Wonderful (Medieval Trilogy #1)
"Read this just for the pleasure," says Romantic Times of Jill Barnett's last luscious romance, Carried Away. Her marvelous talent for enchanting stories laced with sensuality is always a delight, and never more so than in this thirteenth-century tale of a brave knight who returns to the Welsh border to claim and tame his bride, or so he thinks....
After too many years...more
The story - Lady Clio has waited for six years in a convent for the return of her fiancé Lord Merrick. She kept herself busy during the years by trying to make the legendary ale that would bring strength to anyone who drank it (something like Asterix and his potion XDXD), and nursing the grudge against her bethothed who left her waiting
Lord Merrick returns, and finds his wife to be is nothing like he expected. Well, ...more
I enjoyed this book so much! WONDERFUL is enchanting, uplifting and has enough history to place you in the world she's created but not enough to feel like a boring history lesson. The details of ale making were fascinating. Her characters are lovable, and the secondary characters are well drawn and add to the fun (I can't wait for Roger's story!). Clio teaches Merrick how to laugh and love and their relationship develops slowly from one ...more
Lady Clio has been exiled to a convent to await her betrothed, Merrick. At first, she appears to be a quirky, strong-minded woman who will not let any man get the best of her. When h ...more
All of chapter 1 (granted it's only 4 pages) is used to describe Clio. I don't want to be told what a person is like, I want to learn through their actions. And then, frankly, Clio's actions throughout the book were contradictory ...more
Author: Jill Barnett
First published: 1997
Length: 4870 locations
Setting: England 1269
Sex: Reasonably explicit.
A well paced story with plenty of ...more
Love, love, LOVE this book!!!
For Lady Clio of Camrose it was about breaking the rules. Somewhat spoiled by her widowed father, she was left orphaned at the age of fifteen. King Edward, her official guardian, betrothed her to Lord Merrick de Beaucourt. ...more
Clio is the ward of the king and promised to a knight and friend of the king. He is off crusading for six long years while Clio is left waiting for him after her father dies. Their first meeting is not love at first s ...more
Clio is a Disney Princess, complete with eccentric pet cat, eccentric pet bird, eccentric pet Druid witch, and eccentric pet worshipful orphans.
Merrick demonstrated a sense of humor that made me buy the book. ("You've never seen your bride to be? What if she has a beard?" "Then I'll teach her to shave." Good on ya, sir.)
Unfortunately, proximity to one another brought out the worst in them.
Clio becomes overwhelmed with feminine angst ("I'm a poor oppress ...more
This is the first in Barnett’s medieval trilogy (WILD AND WICKED follow)—and I loved it! Barnett injects humor effortlessly into a very convincing medieval tale of a stubborn, rigid knight and his innovative unorthodox lady. It wasn’t forced humor either, but naturally came out of the heroine’s personality and often the hero’s reaction. The second half of the book is more serious and looks like a more classic medieval romance. There are also some wonderful ...more
Merrick is a softer version of Colin of Berkhamshire (Lynn Kurland's From This Moment On). Or a Middle Age version of Malkom Slaine (Kresley Cole's Demon from The Dark).
I don't need any other reason to like this book other than Merrick. If anyone has a soft spot ...more
The real gems are the secondary characters; Thud, Thwack, Roger and Gladys all bring the story to life and show different aspects of Clio and Merrick.
I will definitely be reading more books by Jill Barnett.
I really hope the next two are better. This was very strange - the pace was inconsistent, it was meant to be funny but it tried too hard, there could have been way more plot and a lot less smut.
It had potential but fell flat for me, it got high ratings so I had hoped to like it much more than I did.
Jill Barnett was born and raised in Southern California, in the kind of idyllic coastal town the Beach Boys made famous. But as a young girl she spent plenty of summers on her grandparents’ farm in Texas.
A gap in jobs in her mid-thirties sent Jill back to college and working toward her Masters degree. “I intended to finish school and teach, perhaps write college textboo ...more