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Taming the Wolf

(The de Burghs #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  799 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Champion of Her Heart

Though Marion Warenne's past was but a dim nightmare, her present held a vision of glory - the formidable Dunstan de Burgh. A fierce knight who was determined to win their battle of wills, all the while protesting mightily that he did not believe in love.

Dunstan de Burgh, Baron of Wessex, had ofttimes heard himself likened to a wolf on the prowl: fierc
Mass Market Paperback, Harlequin Historical #284, 304 pages
Published September 1995 by Harlequin Books
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This book has all the ingredients that I love in a good romance novel:

1. A hero who is a strong, fierce, macho warrior..... however one that is clueless about love and emotion.
2. A heroine who is strong, independent, and not afraid to push her hero's buttons.
3. A strong family with strong ties to one another.
4. A book that gives the hero/heroine significant time in the book alone with one another!
5. A book that has a some intrigue, suspense, humor, and sadness.
6. A book with scorching sens
Lisa Kay

4 ½ stars. I love to be transported back to the medieval era for a good historical romance; in fact, it used to be my favorite. However, having saturated myself in it, it has been hard to find any plotlines that haven’t become passé, or any with twists that still remain realistic for the period. This first in a series is a fun one, with a few surprises that made me smile plenty and dialogue that was occasionally laugh out loud; a nice little shinning jewel hidden in a Harlequin Historical.
Champion of Her Heart. Though Marion Warenne's past was but a dim nightmare, her present held a vision of glory - the formidable Dunstan de Burgh. A fierce knight who was determined to win their battle of wills, all the while protesting mightily that he did not believe in love.

Dunstan de Burgh, Baron of Wessex, had ofttimes heard himself likened to a wolf on the prowl: fierce, brave and ever-alert to danger. How so, then, could one soft-eyed damsel escape his watchful eye time and time again? An
Book 1 in the de Burgh series.

What a way to start a series! I had read book #3.5 in an anthology, and that just made me want to start the series all the more! Amnesia. A long journey. A murderous uncle. A knight to die for. Who could ask for anything more? The plot was pretty typical of other medieval romances I have read- but how beautifully written! The characters are larger than life and you can’t help falling in love with Marion and Dunstan as they struggle to fall in love (or not fall in l
Jul 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
The heroine seems adolescent in her decisions and actions most of the time. Her choices are not rational - why should she be infatuated with the hero in one moment then hate him for taking her back to the man that legally owns her the next? Be angry at the law. Be angry at society's inequalities. Be angry at the 'family' she grew to love kicking her out for Pete's sake, but don't be angry at the messenger (or rather the delivery guy in this case).

She is not smart! I guessed where she had hidden
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good story, good characters, good read.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
It started out great but somewhere along the way it started to drag- too much attempts to escape and silly excuses - then I started skimming until I gave up. Too bad I really loved the synopsis.
Hopefully this isn't the start of another book slump for me..
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-medieval
Road trip!! Road Trip!!

Yes, my little Petunia’s we have us a road trip! To top that off, it’s a road trip in Medieval times! You know what that means don’t you? No flushing toilets! It takes a very talented author to write a romance where there are no Port-a-potties. I do admit that the problem of romance novel excretion has always lurked in the back of my mind when I'm reading. It takes some of the sensual feel of the story away. There are even some characters who do not see to have bodily fun
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It Has its Moments

This novel really felt like a novel. But I like that it centered on the hero and heroine. All the characters are likable (except the villains!).

The innocent heroine and gruff hero embarked on a journey. Through mishaps and adventures they developed feelings for each other. At one point it got tiring how the heroine attempted to escape multiple times but it added sort pf to the twists. I like the depth of emotions expressed and evoked. There was humor too. There are love scenes
Jericho McKraven
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nope-shelf
I literally stopped reading when there were only two chapters left.

While mildly cute, the story was monotonous and predictable-- which I don't mind terribly if I love the characters, but the characters were a bit flat to me so... 🤷🏼‍♀️

Marion was a feisty chronic habitual liar. She ran away a lot, (admirable) and wound up being an okay character but not terribly engaging.

The Wolf was... well, spoiled and thick headed. He was pretty useless really.

I liked the enemies to lovers thing, and I enjoy
Virginia Tican
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A re~read. Marion's attempts of eluding Dunstan's vigilance/escort on their way to Baddersly were hilarious. This is more my type of historical romance than the charlatans that I encounter nowadays even if such books are Freebies or giveaways. It has atmosphere (no major time warps or mangling of timelines) that sets the mode where the timeline is supposed to be; thus the reader's journey into another world is guaranteed. Plus there is no issue on the editing. ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick fluff read, part one in a series
Deborah Roussety
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
loved this book
5 stars! :)

This is my first Deborah Simmons novel. I enjoyed reading this one! Loved the author's writing style and I'm pretty sure I'll be reading other works from this author. :)

It's seldom that I like the heroine of the story as I usually emotionally invest in the hero. But in this book, I love the heroine! There are no TSTL moments by Marion. She's very witty and she always try to make of the best out of every situation she finds herself into. She's not your usual tall, gorgeous, and pre
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved Dunstan....he was one hot alpha male. I took one star off for Marion who I liked one minute and was annoyed with the next. Something about her rubbed me the wrong way at times....without giving something away, I'll just say I didn't agree with some of her decisions. The storyline was quite good and definitely held my attention the whole way through. I loved the de Burgh family and am looking forward to getting to know them better in subsequent books. ...more
Lori Roers
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

Loved meeting this family of brothers and I can't wait to read all their stories. I enjoyed reading a book that kept my attention until its end. So many books now seem to be written just for sexual content and not for character development. I am excited to read the next book in this series.
Shiya Nellas
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book surprised me. The first few chapters I was utterly confused at how fastpaced the story was that I just couldn't keep up but eventually it stabilised and I found it really entertaining. I really enjoyed the banters between the main leads. Hopefully I'll see more of them in the next books in this series. ...more
Oct 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
E-book format
Well I'm starting the second Deborah Simmons book i have today. Let's see how it goes.
Update: it was pretty good. Taking into account the first one I had read (The Robber Bride) she seems to give her characters more room to grow then I have found in other romance writers.
Christy Stewart
I think I read the wrong book...I keep seeing people say that the leading lady in this is smart but she couldn't find her way out of an imaginary paper bag. She would run into the woods screaming, bumping into trees until she died of either a brain hemorrhage or dehydration. ...more
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
England 1270

This story would have gotten more stars if the hero didn't want to do nothing but screw! The sex scenes were lame, sounded like something right out a porno with the dialog! I didn't get a feel of true love from Dunstan towards Marion, all I got was lust.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
not gud enough...heroines spineless n wishy much chemistry btw d H/h..hero a selfis, self absorbed brute..who doesn't respect d h at surprise der as h tooo hs no self in al a poor read... ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very similar to Julie Garwood's Honor's Splendour, which predates this by 10 years, also a favorite of mine. ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked it as both characters really grow throughout their journey. Although I was a bit impatient with Marion sometimes ... All in all a great start for the series and I can't wait to read the stories about the other brothers ...more
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Angel by: no one
It was a very good, romantic book.!!
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5. Quite good, but not a true 5-star keeper. Loved it!
Rohayni Bent
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was SOOOOOOOOOO AMAZING!!One of the best romance novels I've ever read ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was really good. Loved Marion and Dunstan!!!!
Usagi Tsukino
Dec 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-f, historical
Urgh, Dunstan. He was grating on my nerves. (◣_◢)
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Delta by: J.D.
3.5 stars
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Deborah Simmons is the author of twenty-five historical romances and novellas, published by Avon, Berkley, and Harlequin.

A native midwesterner, Simmons graduated cum laude from Wittenberg University and was a journalist before turning to fiction. Her first book, Heart's Masquerade, was published by Avon in 1989 and was followed by a number of Harlequin Historicals, including a USA Today Bestsellin

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The de Burghs (7 books)
  • The De Burgh Bride (de Burgh, #2)
  • Robber Bride (The de Burghs #3)
  • My Lord de Burgh (de Burgh, #4)
  • My Lady de Burgh (de Burgh, #5)
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