Sunday, 21 December 2014

Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwood

Honor's Splendour (1987) (Pocket Books)
Julie Garwood
Grade: B
Genre: medieval romance
Sex scenes: hot
Source: own
Romance RBC 2014: An AAR Top 100 Romance 1998 

Caught in the middle of vicious court politics, Lady Madelyne has suffered at the hands of her cruel brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in an act of vengeance against Louddon’s crimes, Madelyne is taken as the ultimate prize by Baron Duncan of Wexton, also known as ‘the Wolf’. It only takes one look for Duncan to know that he’ll protect Madelyne with his life. Strangely, Madelyne has never felt safer than when she’s been under Duncan’s capture. As she befriends his dysfunctional family and learns the reasons behind his hatred for her half-brother, Madelyne can no longer deny the love she feels for her captor …

Madelyne, like the majority of Garwood’s heroines, is utterly selfless. Though she knows that she’ll get into serious trouble with her brother if she’s caught, she perseveres in helping Duncan to escape and puts his welfare above her safety. It’s no surprise that Duncan is instantly enamoured with his captive and that he’ll do everything in his power to protect Madelyne from the hands of her brother.

Another solid medieval romance offering from Julie Garwood. Granted, very similar to her others and just as indistinguishable, but I love these books, however old and dated they are, all the same. If you want the romance community’s word for it, then they’re perhaps even more supportive of this title than I am: it’s made the AAR Top 100 Romances in 1998 (#56), 2004 (#49), 2007 (#50), 2010 (#39) and 2013 (#73) – no easy feat. What more encouragement do you need?

Image courtesy of Book Depository. 

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