It’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchies! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.
Publisher: Pocket Books (July 1st, 2003)
Paperback: 438 pages
Series: Westmoreland Saga #1
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 arrogance. Boldly she challenges his will . . . until the night he takes her in his powerful embrace, awakening in her an irresistible hunger. And suddenly Jennifer finds herself ensnared in a bewildering web . . . a seductive, dangerous trap of pride, passion, loyalty, and overwhelming love
“It was a kingdom of dreams — a place where things would be just the way I wanted them to be.”
This historical romance is set in a time frame earlier than I’m use to reading but it’s probably a main reason for why I enjoyed it so much. It definitely gave me A Knight’s Tale vibe (or rather maybe it’s the other way around since the book was published before the movie came out). Jousting tournaments always bring the excitement.
The couple Royce and Jennifer are quite the pair that’s not quite Romeo and Juliet, because while they are sworn enemies, it was definitely nothing like love at first sight, heck it was deny, deny, deny to the (thankfully not bitter) end. Both fall in to the typical romance leading lord and lady but Judith McNaught really created such wonderful characters that just grew on me that by the end of the book I was well invested in their happiness. As for the side characters, they were also great. The likable ones were well liked, and the horrible ones were well hated.
There were things that annoyed me, especially the big misunderstanding, but I can easily overlook that because the rest of the book is marvelously entertaining.
“The groom always smiles proudly because he’s convinced he’s accomplished something quite wonderful. The bride smiles because she’s been able to convince him of it.”
Find Judith McNaught:
a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.