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The Sun and the Moon (Wexford Family #2)

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The Sun: Hugh of Wexford, King Henry’s most trusted spy, enjoys his wine, his women, and most of all, his freedom. Scarred by a brutal upbringing, Hugh makes his own way in the world, unhindered by ties of any kind - including those of love.

The Moon: Oxford scholar Phillipa de Paris is learned and enlightened, but utterly unschooled in the ways of the world - especially th

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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published July 7th 2010 by Hawkley Books (first published June 2000)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Feb 12, 2010 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of intense, atypical historical romance
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) by: AAR Special Title Listing
Short synopsis from historicalromancewriters.com: A rough-and-tumble warrior and an innocent intellectual embark on a dangerous mission to expose the scheme of a corrupt churchman and save England from civil war. But their plan may be cut short and their lives endangered by the undeniable, irresistible force of passion flaring between them.


The Sun and the Moon is a love story between a female scholar, Phillipa and a dissolute, cynical warrior/spy, Hugh in Medieval Europe. They work together to i
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Rachel
Oct 04, 2014 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I so wanted to love this book because I'm absolutely obsessed with Ryan's mystery series featuring Nell Sweeney. Unfortunately, this book was a hot mess for me.

As a fan of historical romance and historical fiction I know that it is often a fine line between making an interesting, plot-driven book and toeing the line with historical accuracy. Also, I think readers sometimes forget that people of the past were horny bastards just like their modern-day counterparts. So I don't begrudge authors of h
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Mary B.
The sequel to Silken Threads. This book tells the story of Hugh of Wexford, the brother of the heroine in its predecessor.

I wavered between a five and four star only because there were certain actions by the characters (secondary as well as primary) that I did not like. But, overall, this book was excellent. And I adored the hero and heroine, both of whom struggled with some internal demons. This is one of those stories where two fiercely independent characters struggle for a long time before t
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Séverine
Apr 19, 2014 Séverine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful medieval love story with a good plot and strong characters.

I will probably write a longer review after but I wanted to share my first thoughts on it.

I didn't give 5 stars because of some at least two hard graphic sexuel scenes that can totally offend the readers.

I find it really sad that a so great history can lost its value with scenes that give you desire to let the book aside while without them it could be a really great moment.
Kit★
This was a pretty engaging story. It's been awhile since I've read a medieval, and I was glad I picked this one up. I liked both characters, and I liked the story, especially once the plot really started rolling while they were at Halthorpe Castle. The secondary characters were alright too. I even got a little emotional myself towards the end, which doesn't happen very often. I'll definitely be looking for more books by this author.
Kim Headlee
Patricia Ryan must be a fan of the musical "Camelot." The number "The Lusty Month of May" contains a line exhorting everyone "to do a wicked thing or two and try to make each precious day one you'll always rue." Many of the characters in The Sun and the Moon do more than their share of "wicked things" -- including female-dominant S & M -- causing me to rue the precious day I spent reading this book.

The "Sun" is King Henry's soldier-cum-spy, Hugh of Wexford, scarred by a brutal upbringing co
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SidneyKay
Jan 28, 2011 SidneyKay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-medieval
The Sun and the Moon is the sequel to Silken Threads, and it is another good book, just not as good as Silken Threads. Something else for all of you Hitchcock lovers - about halfway through this book it started to sound familiar... a woman with a bad reputation is asked to spy on someone... she goes to the castle... she must get in the cellar... something is going on in the cellar... she must get the keys... she must seduce the bad guy, even though she loves the good guy. Sound familiar? Think ...more
LadyCalico
Aug 11, 2016 LadyCalico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast moving, well-written adventure/romance/ mystery, but for me a bit of a disappointment after reading Silken Threads for two reasons. One, the author failed to capture the same delightful, affable, devil-may-care personality of Hugh that worked so well as a secondary character in the previous book. He seems to have lost a lot of charm and humor, in fact he seemed downright surly. Granted, he was now on a serious mission instead of just having some fun while on leave visiting his ...more
Vmontgzz
Lady Phillipa de Paris es una mujer de 1172 que tiene fama de liberal y promiscua ya que vive sola en Oxford como cualquier estudiante universitario.
Hugh de Wexford es un ex-mercenario reclutado por el Rey Enrique como uno de sus espias.
Un antiguo pretendiente de Phillipa es sospechoso de estar ayudando a la reina Leonor en sus planes de rebelion, y es por eso que Hugh recibe ordenes de reclutar a Phillipa para sacarle informacion a Aldous, y conseguir pruebas en contra de la reina.
Al princip
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Debra
This review is from: The Sun and the Moon (Lords of Conquest) (Kindle Edition)
After reading "Falcon's Fire" and even better "Heaven's Fire", I became a big fan of Ms. Ryan, and planned to read all of her work.

I really enjoyed "Silken Threads", and was was so anxious to read about Hugh, the brother of Johanna. But I was sorely disappointed in his story in "The Sun and the Moon". To me the book was all about sex and the question of sex, sex, sex. Please! Give it a break, already! It was rediculou
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Kelly
Jan 02, 2015 Kelly rated it liked it
This was the perfect book for me to read today. It has plenty of political intrigue and amateur spy antics, an interesting romance, and a surprising villain. I'm a tad ambivalent about the writing... the language and dialogue read almost like a contemporary romance with a few setting clues thrown in (trenchers, kirtles, etc.)... On the one hand, that's just fine with me, because an excess of archaic language irritates me (one of the reasons I don't often read medieval romances), but it did make ...more
babyfishmouth
Jan 22, 2013 babyfishmouth rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as some of the others I've read by this author.

The hero/heroine are great and scenes involving them fully kept my interest. Their romance is sweet and the build-up of the tension is done really well. The ending declaration of love is fantastic, too.

What didn't work so well for me was the spy plotline. It's a take off on the film Notorious and I don't feel it translates well to a medieval setting. The secondary characters are a little too plentiful and one-dimensi
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Laylah
Oct 21, 2010 Laylah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I see that Patricia Ryan did get better with experience. The Sun and the Moon is the last of her medievals, and I'm happy to pronounce it the best.

The protagonists have real, naturally-developed chemistry. Their bickerings are fantastic.
Phillipa, starts out annoying to me with her snooty attitude, but later redeems herself to be capable and quite smart heroine. I adore Hugh. He is delicious in his description, but when I think back after finishing the book, he hasn't done much at all except
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Saba
Nov 30, 2015 Saba rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth
Jul 03, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hugh is ordered to find Phillipa and use her in his mission to infiltrate a conspiracy against the king. He didn't count on Phillipa being so beautiful, or someone that would break into his heart. I loved this story. I was swept away By Hugh and Phillipa. I loved that it was not instantaneous love, they spent time together and fell into love. I was not so involved in the characters that I cried, but I really enjoyed the story and all the characters in it. After reading this novel, I feel that I ...more
Caro
Jun 25, 2014 Caro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, own
This ended up being a good deal for a freebie. I liked the characters and the plot. There was a lot of intrigue, a little humor, good moments and bad, a plethora of personalities, suspense, and a great ending. I think this would be a good book to read pretty much any time, but more for something you can settle down with, definitely not a one-sitter. There were quite a few head-knocking moments, some understanding parts, some steaminess, hold-your-breath parts, a sigh of relief, and a ending to ...more
BookChick
Feb 08, 2013 BookChick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally got to the 2nd book in this series and it did not disappoint. Political intrigue, beautifully damaged man, strong willful woman, and hot between the sheet action. One con - I did find myself skimming in sections in the middle. It started off strong and ended even better, but the middle was a bit slow and I found myself skimming some of the already hashed this out parts and we are now reliving it. But other than that a strong read and not disappointed in the least.
Nola Arganbright
Jun 10, 2016 Nola Arganbright rated it it was amazing
Fantastic

I chose to read this book on a whim when selecting it from my kindle library. I wanted something different and was ready for a new to me author. I am so pleased with my decision. This is a well written Historical Romance. The characters are well developed with distinctive personalities.
The plot is multi faceted and there is action and suspense and numerous references to historical facts.
Meg
Dec 28, 2011 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never been a fan of medieval romance - too much of it jars and is full of dodgy ye-olde-medieval-speke. How pleasantly surprised I was, therefore, to pick up The Sun and the Moon.

Along with its prequel, Silken Threads, the Sun and the Moon is sharp, well written and immensely likable. The couple simmer with tension and the action is fast-paced. A hugely enjoyable read and recommended.
Heidi
Solid mystery with a few steamy scenes for those who like some romance with their historical fiction. I really liked this second installment if a short-lived series. The royal court intrigue involving Eleanor and King Henry added some HF clout. Disappointed to learn that Ms Ryan stopped at two of these Hitchcock inspired novels.
Jean
Dec 15, 2014 Jean rated it it was ok

Not as good as book 1 in the series.
Hugh was a different person in book two, I didn't like the change in him.
I didn't like that so much time passed between the first book and
I did not like that Hugh was a total Jerk to the main female lead.
Angelica
Oct 20, 2014 Angelica rated it it was ok
Started off promising, but once the story got going the plot didn't make sense and the characters acted pretty much without motive. Also, I couldn't get past the dialogue, which seemed inauthentic despite the author's liberal use of "'twas" and "'tis." Or maybe it was because of it.
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Jun 24, 2009
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Patricia Burford Ryan (born August 9, 1954 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States) is an American writer of romance novels as Patricia Ryan, mystery novels as P.B. Ryan and erotica novels as Louisa Burton. She is the twin sister of the romance writer Pamela Burford.

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