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Loyalty's Web

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  468 ratings  ·  125 reviews
In twelfth century France, King Henry II of England has just finished quashing a rebellion by his power-hungry sons and now seeks to tame the lawless barons who supported them in this corner of his "Angevin empire." To this end, the king has sent the Earl of Gunthar as his royal representative to ensure that Prince Richard and his former cohorts faithfully adhere to the te ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by iUniverse (first published 2007)
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Nov 19, 2008 Jaimey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jaimey by: Joyce, of course :o)
Wonderful! Engaging characters, believable conflict, heartfelt emotion, and lovely romance without graphic sex. This book has earned a spot on my keeper shelf. It was truly a joy to read and hard to put down. Now all my housework has been shamefully neglected...

This book was given to me by Santa Claus for Christmas. When I first saw it I was of course very excited, I love reading and this book seemed interesting. The first line was extremely intriguing I wanted to start it right then but of course I had to finish the book I was reading before starting this one. When I finally finished The Lost Hero and I came back to Loyalty’s Web I wasn’t as interested. I almost stopped reading when I found out it took place in twelfth century Europe, but then the pl ...more
A month or so ago I entered my name in a bunch of Goodreads book giveaways. I was surprised when I received an email telling me I had won this book.

I have now finished reading it, and it looks like I may be the only guy on Goodreads that has done so. Loyalty's Web is partly a romance book, and is mostly advertised that way. I honestly didn't realize that fact when I signed up for the giveaway, and after receiving it I kind of wondered why I had won. But since I won the book I felt like I should
I really enjoyed the historical fiction aspect of this book. It seemed like the author did her research. I wish there were more books about the middle ages! Actually, I'm sure there are, I just haven't read many. This book took place in the year 1176 during the reign of King Henry II I think. I love reading about a time when they had knowledge of herbs and other fun stuff that we have all but lost now.
Overall the book was well written. However the romance felt forced. Which was annoying because
Okay this book has been on my wish list for like a year. I was so excited to buy this book it was like Christmas! Worth every penny. Loyalty's Web is a clean romance with tons of mystery a few murders and forbidden love. What more could you want?

I thought I had things figured out in this book and I tell you Joyce can spin a tale and did an excellent job of the unexpected. Once you open this book be prepared not to close it till its done! This is story did have some abuse it in that was tastefull
This book was well written and a thrill to read. The characters are well developed and easy to relate to with a depth you don't always find in side characters. It was really a whole story that was richly filled out rather than just a telling of the main two characters' story. The mystery and plot are fantastic and involve you so well that you won't be able to put it down. I love the way the author weaves the many layers of loyalty each person has and how they have to decide which loyalties to p ...more
C.J. Anaya
Loved this book. Joyce's knowledge of the medieval period brings to life the characters and the setting in a vibrant masterpiece of storytelling at its finest. One of the best in her genre, Joyce DiPastena will leave you breathless with the budding romance between Gunthar and Helene as they battle against an unknown enemy while uncovering a treasonous plot. I know. You can't wait to get your hands on it. Happy reading.Loyalty's Web
Joyce is such a great writer! Her characters were engrossing, her dialogue believable and the plot was intriguing. She has a way of explaining the history and traditions while making those descriptions feel organic, instead of like she was showing off her knowledge. And the woman really knows how to write a kissing scene!
Christy Stewart
Very nice novel with a stronge female lead; it's something I would have enjoyed more in my early teens.
Loyalty’s Web is set in the era of Duke Richard in the 1100’s with ladies, lords and rugged knights. I loved the Triston, Raynor, Clothilde, and Siri story. Lots of heartache, lots of sword fighting and abducting of women, and enough solemn oaths upon mother’s graves to keep things nail-biting tense. I couldn’t put this heart-stopper down; read it in a day and loved every minute of it. Every time I read a story from this time period, I’m just glad I’m a modern woman and didn’t have to deal with ...more
I won this book from a giveaway and never expected to be so engrossed with the medieval life. I felt like I was there with Helen and her whole family. I wanted to jump in and help figure out who was doing what. The author does an excellent job painting an accurate picture of the times and lives of the medieval times. The mystery involved in who is trying to kill Gunther, the marriages Helen's mom tries to put together, the beatings from the which Sybil and what she is really up to. The list is e ...more
Alisha Marie
I received this book as a part of the Goodreads First Reads contest. I thought it was an okay novel. As a fan of historical fiction, I enjoyed the author's foray into the middle ages. But not being a fan of the romance genre, I didn't really love that aspect of the book. Don't get me wrong, I am a devoted chick-lit reader (mostly due to the humor in the books), but this is far from chick-lit. I also don't mind when romance serves as a backdrop in novels, but my enjoyment wanes when it is the foc ...more
I admit it, I'm a total sap for the time of knights, ladies, warriors, kings, lords and castles. But with that in mind, it took me a little while after buying this book to actually start reading it.

That's okay, because from that moment I was hooked. I even stayed up past my bedtime to finish it. I just had to know what Clothilde's mother had done to her. And she's not even the main character.

I sympathize with a younger sister who is constantly compared to the beauty of her older sister. It's bee
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If I could, I would give this book 3 1/2 stars, not just three, mostly because it was an enjoyable read with good, clean (hard to find these days) romance. The drawbacks were that it was a very predictable story - stereotypical characters with a typical suspense undercurrent. I was disappointed that the characters weren't developed to be more believable. It seemed to me that the characters changed personalities based on how the author wanted the plot to unfold. Additionally, there were several p ...more
Do you enjoy medieval stories? Romance? Intrigue? Sinister plots? Than "Loyalty's Web" by Joyce DiPastena is a story you will want to read.

King Henry II of England has just finished crushing a rebellion his sons have started. Peace treaties have been signed and barons whose loyalty were to the Princes have been pardoned-for now.
To make sure princes and barons are following the terms of the treaty, the King has sent the Earl of Gunthar to stay with the Laurants. Not many are happy to see the king
Julie Witt
"In twelfth-century France, King Henry II of England has just finished crushing a rebellion by his power-hungry sons and now seeks to tame the lawless barons who supported them in this corner of his “Angevin empire.” To this end, the king has sent the Earl of Gunthar as his royal representative to ensure that Prince Richard and his former cohorts faithfully adhere to the terms of the peace treaty.

Far from being welcomed with open arms, Gunthar no sooner steps foot in the county of Poito
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Joan Stradling for

The Earl of Gunthar has been sent by King Henry II of England to assure obedience to the terms of the peace treaty with Prince Richard and his rebellious followers. Because eighteen-year-old Heléne de Laurant's father was one of Richard's supporters, King Henry believes an arranged marriage between Gunthar and Heléne's sister is the only way to assure Laurant's loyalty.

But loyalties are questioned when several assassination attempts are made on Gunt
March 2012: definitely changing this to four stars. I enjoyed this so much more the second time around. I love Helene and Hugh, the best parts of the books are when they are together. A great medieval read, I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

July 2010: I just want to start with a little disclaimer. I had a major headache and a million other things on my mind while reading this book. I will have to give it another try when there isn’t so much going on.

I had read a ton of great revi
I finished it and absolutely loved it all the way through. Next step: see if author has written anything else!

I picked this book up on the clearance rack at Deseret Book and I am loving it . It is so well written for the time period it takes place. The author obviously knows this time period well. I don't know how well the book sold, but I hope lots of people were able to enjoy it. If it did poorly, its probably due to the cover. Of course I've never liked painted covers, and even worse when the
Krista Darrach
I'm going to be honest, is there any other way?
I had a hard time getting into Loyalty's Web. However - I think it could have been me. I had a hard time keeping it straight - not because it was a hard read. I really do think my brain was happens! Sometimes I don't do to well with lots of details....and wow were there details. Ms. DiPastena for sure knows how to paint the scene...took me right into the world of regency!
Once I got into the story I loved it. I really enjoyed the
Loyalty's Web was an exciting read that I didn't want to put down. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, especially when it includes a nice romance. This first novel of Joyce DiPastena's includes all of that and more.

The setting is twelfth-century France, and while I did get a bit hung up on some of the French names, the historical setting, along with Heléne de Laurant's story, kept me engaged.

I loved how Heléne didn't fit the mold of women in her time period. She preferred sneaking a
Cindy C Bennett
I won this book in a giveaway, and I'm sure glad I did. Historical romances are my guilty passion (I'm a YA author), but they are generally full of gratuitous sex scenes, which I can gladly do without. Loyalty's Web skips that, while still giving a compelling, romantic story with plenty of intrigue going on as well.

This book may have been a little predictable for someone who's read a lot of historcal romance, but that's ok. I would have been upset had it turned out any other way. And that predi
Oct 02, 2008 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes romance
Loyalty's Web is the best historical romance I've ever read--by far. This book is difficult to put down, so pick it up only when you can stay up all night reading.

Set in twelfth-century France, the basic story is this: The rakish Earl of Gunthar falls in love with Helene de Laurant, the rather plain-looking but spirited sister of the beauty he is supposed to wed in an arranged marriage. But it's wartime, and the earl has been sent by King Henry II of England to enforce a peace treaty. When seve
Laure Reminick
DiPastena weaves an intricate plot playing out the interconnections, pitfalls and potentials for saving grace of Loyalty. Nice take on Aquitaine, and the effect Henry II and Eleanor would have on their subjects. Fully developed characters; though curious that such a dominant male would be so aware of clothes and color.
Danielle Thorne
I've never read a historical of this era so I was intrigued to get a hold of LOYALTY'S WEB. There's a strong sense of place and time in this story, and the plot is genius in the way it leads from one impossible question to the next. Everything comes together at the end, which is unpredictable and clever. My favorite aspect was how I knew nothing about the time period, but it was presented in an easy to understand and believable presentation, with no lecturing or long passages of description. Det ...more
From the beginning I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Ms. DiPastena paints an accurate and intriguing picture of midevil times. The story itself was simply enchanting. The earl of Gunther, sent by the king to marry a beautiful girl as an allliance, is thrown for a loop when he falls for the younger, much more plain sister, Helene. Through a series of murder attempts Gunther and Helene must unite to find the truth and protect those who are closest to Helene. Though they fight their attrac ...more
This was a very gratifying medieval romance centered around an intricate plot of traitors and deceit. I was riveted to the fast paced story and finished in one evening. Very good.
This was a great book and a clean adventure/romance story set in medieval times and with hardly a single pause in the action from beginning to end. This is well worth reading.
Casee Marie
I don't usually write reviews for the books that I read, but I won a copy this enchanting book from the Clean Romances group's 100 Members Book Giveaway Celebration and wanted to share how much I enjoyed it. There are some books that remind me why I love reading so much and this is, without question, one of those books. The writing delightfully beckons its reader into twelfth-century France where an intriguing cast of brilliantly imagined characters fight, love and occasionally deceive their way ...more
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Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also ...more
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