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Gentle Warrior

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  13,139 Ratings  ·  285 Reviews
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Ransom comes an exquisite tender tale of love, adventure and passion!

In feudal England, Elizabeth Montwright barely escaped the massacre that destroyed her family and exiled her from her ancestral castle. Bent on revenge, she rode again through the fortress gates, disguised as a pe

Paperback, 309 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published October 1985)
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Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is my second Garwood romance read in less than a week. This is unheard of for me... I very, very rarely read romance, but as I'm participating in a blog activity with a friend, I'm going for it and reading 5 of them this month.

I read this one in place of a different one that my friend had sent me, because that one was about rippling abs in kilts and the Garwood I just read featured the same theme... sort of. So I went for something a little different and went for Feudal England over Scotla
Diamond Cowboy
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
The is a romance novel set in England in the year of 1086. It is a story of a strong, fierce warrior who rules over his knights and family with an iron hand, but he is a very gentle and tender lover twards his Wife. His Wife is a very strong willed lady who carries a dagerin her hand and one concealed beneathher skirts.
It has some very tender moments between the lovers and some very harsh scenes in war.
I recommend this book to all.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Juliana Philippa
Another great Garwood romance with a fantastic cast of characters, though hero was a little too much at times

Setting: 1086, England

Gentle Warrior is another great Julie Garwood medieval romance. I had to give it four stars instead of 4.5 or 5 because at times the hero, Geoffrey, was a little too caveman-like for me. Actually, it wasn't even really caveman-like - he was just too forceful, angry, badly tempered. Overall, he was generally a good hero though, and the other cast of characters was abs
Really more like a 2.5, but I'll round up. I think part of the dissatisfaction comes from my not being thrilled with the narrator.

This was Garwood's first book from 1985. You can tell she hasn't quite hit her stride. She dabbles a bit in the style of the time. The hero shakes the heroine and pulls her hair a few times. There's no forced seduction or rape, but if I hadn't gone in knowing this was a Garwood book and what to expect, I may have expected it to happen. I personally enjoy some of the
Feb 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Medieval Romance, Bodice-Ripper Romance, Julie Garwood
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Gentle Warrior was Julie Garwood's first published romance from way back in 1985, and although I mostly enjoyed it, I would have to say that it showed some of her greenness as a writer. There are many of the trademark Garwood elements here such as a temperamental alpha hero who has a gentler side; a feisty, independent heroine; lots of spirited, humorous banter between the pair; and love scenes that were pretty steamy for the time period in which they were penned. However
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers

Yet another winner by Julie Garwood!


As with all of her historical romances, we have strong, arrogant, hunky heroes who know all there is to know about... well, about everything. Or so Baron Geoffrey Berkley thinks.

Enter Elizabeth Montwright, a woman as equally sure of herself and set in her ways. Having survived the massacre of her family and being exiled from her family's castle, Elizabeth makes it her mission to gain revenge on the man who destroyed her family and regain possession of
Libby Harrison
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the strength of the heroines in Garwood's romances and I loved the heroes cluelessness of her strength!

Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
The audiobook was fun! I was laughing for most of the book ,narrator's voice for Geoffrey was the funniest thing!
3.5 stars
Meret Punk
2.5 stars (:
Well, this was a massive disappointment..
I enjoyed my previous reads for Julie Garwood so much, that I had huge expectations for this one..
I didnt really like this book, I dont even know why..
It wasnt interesting at all ):
May 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

So I decided to go on a Julie Garwood glom, starting with books I haven't read or have only read once. This falls into the read once and never re-read category and I now remember why.

It's her debut novel, and you can kind of tell that Garwood hasn't yet hit her stride as a writer in that she doesn't have her characteristic fluffy tone in this one. It does have an overuse of the description "contradiction" that she still tends to bestow on her heroes and heroines. It also makes use of t
Chitra *CJ*
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: safety-first, v-card
After reading all of JGs historicals, and being in love with every single one of them.. this left me a bit disappointed.
Maybe if I hadn't read her other books, I'd have found Geoffrey's yelling and shaking acceptable.
Maybe if I hadn't read the strong heroines she wrote, I'd have found Elizabeth's crying and surrendering sweet.
But I have, and so my expectations were a little high, and easily crushed.
*Personal rant*
He was my least fav of all Garwood heroes. He was highly non understanding, alway
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I have been wanting to read this for a long time, but I was a bit underwhelmed.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
I found it! I can't believe I found it. I've thought about this book now and then, wondering what it was. I was pretty sure it was Garwood, but I couldn't pin down the title till just now, with a pretty simple search on Google Books. (I do love Google Books.)

You see, a good while back (pre-Goodreads) I went to work and forgot to take a book with me. It was horrible. My break loomed, and I was anticipating a long, boring half hour staring at the vending machines, when a very kind, well-meaning l
Gentle Warrior was Julie Garwood's first published book and set in Medieval England. Elizabeth Montwright witnesses the massacre of her family. Only she and her brother survives. Baron Geoffrey Berkley has come to find the murderers and bring them to justice.

One of those books I've read numerous times and I haven't gotten tired of it yet. It's not my most favorite Garwood book but I still love it.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I know when I'm in a reading slump, I can always turn to aJulie Garwood book. They are all the same beat of plots, climaxes, heros, heroines and villains. Even though I know what to expect, I still enjoy them. Now I can't read her one after another but spaced apart they are certainly an easy, enjoyable, quick read.

This book had me giggling more than her others, especially the last paragraph.
Scarlett Copperfly
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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This book is different from the other books by Garwood that I've read, and as far as I can discover, it's her first novel, so that explains the difference in writing style. The language is formal, and a tad over descriptive, as are the literary allusions. The characterization is also a lot of telling. Usually Garwood does a better job of showing, but we find out a lot about the characters because we're constantly told, what they are thinking.

The characters...Geoffrey our gentle warrior...he's a
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In feudal England, Elizabeth Montwright barely escaped the massacre that destroyed her family and exiled her from her ancestral castle. Bent on revenge, disguised as a peasant, she rode again through the fortress seek aid from Geoffrey Berkley, the powerful baron who had routed the murderers.

He heard her pleas, resisted her demands, and vowed to seduce his beautiful subject. Yet as Elizabeth fought the warrior's caresses, love flamed for t
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am so disappointed I usually love this author but this one didn't do it for me I had a hard time finishing it. The plot felt really rushed and the characters were boring.
Varied Books
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
H was an ass to the h which was normal for the time period but I didn't like it. At the same time I liked that he wasn't PC. A decent book but my least favorite by JG.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book immensely! Another Julie Garwood treat, very nice. Perfect book if you like romance and Highlanders.
Sana Zameer
2.5 Stars
I love reading Julie Garwood, but this wasn't impressive.
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gentle Warrior (Kindle Edition)
I'm giving this book four stars only because Julie Garwood wrote it, and I am comparing Garwood to Garwood. Any other author, I would have given it less.

I know it is very difficult for an author to come up with different types of characters that don't mimic others that they have already written; but I think that Ms Garwood did not delve far enough into Geoffrey's past to let us see why he was such an arrogant, self centered male. He showed no heart or warmth in h
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh, okay
It was okay. I loved this moment:

She was just about to drift off to sleep when she heard her husband’s voice. “You are mine.” It was a quiet statement of fact.

“Yes, husband, I am yours,” Elizabeth acknowledged into the darkness. “And you are mine.” Her tone challenged him to deny it.

Elizabeth waited for what seemed to her impatient nature an eternity. Geoffrey did not answer. His deep, even breathing told her that he had fallen asleep. Her irritation turned to exasperation when he began to snore
Now I love me some historical romance, particularly medieval romances (I can probably thank some old bodice-rippin' Johanna Lindsey books for that), but this one just didn't do it for me. Our eponymous "Gentle Warrior" is Baron Geoffrey Something-Or-Other, who rescues our half-Saxon, discipline-less Lady of the Manor Elizabeth. Elizabeth, who has wolfhounds and a hawk at her beck and call (because that's the epitome of "cool" for women in medieval times) has just seen her entire family slaughter ...more
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Now, I know that all of Julie Garwood's highlander books are pretty much the same just with slightly different events and settings, but I absolutely love them!

Her books are so full of charm and her characters are loveable and fun even when they are behaving stubbornly, as they often are.

For me, she has perfected the exact combination of love, romance and passion that keeps me riveted. Then there is just enough story and intrigue to make it a really exciting and unputdownable book.

I recently re
Gina Mora
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-2011
This is probably one of her newer books. The dialogue is not great. And the sex scenes are just odd- first of all, there is a matter of continuity- the first night that they have sex, he goes down on her...cuz I am sure that knights are all about the sharing of the pleasure in those times. Then, later in the book, she is shocked when he kisses her there. Also, the characters are a bit annoying. They overthink....EVERYTHING. The comedy is cute, although forced in some places. And the side charact ...more
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one. About Elizabeth and Geoffrey (aka the Hawk). He has come to protect her home. She has just lost most of her family. She is unsure who to trust for she fears her uncle may be behind the massacre that destroyed most of her family. She is afraid for her brother, the heir, and that if her uncle becomes his guardian there will be no "guarding" of him. Geoffrey is the the Baron in charge of the land her family lives on. He has been gravely injured and she has been called upon to try to ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, medieval
Not a bad read, per se, but not one of my favourites of Julie Garwood's.

The main problem for me with this book was the characters, in particular, the male lead Geoffrey. He is demanding and domineering to the point of where if I were Elizabeth I would have whacked him one. Not to mention he is almost cringingly insensitive, using put downs and degrading Elizabeth to try and mould her into what he thinks is a 'proper' wife.

I had problems with Elizabeth, too, though. At the beginning of the novel
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Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. "The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the fa
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