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Kathleen E. Woodiwiss Ö 8 CHARACTERSEver ead a book where you wished you could escue a character and give them the story that their awesomeness deserves That was the case with Wulfgar in this meandering mess of and give them the story that their awesomeness deserves That was the case with Wulfgar in this meandering mess of medievalPoor Wulfiemy poor noble alpha Wulfie Worse heroes like ape ape Garth McClellan Savage Surrender got a ollicking joyride that never let up on the thrills and derring do and the cipher Giles St Talvert The Last Carnival is in a omance so well executed with nary a word wasted that it continues to blow my mindSo 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 ead 2 12 ish of her books but for the two that I ve actually finished I noticed a distinct pattern1 100 150 pages of set up and elatively YMMV interesting goings on 2 250 300 pages of epetitive wheel spinning And Nonsensical Actions By nonsensical actions by 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 ibbonThe 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 eading 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 the bipolar 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 timeYeah I know by now I should be used to the whole daylight hatin and moonlight matin schtick that passes for Hh elations in oh so many omances but this one was even schizo IMO It peaked when view spoilera 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 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 mainoriginal conflict was esolved 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 a easonable natural organic endingI also want to mention *That The Fade To * the fade to love scenes were snooze worthy There was one particular instance where I wasn t even sure that the Hh 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 little steam factor in your omance eads you will be a bit disappointed with this one I ead this for my Bodice Ripper selection in the HRBC I get the appeal but it s not for me25 stars ounding up for now 362013 Re ead with my local book groupThe Wolf and the Dove is Kathleen Woodiwiss s second novel written It s a ather lengthy Viking Historical with over 500 pages all of which I devoured as I enjoyed a e ead with my local book peeps While I was happy to find it s still among my all time favorites I ealize this book may not work for others Woodiwiss is well known for taking the omance 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 after The modern omance genre was born with Avon s publication of Kathleen Woodiwiss s The Flame and the Flower the first omance 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 ule And even though he may be the enemy Aislinn is intrigued by this handsome strangerWoodiwiss 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 ead omance I m looking for the elationship aspects ather than a high percentage of historical accurate detail What I did find on my e ead is one of the sexiest warriors I ve ead 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 elationship as. 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. It is she wants commitment Kathleen Woodiwiss Was An Amazingly Talented Author Who Has an amazingly talented author Who Has Me Many has given me many of pleasure within the pages she s penned I m delighted to find she still sits among my favorites after all these years I think there is a point in most women s lives where they have ead trashy omance 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 ead them because of the trashy omance novel sex scenes Except for the Guardian Angel He ead Harleuin Romances I m not sure whyAnd thenAnd
Then I Read OneI ead one many where the heroine was aped by the omantic 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 eally a seamstress gets taken aboard a ship because the captain needs a hooker to get over his ex He apes Miss Virgin believing that she was playacting He s eally sorry and they fall in love SAY WHATIt s amazing how that can just turn your stomach You can no doubt see why I stopped eading trashy omance novels The fact that I minored in history also undoubtedly had something to do with it Who wants to ead a trashy omance about Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon or Anne Boleyn when you know how the elationship ends Except I didn t eally stop eading 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 e ead Outlander this summerThere has to be something about omance books that speak to women and at least one male Maybe it is the sex scenes especially with the younger eaders Maybe it is the prefect guy the omantic lead though I doubt this last considering how many apes seem to occur I understand the whole ape fantasy psyche idea but that is different than describing a eal ape isn t it Even in UF you can see this ape fantasy being overplayed and never eally examined for instance in the later Anita Blake novels though who is the victim and who is the apist is sometimes unclear Maybe these types of ape omance books are written by men for men This would also explain Lifetime the channel of women in trouble needing escuingMaybe women dig omance books because such books are our version of James Bond This theory would also apply to soap operas Think about it Is James Bond eally that ealistic Can he eally drink and shot straight Would all those women eally want him and emember he wasn t always played by Connery or Craig Would a bad guy eally eveal 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 omance 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 becomes understanding and sympathetic as the love story progresses He s eally 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 omance 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 apist became nicer emotional She changes him by simply being who she is Sovereignty the Wife of Bath says is what women want maybe omance books offer a picture of that It s true that there are books that play with the standard cliches of omantic fiction Outlander for instance inverts the standard virgin and experienced oles 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 ape There is a near ape and how this is not a ape is absolutely wonderfully explained It sounds weird but if you ead the book you ll see The would be apist is not the omantic lead but the villain There eally is omance in the book and not simply sex I suppose to even call this book a trashy omance novel is doing it a slight injustice It is a omance novel a woman s story And for whatever eason something women like If you are thinking of eading a omance 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 conuered and the conueror very well The book is something of an examination of these oles and therefore not a typical omance She was the daughter of the lord of Darkenwald proud wise and uncommonly beautiful but now Aislinn is but a slave to the conuering Normans a plaything for the man who killed her father Sitting in the hall with ope tied about her neck and forced at the feet of her captor she watches helplessly as the Normans ansack her home and abuse her moth. She aches to know the apture of the conueror's kissThe DoveFor the first time ever mighty Wulfgar has been vanuished and by a bold and beautiful princess of Saxon blood He must have. Er But she will have her evenge no Norman will ever conuer 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 a beautiful 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 is handsome than any man has a ight to be Why does his kiss make her insides uiver Why does he prefer to chain kiss make her insides uiver Why does he prefer to chain to the foot of the bed instead of aping her as Ragnar has done He is kind and fair but his justice is swift and terrible How is she to esist 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 Conuer 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 efuses 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 ipping them apart and destroying them forever The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E Woodiwiss is a classic epic tale of love passion and evenge The historical detail beautifully enhances this sweeping story and pulls the eader into the turbulent time of the Norman Conuest 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 e eading 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 ecommend you ead or e ead as the case may be The Wolf and the Dove and be prepared to be swept away into a world long past Appalling The worst medieval omance I have ever ead The Wolf and the Dove starts in 1066 as William has invaded England and the conuering Normans take control of the Saxons and their lands I d go into the plot
In Detail But Sodetail but so other eviewers have already done so I don t see the need to ehash it again What I want to address are the many many things I found wrong with this book I m not a history major but I thought that after conuering England William inter married the Norman and Saxon nobility to ensure a harmonious transition but Lady Aislinn is turned into a slave to be used at Wolfgar s whim Not only that but when he brings his slavemistress to London he takes her to court and presents her to William Aislinn is eighteen years old that s ight eighteen years old beautiful educated intelligent and unmarried Eighteen years old and unmarried when girl Title in GermanDer Wolf und die TaubeThis was the first book I ever ead 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 conuest 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 ead this novel for the first time This book is in my opinion a classic in the medieval omance genre and a balm for my omantic heart A stroll down memory lane via a Buddy ead of Andrea CP and Vivacious Vivian One of the best bodice ippers I ever ead as a young impressionable woman. The chaste sensuous enchantress who is sworn to his destruction And he will isk life itself to nurture with tender passion a glorious union born in the blistering heat of hatred and .
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss