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This Is All I Ask

(de Piaget #6)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  3,796 ratings  ·  233 reviews
Gillian of Warewick knows no other treatment than the terrible physical and mental abuse issued by her father. When he arranges a match for Gillian with Christopher of Blackmour, she is fearful: Blackmour is rumored to be an evil sorcerer. When Gillian meets him, he proves to be far more of a man than her father is, yet he is unwilling to be a lover to Gillian. She finds t ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Berkley Publishing (first published August 1997)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of poignant but sweet romance
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: AAR Special Title Listing
This is a truly lovely romance story about two scarred people who find each other. There are parts that made me so sad to think about how Gillian was treated by her family. I was pretty curious to see how Ms. Kurland would handle a blind hero in a medieval romance. Think about it. How difficult that would be for a blinded knight? How could he run his keep, and keep what he earned by blood and sweat, in a world where might means right? I think she did a great job of dealing with the blindness iss ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: medieval
If I read the book 25 years ago, I think I would’ve liked it.

The story started out promisingly enough. Twenty-one-year old woman who's been kept as a virtual prisoner by horribly abusive father is sprung from her nightmare home by a marriage offer from a knight friend of her deceased warrior brother. She goes along because she has no choice, even though her husband to be has a fearsome reputation as a dark dragon-like creature. Of course, as she gets to know her new husband, she learns he's not
Lover of Romance
As this is one of my favorite romance novels to read, a book that I have read and re read over and over, I thought it was time to do a review on this read. This Is All I Ask starts out with Gillian of Warewick, whose mother died when she was young, and her father tends to be very abusive to her both physically and emotionally. Gillian after losing her brother, who was the only one that loved her, she feels that she has no courage or beauty inside or out. When she is suppose to marry the Dragon o ...more
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, abandoned
I usually reserve my one-star reviews for utter, painful rubbish. This book does actually have some redeeming features, so maybe I should nudge it up, but I can't see past the ridiculous portrayal of blindness suffered by Christopher, the male protagonist. You may feel free to groan at the painful pun. I assure you the pain won't come near that of trying to figure out on which planet the author ran across a blind person. Hmmm....maybe if this were relabeled science fiction? Nah...

I quit reading
Jess the Romanceaholic
Re-April 2015

Good gracious, it seems I just can't leave this book alone.

I still love it, though the one scene with "blanket" annoys the pie out of me.

I stick with my original rating of 4.5/5 Stars, and hope I can find something else that strikes my fancy so I don't end up re-reading the entire series.

Re-Read July 2011.

This is still a favorite of mine. While I think Christopher is a bit too squishy for my tastes, as Ms. Kurland has a tendency to make her terrifyingly powerful warriors have an
Susan (susayq ~)
I've got to admit, I liked this one the best so far out of all that I've read in the series. Christopher was absolutely swoony :) if I could pluck him from the pages and have him for myself, I'd gladly do it. I loved how Gillian blossomed and became courageous. Her transformation was great.
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
When her abusive father sells her off to a man she's heard has horns and practices the Dark Arts, our heroine is understandably scared out of her wits but is also a bit relieved to escape her sire's tortures. Instead of finding the Devil, she finds a wounded, proud and wonderful man, a man who needs her love to become whole again - her soulmate. Set in medieval times, THIS IS ALL I ASK is a beautiful and emotionally rewarding love story for those who enjoy a believable tale about the magical hea ...more
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Again, this has sexual situations...but I loved the story. It made me believe in true, that was sappy.
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I've read in a while. It was so nice to read a romance novel that focused on the emotional connection and healing power of love instead of sex. There are no explicit sex scenes in this book, and it was awesome. So many new books have lost sight of the love in the pursuit of the lust and this book was a refreshing divergence from the norm.

Christopher, the Dragon of Blackmore, and our hero, is blind. Some reviewers thought the blindness was poorly handled and quit reading bec
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cannot-finish
Above-average writing style, situation, and set-up. The heroine is a typical scaredy-cat abused and virginal girl who transforms through love into a woman with confidence, blah blah. The hero is blind -- which was interesting, but not very much explored except that he needed to have the furniture in his household be the same, etc. -- but typical strong man who is not a bad guy inside, blah blah. And, of course, the villain of the piece is the abusive father, who is pure cardboard. Nothing origin ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paper-copy, re-read
This is one of my all-time favorite pure romance novels. No sex, just romance. I love how Lynn Kurland writes.

2nd Time reading it: 4.5 ★ Loved it all over again! Christopher is such an amazing hero and Gillian is amazing as well. Both of them have so much to overcome and yet they love each so deeply. Beautiful story.
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ruth by: Megan
Excellent. This is the sweetest historical romance I have ever read. Both H/H believe they are unworthy but with love and each other they become a beautiful whole.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again, I'm marveling in the bittersweet aftermath of such an exquisite, fairy-tale like novel.

There was a hundred and one things I loved about this book, so much love that I can't even begin to think of anything I disliked (apart from Gillian's dad. Oh boy did I hate him!).

I really appreciate when an author goes above and beyond to create a wonderful story. This is my first novel by Lynn Kurland and will certainly not be the last. She had me spellbound by the charm, clevernes
Fani *loves angst*
This is all I ask is a very very nice romance, that I loved reading for the first 2/3 of it. In fact, if I was to rate it objectively I might rate it with 5 stars, but since all this rating/reviewing system is about how I feel about it, I can't give it more than 4 stars, or 3 and 1/2 to be exact.
The story, as it has been described already here is that of Gillian's of Warewick, shy and timid and physically abused by her father marrying the evil, hard-hearted warlock Christopher of Blackmoor. (vie
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Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Such a sweet book. The story is simply lovely. The characters are heartwarming. I cried and laughed. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Erin Burns
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, blindness
I am not quite entirely sure how this book ended up on my TBR, particularly with none of the other books in the series read or an my TBR. But I suspect it somehow came to my attention after reading Candle in the Window and becoming interested in how blind protagonists are treated after reading The Arrangement.

It turns out that this is also somewhat a paranormal, and we have witches, I suspect from they way they are presented here they have been meddling along in the series and will continue to m
Nhi Nguyễn
OMG!!! What a beautiful, sometimes intense and most of the time heartbreaking historical romance novel! I'm not in the hunger for romance stories, but still this book touched my heart in a unique way that no other historical romance books I've read could.

The two main characters - Christopher and Gillian - all had doubts and lack of confidence about themselves and their own values - Gillian with her fear of not being beautiful and brave enough to be a perfect match for Christopher, and Christophe
Feb 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book is so derivative it hurts. The heroine is tstl in every way who misconstrues everything as bad, even if someone so much as sneezes near her.

Her abusive, cruel father is two dimensional and a typical 'evil' character used as a plot device to show how the heroine is vulnerable but it all just feels contrived of the (bad parts) medieval romance genre, especially the hero with the fierce reputation as a wicked man with a 'black soul' (eye roll) with nothing of substance to back up these c
M Robin
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
So, in this book, there are witches who magically bring our leads together. This is a good thing, because it's hard to envision any other situation in which the stupidity of our hero and heroine doesn't drive them apart. Our heroine and hero fall in love basically all at once. You'd think the story would end there, but we have anguished misunderstandings to keep things happening for another 300 pages. We also have a cast of what I'm sure are intended to be loveable side-characters whose slap-sti ...more
Not one of the cleaner Kurland books. This is the story of Gillian of Warewick and Christopher of Blackmore who is the foster son of Robin DePiaget. There was a lot of violence in this one too, but it is a great arranged marriage story.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is really a good read..Poor heroine was so much mistreated by her father..Thankfully, hero marries her..I loved how they grow to love eachother..How sweet he is with her, how he is determined to protect her..Also, how heroine finally wants to kill her father only for the hero..It was all really sweet....
Aug 25, 2019 added it
it was a mistake
I must have a heart of stone. ‘Twas the most stupid story I’ve read in a long while.
My last reread for the January Rereading Challenge. I didn't manage to read as many as I hoped but the one missing will be reread soon, it's Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice!

Gillian of Warewick knows no other treatment than the terrible physical and mental abuse issued by her father. When he arranges a match for Gillian with Christopher of Blackmour, she is fearful: Blackmour is rumored to be an evil sorcerer. When Gillian meets him, he proves to be far more of a man than her father is, yet h
R.C. Matthews
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a heart-breaking story this is! Christopher and Gillian are both damaged in their own ways - the hero having been blinded and the heroine a victim of abuse. I really loved the way the author developed the love and trust between these two characters. Being blind is difficult enough in modern times, but to be known as a fierce warrior in the medieval times and then lose your sight - that's a serious blow to one's ego and pride.

Gillian's transformation from meek and ugly girl to courageous an
Mar 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance readers who like timid/abused heroines and tragic heroes
Loved it. It had a lot of elements that I like in romance novels, especially historicals. Gillian has been abused by her evil father and is then sent to marry Christopher, a lord with an evil reputation. She's terrified of him, cries constantly, considers escaping and doesn't know where to go, etc. Christopher was an incredible warrior before he was blinded and he doesn't want to make himself vulnerable to his new bride. He avoids her for a while before deciding that maybe the marriage isn't tha ...more
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Gillian and Christopher are a shining example of real love, this story was equally sad and heart breaking as it was beautiful and heart warming... Christopher's ability to survive and thrive with his ailment was astounding, and really beautiful, because he doesn't succeed by himself, Colin and Jason are two fantastic characters hat I loved just as much as the main characters.... Lynn Kurland writes relationships, brothers, friends, lovers, etc, she really makes you feel the loyalty and respect.. ...more
Kathie (katmom)
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-ever
I've already read this TWICE...yes, it's that good.

This poor girl, beaten physically and mentally, just a lost little waif, terrified...and now married to someone who surely has HORNS!

And him...In the dark and afraid to care!

Gillian is so naive and innocent. The only care she's ever known was from her brother and then he was gone.

Christopher had been hurt, blinded and then left because "he was less than a man without his sight".

Their journey to really ~see~ each other was amazing.

They each find
Apr 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, this one did not work out for me. It was very slow. And even when I got to the "good" parts, they weren't that good. They were disappointing.

My biggest complaint with this one was that the heroine, Gillian, read like she was child. She was "childlike" frequently and called "child" often by adults around her and yet she was supposedly 21 and entering into a "romantic" (sexual) relationship. This did not sit well with me or the story line.

I also found the hero overly sappy. He was t
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