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Honor's Splendour I have to say, I have yet to read a Julie Garwood novel that I don t love, but there was something special about Honor s Splendour that makes it stand out in my mind and has made it one of my favorite reads.Garwood s books feature women who, though they might not know it at the time, are strong, honorable, compassionate and very wise Watching them come into their own is such an enjoyable experience.The same can be said for the men of her novels They are usually gruff, arrogant and very set in I have to say, I have yet to read a Julie Garwood novel that I don t love, but there was something special about Honor s Splendour that makes it stand out in my mind and has made it one of my favorite reads.Garwood s books feature women who, though they might not know it at the time, are strong, honorable, compassionate and very wise Watching them come into their own is such an enjoyable experience.The same can be said for the men of her novels They are usually gruff, arrogant and very set in their ways, but at all times honorable Now to Honor s Splendour.Seeking revenge, Baron Duncan of Wexton sets out to kidnap Madelyne, the sister of Baron Louddon, the man responsible for the brutal attack on Duncan s sister, Adela What happens though, he could never have anticipated Madelyne became the captor, holding Duncan s heart as no other woman ever has.Madelyne spent years being abused by her brother,Baron Louddon, and has finally had enough Packing her few belongings, she waits for the right moment to leave her brother s fortress, hoping to find safety in Scotland at the home of her cousin As she awaits the moment she can escape, she spots Baron Duncan, stripped of clothing and tied to a post in the courtyard, left to die in the freezing night Unaware of Duncan s purpose for being there to kidnap her, she risks all to set him free, to protect him from her brother What she didn t realize was that Duncan didn t need rescuing Allowing himself to be captured was part of the plan for he and his men to gain access to the fortress, and Madelyne, herself.Freeing Duncan from his bindings and gathering his clothes, Madelyne takes him into the visting priests quarters behind the chapel where one simple act of compassion will change her life and his, forever.Which leads me to my favorite quote from the book, found on page 28 and gave me one of those sigh moments that I love so much Lady Madelyne had sealed her own fate She d warmed his feet Julie Garwood has become one of my favorite authors and Honor s Splendour one of my favorite books 4 StarsOverall Opinion This was better than I thought it d be I m not sure why, but I just wasn t expecting all that much for some reason I enjoyed the dialogue banter, the characters, and their connection It was steamier than I was expecting for a HR too I think I need to read somefrom this author, because I do enjoy her writing style If anyone has a recommendation for anyof her works please send them my way Brief Summary of the Storyline This is Madelyne and Duncan s st 4 StarsOverall Opinion This was better than I thought it d be I m not sure why, but I just wasn t expecting all that much for some reason I enjoyed the dialogue banter, the characters, and their connection It was steamier than I was expecting for a HR too I think I need to read somefrom this author, because I do enjoy her writing style If anyone has a recommendation for anyof her works please send them my way Brief Summary of the Storyline This is Madelyne and Duncan s story They meet when Madelyne chances her brother s fury when she saves Duncan from being held captive Duncan was planning all along to kidnap Madelyne to get revenge for her brother s crimes against his sister When they spendtime together, Madelyne is not what Duncan was expecting and he can t help but fall in love with her Madelyne is damaged from her brother s abuse so it takes a while for her to understand her own value to others, but she quickly gains the loyalty of Duncan s people There are some suspenseful moments, some sexy times, and some funny and sweet scenesand they get a HEA ending.POV This alternated between focusing on Madelyne and Duncan in 3rd person narrative.Overall Pace of Story Good I never skimmed, and I thought it flowed well.Instalove No, they take a bit before they develop stronger feelings.H rating 4.5 stars Duncan I really liked him He was alpha but also didn t hesitate to show his affections and be sweet to the h when she needed it.h rating 4.5 stars Madelyne I really liked her too She was smart, sweet, and super protective Sadness level Low, no tissues neededPush Pull Yes view spoiler There are times when they both push away as well as pursue the relationship hide spoiler Heat level Good They have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes but not so much it takes away from the story Descriptive sex YesOW OM drama Yes, but mild view spoiler The H had a woman that he was interested in before the h The h is jealous when she finds out about her, and the OW is in one scene confronting the h hide spoiler Sex scene with OW or OM NoCheating NoSeparation No Once they re together they never separate they do separate physically but not in the relationship sense Possible Triggers Yes view spoiler Physical and emotional abuse h s brother to h , rape of side character off page , and violence death on page hide spoiler Closure This had pretty good closure with what I would call a HEA view spoiler they re married and she is pregnant hide spoiler I still would ve liked a farther glimpse into their future though with maybe their own family as well as the h connecting with the family that she newly discovered at the end.Safety This one should be Safe for most safety gang readers view spoiler Does Not have cheating Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW OM Does have the h and H both pushing away Does Not have a separation between the h and H Does have abuse Does have a HEA ending hide spoiler What will you get if you decide to read this book 1 Wonderful writing2 A beautiful story3 A fierce warrior for a hero4 A herione that has great character5 Total and utter enjoymentFor me, this was a pure 5 star book Yay, another great book by Julie Garwood The story opens with Baron Duncan of Wexton stripped of his clothing, tied to a post, and left to freeze to death by Baron Louddon s men But as soon as he s alone, Louddon s sister, Lady Madelyne, comes to his rescue and frees him Ducan can t believe his luck not that he s in any real danger and in need of her help because his capture was all part of a bigger plan , but fate is just giving him what he came for Duncan s sister, Adela, was raped Yay, another great book by Julie Garwood The story opens with Baron Duncan of Wexton stripped of his clothing, tied to a post, and left to freeze to death by Baron Louddon s men But as soon as he s alone, Louddon s sister, Lady Madelyne, comes to his rescue and frees him Ducan can t believe his luck not that he s in any real danger and in need of her help because his capture was all part of a bigger plan , but fate is just giving him what he came for Duncan s sister, Adela, was raped by Louddon about a month ago, so he decided to kidnap Madelyn and force a confrontation with her brother, seeking revenge for what he s done Having Madelyne unselfishly help him is beyond anything Duncan expected, and he falls hard and fast for her Obviously, it takes some time until he realizes that.As soon as Duncan is freed, he and his men attack Louddon s men and destroy his fortress When the battle is over, Duncan is disappointed to find that Louddon is absent, since the coward Baron escaped to London soon after Duncan was captured , thinking of establishing an alibi for Duncan s death Knowing that Louddon will go after them, Duncan takes Madelyne as his captive to his home And so it begins a most romantic storyThis book hooked me from the start, with one of the most beautiful opening scenes I ve ever read Oh, I ve heard about the whole feet warming and such beforehand, as it s often mentioned as a memorable scene by many readers, but it didn t lessen the impact of it It was exciting to actually read the whole scene and not only a snippet of it, and I was smiling and sighing like a ninny the whole time Like Duncan, I fell in love with Madelyn there and then.As I m beginning to expect from Garwood s heroines, Madelyne was a bit ditzy and clumsy, but her kindness and courage won me over Her inability to tell a lie was charming, sometimes funny and, in the end, saved the day See, it pays to always tell the truth, especially if you tell it in a way that gets people a little confused Duncan was also what I ve come to expect from a Garwood s hero an arrogant but honorable warrior, protective, patient and completely devoted to Madelyne He did force her to marry him, but it was for her protection among other reasons, like his yet unprofessed love for her and his desire do bed her and he never meant to hurt or harm her in any way.Honor s Splendour was all about Duncan and Madelyne realizing they were made for each other and, as a bonus, making Louddon pay for his sins I loved the way Ducan explained to himself why he felt compelled to sneak into Madelyne s bedroom to sleep with her when she was still his captive , I smiled with his listing the reasons for marrying her, I sighed every time he sighed just for show, of course with one of her antics, I laughed with her attempts at learning self defense To sum things up, I adored Duncan and Madelyne.The only thing that bothered me a bit in this book was, I felt it dragged a little after Duncan and Madelyne said ILY to each other Things got too calm and quiet after that, and I couldn t wait to see how Duncan was going to finish Louddon for good I trusted Duncan but I didn t trust King William, and his special friendship with Louddon could be a problem In the end, everything worked out, and Duncan and Madelyne got their true HEA after all, this is Romancelandia This was only my fourth book by Garwood and, based on what I ve read so far, I can t wait to readof her Working my way through her backlist will keep me entertained for a long time, and I couldn t be happier Note This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog Romantic Rose s Bookshelf Chest beating primates, mysterious wolves, and swooning, bi polar, PMSing tiger kitten mixes, oh my I should warn you the following is a REALLY long rant review with only one positive paragraph at the end Feel free at any time to skip to the bottom line portion of the review, to get the gist of it This book was my first Julie Garwood ever, and I am happy to say it wil Note This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog Romantic Rose s Bookshelf Chest beating primates, mysterious wolves, and swooning, bi polar, PMSing tiger kitten mixes, oh my I should warn you the following is a REALLY long rant review with only one positive paragraph at the end Feel free at any time to skip to the bottom line portion of the review, to get the gist of it This book was my first Julie Garwood ever, and I am happy to say it will be my last Never again will I disgrace my mind with such folly The book started out, well, interesting I actually enjoyed the first two or three chapters Our heroine, Madelyne, starts us off by freeing her brother s captive, Duncan Wexton, and saving him from death by freezing She warms his feet for him, and it is apparently that act of kindness not the risking her life by freeing him of course that prompts him to declare her his His men rush over the wall, kill all of her brother, Louddon s, men and whisk her away as a captive Keep in mind that our ever compassionate soon to be paragone of a heroine saves a servant from death during the battle by standing in front of him and proclaiming that she will die before the servants No one kills her, or moves her out of the way, and the servants go free, owing their lives to the wonderful Madelyne.Duncan burns Louddon s home to the ground, and begins the journey with his men and Madelyne, and this is where the trouble starts as we begin to discover how absolutely PERFECT he is He s the bestest He s the greatest warrior, and since he trained his men they re invincible as in, not a single man of his dies in the attack on Louddon s fortress, despite taking on an entire army just like him Madelyne mentions at some point she believes him the most handsome man in England He s so kind, too, and sweet and protective and fierce and strong and handsome and masculine and he s just so great cause he s always thinking of her and he s sensitive but manly and aloof and he s really hot cause he doesn t die or act cold even when he s freezing to death and he s able to control his body s natural reaction to shiver because he s just so amazing and wonderful and fantastical you get the picture He s perfection, and it s really annoying By the middle of the book, I was ready to throttle him though nothan I was ready to throttle Madelyne.Madelyne had the issue that she was never the same character twice She was totally unpredictable, in as much that she had no solid base There was no common thread to her character She was all over the place Here are some examples first Garwood shows us how weak Madelyne is by having her struggle against Duncan, even punch him in the face, and not hurt him or make any headway Later, she walks through a battlefield, injured, and swings a mace hard enough to kill a man She also hip checks Edmond the giant, causing him to stumble, and when she punches HIM in the face it gives him quite the colorful bruise Inconsistent I think so Another example Garwood gives us several examples of Madelyne s innocence in regard to men In fact, it s kind of humorous how little she knows and the fun conversations that ensue that I loved Yet the first time they kiss, SHE kisses HIM And Garwood tells us how wild and passionate and uninhibited she is This makes no sense When its Duncan and Madelyne s first time, she s all shy again about her nudity and everything They ll make wild, uninhibited, tigress love which, by the way, is a terrible mental image because it literally makes me think of a tiger in bed with Duncan and then she ll go back to being horribly shy And then, once again, just to confuse us, she ll suddenly decide not to be shy any More examples She faints erratically She glares then is meek, is emotionally aloof then warm and pliant, is defiant then tame Her behavior is nonsensical It seems Garwood is trying to make Madelyne confusing we see that in how the men say they can t figure out or understand Madelyne But while its okay for the other characters not to understand Madelyne, the reader should always be able to understand her and her motives, and that we could not do Lastly, Madelyne becomes a paragon in the book a little clumsy, but she never lies and is virtuous and beautiful and humble and loved by animals and children alike Ugh Give me a break.I will also make a case of Madelyne s stupidity She s far too trusting on certain occasions like with Edmond, Duncan s oaf of a brother When she first meets him, despite his roaring, yelling, shouting etc, she looks up at him with eyes so trusting it made him pause Yeah Gag me She also trusts Duncan though he turned and took her as his captive in order to get vengeance on her brother And what of this captive business Madelyne, despite how we are told she s such a defiant, free spirit, never makes an actual escape attempt Its like she has courage to yell about the awful eating habits of the men but not over her captivity When one doesn t try to escape captivity, it makes us feel like you want to be there, hon Also, I despise Madelyne s treatment of Adela Duncan s sister Adela has been raped, and is a filthy, mean mess because of it Now, it is in my experience that rape victim s usually take care to be extra extra clean because they feel dirty and they do not become loud and belligerent but quiet and withdrawn But, of course, rather than mold her to reality, Garwood molds her to suit her purposes Madelyne s treatment of Adela, to me, is horrible She adopts a tough love, philosophy, which is fine But forcing her to take a bath and forcing her head underwater and calling her filthy, even if only in the literal sense It shows a lack of compassion for what the other woman went through A total lack of empathy or sympathy and it made me angry at Garwood for putting Adela through that.Now, enough about my hatred for Madelyne s consistently annoying, unbelievable character What is with the men In totally inappropriate situations, Gilard, Edmond, and Gerald shout in anger, when there has been little to no provocation In fact, it s not just the loud anger that is overblown in this book Characters will laugh at lines that aren t funny, or cry at things that don t warrant an emotional outburst It gives me the feeling Garwood was trying to make her characters seemmerry than they were or make the events seemdevastating or emotional then they were It was all very false feeling.Some other key problems Madelyne is forced to marry Duncan by Duncan That s just not the stuff romance books are made of They also make love in a freezing cold lake as if there s no chill at all Be real, night time river fun is only endearing for the reader if you haven t made such a huge point about how cold the river is before hand Otherwise, as I m reading all the romantic lines I m thinking about the two of them shivering against one another Finally, there s too much sub drama, or mini plots Madelyne with Duncan got lost amidst Madelyne with Gilard, Adela, Silenus, Edmond, Loddoun, the non priest, and Madelyne with the wolf plus the conflicts between the King and his brother, Adela and Gerald, Gerald and Morcar, and the whole Madelyne finding out she s a bastard child thing There were too many other dramas going on for the author to focus on the main conflict and truly build it up or to build up any of the smaller conflicts Thus, the main conflict felt a bit like a mini conflict to me The entire book was dull and lack luster because it was just a mini revelation followed by another mini revelation with no suspense to make us care about the revelations at all Many of those characters could, and should, have been eliminated They served little purpose and were actually quite ridiculous the wolf, for instance That was just stupid and silly.This book was saved in my eyes by the suspenseful beginning Chapters 1 and 2 and the end There are, admittedly, some great lines between Madelyne and Lady Eleanor and Madelyne is much less annoying by the end The ending was satisfactory, most ends are tied though I can t help wondering if there was ever going to be books written about Edmond or Gilard, because their stories are left unsatisfied The author does write beautifully, I will say that in her defense Her sentences were fluid and eloquent, and I think my favorite parts were when she was talking about nature because the characters weren t making a mess of things with their terrible, inconsistent, inhuman personalities So the language was good The book was competently written, but that won t encourage me to pick up another Garwood anytime soon But, by all means, if you feel there s a Garwood I should try, comment or send me an email at romanticrosemay yahoo.com and I ll try again Sexy ness rating Hot TraditionalOverall Rating DBottom Line If you like well if you like Julie Garwood you ll like this book If you like chest beating hunks and wilting, fainting women this is probably a book for you If you like characters with unique personalities, this book is NOT for you Also, there s little humor throughout this book, only some at the beginning so if you like comedy this is a no no 5 STARS I honestly cannot remember the last time I enjoyed a book so so much I will admit I was a person who at the mention on Historical Romances would run the other way Yet I told Blacky I would try one as I know she loves them I was so wrong to judge them This one is so wonderful that I think it will stay with me for the rest of my life sigh Things I loved Duncan known as the wolf you have my heart my love sigh you are amazing and I loved your stern at 5 STARS I honestly cannot remember the last time I enjoyed a book so so much I will admit I was a person who at the mention on Historical Romances would run the other way Yet I told Blacky I would try one as I know she loves them I was so wrong to judge them This one is so wonderful that I think it will stay with me for the rest of my life sigh Things I loved Duncan known as the wolf you have my heart my love sigh you are amazing and I loved your stern attitude to begin with and yet your love for Madelyne I will wait for my Duncan to come on his horse to rescue me one day Madelyne she was an amazingly strong character who was wise and brought great humor to the story with her willingness to speak her mind Even to Duncan who commanded respect and submission the plot I cannot fault it It was never boring or out of context It had just the right amount of passion and reverence for a book of this genre Would I recommend it to others YES I MOST CERTAINLY WOULD Even to none Historical Romance readers or people wanting to begin with this genre like myself I will certainly be readingbooks by this author as she is amazing Blacky I could kiss you for recommending this to me You are the queen of Historical Romance rec s now so be warned I will be coming to you again Love you woman Mwah mwah OMG OMG OMG I m having a fangirlin moment right now Maybe later, I ll writeabout the book but now OMG wohooo my mind is spinning hahaha listen to me girls, you have to meet Duncan Mark my words You MUST meet him Oh God help me, I think I lost my mind See you later. This classic medieval romance from New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood is a fan favorite a beautiful lady needs rescue from a knight in shining armor, and gets an alpha warrior insteadIn the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton the Wolf unleashed his warriors against Louddon Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he caturedbut when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life In his rough hewn castle, Duncan proved true to his honor But when at last their noble passion conquered them both, she surrendered with all her soul Now, for love, Madelyne would stand fastas bravely as her Lord, the powerful Wolf who fought for Honor s Splendour Written September 4, 2014 4 1 2 Stars So very delightful and tenderly heartwarming, just swoonish sweet This was a LOVELY romance to listening too It was my second by Julie Garwood I loved The Bride 4.5 stars Two great HR to highly recommend.It may be 30 years old butHonors s Splendour is still amazing sweet Ms Garwood does this with an incredible skill A lovely adorable heroine and a tough rugged hero, at least they had me with full attention, twinkling eyes and a goofy smile Written September 4, 2014 4 1 2 Stars So very delightful and tenderly heartwarming, just swoonish sweet This was a LOVELY romance to listening too It was my second by Julie Garwood I loved The Bride 4.5 stars Two great HR to highly recommend.It may be 30 years old butHonors s Splendour is still amazing sweet Ms Garwood does this with an incredible skill A lovely adorable heroine and a tough rugged hero, at least they had me with full attention, twinkling eyes and a goofy smile all these hours Heaven, this is pleasure in good classical romance style England 1099This oldish story is perhaps not especially innovative You get the expected A gentle heroine, Lady Madelyne who is suffering the cruel whims of her ruthless half brother, Baron Louddon A bitter angry warrior leader, Baron Duncan of Wexton the Wolf Lady Madelyne had sealed her own fate She d warmed his feet A family conflict and the heroine Madelyne is the prize the warrior hero capture A proud beauty, with a good heart he soon pledge to protect with his honor and life A rough hewn big old castle in need of a lady and good housewife s tender hand A younger angry sister in need, two suspicious goodlooking brothers, curiously servants and sloppy maids, a beloved horse, cute little kids, new routines, behold adoring soldiers, a traitor, an irritated mighty king etc, etc.Yes, you might have heard and read that story earlier you too So true, but this is nevertheless fascinating and addictive reading listening It is both heart and pain, funny dialogue, everyday events in the castle, witty, charming, seductive and cute tender Just as a historical romance should be in my opinion The heroes are divine and the bad guys are inhuman gutless wimps The best, strongest, most clever knight win and get the most dear and beautiful heroine She wished she could understand her reaction to him Why, her heart was pacing a wild beat again.Madelyne dared a quick look up and found Duncan was watching her intently He looked so handsome She wanted him to be ugly I m sorry to say but this narrator, Anna Flosnik wasn t great in all ways She did it mostly well but her voice for the hero Duncan was actually quite odd It sounded like he was sick and almost as a h rny slimy type, with a very hoarse voice like a heavy smoker Not a young hard, but gorgeous, warrior and noble man year 1099 He could have been done so much better with a normal voice Female narrator or not But I liked him anyway Dunkan is an amazing yummy hero character.I just tried to feel the words and the great text from Ms Garwood s novel And I did mostly The narrators voice for our dear heroine Madelyne was undoubtedly perfect for a young witty..even sassy lady then a thousand years ago I am ever a gentle maiden, she shouted Damn if I m not Ms Flosnik s way of reading somesteamy love acts were also a bit goofy exaggerated hoarse and cheesy sometimes But maybe it is when reading by yourself as well It is after all a thirty years old blockbuster romance for the great mass of readers We were perhaps a littleprude and shy then back in the 80s But all in all I enjoyed it a lot I just love to have a good romance in the audiobook form in my ears Honor s Splendour IS a lovely grand medieval romance Madelyne, we re married now Tis a usual occurrence to bed one s wife on the wedding night It is great to get a genuine fairy romance with a larger than life hero, a sweet adorable heroine and and grand epic HR feeling Of course, there is humor also Chuckle worthy, tantalizing hot and so heartbreaking sweet My conclusion Ms Julie Garwood delivers the expected, but so much better.I LIKE..of course who doesn t This novel to read not the audiobook was recommended by thememory master , dear Kathleen 5 stars A year ago Thanks my friend, your book recommendations are always perfect for me when I at last pick them up For though Duncan was a mere mortal, flawed as well, he d accomplished a daring feat Aye, he d captured an angel And she belonged to him After finishing Honor s Splendor it troubled me that i had read historicals novels from many other famous authors ever since i was 12 year old,and still had missed out on reading anything by Julie Garwood I mean,she is a very loved author and i have realized it over the years when i checked out many positive reviews to her beloved books.Garwood is indeed For though Duncan was a mere mortal, flawed as well, he d accomplished a daring feat Aye, he d captured an angel And she belonged to him After finishing Honor s Splendor it troubled me that i had read historicals novels from many other famous authors ever since i was 12 year old,and still had missed out on reading anything by Julie Garwood I mean,she is a very loved author and i have realized it over the years when i checked out many positive reviews to her beloved books.Garwood is indeed a class of her own,in the way she portrays her characters and their character developement and the way she mix adventure,romance and family drama together.This book being a medieval historical romance about a lady being captured by a fierce warrior,it was he who becomes the captive instead.As Duncan of Wexton was thinking when he looked at her Lady Madelyne had sealed her own fate She d warmed his feet You guys have no idea how i swooned at the sweetness between Duncan and Madelyne So many tender emotions,as i love how they fall in love with each other and eventually marry Madelyne is a innocent but stubborn heroine who blooms in front of Duncan s love.I adored his brothers,and i liked Madelyne s friendship with them.She hooked everyone around her little finger,and i am certainly sure that they have a entertaining,loving and passionate happy ever after ahead of them


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