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A Kingdom of Dreams

(Westmoreland Saga #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  47,219 ratings  ·  2,247 reviews

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

Mass Market Paperback, 438 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
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Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Judith McNaught has done it again! This book has two major "pet peeves" of mine (#1- at the beginning, the hero beats the heroine not only once, but twice; #2- somewhere down the road, the hero and the heroine are torn apart by a Big Misunderstanding), but who cares? I don't know why, I don't know how, but I ended up loving this book! :)

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
chan ☆
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
had to up my rating... really adore this book
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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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 w
Huge 5+ stars

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.
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-ever


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 pla
Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful)
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, amusin
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
3.75 stars

”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."

Sometimes I think how lovely it would’ve been if I lived during that historical era, but then I read more and more historical romances and I would come to a realization that the feminist in me wouldn’t last a day without commiting a murder.
* 2.5 I'm-really-getting-tired-of-this stars *

This really should have been titled Taming of the Shrew- Part II
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Or A Kingdom of Hell & Misery.

No? Too harsh? How about this:
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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
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“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.”

I've been dreading this moment. This moment that I've been saving for last. The very last historical book of Judith's backlist that I knew I'd want to savor. I tried to pace myself. To truly get engrained and e
I liked it. I just didn't love it.

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
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
“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 m
Chantal ❤️
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing

"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.
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Jennifer and Royce are at war with each other, well, technically their countries are. She's a Scottish Countess and he's an English Duke. And when Royce's brother, Stefan, kidnaps Jennifer and her sister, Brenna, things become personal in more ways than one.

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
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
DNF - 11%

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.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mona by: Effie
Shelves: favorites
AMAZING, fabulous, OUTSTANDING read, that deserves a happy dance!


**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 t
3.5 stars

A very enjoyable historical romance. I really liked the characters. I recommend it for HF and romance fans only.

What I didn't like about this book, however, and kept me from rating it 4 stars is the events around 80% of the book. In every romance novel, we have this obstacle that comes up around 75-80% of the book. An event/revelation that keeps our main characters from having their HEA. Usually, I don't mind them although they are always to be expected. However, in this book it was ove

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

This book made me sick🤢
I know this book was published in 1980's but l am reading it in 2020 so definitely there are many things that bothered me
The banter between the two MC's was great but that alone does not make a book great
The fact that the h was '17' and the Hero above 30 made me uncomfortable
I have no problem with age gap between couples in books most of the time it provides the right amount of angst to it
However this book did nothing of that sort
I just felt as if the "he
Lover of Romance
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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
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-favorite

Seriously. This book was just what I needed. I adored every page. Review to come.
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lady Vigilante (Feifei) by: Ash Wednesday
Thanks Ash for the recommendation or I wouldn't have read it otherwise and that would be a shame! Also a pat on the back for me since I found this gem at Half-priced books.

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 exactl
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars. It took me a little while to finish this reread of a book that was a fav for me when I first started out reading HRs, years ago. But times have changed, and HRs today have a different feel. It was interesting to find this one still stands up pretty well.

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,
May 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: all romance novels' fans
Recommended to Tatiana by: Arlene
Shelves: 2009, romancelandia
"A Kingdom of Dreams" is regarded as one of the best love stories by numerous romance novels fans. Being a non-romance reader (my interest waned by the age of about 15 when I'd read all possible feisty wench/dangerous rogue scenarios), I can't be a fair judge of the book, but here is my review nevertheless.

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
Duchess Nicole
This is a fantastic medieval romance. I stayed up until 3 in the morning, knowing that I wouldn't finish, because I literally couldn't put this book down. It took the best attributes from a strong-willed female heroine and the very best attributes from an alpha male hero and put them into THIS BOOK. I don't even really know what to say. So often, there is only a surface level reality to books set hundreds of years ago. But I swear I was hearing thundering hoof beats while I read this. Gush, gush ...more
Sophie ♥
“Royce understood then why she had come: she had come to finish the task her relatives had begun; to do to him what he had done to her brother. Unmoving, he watched her, noting that tears were pouring down her beautiful face as she slowly bent down. But instead of reaching for his lance or her dagger, she took his hand between both of hers and pressed her lips to it. Through his daze of pain and confusion, Royce finally understood that she was kneeling to him, and a groan tore from his chest: "D ...more
h o l l i s
"Why is it, that every time you surrender willingly, like this, you make me feel like a king who has conquered. Yet when I conquer you against your will, you make me feel like a defeated beggar?"

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
May 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Arlene by: Buddy Read - Hannah

Re-read... 2019... still one of my favorites.

Review from July 31, 2009
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
VB Book Reviews
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Slow burn romance lovers/ enemies to romance lovers/ ALL Historical Romance fans
5+++ Stars!

“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.”

Absolutely fantastic! Sensational! A bar raiser. Oh my God, my poor feels. This is coming to you from a puddle of tears and mascara. There is nothing I can say that will aptly communicate just how wonderful this book was. The powerful st
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a sweet, low drama read. I liked the H and I liked their connection to each other. I did struggle with the pacing and the h at times (see below) enough that I don't think this will be finding its home on my favorites shelf. I'm also not sure how memorable this will be in the long run -- mainly because of the pacing and how it felt slow at times. Otherwise, I can definitely see where some people loved it even though I didn't.

Brief Summary of the Storyline: Thi
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