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So Worthy My Love

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  3,215 ratings  ·  80 reviews

Proud and passionate, the Marquess of Bradbury swore vengeance on those who had stolen his title and lands. . .and branded him a traitor to the Crown.


Beautiful and spirited, she found herself the innocent prisoner of the marquess, her family's most hated foe.

So Worthy My Love

They were bitter enemies caught in a dangerous tide that swept through Elizabeth's Englan
Paperback, 672 pages
Published September 28th 1999 by Avon (first published January 1st 1989)
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I know this one is generally well liked and KEW fans will likely send their lynch-mob after me, but I just couldn't get into this one. I've enjoyed other novels of her work, though.

This book annoyed me. You have an embittered heroine whose sass dominants everything/everyone, and a hero who is not a genuine hero by any means, nor is he a rakehell to its fullest. I felt he was cowed and broken down by the heroine, and honestly- he didn't care who she was, he jus' knew he couldn't defy her by telli
Lucy *Qhuay's shellan*
I really enjoyed this book! :)
The hero, Maxim Seymour, Marquess of Bradbury, is dreamy +.+
He is extremely clever, funny and totally hot! Wow, he really can seduce a woman! ;D
And he is so protective of Elise +.+
Though, I must admit that I was a bit annoyed when he had the fix idea that he was in love with Arabella! *Sigh*
Gosh, everybody saw since the beginning that Elise was that stunning, wonderfully alive young woman and Maxim was such a hardheaded man!
Only when Nicholas started courting Elis
This was completely ridiculous. Once I reached the half-way point, I skim-read most of it, only stopping at bits that actually looked interesting. This book is about 300 pages too long, and everything that was not the main characters was completely boring. And even when we were with them, towards the end everything about their relationship felt rushed because she wanted to fit all the other stupid stuff in. Felt the need to read it, though, because my ebook library loan was about to expire (tomo ...more
Ashley S.
Oh...this book had me laughing and rolling on the floor while I did that. Elise and Maxium were so meant for each other. Although I would have really liked to see them fight alittle more than just grow weak with love so soon. I was sort of expecting that Elise would make it a little more difficult for him. I wanted to see them two having one of their amusing battles with each other again. But then it was all I love you, and you just couldn't help it your heart just melted for these two character ...more
This book is hilarious! I've never read anything else by Woodiwiss, since Regency type romances aren't really my speed...but I love historical fiction and, like many women, can appreciate a good love story. The real gem of this book is the hilarious dynamic between the two main characters, Elise and Maxim. During their heated debates, pranks and general hatred of each other, the hatred turns into love. You'll really enjoy this book, I know I did!
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
So Worthy My Love is a historical romance between Maxim Seymour and Elise Radborne.

Elise is kidnapped by mistake by two of Maxim's servants and taken to a ship that is commandeered by Nicholas Von Reijn. He is Maxim's friend and had agreed to take her to him and insure she had safe passage and a reasonably comfortable trip.

Nicholas is gallant and always the gentleman but soon finds himself enamored with Elise and treats her as a friend until Maxim discovers that Spence and Fitch have taken the
Contrariamente a quanto mi aspettavo questo romanzo si è dimostrato decisamente piacevole! Lo stile della Woodiwiss è tornato ad essere nuovamente brioso e intrigante ed i personaggi principali sono ancora una volta "sullo stesso livello", senza tracce di maschilismo nell'aria.

Maxim è un personaggio così virile, onorevole, raffinato e forse un po' accecato dal suo desiderio di vendetta che, dall'alto dei suoi 30 anni, fa sorridere vederlo messo alle strette, quasi ingabbiato, da una ragazzina tu
Devo dire che la Woodiwiss mi piace sempre più, questo libro lungo e tortuoso è stato una piacevole scoperta...pieno di colpi di scena e amori dolci.

Non mi sarei mai apettata che mel finale ci fossero più cattivi e uno peggio dll'altro sia per inettitudine che per cattiveria...

Elise è un personaggio fantastico pieno di vita e poi la si può quasi definire l'8 piaga d'egitto quando si scatenano le sue ire...alla faccia....all'inizio mi faceva davvero pena il povero Maxim tra secchie e spine ne ha
Andrea Jackson
I had this on my shelves a long time because I figured Kathleen Woodwiss is one of the originals of modern romance and so it's like a study requirment. I was so totally riveted. I read 600+ pages in 2-1/2 days. I didn't like the heroine being so young--so I pretended she was 20. but other than that it was pretty exciting, the love affair, the mystery/suspense, the characters and interweaving of plots. So fascinating that when I got the end, I flipped it over and started at the beginning and rere ...more
Oleta Blaylock
This story is set in the Elizabethan Era and it involves a threat to the Queen's life by one member of the Hansatic League. Queen Elizabeth has allowed Drake to take any of the League’s ships that he thinks are taking supplies to Spain. An agent for Elizabeth is sent to Germany to try and find who is trying to assassinate her. This person is Maxim Seymore, Marquess of Bradbury. Maxim has been accused of killing an agent of the queen and is trying to clear his name. Before he leaves on his missio ...more
Ms Woodiwiss wrote some of my most favorite "keeper" books but, unfortunately, this was not one of them. It's not her worst, though, by any means. The hero kidnaps the wrong woman and takes her off to Germany or thereabouts. It has that love-hate relationship theme going for it.
I've read So Worthy My Love to while away my last summer as a university student and I got hooked, hook line and sinker. This book introduced me to the wonderful world of historical romance. After finishing it, I scoured all the bookstores and libraries just to get my hands on every single Kathleen Woodiwiss novel I could find and although i was not so impressed with her other novels save for her A Rose in Winter. I never stop reading historical romances ever since.I just love the inter action b ...more
I've read quite a lot by Woodiwiss. She's a classic romance author, and even though her heydays had already passed by the time I discovered her, I still devoured them all. What else is a girl to do when she has a friend who owns every single book by her, and gives you something else to read in the romance front besides category romance. (In that time, Belgium basically had only category romance to offer to a teenage girl without a romance loving mother).

So yeah, I devoured them all, and this is
I read this book about 7 or 8 years ago when I was only 13/14-ish and totally forgot about it. It was pure coincidence when I suddenly got my hands on this book again (ebook actually). I didn't even realize I had read this whole thing before. When the H & h finally met after the kidnapping, I remembered it. My point is, the story wasn't very memorable. It's a classic romance novel, kinda old-school. The plot wasn't unique, but some ideas were interesting (e.g. most of the time the protagonis ...more
Can 100 pages of great reading halfway into the book make it "so worthy"? Well, yes! just skim through the rest;)
It begins with a brief glimpse of the hero in disguise and a mistaken abduction of the heroine instead of the hero's gorgeously, boring ex-fiancee..The first few chapters focuses on the heroine and this other dude who himself agrees that he is not hero why, pray tell are we forced to read about his intense feelings and her lukewarm response???
Fiiiinally, the hero makes a
Whilst this book had an awesome story, I felt let down when it came to the character development...

I didn't like Maxim much. First, he's arrogant and didn't care for Elise at all until Nicholas (the pirate of my dreams, *ehem*) started to court her. Not until he saw Elise sleeping and figured that she was waaaaay better than her boring cousin, Arabella (who is not only boring, but also a traitor and possibly a whore).

I didn't have much problem with Elise. She's perfectly flawed, tough, knows wha
Angelyn Schmid
Is it possible to incorporate the Hanseatic League into a swashbuckling, far-horizon historical romance? Ya, it is for Woodiwiss. Mein Gott! Wunderbar!

Modern readers will find fault with the voluminous backstory that precedes any significant action in this book. They might also become confused by the cast of thousands moving in an intricate plot. But the hero (I wouldn't have given a favorite of Elizabeth I the last name of Seymour--but that is a minor flaw) was made the way I like heroes of his
'"To think I once hated you."
"And now what think you of me, fair maid?"

"I think, my lord," she murmured, "that I have grown very fond of you."

An adorable tale of dashing gentlemen, sharp-tongued ladies, sweeping seas and secretive deeds, So Worthy My Love was a pleasure to read from start to end :)
A.I. Pereira
My first romance novel (I was ten) - I recently saw it at my Mom's and picked it up and was enchanted all over again.
The Heroine is feisty, the Hero is broody, and the book is action-packed with history and adventure and great comebacks.
Highly recommend it!
I really enjoyed this book! Finally a romance novel that had a little different story to it and the love baby wasn't even born during the book :) Ok so once again another romance novel. It was a fun book to read! I really enjoyed the bantering between the hero and the heroine some of it made me laugh right out loud. It was very romantic. It was definitely full of love you could feel how much these 2 characters loved each other and you never doubted it. He was of course the perfect man and you ca ...more
this book doesn't have the spark of Shanna or the intrigue of A Rose in Winter... very mediocre
Not as captivating as her other novels but Woodiwiss does not dissapoint on character development.
I had read this a long time ago, forgot the name :( but now I have found it :) yay me
Anneliese Bennion
One day I will finish reading all of the books she's written and I'll be very sad. I was thinking about that today as I was trying to pick a new book to read. Anyway, this was a most wonderful book. She's kidnapped accidentally, she loathes him, he falls for her, she falls for him and a lot of good story, adventure and plot in between. What's not to like!?! I have yet to be disappointed by one of her novels. This one I could hardly put down. I read it every spare second I had and thus finished i ...more
Yannica Hayles
it was good not excellent
Min älskade du är.
Charice Lind mehring
A well-written story that keeps you guessing as to the identity of the real villain until almost the very end. A very enjoyable read.
Kate Innes
I loved Petals but this book moved too slow for me. I ended up being disappointed and kept putting it down for weeks to a month at a time because the story never seemed to grab me. I'll try Woodiwiss again but this time I'll have to be a bit more selective.
Karen  Boruff
Utter disappointmet, this was a rip off of shackspears Taming of the Shrew. Then she took the story all over the place just to make it a fat book. I could barely finish it, I was so bored. She is a good writter, but come many verbal fights can you wade thru..before you want to smack someone....the writer to start with. I would not recomend this to anyone ....anyone at all.

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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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