[KINDLE] ✽ The Wolf and the Dove Author Kathleen E. Woodiwiss – Moi-sosedi.info

The Wolf and the Dove One of the best bodice rippers I ever read as a young impressionable woman I think there is a point in most women s lives where they have read trashy romance novels For me, it was my junior and senior years in high school and my freshmen year of college I had a friend in high school who actually had to hide such books in her underwear drawer Her mother would ve flipped out We pretty much read them because of the trashy romance novel sex scenes Except for the Guardian Angel He read Harlequin Romances I m not sure why.And then.And then I read one too many where th I think there is a point in most women s lives where they have read trashy romance novels For me, it was my junior and senior years in high school and my freshmen year of college I had a friend in high school who actually had to hide such books in her underwear drawer Her mother would ve flipped out We pretty much read them because of the trashy romance novel sex scenes Except for the Guardian Angel He read Harlequin Romances I m not sure why.And then.And then I read one too many where the heroine was raped by the romantic lead Admittedly these were books published in the late 70s and early 80s used bookstores sold them cheap There was one called The Pirate s Doxy or something like that Poor Miss Virgin gets mistaken for a prostitute when she is really a seamstress, gets taken aboard a ship because the captain needs a hooker to get over his ex He rapes Miss Virgin, believing that she was playacting He s really sorry, and they fall in love SAY WHAT It s amazing how that can just turn your stomach You can no doubt see why I stopped reading trashy romance novels The fact that I minored in history also undoubtedly had something to do with it Who wants to read a trashy romance about Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon or Anne Boleyn when you know how the relationship ends Except, I didn t really stop reading them I just call it urban fantasy, and the heroine can turn into werewolf or a demon or whatever , so it has fantastic elements, though sometimes less sex scenes The women tend to kick butt, however I also re read Outlander this summer.There has to be something about romance books that speak to women and at least one male Maybe it is the sex scenes, especially with the younger readers Maybe it is the prefect guy, the romantic lead, though I doubt this last considering how many rapes seem to occur I understand the whole rape fantasy psyche idea, but that is different than describing a real rape, isn t it Even in UF you can see this rape fantasy being overplayed and never really examined, for instance, in the later Anita Blake novels, though who is the victim and who is the rapist is sometimes unclear Maybe these types of rape romance books are written by men for men This would also explain Lifetime, the channel of women in trouble needing rescuing.Maybe women dig romance books because such books are our version of James Bond This theory would also apply to soap operas Think about it Is James Bond really that realistic Can he really drink and shot straight Would all those women really want him and remember he wasn t always played by Connery or Craig Would a bad guy really reveal his plan before trying to kill Bond, and walk out without making sure the super spy is dead All those women and no STDs or screaming babies Maybe romance books are a female version of Bond Here is, the books say, a man who is tamed by the love of a good women He becomesunderstanding and sympathetic as the love story progresses He s really good in bed He pleasures her, not the other way around They are the perfect match, at first sexually and then mentally and emotionally In romance books, at least in some, the woman does change the man she does have some power to do this Even in the Doxy book I cited above, the rapist became nicer ,emotional She changes him by simply being who she is Sovereignty, the Wife of Bath says, is what women want, maybe romance books offer a picture of that It s true that there are books that play with the standard cliches of romantic fiction Outlander, for instance, inverts the standard virgin and experienced roles, as well the ages, which is why I still like it While The Wolf and the Dove doesn t do this exactly, I still have my copy I liked this book because there is no character rape There is a near rape, and how this is not a rape is absolutely wonderfully explained It sounds weird, but if you read the book, you ll see The would be rapist is not the romantic lead, but the villain There really is romance in the book and not simply sex I suppose to even call this book a trashy romance novel is doing it a slight injustice It is a romance novel, a woman s story And for whatever reason, something women like If you are thinking of reading a romance book, this is a good one It doesn t insult women and is charming told The female character is also strong emotionally, as is her mother Woodiwiss deals with the theme of the conquered and the conqueror very well The book is something of an examination of these roles, and, therefore, not a typical romance The WolfNoble Aislinn Grieves As The Iron Wolf And His Minions Storm Through Her Beloved Darkenwald And She Burns With Malice For The Handsome Norman Savage Who Would Enslave Hereven As She Aches To Know The Rapture Of The Conqueror S KissThe DoveFor The First Time Ever, Mighty Wulfgar Has Been Vanquished And By A Bold And Beautiful Princess Of Saxon Blood He Must Have The Chaste, Sensuous Enchantress Who Is Sworn To His Destruction And He Will Risk Life Itself To Nurture With Tender Passion A Glorious Union Born In The Blistering Heat Of Hatred And War Title in German Der Wolf und die TaubeThis was the first book I ever read by Kathleen E Woodiwiss and it s still my most loved one The story between Aislinn the daughter of a Saxon baron and Wulfgar a Norman and how they came to love each other in a time of war, conquest and upheaval makes me still sighing happily and my eyes suspiciously bright Wulgar is my epitome of a noble knight, kind and strong, tender and yet a great warrior and I almost fell instantly in love with him at the age of 17 Title in German Der Wolf und die TaubeThis was the first book I ever read by Kathleen E Woodiwiss and it s still my most loved one The story between Aislinn the daughter of a Saxon baron and Wulfgar a Norman and how they came to love each other in a time of war, conquest and upheaval makes me still sighing happily and my eyes suspiciously bright Wulgar is my epitome of a noble knight, kind and strong, tender and yet a great warrior and I almost fell instantly in love with him at the age of 17 when I read this novel for the first time This book is in my opinion a classic in the medieval romance genre and a balm for my romantic heart A stroll down memory lane via a Buddy read of Andrea CP and Vivacious Vivian. This one had so much potential for greatness, but it dragged on for what seemed like FOREVER, going from one conflict to another and another And in the end, the main original conflict was resolved almost too easily Presented like a gift with a nice little bow, which after the long, drawn out story felt unrealistic and hastily put together, merely because the story had to end The way I see it, the story was unnecessarily lengthy and a lot of the word count could ve been better used to create This one had so much potential for greatness, but it dragged on for what seemed like FOREVER, going from one conflict to another and another And in the end, the main original conflict was resolved almost too easily Presented like a gift with a nice little bow, which after the long, drawn out story felt unrealistic and hastily put together, merely because the story had to end The way I see it, the story was unnecessarily lengthy and a lot of the word count could ve been better used to create areasonable, natural, organic ending.I also want to mention that the fade to black love scenes were snooze worthy There was one particular instance where I wasn t even sure that the H h had even had sex Reminded me a lot of the eyeroll worthy fade to black love scene in that popular book where the dawn would be breaking So, if you like a littlesteam factor in your romance reads, you will be a bit disappointed with this one She was the daughter of the lord of Darkenwald, proud, wise, and uncommonly beautiful, but now Aislinn is but a slave to the conquering Normans, a plaything for the man who killed her father Sitting in the hall with rope tied about her neck and forced at the feet of her captor, she watches helplessly as the Normans ransack her home and abuse her mother But she will have her revenge no Norman will ever conquer her, nor will she ever give up the only home she has ever known Born as a bastard an She was the daughter of the lord of Darkenwald, proud, wise, and uncommonly beautiful, but now Aislinn is but a slave to the conquering Normans, a plaything for the man who killed her father Sitting in the hall with rope tied about her neck and forced at the feet of her captor, she watches helplessly as the Normans ransack her home and abuse her mother But she will have her revenge no Norman will ever conquer her, nor will she ever give up the only home she has ever known Born as a bastard and scorned by his mother, Wulfgar has come to hate women Though dispised because of his birth, he is fair and just with all whom he meets When he arrives at Darkenwald to discover the knight he sent, Ragnar, to secure the town has killed the old lord and most of his serfs, Wulfgar becomes furious and suspicious But when he espies the courageous Aislinn struggling to bury her father he wants her Never has he met abeautiful or bold wench with such a stout heart and he will tame her by every gentle and seductive means necessary Aislinn shall never willingly submit to any Norman her hatred for them knows no bounds until she meets the handsome and formidable Wulfgar, who challenges her at every turn Despite the fact he is a bastard and a Norman, he seems unusually honest and ishandsome than any man has a right to be Why does his kiss make her insides quiver Why does he prefer to chain her to the foot of the bed instead of raping her as Ragnar has done He is kind and fair, but his justice is swift and terrible How is she to resist this man who asks nothing of her, but seduces her into offering everything Why is his heart so hard where women are concerned, yet his touch so gentle Wulfgar has always been able to love a woman and leave her without nary a thought to cloud his mind Yet, when William the Conquer demands his presence in London for his coronation, it is Aislinn who haunts his every thought the softness of her fiery hair, her womanly fragrance, the passion in her touch, the feel of her in his arms The vixen must have bewitched him it can be the only explination, for Wulfgar must have her at his side, no matter the cost Shocked by Wulfgar s summons, Aislinn is only too eager to join her Norman knight in London But how can she give herself to a man who will never wed her, who holds only pain and hatred for women in his heart How can she ever turn his mind to the tenderness she would give, nay the love which has grown inside her He told her no woman had ever tarried in his mind, yet he called for her He swore never to waist his hard earned monies on a female, yet he lavishes her with gifts But he refuses to give her the one thing she so desperately yearns for his love Will she ever soften this hardened warrior s heart Can she ever make him acknowledge the love burning within herself Or will the enemies plotting against them succeed in ripping them apart and destroying them forever The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E Woodiwiss is a classic epic tale of love, passion, and revenge The historical detail beautifully enhances this sweeping story and pulls the reader into the turbulent time of the Norman Conquest Aislinn and Wulfgar are such deep and complex you can t help but yearn for the gentle dove to tame the wild wolf and show him the power of love This novel has been on my keeper shelf for many years now, and after re reading it, I have to say it is no wonder Kathleen Woodiwiss inspired a genre which has taken the world by storm With elegant prose, deeply emotional characters, and exciting settings, Ms Woodiwiss was a master of her craft Whether a novice to the genre or an old fan, I highly recommend you read or re read as the case may be The Wolf and the Dove and be prepared to be swept away into a world long past I read this for my Bodice Ripper selection in the HRBC I get the appeal but it s not for me.2.5 stars, rounding up for now. 3 6 2013 Re read with my local book groupThe Wolf and the Dove is Kathleen Woodiwiss s second novel written It s a rather lengthy Viking Historical with over 500 pages, all of which I devoured as I enjoyed a re read with my local book peeps While I was happy to find it s still among my all time favorites, I realize this book may not work for others Woodiwiss is well known for taking the romance genre into the bedroom in 1972 Still you will not find explicit sex scenes The Wolf and the Dov 3 6 2013 Re read with my local book groupThe Wolf and the Dove is Kathleen Woodiwiss s second novel written It s a rather lengthy Viking Historical with over 500 pages, all of which I devoured as I enjoyed a re read with my local book peeps While I was happy to find it s still among my all time favorites, I realize this book may not work for others Woodiwiss is well known for taking the romance genre into the bedroom in 1972 Still you will not find explicit sex scenes The Wolf and the Dove was first published in 1974, two years afterThe modern romance genre was born with Avon s publication of Kathleen Woodiwiss s, The Flame and the Flower the first romance novel to follow the principals into the bedroom The year is 1066 and Saxon England is being invaded by the Normans who have taken up the cause of the soon to be King William Eighteen year old Aislinn of Darkenwald becomes an object of the spoils of war and now belongs to Wulfgar, the Iron Wolf of Normandy While he s a fierce alpha warrior, he s also fair to those under his rule And even though he may be the enemy, Aislinn is intrigued by this handsome stranger.Woodiwiss completely captures my attention within the first few pages and I enjoyed every minute of the tempestuous journey of Wulfgar and his Aislinn, captor and slave There s angst, jealousy, treachery, passion, and sizzling chemistry There s a miraculous HEA ending where everything is wrapped up in a neat little bundle It s totally unbelievable, but I loved it and it worked for me Also, you ll find things that aren t historically correct Again, not a problem for me When I readromance, I m lookingfor the relationship aspects rather than a high percentage of historical accurate detail What I did find on my re read is one of the sexiest warriors I ve read Woodiwiss gives great insight into Wulfgar s feelings concerning love and marriage I found Aislinn to be a heroine that I loved She falls hard for this sexy warrior, and while he may be satisfied with their relationship as it is, she wants commitment Kathleen Woodiwiss was an amazingly talented author who has given me many hours of pleasure within the pages she s penned I m delighted to find she still sits among my favorites after all these years Ever read a book where you wished you could rescue a character and give them the story that their awesomeness deserves That was the case with Wulfgar in this meandering mess of a medieval.Poor Wulfiemy poor, noble alpha Wulfie Worse heroes like rape ape Garth McClellan Savage Surrender got a rollicking joyride that never let up on the thrills and derring do, and the cipher Giles St Talvert The Last Carnival is in a romance so well executed with nary a word wasted that it continues to b Ever read a book where you wished you could rescue a character and give them the story that their awesomeness deserves That was the case with Wulfgar in this meandering mess of a medieval.Poor Wulfiemy poor, noble alpha Wulfie Worse heroes like rape ape Garth McClellan Savage Surrender got a rollicking joyride that never let up on the thrills and derring do, and the cipher Giles St Talvert The Last Carnival is in a romance so well executed with nary a word wasted that it continues to blow my mind.So WTF is the deal with Kathleen Woodiwiss Apart from an addiction to word count and a fear of plot, that is Granted, I ve only read 2 1 2 ish of her books, but for the two that I ve actually finished, I noticed a distinct pattern 1 100 150 pages of set up and relatively, YMMV interesting goings on 2 250 300 pages of repetitive wheel spinning and nonsensical actions by either the hero or heroine but usually the chick 3 50 pages of whiplash action 4 5 10 pages of wrapping up dangling threads in a bright, shiny day glo package with flashing neon ribbon.The book started out well and I was getting good vibes from it But about halfway through, I had to admit to myself that I was only reading er, well, skimming a bit here and there at a gallop, if I m being completely honest because of Wulfgar My commitment to continue sure wasn t for Aislinn, who is one of thebipolar heroines I ve come across KEW obviously liked writing about Aislinn smiling and giggling and being all giddy and winsome because she would have the broad flipflop in her moods all the time.Yeah, I know by now I should be used to the whole daylight hatin and moonlight matin schtick that passes for H h relations in oh so many romances, but this one was evenschizo IMO It peaked when view spoiler a pregnant Aislinn flees Wulfie because she s afraid he ll take the baby and send it away once it s born, but then when he catches up to her, she gets all giggly and snuggly and practically dives under the blankie Hullo Why are you happy to see him hide spoiler Made no sense and annoyed me mucho.But Wulfie was worth the extra day or two it took me to skim through this one If there had been less descriptive crap and stuck in neutral narrative, I might have been compelled to gobble up every scene he was in and read itclosely But both faults dragged the whole book down, Wulfie included The poor guy did the best he could with what he was given Despite being yummily alpha, he was unable to reach in through the window and shift the car into gear because Woodiwiss the Puppet Master was all too happy to bounce in her seat and grin at the unmoving scenery.Without the rather OK cast of supporting characters it d be a 1 for the sheer and utter boredom of Nothing Happening At All So 2 stars But Wulfie put up with a lot from both heroine and author, so I give him an extra star

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