีวิตอย่างท้าทาย หล่อนเดินทางไปยังคาราวานของเหล่ายิปซี ในขณะที่เหล่าพี่ชายของหล่อนบุกปล้นแกะ วัวของแคลนดักลาสอย่างสนุกสนาน และนั่นทำให้เดวี่ น้องชายของทีน่าถูกพวกดักลาสจับตัวไป

แรมเซย์ ดักลาส ลอร์ดหนุ่มผิวคล้ำ มีนิสัยแข็งกร้าว เขาชอบเที่ยวผู้หญิง แต่เมื่อเขาได้เห็นทีน่าแล้ว เขาก็ปราถนาในตัวหล่อน และโชคก็เหมือนจะเข้าข้างเขา เมื่อทีน่ามาตามหาตัวน้องชายขงหล่อนที่ถูกดักลาสจับตัวไป ทำให้หล่อนได้พบกับแรมผู้...more
Sarah
10/10 - I didn't think too much of this Henley romance. For too much of the book Ram hated Tina, even within the last 100 pages when he believed Tina has betrayed him with another man he attempts to slash her with his knife, only the actions of one of the castle's ghosts saves her from serious injury. Some of the feelings that came up while I was reading this mirrored what I felt while I was reading FSoG, I felt anger and despair that Tina was going to be forced to marry this man who obviously f...more
Ebony
I loved this story. It's a typical Henley historical romance with real historic figures, a spirited heroine and dominating hero. It's the first Henley novel I read and it my favorite. It's set in Scotland just about a year (?) before the battle of Flodden and two members of rival clans are betrothed by the king. They start out as enemies but fall in love through a year of court intrigues, clan rivalries, war, a poisoning and even the spirits of their ancestors.
Fostergrants
i needed a fluffy bodice ripper to keep me company while in bed under the weather. this did nicely. no demands on my intellect and i got to giggle at such silly phrases as "His long, rampant maleness was buried deep with her" hahahahahahaha....really what else do you want when you don't feel well!
Katherine
Virginia Henley was my favorite historical romance novelist back when this was the only stuff I read. Totally mindless, but this is the best one of the dozens of hers I have read.
Honistie
Aug 19, 2009 Honistie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I read this once before and liked it. I want to read it again to see if I still like it
Gwen
Jun 08, 2012 Gwen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: a-p
Un de mes favoris !!
J'ai toujours un grand plaisir à le relire à chaque fois !
Jana
Literally can't even believe this story was published. Even for a romance novel.
janie
not bad
Clarisa ferns
Yet another byronic hero... and yet another compelling romance...
Chus Nevado
My favorite romance book
Chris
Like this author
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Virginia Syddall was born on December 5, 1935 in England, where her father, Thomas Syddall, taught her to love history. She obtained a degree in History in the University. In 1956, Virginia married Arthur Henley. They moved to America, and now they live most of the year in St. Petersburg, Florida, and they spend the hot summers in Ontario, Canada, where they have their two adult children and three...more
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