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Im Bann des stürmischen Eroberers

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,147 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Das kann doch nicht wahr sein! Lady Helen Tiernay kann die Botschaft des Königs kaum fassen: Schon nächste Woche soll sie Lord Hethe, den berüchtigten „Hammer von Holden“, heiraten. Einen kaltblütigen Krieger, der grundlos die Häuser seiner Bediensteten niederbrennt und mit dem Helen schon lange auf Kriegsfuß steht. Vielleicht kann sie Lord Hethe dazu bringen, die Verbindu ...more
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Published August 11th 2014 by Mira Taschenbuch (first published September 1st 2001)
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This may be the funniest book I've ever read!
I honestly can't tell you the last time I laughed this hard while reading something.
Every page was just...


Now, I'd like you to keep in mind I'd had a teeny bit to drink, so this may have seemed funnier than it actually was.
Because some days...


But I don't think that was it. Not really. I mean, you can only have so much to drink before you can no longer see the words in front of you, and in my personal experience that's when shit starts to get funny.
You were good but you were on too long...

Yeah, the book was funny... at first.
But, it was like a joke that is run to the ground until nobody is laughing anymore.

So, we have a Lord and Lady who are bickering, via old timey letters, to the king. His aide has the great idea to make them marry each other so that they have to solve their differences on their own. The king does a decree, and the enemies have to get married. Of course, neither of them want this, so the female comes up with a bunch of s
Sep 07, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tpl, audible, historical
DNF @ 75%

I started off amused (as I often am with Lynsay Sands books) at the comedy of errors that was Heathe and Helen. It was full of confusion and miscommunication on both of their parts, causing each to resort to nasty pranks and plots to try to push the other to back out of marriage, which had been forced by the king. But as the book went on and neither of them had gotten to know the other AT ALL, it just became a book of nasty practical jokes and didn't seem so funny anymore. There was no
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Bliss is a re issue of a medieval historical era romance that was first published in 2001. I am a huge fan of this author, and her historical's are so lightehearted and fun to read, and not books you should take seriously, they are just a relaxing respite. At first I thought I had read Bliss many years ago, but I remember setting this aside, because I just wasn't in the mood for this type of angst romance. Its not your typical angsty roman
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Book Review For: 'Bliss' by Lynsay Sands 'Bliss' by Lynsay Sands is the story of Hethe, Lord Holden and Lady Helen. This book is a re-release and was first published around 2o10. I am so happy that it has been released again with its new cover. Ms. Sands books are some of my favorite books in the world. They are funny, emotional, hot and have great characters. I will never be able to say enough about her books. This story is about Lord Holden who is a widower and Lady Helen who has never married ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
The first 7 of 10 hrs is about how the heroine makes herself stinky so the hero won't marry her. Ugh. I gave up.
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, lol, historical
I have never really thought about this until reading this book, but how many authors can make you laugh out loud...regardless of whose around or where you are. I can think of four.....Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Crusie, and Julie Garwood, but Lynsay Sands is in a league all her own.

This book is funny...really funny. It is a bit over-the-top, but it is really funny nevertheless. Here's the premise. The king is sick of getting letters of complaints from Lady Helen Tiernay about Lord Hethe
Debra Johnson
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Adult Humor and Romance
Recommended to Debra by: Martel
Bliss by Lynsay Sands
Genres: Adult, Historical, Humor/Comedy, Mystery, Romance, Suspense
5 Stars

Okay, first the negatives.
There are NONE! Nada. Zilch! No negatives whatsoever. No repetition, no editing/typo errors.

From the very first word I was hooked.
The writing, world build and character builds are exceptional.
The flow is fast and smooth.
The story line and everything about this book will keep you reading non-stop.
There is an enormous amount of humor that will cause you to laugh so hard you
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If the contest existed, this book would without doubt win the first price for the most inadequate title ever.
The poor hero goes trough quite an ordeal trough the book, for the reader's greatest enjoyment :)
In fact, you have two distinct parts in this novel, the first, hilarious, as the heroine tries her best to discourage a marriage with her despised neighbor, and a second one more serious between romance and the search for the villain. The main difference was that the heroine's actions were qui
Laura the Highland Hussy
I swear I read this when I went on a Lynsay Sands kick last year, but for the life of me, I can't remember anything about it! I guess that sums it up. But I remember being annoyed with LS for creating overly-naive heroines that to me, all feel interchangeable. For the last 4 books I've read by LS, all the heroines are naive to the point of stupidity. I know that LS is known for her humorous situations, but it's the same situation every time! Just new names and new storylines. Same joke. Once, it ...more
Sophie Barnes
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was originally released in 2001 but this is the first time I've read it and I have to say that although I'm not a big fan of medieval romance, this one was such fun!

Lady Helen Tiernay and Lord Holden have never met and yet the pair can't stand each other. Helen knows Holden is a cruel and unforgiving beast of a man while he knows she's an impossible shrew. So when the king decides to put an end to their constant complaints about each other by demanding they marry, trouble ensues...

Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Sands is definitely in my top 5 romance authors. About two people who have complained one too many times to the King about each other and wind up being ordered by the King to marry. So Helen, Lady "Tyrant" of Tiernay, sets out to make Hethe, Lord "hammer" of Holden, not want her as a wife and refuse the King's order. The ways she attempts to discourage him is very funny.
What many would consider a light romance. Lots of humor to keep you amused.

If I based my rating on the historical feel and accuracy then it would probably only get a star or two but I rate on entertainment and felt it deserved 4.
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Bliss is an Outstanding story. When Lady Helen Tiernay is order by King Henry to marry her neighbor "The Hammer" Lord Heathe Holden she is determine to make him cry off. She hates him and believes he has done some horrible things to the tenants that live on his land.

This story is Hilarious, the characters are just loveable. Its fast paced excellent writing and dialog between the H/H. There is also someone trying to kill Lord Holden. I love Lady Helen, her aunt and there maids Hijinks. They come
Ann Lorz
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

I love reading Lynsay Sands books. There is just something about them. Her characters just jump right of the pages. I love laughing and enjoying her books. So when I saw this one come up for review I knew that I had to read.

I was also very shocked that I missed reading it when it first came out! How the hell did that happen?

We'll guess what? It didn't. After I read the first chapter I knew right away that I already
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

I have already read a couple of Lynsay Sands' books in the past. So I was pretty happy to find a chance to take part in the blog tour. Though I was familiar with her style, each of her books is different. And it's been more than 5 years since I last read her books. So I was a bit nervous when starting the book. I believe now that I needn't have worried. She is as awesome as my memory.

The prologue set the stage with an intriguing marriage proposal by the King. And thus started the story of gettin
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was supposed to be comical? Not funny at all. If there weren't sexual situations, this book would have been for children. I seriously thought I was reading a book intended for elementary children. Helen's scheming was juvenile. The plot was not logical. Helen did everything she could to deter Lord Hethe from marrying her -- but that made absolutely no sense because Hethe had zero choice in the matter. Hethe was also forced by the King! If Hethe had disobeyed the King, it would have bee ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Bliss was a hilarious enemies to lovers historical romance with a forced marriage, prank wars, and a bit of mystery to top it all off nicely. Well, in addition to the heat between our hero and heroine, as you would expect from a book written by Lynsay Sands.

Poor Hethe. Poor, poor Hethe. Our hero went through more than his fair share of issues in this book. Whew. Not only was he forced to enter into marriage with Helen, whom he didn’t
J. W. Garrett
Funny, adorable characters, confusion, surprises, big surprises and even bigger surprises

What is a King to do? King Henry is fed up with the complaining of two of his vassals. Lord Hethe Holden is complaining about his neighbor the Tyrant of Tiernay and Lady Helen Tiernay is complaining about the Hammer of Holden.

The King’s Chaplain, Lord Templetun has a solution. Lord Holden is a widower and needs a wife, Lady Tiernay has never married and needs a husband, and the solution is to have them marr
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tired of the constant letters complaining about each other, King Henry decrees that Lady Helen Tierney and Lord Hethe Holden wed. Both reluctant, Helen sets a campaign to get Hethe to refuse the wedding.

Another fun historical by Lynsay Sands. I really do enjoy the impish mischief that she imbues into most of her stories. This one had an absolutely inspired campaign by Helen, and quite a few humorous situations. The obstacles that were put up for their relationship were clever, although I did fig
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, sands-lynsay
I really enjoyed Bliss. The humor got me laughing out loud to myself so that I started laughing at myself. :) I really liked the story line and the way the two main characters waged their silent battle. I liked the way the 'enemy' was not revealed and twisted til the end, it made it harder to be sure and delayed the 'ooooh' moment, but still left me with the 'are you it's him' frame of mind. I would definitely read this book again, it took me a day to read because I simply didn't want to stop an ...more
In this Medieval romance King Henry decrees that Lady 'Tyrant of' Tiernay shall marry Lord 'Hammer of' Holden; and despite the Lady's best efforts there is no escape for either of them. Playing off each other there is a comedy of errors throughout the book in a true slapstick manner ending, of course, after several passionate interludes with love winning the day.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book annoyed me so freaking much. I understand what the author was trying to do but everything was so freaking childish. All of the silly pranks to get him to call of the wedding literally made me cringe.

I was so disappointed by this book. Lynsay Sands is one of my all time favs but this one was just not good.
Joy Grant
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book, it was so hilarious. I always read Lynsay Sands for the humor and this is the best that I have read of hers. Alot of fun antics from both characters with alot of heart. I recommend this book for a fun hearted, light read. Very cute!
Absolutely brilliant book. So funny that I nearly did myself an injury by laughing so much. Great Medieval tale of adversity and love between the main characters and an underlying plot with a dastardly, murderous villain. Would recommend this book to anyone.
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun book. I laughed out loud the whole way thru :o)
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S. forealsies if your looking for a simple good time this is it.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bur-2017
To be caught between two strong and opinionated people is tough, but it is NOT where a King wants to be. So, he makes them each the other’s problem.

Helen is a very proud, strong willed and compassionate leader of her fiefdom. She has the loyalty of her subjects and has taken on many of Lord Holden’s people because of his cruelty. She does not shy away from sharing her opinions with the king and wants him to take Lord Holden in hand. She was a disappointment to her father by being born a girl.

Sofia Lazaridou
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you have any idea how weird is for me to read a book that doesn't belong in a series? It's one thing to read a stand alone novel in a series and completely another one to read a book whose world ends as soon as you read the first page. Bliss was first published 16 years ago and I can see why the publisher decided to give a new cover to the book and release it again. I had a great time reading how Helen was trying to force Holden refuse the kings demand and end their engagement. It was quite f ...more
Hart's Reader Group
This book was funny but that's it. I was happy that the book actually made me laugh out loud, but that's the only redeeming quality of this book.

For a romance, it was more like romance lite. The sexual tension was non-existent. The hero--this supposed brutal warrior--was a physically large man who was really a beta in alpha disguise. He seemed more like bumbling idiot than an alpha warrior. I couldn't take him seriously as the hero because he never did anything heroic. He just got beat up a lot-
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LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to ...more
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