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Wolf and the Dove

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  10,674 ratings  ·  385 reviews

The Wolf

Noble Aislinn grieves as the Iron Wolf and his minions storm through her beloved Darkenwald. And she burns with malice for the handsome Norman savage who would enslave her. . .even as she aches to know the rapture of the conqueror′s kiss

The Dove

For the first time ever, mighty Wulfgar has been vanquished--and by a bold and beautiful princess of Saxon blood. He mu

Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1974)
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Appalling! The worst medieval romance I have ever read. The Wolf and the Dove starts in 1066 as William has invaded England and the conquering Normans take control of the Saxons and their lands. I'd go into the plot in detail, but so many other reviewers have already done so I don't see the need to rehash it again. What I want to address are the many many things I found wrong with this book,

* I'm not a history major but I thought that after conquering England William inter-married the Norman an...more
Karla (Mossy Love Grotto)
Ever read a book where you wished you could rescue a character and give them the story that their awesomeness deserves? That was the case with Wulfgar in this meandering mess of a medieval.

Poor Wulfie...my poor, noble alpha Wulfie. Worse heroes like rape-ape Garth McClellan (Savage Surrender) got a rollicking joyride that never let up on the thrills and derring-do, and the cipher Giles St. Talvert (The Last Carnival) is in a romance so well-executed with nary a word wasted that it continues to b...more
3/6/2013 - Re-read with my local book group

The Wolf and the Dove is Kathleen Woodiwiss’s second novel written. It’s a rather lengthy Viking Historical with over 500 pages, all of which I devoured as I enjoyed a re-read with my local book peeps. While I was happy to find it’s still among my all time favorites, I realize this book may not work for others.

Woodiwiss is well known for taking the romance genre into the bedroom in 1972. Still you will not find explicit sex scenes. The Wolf and the Dov...more
Aug 04, 2007 Inara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of historical romance
Title in German:
Der Wolf und die Taube

This was the first book I ever read by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and it´s still my most loved one. The story between Aislinn the daughter of a Saxon baron and Wulfgar a Norman and how they came to love each other in a time of war, conquest and upheaval makes me still sighing happily and my eyes suspiciously bright. Wulgar is my epitome of a noble knight, kind and strong, tender and yet a great warrior and I almost fell instantly in love with him at the age of 17...more
Ginnie Leiner
One of the best bodice rippers I ever read as a young impressionable woman!
I think there is a point in most women's lives where they have read trashy romance novels. For me, it was my junior and senior years in high school and my freshmen year of college. I had a friend in high school who actually had to hide such books in her underwear drawer. Her mother would've flipped out. We pretty much read them because of the trashy romance novel sex scenes. Except for the Guardian Angel. He read Harlequin Romances; I'm not sure why.

And then.

And then I read one too many where th...more
There was something about this one that keeps me coming back and rereading it over and over again. The story of a dove taming the big, bad wolf.

William, the Conqueror, has invaded England to claim his throne. A group of men are sent to Darkenwald to secure the land for Wulfgar. But instead of negotiating for a peaceful solution, Ragnor incites a battle. Aislinn's father and many others are killed and the rest taken prisoner as slaves.

I've just did a re-read of this book for a group challenge an...more
Ingela Hyatt
She was the daughter of the lord of Darkenwald, proud, wise, and uncommonly beautiful, but now Aislinn is but a slave to the conquering Normans, a plaything for the man who killed her father. Sitting in the hall with rope tied about her neck and forced at the feet of her captor, she watches helplessly as the Normans ransack her home and abuse her mother. But she will have her revenge—no Norman will ever conquer her, nor will she ever give up the only home she has ever known.

Born as a bastard an...more
I was told on Very Good Authority to simply throw in the towel and bail because this book is a big buttload of Nothing Happening. My valiant completist side was being sorely tested by pg. 136 when I quit. Aislinn was bipolar, giggling while tasting the rain right after being dour and bitchy. It was as though Woodiwiss had created a coy, disarming, precious character and then threw her into a plot that required conflict, hatred, and some STRENGTH. Aislinn had none. We only knew that Aislinn was (...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I can see, having finished this, why it is considered a classic of historical romance. I hate reading stories about rape-HATE!-but for some reason, I was drawn to the characters in this story anyway. And, at the end, it turns out she was never really raped at all, so I'm glad i didn't put it down at the beginning.

I loved the characters, and I thought Wolfgar's character development was pretty believable, it took him a long time to give in to his feelings.

I definitely recommend this for historica...more
This was one of the first real romance novels I have every read---and I did it when I was in the 5th grade(hope my mother does not see this). But yes, my mother's friend gave her a bunch of books that she did not know what to do with anymore(they belonged to her mother who just died). Knowing that I was a serious books worm, my mother passed them to me.

Amoung them was this book, which was so old you could crush the pages into dust jusy by touching them. But I started reading it and loved it! I l...more
This one had so much potential for greatness, but it dragged on for what seemed like FOREVER, going from one conflict to another and another. And in the end, the main/original conflict was resolved almost too easily and presented like a gift with a nice little bow which (after the long, drawn out story) felt unrealistic and hastily put together merely because the story had to end. The way I see it, the story was unnecessarily lengthy and a lot the word count could have been better used to create...more
This was my first Woodiwiss book. I had a lot of expectations since this is a classic 70´s romance (which I think everyone has read at some point). It was very well-written, the dialogue was very "medieval" and you feel like you're right there in the middle of the story. At times I found it very long, like the author could've chopped off 150 pages and it wouldn't have made a difference. Wulfgar, the hero, is very "medievally" barbaric but I found him oddly attractive :). Aislinn was a bit of a w...more
Barbara ★
A Saxon noblewoman, Aislinn, was turned to slave and mistress (read harlot) when Norman's invaded and overcame the Saxon homestead. Wulfgar used her as a slave but treated her somewhat kindly in bedroom matters. I honestly don't see how the vanguished can turn around and love the man responsible for raping and degrading her before her people. Sure it ends in marriage but how do you get over the grievous things done to you?

This is a 500 page book with a story that could have easily been told in 3...more
What a disappointment!
This book came so highly recommended and I was so excited to finally get on with it... but what a waste.
The Heroine, supposedly a spitfire, acts like a complete sissy in front of the "enemy" - The hero.
Just 25 pages into the book and the "Hero" (who is indirectly responsible for the heroine's father's death as well as that of several of the her country men)is getting glances from the the heroine with "something akin to tenderness" in them ?!!! Really!? And he is the same ma...more
Gina Conkle
If Dream of Me by Josie Litton is #1 on my keeper shelf, Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss is #2. I've read this book so many times, I can't even recall the number.

AD 1066 and William the Conqueror defeats the Saxons. One Saxon maid, Aislinn, tried to care for her Norman dominated keep. Her father's dead and her mother's gone mad, and in rides Wulfgar. The Conqueror gave this Norman warrior the prize of Darkenwald and all that's in it.

Wulfgar yields no soft spot for women, but he wants or...more
Ivie Hill

Argh! The conversation was so forced, it was like watching an old play, with, I shit you not a proper damsel in distress. And he is the classic mustache twisting villain.

The author has proven that she has the uncanny ability to overstate the obvious...

Example: "Join me and we shall dine, so we quench our hunger!"

Really, you're hungry? OH MY GOD!!!! I thought you want to eat for a completely different reason.....

She t...more
This was a long, long, loooong book.
Forget about the raping and the constant fondling of every woman in the story, it was BORING as hell!
The writing wasn't very good and some of the words the author used to set the story in the 1060's or whenever it was set weren't really doing it for me.
The characters... well... I just didn't like them!, Aislinn came off as a bipolar girl who's temper went off at the silliest things from guys but then she went totally doormat when it was another woman doing her...more
Wow. This book was absolutely amazing. It is about Aislinn`s home beign taken over by Norman knights. Ragnor the leader of the conquering knights takes Aislinn as his prize. Wulfgar who will stand in for William over Darkenwald is displeased by Ragnor and claims Aislinn as his own. She is to be his servant and do anything he asks, but when she resists and spites him with her tongue, anger rises. In the most unlikely circumstances the anger turns into passion as Wulfgar and Aislinn fall in love.
This was the first "Romance" novel I ever read, and I thought to myself, "this is really good." It wasn't until I tried to read other romance novels that I found that Woodiwiss was, if not unique, at least an unusual talent. This isn't really "romance" at all as that term came to be understood. It's a historical novel complete with all the elements of a good novel, containing a romance but not overwhelmed by it. I thought it was really good.
Kathie (katmom)
I read this in my teens (a VERY long time ago)...it is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES...I re-read it every couple of years...

1066 senesinin Norman işgâli altındaki Britanya'sı ...

Okumaya başladığınız daha ilk dakikalarda muazzam Darkenwald Mâlikânesinin leydisi, bir Sakson kızı , alev saçlı Aislinn 'i boynuna bir ip geçirilmiş vaziyette zafer sarhoşluğundan kayışı iyice koparmış işgalcilerin arasında oradan oraya sürüklenirken göreceksiniz . Daha sonra yüreklere korku salan Kurt lakaplı Norman Wulfgar'ın komutanlarından biri olan miğde kaldıran Ragnor de Marte tarafından tecâvüze uğrarken . Üstelik Aislinn mâlikâneni...more
The Wolf and the Dove
by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Genre: Historical Romance

Likes a swift and bitter wind, Wulfgar, "the Iron Wolf of Normandy," sweeps down from the North at the head of an invincible army to claim the land and people of Darkenwald. But proud and beautiful Aislinn will never grovel before the fearsome invader.

A princess of Saxon blood, Aislinn burns with hatred for the mighty Norman knight who has destroyed her home. And she plots her revenge -- even as she submits to her enemy's pass...more
I don't remember enough to review Woodiwiss' bodice rippers individually. Looking back through the fog of time and cheap 1970s weed, I consider her books my Pre-Rogers (Rosemary ) romances. I'll bet I adored The Wolf and the Dove , though, because I loved me some mean medieval heroes. For some reason, the Norman Conquest seemed like an excellent excuse for snarling alphas to behave like randy wolverines without troubling my newly emerging feminist sensibilities.
I love this book. It was my first romance and the one that turned me on forever to the romantic bent.

~ Lise Fuller

How much danger would you face for the perfect romance?

Lise Fuller, www.lisefuller.com, www.myspace.com/lisefuller, ROMANTIC TIMES REVIEWERS CHOICE NOMINEE, 2006; Pikes Peak Romance Writers 2006 Author of the Year; Best Newsletter Article of the Year for 2006-Colorado Romance Writers

~On Danger's Edge, available at Borders, Barnes & Noble and in e-book, Cerridwen Press, www.cerrid...more
Pingle McCloud
baca ini kerasa bgt jaman medieval-nya
setting-nya pada jaman abad ke 11 saat dimana bangsa Norman, orang2 Perancis Utara yg tiada lain keturunan Viking bermigrasi dan menguasai kerajaan Inggris
sampe bahasanya pun hampir susah dimengerti banyak kata2 archaic...hmpfhh
setelah puasa baca HR dalam bbrp lama puas jg baca ini...
rekomen bwt yg suka ama cerita HR jaman medieval berunsur Viking, kastil dengan segala intriknya2
ga disaranin bwt yg ga suka cerita sejenis When Love Awaits nya JL,
I didn't like the writing style and the first 50% were a drag, but then the story grabbed me and i ended loving it.
AWESOME BOOK! great storyline!!and there was suspense that kept the book going and a lot of interesting twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. ;)
The characters were very well done. It's hard to create characters with great depth and not shallow. The characters, both primary and secondary ones, had a depth and reasoning behind their actions.

Sometimes, I didn`t like how some of the characters were treated...
but overall, 5 stars;)
This is one of my all-time favorite romances. I have read it many times. The characters really draw me in. I LOVE the progression Ragnor takes with Aislynn, especially when he brings her the fabric. I could only with I could be as brave as she in such circumstances. It all seems so believable to me; I think that when William the Conqueror came, stories like this could have happened with honorable men and women.
A true happly ever after - I was lucky enough to find this book in an original HARD BACK copy in a book store in Miami Florida in great shape it only lack Kathleen's signature to be perfect. I tressure it. By this book as with The Flame and The Flower all others should be judged.
The romance, tension and final conclusion is perfectly executed.
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Kathleen Erin Hogg was born on June 3, 1939, in Alexandria, Louisiana, she was the youngest of eight siblings by Gladys (Coker) and Charles Wingrove Hogg, a disabled World War I veteran. She long relished creating original narratives, and by age 6 was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Eugene Woodiwiss at a dance,...more
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“You are stingy with our words," she accused, then laughed gayly as she swept around, tossing over her shoulder a roguish look that drew the length of him. "But I am more generous, my lord. You are indeed a fine sight."
“Do I perceive a softening in your heart for me, damoiselle?" He laughed at her scowl. "Beware maid. I will tell you true. After you will come another and then another. There are no strings that can tether me to any woman. So guard your heart."
"My lord, you greatly exaggerate your appeal," she replied indignantly. "If I fell anything for you, 'tis hatred. You are the enemy and you are to be despised as such."
"Indeed?" He smiled slowly into her eyes.
"Then tell me, damoiselle, do you always kiss the enemy so warmly?”
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