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Promise of the Rose

(The deWarenne Dynasty #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,065 ratings  ·  66 reviews
A spellbinding tale of passion, abduction and dangerous love…

She is Mary, the beautiful daughter of the Scottish king—and a unwilling prisoner of the Norman invaders. The headstrong princess refuses to reveal her identity—even if it means sacrificing her virture. But in the arms of a dangerous enemy she discovers a powerful passion and a powerful promise.

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Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Avon (first published 1993)
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L.   (Excelsior!)
Bland characters going through the motions.

"I hate you!"
"I love you!"
"I hate you and I love you!"
[Hero stops being a douchebag]
"We have the greatest love ever!"
Apr 05, 2017 rated it did not like it

Historical romanceden böylesine nefret etmeme rağmen ısrarla okumam garip değil mi? Garip zevklerim var acılı acılı böyle

Böylesine onursuz ve gurursuz bir kadın karakter yaratırken çok çaba harcadın mı bilemiyorum Brenda? Hayır, okuduğum tüm hr kitaplarında kadın karakterler böylesine tiksindirici olsaydı diyecektim ki historical olayı bu, fakat maalesef değil. Historical romance bu değil. Bu yazarın karakter yaratma çabasındaki sıkıntı.

(Sadece kadın değil, erkek karakter de eşit derec
Regan Walker
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Medieval Romance at its Best!

This is book 2 of the two medieval stories in the de Warenne Dynasty series (The Conqueror is the first). It is lusty, full of history and angst and will keep you reading pages.

Set in 1093 (with a prologue in 1076), this tells the story of Stephen de Warenne, bastard son and heir of the Earl of Northumberland, and Mary, daughter of Malcolm Canmore, the King of Scotland.

Proud loyal Mary, when taken captive by Stephen, refuses to reveal her identity so Stephen decides
Tuğba Atıcı Coşar (okuryazarannecik)
1.5 yıldız.
Çok ama çok üzgünüm Stephen ama babanın (ilk kitap Gönülçelen’deki Rolfe karakteri) yakınından bile geçemedim canım.
Gönülçelen’i çok fazla sevmeme rağmen ikinci kitap ne yazık ki hiç hoşuma gimedi. Tarihi açıdan hiçbir sıkıntı yok. O dönemin insanlarını ve hayatlarını anlatmakta yazar inanılmaz başarılı, hakkını yiyemem ama bu sefer işin romantizm ve aşk kısımı hiç bana göre değildi.
Tarihi aşk romanlarında yaş konusuna hiçbir zaman takılmasam da bu sefer nedense inanılmaz rahatsız ol
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"La promesa de la Rosa" de Brenda Joyce fue el primer libro que leí del genero romántico y el que me abrió las puertas a montones de historias de amor fantásticas. Desde entonces guardo esta novela en un lugar muy especial en mi corazón.
A pesar de que sea una historia bastante simple, llena de tópicos y con personajes absurdos que cambian de humor cada dos por tres y con una personalidad muy cliché también, "La promesa de la Rosa" siempre será para mí mi novela favorita y sin duda el mejor libr
Liz Stucki
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I just finished this one, and absolutely loved it. The book is set in the eleventh century, and the author uses real dates and characters (although the story is completely fictional). I really enjoyed all of the relationship struggles - not only the classic love-story struggle, but also the pull between loyalty to king, family, and church.

A taste...
The Scottish Princess happens upon the Norman army, and is captured as a spy. She tries to keep her identity a secret to avoid being ransomed or kill
"'Tis not obvious? You are my life—and I almost lost you." His voice lowered, he touched her cheek. "I told you once before, I cannot live without you, madame."

This is a very tiring book to read. I loved it but it has taken me on a roller coaster ride and my emotions have been shredded and torn apart while reading it. Stephen de Warrene, who is clearly obsessed with Mary, is at times gentle and many times...unyielding and cruel. Reading about the travails of Mary has left me simply exhausted. I
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Mary, Princess of Scotland, is captured by Stephen de Warenne, a Norman baron.

This was a little better than the first book of the series (The Conqueror). At least this time there is no rape. However, Stephen is still quite an alpha male, raging about. Mary is quite annoying, vacillating between being shrewish and then deciding to take matters into her own hands...over and over again. There would be sweet parts in the book, but then everything would go to hell in a handbasket. Then one of them wo
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's nothing like Brenda Joyce back in the day. Her Bragg books are still some of my all time historicals. I miss this author so much! Recommend.
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Set in the period following the Norman conquest, sequel to the "infamous" Conqueror, I liked the Promise of the Rose a lot, more so because the hero was not the alpha-jerk while the heroine was not the stubborn and annoying type ... their chemistry is good, the only problem was with the "betrayal" theme, which shattered the trust of the hero and made him banish her... All in all, it's a sweet story, with balanced characters who have their flaws of character, as well as their qualities... were I ...more
Mar 29, 2007 rated it did not like it
Truly awful.
Danette Steward
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: joyce-brenda
This reads like a Virginia Henley novel. Fast paced. Adventure. Lots of travel. Scheming. Betrayal. Intrigue. War. Surrender. Love.
İnci Puyan
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Bana bu kitabın serinin en iyi kitbı olduğu söylenmişti ama Gönülçelen'den sonra onun kadar iyidir diye düşünmüştüm ama yanılmışım! Bu kitap tek kelimeyle muhteşemdi.


Serinin bence en iyisi bu ve daha iyisi olamaz!

Kitabın kısaca konusuna değinmek gerekirse, İskoçya'yı işgal etmek için önde bir keşif yapmak isteyen Stephen de Warenne (Rolfe de Warenne'in oğlu) kamp yaptığı yerde onları izlerken yakalanan İskoç Prensesi Mary'i esir tutar. Kimliğini
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ms Fine
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
She is Mary, the beautiful daughter of the Scottish king—and an unwilling prisoner of the Norman invaders. The headstrong princess refuses to reveal her identity—even if it means sacrificing her virtue. But in the arms of a dangerous enemy she discovers a powerful passion and a powerful promise

Brave and battle-hardened Stephen de Warenne is to defend to the death that which is his by right of conquest — including the golden-haired captive who awakens his soul's most secret yearnings. For theirs
I trust Brenda Joyce on my list of authors to do well, and yes she did! If you're looking for a book with no sugar-coating, fill with tension and passion, great alpha males, stubborn lasses, and heated battles between the hero and heroine, add Brenda Joyce to your list now. I mean seriously! Her books hold nothing back; everything seem to be released all onto paper and ink.

I enjoyed The Conqueror, and I must say I enjoyed this one immensely. A great story with beautiful characters and many fort
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I actually liked and disliked lots about this book. I liked the h and H for the most parts but there were character flaws about Mary that drove me insane. Namely she is also tough etc at the beginning when hiding her identity and then she goes to court later and is so terrified that she is shaking and crying? I get that underlying everything she was scared but she is the daughter of a ruthless King and I found her histrionics tiring. I also found it rather unbelievable that she would trade her v ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the first historical romance I ever read. I was only 18 and swore I would never read romance and here I am.

The story centers between Stephen and Mary whose families are sworn enemies. It is by pure misfortune that Mary becomes a prisoner of Stephen, who is to marry the Essex heiress, Adele. He plans to seduce Mary, bed her and leave her when the time comes, that is until he finds out who she is. It is too late of course but he uses it to his advantage and weds her. From there on is bet
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Jenni Ebba
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I cannot help but admit to a love of all stories historical romance. I have read Brenda Joyce's later deWarren Dynasty novels that take place in Victorian England and hadn't been able to find the earlier ones in print. I lucked into finding this one in a used bookstore and I could not be more pleased.
This story takes place in a time of knights and darkness. Stephen deWarren is a war-hardened knight who finds redemption in the arms of his beautiful captive. I truly love Joyce's soft romances and
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Başlarda istediğim gibi çıkmadı diye endişelenmiştim...Ancak Brenda Joyce işte belirli bir seviye var aşağıya hiç inmiyorr..Neden bittiiiii kiiii...
Çok ama çok beğendiğim bir hikaye oldu..Başlarda biraz sönük gibi geldi ancak sonradan şaha kalktı bayıldım..Gönülçelen'den daha çok beğendim. Onun kadar sert ama daha duygusal ve tutku dolu bir hikaye idi. Zaman zaman Stephen'e çok kızdığım anlar olmadı değil ama onun da haklı olduğu yönler vardı..Mary'nin düştüğü zor durumlara üzüldüğüm kadar cesar
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a nice story.So glad for the happy ending.This story tells of a pretty rough relationship between the hero and the heroin set in medieval times. It sounds pretty factual in fact even though the author did use her artistic license. It was a gruesome time full of hardship.Like I said thank god for the happy ending. If you like medieval romance that stay true to real life you should read this book.

Please check out to get this book or other romance books.A swap is pretty c
DNF. I tried, really tried, because this writer obviously is talented, and the story had great potential. However, I had to agree with other reviewers who compared it unfavorably to Judith McNaught' s Kingdom of Dreams. Promise of the Rose has a similar plot and characters but lacks the emotional connections to the characters at least for me. This was not for me but that does not mean it won't appeal to other historical romance fans, as attested by all the high ratings and reviews.
Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Stephen and Mary be damned! This book was all about Geoffrey and Adele for me! Part of me will never forgive Brenda Joyce for creating such a deliciously wicked couple as these two are and leaving them as a mere sub-plot rather than giving them their own book, as they rightfully deserve. To boot, she leaves their story on a cliffhanger! It was just cruel!!

But for the parts that are present in the book...AMAZING! Downright decadent. Right up there with Rolfe and Ceidre!
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fictional historical romance
This is a book that I will always keep in my book collection. I am currently reading this book again right now. I have read it about four times and each time I love the story and the characters. I also love the way Brenda Joyce gives you a little history lesson at the end of the book, important dates and such. its quite unique the way she incorporates her characters into the story of history. beautiful book and beautiful sotry.
Vanessa  Eden Patton
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. My mom used to read it all the time when I was younger.
Once I got older I asked her if she still had it because I wanted to understand
Her obsession with this story. I read it and fell in love with romance novels.
Stephan details Warren is the perfect hero. Definitely a book I will enjoy for many years to come.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Güzel ve keyifli bir kitaptı , kraliyet entrikaları ve kralın sapkınlığı dışında Stephen karakterini çok sevdim . Mary ise yanlış anlaşılmaların kurbanı oldu diyebilirim . Serinin 3. Kitabı da çıksa da rahatlasak..
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, e-book
Cidden hiç beklemediğim kadar güzeldi.
yine bir şeyler eksik gibi hissetsem de bu tamamen benim kuruntum bence çünkü bu kitap Ağağğa çook güzeldi cidden
Dec 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-own, 2010-reads
Stephan was a really stuborn and idiotic hero at times, and when the heroes are like that, I like them to grovel and suffer for it a little more than he did.
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great Read! Really enjoyed the fire in the Characters :) Couldnt put it down till it was done.
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Other books in the series

The deWarenne Dynasty (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Conqueror (deWarenne Dynasty, #1)
  • The Game (deWarenne Dynasty, #3)
  • The Prize (deWarenne Dynasty, #4)
  • The Masquerade (deWarenne Dynasty, #5)
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