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The Hawk and the Dove

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  1,395 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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She'd been bought for a strip of land, then abandoned: a bartered bride, married by proxy, determined to wreak revenge.As innocent Sara Bishop she'd paid dearly for freedom from her cruel, mocking family.As flame-haired, jade-eyed Sabre Wilde, she would scandalize Queen Elizabeth's court as she set out to seduce her unknown husband, become his mistress--and make
Paperback, 365 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by Dell (first published January 1st 1988)
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Review is a tad spoilerish

"Sabre, promise me you won't do anything foolish while I'm gone."

The girl:Sara Bishop is the eldest and least favorite daughter (mum's on the third marriage, this time to a minister of some sort). With no dowry, her marriage prospects are pretty grim (although her brothers in law are pretty hot to get in her drawers). The only thing she's got to her name is a worthless strip of land in Ireland her father left to her.

The guy: Captain Shane Hawkhurst (nicknamed The Sea Go
I'm not going to rate this because, honestly, I did so much skimming it's almost unfair to mark it as read.

If the elements of the old school bodice ripper do not offend or trigger you, this can be entertaining in an over-the-top train wreck sort of way. It's very porny in an often hilarious way. You could make a drinking game out of the references to the size of Hawk's "throbbing shaft" or the number of times Sabre's ripe melons popped out of whatever she was wearing and get very, very intoxicat
Regan Walker
A Privateer to Love, a Sea Hawk, and a fiercely independent Irish lass...oh yes!

I love Henley's storytelling, her attention to historic detail and her ability to weave a captivating tale. This one is no different. The story is set in 1586, when Queen Elizabeth ruled England and her sea hawks ruled the seas, robbing the Spanish fleet to fill her coffers. Captain Shane Hawkhurst was Queen Bess' favorite. She named him “the sea god.” He was, in fact, not the son of Lord Hawkhurst, but the son of an
Elis Madison
Elizabethan England. The heroine is Sara Bishop a/k/a Sabre Wilde—the latter is her real name, given by her wild Irish father, her mom's first hubby. After that husband died, mom decided to go respectable. She married a prissy bishop and had a few more prissy daughters, who make sure that Sara is always the

Enter "The Sea God," which is Elizabeth's court's code name for Shane Hawkhurst.

Shane's dad's dying wish is for Shane to marry.

The thing is, Shane has secrets. For example he's not only pri
Fran Alsaud
La historia fue bastante entretenida y sólo quería leer para ver conocer cómo sería la venganza de ella, cómo sería cuando él viera a su esposa, la reconciliación y fue bien aburrido, esperaba otra cosa.
The Heroine has a split personality disorder and I don't care what y'all say: She's immature and her ego is bigger than a white, male Republican's.

This book is BS. The h plays mistress to the H and basically (stupidly) believes that she is in love with him. UHM. WHATTT?! I have no respect for the protagonists at all! This book makes me so mad. How the hell are you trying to tell me it got over 4 stars?!
This actually might be my favorite historical romance novel. It's definitely what made me look up more of them to read. There's a good story around all the sex.
A likable hero, a spitfire heroine and lots of adventure at Queen Elizabeth's court. A very good read.
1 Infidelity?-I-am-Fucking-OUT! Stars

- You married a woman, and you don't bother being present to marry her? I'm NOT impressed by this.
- You married a woman and then you dump her at God-knows-where after ROBING? I'm NOT impressed by this.
- You're married yet you fuck every fuckable thing on Earth? I'm NOT impressed by this.

Final thought:

baca virginia henley harus berhati2.
seringan kita susah mengikuti alurnya di halaman2 awal tp begitu sudah bbrp halaman baru mulai bisa mengikuti dengan lancarnya.

novel ini mo dibilang jelek tp gitu mulai baca aq ga bisa nglepas tp dibilang bagus kok ya aq jengkel dengan tokoh2nya...bingung deh

bercerita ttg sara bishop, yg hidup bersama saudara2 tirinya & ibu serta ayah tirinya, reverend bishop.
tp kehidupan sara tidak bgt baik.
ayahnya adl orang irish & sara tidak punya saudara kandung. s
I really like this book. What can I say I like books where the heroine gives as good as she gets. This heroine is no wimpy female. She is spit fire and I was never once frustrated with her. It is refreshing to read about a hero who falls in love with the heroine and says it often enough with out any qualms. Lets face it most heroes in historical romance are terrified of the L word and we suffer through chapters of their dilemma. I am an avid reader of married couple romance and the thing that st ...more
Well, with all good comments but none real review, after read this book i decided to give one.

The first i want to say, also the one nagging all along, is the way it's narrated. Everything literally laid down for you. For example, when Shane and Sara talk, one time we are with Shane, then next line we in Sabra's head. This goes on and on so you may feel like you in everybody head in 5 sec and not really in anyone's. This 5 sec is used to be author explaination for the character's motive or feelin
Blaze King
It would have been very close to 5 stars if there weren't too much of Elizabethan court drama. But I can't truly blame it much either, 'cause it all brought up the plot. Still, it just was a bit too much to stall my enjoyment of the romance between the main protagonists.

The hero was great! The heroine, she sometimes was feisty in a good way, but at other times was just TSTL.

The romance in the story however is flawless. Maybe, it's a 3.5 star book...
I had higher expectations for this book/author. At first I liked Sara, the girl who seemed to have been ridiculed by her family. The only attention she got was attempts at sexual favors by any and all men, including her brothers-in-law. I was on her side as her groom to be married her by proxy, using his brother in her stead. I began to dislike her as she started coming across as a spoiled brat. She becomes a lady in waiting to the Queen of England and her desires for material things and power e ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Erica added it
This was a cute read with Sabre daring to become her husbands mistress, something that few spouses could ever attempt during that time or this one. Definitely liked it better that 'Hawk and Rose'.
I have so many favorites but the characters in this book are top 10! This book is set in the 1500 and is about Shane who marries to acquire a piece of land and takes Sara Bishop to wife. Except he does all this SPOILER*** by proxy. In doing so he sets a chain of events where his wife is determined to be his mistress and in doing so wraps him SPOILER*** around his finger when she becomes his most desired item, love, and wife in ever sense of the word. I couldn't put this down, again since this is ...more
Usually I really enjoy reading books by Virginia Henley but I didn't love this one. It had a lot to do with the two main characters. Sabre was kind of a vicious beat and Shane was a violent jackass. There was way too much violence in their bedroom that it made for an uncomfortable read. Shane always seemed to be angry about something and Sabre just kept pushing and shoving and behaving like a child. I did like Matthew however, and I wish Sabre had ended up with him instead.
I love Virginia Henley's early works. They are definite reads all of them.
Laura James
(3.5 Stars) This is my first Virginia Henley book, and initially I wasn't overly impressed. However, about half way through the book it began to gather more momentum and I ended up getting into it. Overall it's a good read, but you need to have some patience.
This lady writes romances different from every other author. I just always feel I am reading an original story when i have her books in my hand.
Apr 08, 2009 Shannon rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves historicals and steamy romances
Loved 3/4 of the book. A good glimpse of the Elizabethian era. However the ending was somewhat abrupt.
Theresa Almeida
A Pennys worht of Pigeon Shit......LOL My mom read this book too & we still use this quote
I read it a couple years ago with Mom, but it's time to read it again!
I simple love Sabre Wilde! So daring and is the woman!
Adeline Jenkins
I lub all Virginia Henley novels!!
Tiffany Day
Henley used to be one of my faves!
Bobbie Christ
my absolute favorite book
Not so good.
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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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