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A Kingdom of Dreams
Abducted from her convent school, headstrong Scottish beauty Jennifer Merrick does not easily surrender to Royce Westmoreland, Duke of Claymore. Known as "The Wolf"; his very name strikes terror in the hearts of his enemies. But proud Jennifer will have nothing to do with the fierce English warrior who holds her captive, this handsome rogue who taunts her with his blazing...more
Royce turned out to be a wonderful hero. After a less-than-thrilling introduction, he slowly (but steadily) started to grow on me, up to the point where I unders ...more
I am at a loss for words – I seriously don’t know how to review this book – which words to use to do it justice. Kingdom of Dreams is my first read by this author and it will not be my last.
I was instantly captivated by the characters who are deeply complex, wonderful people trying to make their way through a rough, and oft times unfair world – and do it while keeping their honor and integrity intact. The storyline with its twists and turns fascinated me from the first page and held my attentio ...more
Kingdom of Dreams is one of the best books I've read!
The story is full of vibrant and richly developed characters, a plot that's riveting, emotional, provocative, and a prose that's exceptionally well written. To top it off, this book has one of the best ending I've read. It was amazing, extremely poignant, and very powerful. I'm still an emotional mess hours later.
Judith McNaught is an exceptional storyteller and I'm embarrassed it's taken me so long to read one of her books.
I just have to start off by saying that this may be my all time favorite stand alone romance book… EVER.!!!!! No kidding. I wasn’t even planning to read it quite yet. But I had gotten the paperback a while ago and it’s been sitting on my nightstand ever since. So the other night, I was having a little trouble sleeping and my ipad was downstairs… so I picked up this book. And I said to myself.. “I’ll just read the first chapter and see what ...more
5 DREAMY STARS…
Loved this one. This is the second book I have read by this author and it will not be the last.
Royce Westmoreland .
aptly named THE WOLF
Scottish and English wars and hatred have abounded for years.
THOR, his trusted stallion
Can he tame the lovely Jennifer or will she be the one to tame the Wolf?
(The artist who painted this one was actually from my home village in the West of Ireland)
Loved Jennifer, she was so feisty, independent, loyal, beautiful …
"My own kingdom … I used to plan...more
A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught:
3 “More *Galavant Than *The Tudors” Stars.
Hells yeah, I want to go there! I don’t really have a choice. Before cracking open, A Kingdom of Dreams, I read Teresa Denys’ masterpiece, *The Silver Devil, and in a Medieval romance face-off; McNaught’s version loses hands down.
To be fair, the two authors have very different writing styles: The Silver Devil, is dark, gritty, and authentic to the time period; while, A Kingdom of Dreams, is modish, amusing, a ...more
This really should have been titled Taming of the Shrew- Part II
Or A Kingdom of Hell & Misery.
No? Too harsh? How about this:
Well this sucks. Another McNaught favorite among many that I did not love. I feel like I should put out a disclaimer or apologize to my GR friends for clogging up your feeds with my negative reviews & low ratings as of late. I promise you I'm NOT doing it on purpose. I’m not one of those reviewers. I’ve been in a seri ...more
Sometimes I think that when I see all of my friends have given a book 5-stars, I go in with my expectations way too high. Or, it could be that I just like to be a jerk.
The problem I had with this is book is that I didn't like the heroine, Jennifer.
It started out well. I liked that she was figuring out ways to escape her kidnappers. I liked how hard she fought. But, after a while, she got real old real fast.
I get that she didn't like her kidnapper, Royce. I mea ...more
Several people recommended this book to me (thank you!) and I can see why! Who doesn't love an enemies to lover story especially with someone as yummy as Royce.
Royce is known as The Wolf and is the King of England's best warrior. He has a f ...more
“You are mad!” she snapped, her chest heaving. “And you are a devil!”
“And you, my dear,” Royce imperturbably replied, “are a bitch.” With that, he turned to the horrified friar and unhesitatingly announced, “The lady and I wish to be wed.”
This is an oldy but a goody. I love these enemies-to-lovers stories, and JM seems to dish them out on silver platters. She always has the perfect amount of conflict to keep me invested. Not to mention, her heroes make me drool.
I'll admit that this isn't my ...more
"Jenny, I love you."
"I think, my lord, I love you more."
This book was an exhilarating start to the Westmoreland saga.
Royce (the Black Wolf) Westmoreland, the Duke of Claymore find his destiny when his brother Stefan, kidnaps Jenny and her sister from her convent school wearing a nun's outfit of all things.
They both know of each by reputation only and each have already strong preconceived ideas of one another's character. And these ideas are not Favourable to say the least.
Re-read…AGAIN!! One of my favorite go-to-comfort-inspiring reads! How is it possible that it keeps getting better?! One of the best fight-to-the-finish love stories! It doesn’t come easy and it comes at a cost, but it’s so worth it!!!
5 Stars!! I am a blubbering mess. The last six paragraphs in the book, before the epilogue, where Royce contemplates the recent events in his life, just undid me. This is an intense, well written, passionate romance.
A wonderful journey, as Royce and Jenny discove ...more
Bad, bad Alex! You should really stop trying to read Outlander-like books. They are not for you.
You see, I really enjoy a historical romance every now and then, so I'm fully aware that this kind of books tend to be misogynistic (time period and all that). I can overlook it. What I deeply dislike is when the physical punishment of the woman is involved. I'm beginning to understand that this is a huge pet peeve for me, so I'm going to avoid it from now on.
**Some spoilers ahead**
To say I was captivated from beginning to end, is a serious understatement. I physically couldn't stop myself from devouring every word written. Not to add any updates or even add this book to my CR list. My eyes were drying out (seriously, I used eyes drops) from not blinking enough and lack of sleep. It wasn't a pretty sight...
This historical romance sure didn't feel historical to me. It was so easy to ...more
This story can best be summarized with two words: Total escapism!!!! There's a reason historical romance reigns ahead on my favorite genre list and A Kingdom of Dreams is the perfect example! I loved the family/clan dynamics, court politics, and the depth the author portrayed these complex characters. This story was exactly ...more
The Kingdom of Dreams is the first book of the Westmoreland Saga. I read this book many years ago, and I had this on my list to re read, and since my library didn't have it any longer, I decided I would need to buy it and well worth it in the end!! I loved everything about this book. At first it started out a bit slow, and I was a bit worried that I wouldn't love it as much as I did when I read it the first time. But wow, suddenly I was dr ...more
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This is romance at its best!
I've come to the conclusion that all the books I said I loved in the past, I didn't. I was wrong. I'm realizing that I lusted after them, not truly loved. This book is love.
The way I wrote my review for Whitney, My Love, is going to be the same way I write my review for this book. There isn't anything I can say that hasn't already been said about this book. It is a phenomenal book and everyone should read it regardless if yo ...more
I read this for the 2018 Romance Across The Ages challenge for the Historical Romance Book Club group on GR. January theme: Scottish. It was also a rare (for me) medieval read, being set in the late 1400s.
Royce, Earl of Claymore, ...more
This book had some decent, at times funny dialog between 2 main characters, the bedroom scenes were fairly steamy without being graphic, but other than that, it was a typical historical roman ...more
A Kingdom of Dreams, by Judith McNaught, is probably my favorite love story of all times. Romance is not my preferred genre, but this book definitely has all the magical elements to make you believe in fairy tale love and a knight in shining armor. I love the two main characters of this novel, and when they meet, you become captivated by their fierce battle of wills and ultimately their undying love for each other. This story is filled with a perfect blend of romance, a ...more
I am on a fantastic run of fucking brilliant historical romances right now. What makes this one even more special is the unique (to me) time period. Other than Arthurian-set stories, I have never read something from the Medieval era and I so enjoyed the change in pace. But honestly what didn't I love abo ...more
Characters are wonderfully fleshed and out and complex for this genre type. Jennifer is bold and daring, loyal and open-hearted. She's not so steel-spined that she's unrealistic, and I enjoyed being in her head for this storyline after I got over her annoying loyalty to a clan that didn't necessarily deserve it. The "hero" Royce was ...more
5 HUGE, DREAMY STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Many people have read this book and I seem to be in the minority of those who haven't until now. And because of this reason I won't draw out my review. But OH MY GOD. I love HR but this is in a class of it's own!
Breathtaking and incredibly thick with layers and plot twists, this is the best HR I've read to date. It had everything I could hope for: Romance, intrigue, a ...more
“The groom always smiles proudly because he's con...more
After reading it for maybe the hundredth time, I declare "A kingdom of dreams" to be the best historical of all time!!!
The spellbinding quality of Mcnaught's narrations, how she magically weaves a story/characters that transport you to another time and place is unique just to her!!
I always wished for movies to be made out of her HRs'..well since that has not yet been done,i'll try a little bit something here with my imagination...(WTH even if it gets a bit cheesy;))
"ROYCE WESTMORELAND" ...more
Such a beautiful story! I loved it!
This is historical romance at its finest. The characters were solidly developed and the writing was just superb. It was packed with love, suspense, adventure and lessons to be learned. I fell in love with these characters and I'm sad to see them go.
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Judith McNaught is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, with more than forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries and more than thirty languages. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical ro ...more