Abducted From Her Convent School, Headstrong Scottish Beauty Jennifer Merrick Does Not Easily Surrender To Royce Westland, Duke Of Clay 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 5 DREAMY STARS Loved this one This is the second book I have read by this author and it will not be the last.Royce Westland.aptly named THE WOLFScottish and English wars and hatred have abounded for years.THOR, his trusted stallionCan 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 plan my own kingdom Which kingdom did you mean to seize It wasn t a real kingdom with land and castles, it was a kingdom of dreams a place where things would be just the way I wanted them to be The amusement fled from Royce s face and with a groan he pulled her roughly against his chest, crushing her to him Jenny, he whispered hoarsely, burying his face in her fragrant hair Jenny, I love you She melted against him, molding her body to the rigid contours of his, offering her lips up for his fierce, devouring kiss, then she took his face between both her hands Leaning back slightly against his arm, her melting blue eyes gazing deeply into his, his wife replied in a shaky voice, I think, my lord, I love you You are mad she snapped, her chest heaving And you are a devil And you, my dear, are a bitchBehold your new mistress, my wife And know that whenshe bids you,I have bidden you what service you render her, you are rendering me what loyalty you give or withhold from her, you give or withhold from meJenny, he groaned Jenny, he whispered hoarsely Jenny, he murmured hotly He could not stop saying her name I hate you She said with deadly calm A perfect basis for the perfect marriage In all his years of aimless sexual encounters and torrid dalliances, nothing had ever approached the shattering ecstacy he d just experienced The things they say about you, the things they say you ve done they aren t true I don t believe it Blind to the beauty of the place he d been yearning to see for eight long years, Royce wondered grimly how it was possible that he could intimidate knights, nobles, squires and battle hardened soldiers into doing his bidding with a single glance, and yet he could not seem to force on young, stubborn, defiant Scottish girl to behave What were you thinking about justnow while you were looking out the window To his surprise, the question flustered her I wasn t thinking Then what were you doing he asked, his curiosity aroused.A rueful smile touched her inviting lips, and she shot him a sideways look before turning back to thewindow I was talking to God, she admitted Tis a habit I have Startled and slightly amused, Royce said, Really What did God have to say I think, she softly replied, He said, You re welcome For what Royce teased.Lifting her eyes to his, Jenny solemnly replied, For you. 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. 5 STARS ABSOLUTELY SENSATIONAL image error 2.5 I m really getting tired of this stars This really should have been titled Taming of the Shrew Part II Or A Kingdom of Hell Misery No Too harsh How about this 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 serious book funk that seems to have no end Nothing is working for me I pulled this out of my emergency pile in hopes it would pull me out of it but no such luck sigh Go figure.This started out promising The hero Royce Westland was everything fierce, aggressive, alpha and intimidating that I enjoy I was not a fan of the slapping incident but he slowly redeemed himself The whole falling in love with my captured enemy was right down my alley of fun But the heroine Jennifer Merrick and staggered plot made the whole experience quite torturous Oh Moses this girl holds a grudge like a dog with a bone Jesus I kept having to remind myself that Jenny is only a 17 year old sheltered girl but still, with that age and her attitudeshe took a lot of arrogant liberties and quick to believe misassumptions that made me wish someone would slap some sense and humility into her And by the way, what woman in 1400s Scotland would have a modern English name like Jennifer I mean Jennifer Come on I googled it and it dates back only to the 20th Century So uhWTH This was a huge gaffe and made me wish the author picked another accurate name appropriate to the time period Or one that isn t so ridiculously out of place It stuck out like a sore thumb Moving onThis was literally a Tudor version of Paradise, just switch out the names, setting and era I ve noticed that Judith McNaught likes to stick to a certain formula and plug it into every story no matter the genre That s fine since she exceeds at writing tortured conflicted multi layered characters I can overlook it but I d like a little variety is all I m saying Do both leads HAVE to be strong willed and obsessively obstinate The endless misunderstandings, arguing, vicious hate just piled on top of each other like an angry agitated ant hill Here emotions and feelings swing like a pendulum and are so mercurial that you never know what you are going to get in the next 5 pages You literally are holding your breath waiting for the next explosion and the small baby steps the couple have taken just disintegrate and we are back at square one Where s the actual relationship development The character growth If you are constantly hurdling obstacles at the couple every few pages there is little room for actual growth and development For me at least that s what it felt like here Jenny s surprise revelation that she loves Royce came out of nowhere considering she tried everything to get away from him but the minute she finds out he did in fact want to marry her gasp She loves him HuhThe momentum and pacing is complete crap IMO The couple do get a few moments of levity but it was all surface because both the reader and characters are fully aware that it will all fall apart very soon The number of times and dramatic shifts from hate to love to hate again is just crazy I just wished Judith would have let this couple be for a little while Same grievances I had with Paradise I ran into in here, the amount of anxiety, anger, and frustration I experienced while reading this just colored my opinion of the whole story and unfortunately the characters too When the couple finally reached their HEA I felt totally indifferent and not really caring I mean it was nice and sure Jenny s gesture was sweet but it didn t wow me, I just felt numb Like 100 pages too late honeyI kept questioning was the payoff worth it Jury s still out I m not sure if the heroine s groveling and humbling herself in the VERY last chapter was worth the ridiculous amount of strife and misery the hero, the couple and the readers are put through It wasn t worth it for me I mean it wasn t enough for Royce and Jenny to endlessly run into problems and constant misunderstandings and manipulations by outside forces, but the needless death of Jenny s stepbrother William in the last 100 pages used as another source of contention between the two was just too much Was this really necessary The knife incident just threw me over the edge and I checked out mentally after that Jenny crucifying Royce and refusing to believe his innocence was the final straw that broke the camel s back for me This made my blood boil and stressed me the HELL out I mean she pulled a damn knife on him And this is just mere days after discovering she loves her husband and claiming to trust him Yet she draws a knife on him in vengeance Really That s not love Not my definition of it at least I can t and won t overlook that This had too many shades of an unhealthy, unstable, volatile relationship that won t last long What got under my skin was that Jennifer didn t even hesitate or bother to ask Royce what happened Instead she s quick to pounce on the man she supposedly loves and attacks him with a knife with zero hesitation Bitch GOODBYE I don t care if it was a family member she was grieving over you don t attack or try to kill a person you love without demanding an explanation first It s disgusting, needless and not my cup of tea And if that wasn t enough brutal misery, her choosing to publicly humiliate her husband and turn her back on her new countrymen to sit with her manipulative scheming family and clansmen made me seethe The amount of prideful arrogance this girl has is enough to choke a horse It wasn t enough to publicly scorn Royce as a murderer but you have to cut him at the knees too in front of 2 countries because you think it s your duty The amount of times this girl continuously martyrs herself for her heartless vile selfish father and hateful clansmen was unbearable I get why she was always looking for her father s love and approval but her blindness to his shortcomings and refusing to believe her people were capable of any wrong doing was so naive it just veered into TSTL in some instances Especially when Royce gingerly brought up the truth about her father s underhanded scheme to secretly take her away to an Abbey after the marriage without asking Jenny She doesn t think he s capable of it, oh no her father would NEVER take her choices away from her The same man who carted her butt off to an Abbey for 2 years straight to cure her hellion ways and didn t bother to visit her isn t capable of this Really RME Okie dokie I tried to sympathize with her but there was little room for me to even do that because of her prideful attitude stubborn idiotic ways And the stunt her father and Malcolm pull at the tournament just made me wish they would all get trampled This was the first book where I loathed the Scottish characters and was rooting for the English, pillaging and snobbery and all Usually the roles of hero and villain are reverse when it comes to this historic rivalry I appreciated that JM went a different route There are villains on both sides and a lot of animonsity which I found accurate I just was hoping to get something a little along the lines of The Raider or Perfect same idea of captor falls in love with his captive and sworn enemies thing But the balances in there were way better I guess I am a little softhearted when it comes to angsty stories after all, and I love angst But not this kind I just can t stand a book packed with vicious attacks, name calling and scathing retorts That can only go so far The thing about McNaught I m coming to realize is that she likes to test emotional boundaries and put readers in an uneasy mindset with the constant ups and downs all the way to the very end I can appreciate that..up to a certain point I had a handful of her HR on my TR list but nowif it s the same dynamic same outcome in every book I m not sure it s for me I need satisfaction, conviction and payoff in my readings And ones that don t make me feel like absolute shit while reading it And most importantly characters I don t want to physically strangle Life is stressful enough yo My dear Goodreads friend who are avid JM fans help me out Is this pretty much what we get as far as characterizations in all her books Please do share A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught 3 MoreGalavant ThanThe 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, amusing, and fantastical In television terms, The Silver Devil, is The Tudors whereas, A Kingdom of Dreams, is Galavant Though, both shows are, indeed, set in Medieval times, only one of them has knights that act like this But, hey What do I know I ve never met a Medieval knight If they truly do dance like lunatics whilst pillaging and plundering, then I apologize My bad MOVING ON In the midst of war torn Scotland, Jennifer Merrik the 17 year old Countess of Rockburn is kidnapped and forced to marry her mortal enemy Royce Westland, The Duke of Clay, a.k.a The Wolf Upon joining together in unholy matrimony, Royce and Jenny view their alliance as battle than bliss Thus, the two headstrong individuals commence upon a long, hard journey toward happily ever after Between you, me, and the jousting post, I could have done without the 10,000 times Royce admired Jenny s indomitable spirit and unbelievable courage referred to her as a fiery temptress and a charming wood nymph and gushed over her lyrical laughter and jaunty grin Had Royce suddenly waxed poetic about Jenny s ability to converse with blue jays and befriend baby skunks, I wouldn t have been surprised As for Royce being The Wolf , well, that s a misnomer When he wasn t dwelling on the wet velvet of Jenny s eyes, or mentally referring to her as a golden haired temptress he was getting his metaphorical panties in wad because she had the gall to escape him Seriously The guy kidnaps an innocent girl, holds her captive, deflowers her, and plans to dump her for a biddable, blonde wife and she s supposed to thank him for soiling her reputation and rendering her unmarriageable With squishy thinking like that, he should be called, The Marshmallow Girlish musings and childish snits aside, The Marshmallow still manages to be pretty swoon worthy His lovemaking is worshipful, his groveling darn right legendary, and his wooing well, judge for yourselfYou have the bluest eyes on earth, he added with a low, appreciative chuckle When you re angry, they re the color of wet blue velvet Jenny rolled her eyes in disgust Wet velvet she repeated wryly, wrinkling her nose Wet velvet His white teeth flashed in a devastating grin No What should I have said His smile was irresistible, and Jenny fell in with his teasing mood, Well, you might have said they re the color of she glanced at the large sapphire in the center of the crucifix of sapphires, she provided That has a nice ring to it Ah, but sapphires are cold, and your eyes are warm and expressive Am I doing better he chuckled when she voiced no further argument to wet velvet Much, she agreed readily Royce Jenny Like Galavant, A Kingdom of Dreams, is Medieval light a place where indomitably spirited, unbelievably courageous maidens, get kidnapped by swoony but marshmallowy knights in shining armor and they ride off into the sunset, and live happily ever after, in their Disneyesque castles with their army of loyal protectors, 2.5 male heirs, 3 mythically named horses, a sky full of talking blue jays, and a BFF baby skunk.If that s the type of Medieval romance you enjoy, then Judith McNaught s, A Kingdom of Dreams, is the book for you TO READ MY REVIEW OF BOOK 2, click link below Whitney, My Love Westland 2 Click Me Baby Galavant, ABC 2015 Present Television The Tudors. Showtime 2007 2010 Television Denys, Teresa The Silver Devil Ballantine Books 1984 Print. 5 MILLION BAZILLION TRILLION STARSYou 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 wedI 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 enjoy the experience of this magical world, and yet I ended up binging late into the night, completely unable to set this book down for even a second.McNaught has given me some of my top favorite historical romances, but nothing, and I mean NOTHING compares to the experience that was this book It was EVERYTHING It was like someone took all of my favorite things and put them into one book full of emotion, swoony romance, and created one of the most unforgettable stories I have ever read EVER.It s no secret that I love a good enemies to lovers trope, but every other book I ve read in this trope pales in comparison to this book and Jennifer and Royce McNaught is a queen of creating these incredibly tortured and brooding heroes and throwing them into the path of even stronger heroines Jennifer and Royce are easily my favorite characters I ve read in my entire reading history I m not even kidding Why is it when you yield, I feel like the one who has been conqueredWhat happens when a strong beauty gets captured by her clan s sworn enemy, a man known as The Wolf One of the most swoony romances I ve ever read The only thing I loved than seeing their wills clash was seeing their walls crumble I loved watching Royce fall for Jennifer, no matter how much he fights it And boy did he fight it Jennifer is not the striking beauty that her younger sister is But there s something about her that calls to him Her strong will, her strength, her bravery All of it make up one incredibly striking woman that he finds himself falling for rather unwillingly There s plenty of reviews that will give you detail about this book and I don t want to rehash than need be to take away from the experience of this story to those that haven t read it yet What I will tell you is that I went through so many emotions reading it I laughed, I cried, and I fell head over heels for the brooding and imperfect Royce And if there s anything I love than Judith s tortured heroes, it s watching them fall and fall hard I love the perfect layer of angst that spans the entirety of the book I simply loved everything about this book One of my top favorite romances I ve ever read Bar none.Find me on 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 mean who would like their kidnapper And, I get that she ran away from him Who wouldn t run away But, let s be real for a minute She was going to marry an old leach because her father wanted the alliance A man that she said made her skin crawl And, she was totally attracted to Royce, flirted with him, and then she slept with him And Royce was like the sweetest thing ever to her He was nicknamed The Wolf , but as far as I could see, this guy was like a wolf puppy who was eating out the palm of her hand He treated her like his first crush, not a prisoner I think she was actually better off with him than the old creeper she was going to be forced into marrying by her father Considering how women were treated back then, it was like she won the lottery or something.So, she ends up having to marry Royce not a spoiler, happens first page of the book and she acts like it s a death sentence Oh no, I have to marry the guy that is rich, adores me, has treated me like a princess, and is great in the sack What tortureAnd then, when stuff happens , she won t give him the benefit of the doubt at all She automatically hates his guts and tells him so at every opportunity She even goes out of her way to publicly humiliate him By the end of the book, I really couldn t stand her. 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 attention to the last I was rendered speechless by the Merrick family clan dynamic and while yes, I know it is just a story, thier motives and reasonings were written so well that there was no doubt in my mind all of those underhanded, deceitful things could really have taken place.Royce is an amazing man He s deadly on the battlefield, a warrior willing and able to do whatever he has to do to win, accepting nothing less than victory, no excuses for failure, but off the battlefield he is compassionate, fair and honorable He admits his faults and is willing to do what he must to be a better man In my eyes, he is the perfect hero.Jenny annoyed the hell out of me from the very beginning with her lack of loyalty to Royce, and her terribly misplaced devotion and trust in her clan and family I couldn t imagine that there was any way she could change my poor opinion of her, but there at the end she did just that in such a way that allowed me to look past all her faults, all of her poor choices and I wept as I came to forgive her.What an emotional rollercoaster ride we take with Jenny and Royce who, though they don t know it at the time, are perfectly matched What one lacks in strength, the other makes up for What one can t grasp, the other understands with crystal clarity While Royce and Jenny believe their lives full and complete, they discover that apart they can exist, but only together do they truly live.In all honesty, there are no words to describe how much I love Kingdom of Dreams It s been several days since I finished it and I m still recalling events and conversations, still laughing out loud and still struggling to hold back the tears.My only regret is that we didn t learn about Arik, that quiet, giant of a man I am certain that his untold story is one of sadness, loss and the need of his own Happily Ever After Are you listening Ms McNaught It s not too late 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 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 ferocious reputation but I loved getting to know the real Roycealmost as much as Jennifer did Jennifer is definitely a modern woman She doesn t take to being pushed in a corner and she freely speaks her mind It s a good thing Royce likes thisin fact, he s really drawn to it It was wonderful reading about Royce and Jennifer falling for each other and all the conflicting emotions going on definitely made things interesting My heart did go out to Jennifer as I felt she had the hardest time deciding between Royce and her family It was even better reading their steamy scenes even if sometimes things were a bit too perfect It always made me laugh how all Royce had to do was start kissing her and she melted especially considering some of the harsh things he said to her I got a big kick out of all the escapes in the beginning and all the little pranks Jennifer did The part about Thor was a killer There are some great characters in the story Jennifer s Aunt Elinor was hilarious and I loved how she was with Arik Brenna and Stefan were great to read about, as well as several of Royce s knights The one thing that sort of bothered me was what happened with William It seemed a bit anti climatic as to the how things happened I did love the part where she ran out to the fieldthank goodness for Stefan but it killed me that it took her so long And the ending Sooo perfecther dream kingdom By the way, a little disappointed that there s not a Stefan and Brenna book Favorite quotes It was a mistake, he said flatly, for both of us It won t happen again Some women need no jewels to make them sparkle You are one of them Jennifer s mouth dropped open in shock and she gaped at him Was that a compliment Forty is this many Tis fortunate I ve never met such a stubborn adversary as you on the battlefield, for I fear I d have gone down to defeat I was talking to God, she admitted Tis a habit I have Startled and slightly amused, Royce said, Really What did God have to say I think, she softly replied, He said, You re welcome For what Royce teased.Lifting her eyes to his, Jenny solemnly replied, For you.
McNaught is a 1 New York Times Best Selling Author, with than forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries and than thirty languages She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical romance subgenre.
- Mass Market Paperback
- 438 pages
- A Kingdom of Dreams
- Judith McNaught
- 21 October 2018 Judith McNaught