Kathleen E. Woodiwiss: The Wolf and the Dove

362013 Re read with my ocal book groupThe Wolf and the Dove is Kathleen Woodiwiss s second novel written It s a rather Home Emergency Pocket Guide lengthy Viking Historical with over 500 pages all of which I devoured as I enjoyed a re read with myocal 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 after The 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 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 Antwerp little bundle It s totally unbelievable but Ioved it and it worked for me Also you Varadero y Habana Maravillosa ll find things that aren t historically correct Again not a problem for me When I read romance I mooking for 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 ove and marriage I found Aislinn to be a heroine that I oved 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 I think there is a point in most women s Необыкновенные приключения Карика и Вали 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 Harleuin Romances I m not sure whyAnd thenAnd then I read one too many where the heroine was raped by the romanticead Admittedly these were books published in the Reinventores late 70s and early 80s used bookstores sold them cheap There was one called The Pirate s Doxy or somethingike 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 La libertad primera y ltima (CLAVE) love SAY WHATIt 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 sometimesess sex scenes The women tend to kick butt however I also re read Outlander this summerThere has to be something about romance books that speak to women and at Psicohigiene least one male Maybe it is the sex scenes especially with the younger readers Maybe it is the prefect guy the romanticead though I doubt this ast 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 ater 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 rescuingMaybe 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 ove of a good women He becomes understanding and sympathetic as the ove 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 east 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. 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.

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Ghteen years old beautiful educated intelligent and unmarried Eighteen years old and unmarried when girls were married at fourteen and fifteen and a spinster at 16 Righto I know the heroine always has to be beautiful and all the guys desire her but come on By page 200 I ve ost count of how many times her bodice has been ripped and she s been groped Maybe this was where the term bodice ripper came from Well bred women in medieval times kept their hair braided and covered yet Aislinn s glorious tresses are always flowing free for all to see and no one is shocked Worse yet not once but twice she s so carried away to hurry to greet new arrivals that she forgets to put her shoes on Helloooooooo While I don t expect historical accuracy in a romance there was just one too many outright boners in this book that just had me rolling my eyes Potatoes and Velvet in the 11C I don t think so Worst of all at Some Writer! least for this reader was no chemistry at all between Aislinn and Wolfgar a death knell for a romance novel Aislinn was a spineless twit and Wolfgar was a pompous overbearing macho male chauvinist pwell you know what The book wasong winded and I found myself skipping many pages on my way to the final and painful ending I have read other books by Woodiwiss and while not high fiction I ve found them a pleasant way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon However this book is not one of them and I strongly urge other potential readers to consider all the opinions carefully before making this your reading choice For those The Texans Baby (Texas Rodeo Barons, looking for well written historically accurate tales of England at the time of the Conuest I would recommend Elizabeth Chadwick s The Winter Mantle or THE CONUEST As uoted on some of her book jackets the next best thing to time travel Title in GermanDer Wolf und die TaubeThis was the first book I ever read by Kathleen E Woodiwiss and it s still my mostoved one The story between Aislinn the daughter of a Saxon baron and Wulfgar a Norman and how they came to The LPN-to-RN Bridge 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 inove 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 Disability and Community lane via a Buddy read of Andrea CP and Vivacious Vivian One of the best bodice rippers I ever read as a young impressionable woman 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 medievalPoor Wulfiemy poor noble alpha Wulfie Worse heroesike rape ape Garth McClellan Savage Surrender got a rollicking joyride that never A Pitying of Doves (Birder Murder Mystery 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 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 read 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 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 ribbonThe 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 the bipolar heroines I ve come across KEW obviouslyiked 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 relations in oh so many romances but this one was even schizo IMO It peaked when view spoilera pregnant Aislinn flees Wulfie because she s afraid he Fix Her Up (Hot and Hammered 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 seemedike FOREVER going from one conflict to another and another And in the end the mainoriginal conflict was resolved almost too easily Presented The Wedding Band (Save the Date, like a gift with a niceittle bow which after the Chinas Search for Democracy 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 unnecessarilyengthy and a Imaginary Citizens lot of the word count could ve been better used to create a reasonable natural organic endingI also want to mention that the fade to blackove 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 From Rumspringa to Marriage lot of the eyeroll worthy fade to blackove scene in that popular book where the dawn would be breaking So if you Xuyên Mỹ (Bất Hạnh Là Một Tài Sản, like aittle steam factor in your romance reads you will be a bit disappointed with this one I read this for my Bodice Ripper selection in the HRBC I get the appeal but it s not for me25 stars rounding up for now. The chaste sensuous enchantress who is sworn to his destruction And he will risk ife itself to nurture with tender passion a glorious union born in the blistering heat of hatred and

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 ike it While The Wolf and the Dove doesn t do this exactly I still have my copy I Cuentos reunidos 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 youl see The would be rapist is not the romantic Extreme Teaming 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 womenike 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 conuered and the conueror very well The book is something of an examination of these roles and therefore not a typical romance She was the daughter of the Definitely Not Sexy 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 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 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 oldord 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 right to be Why does his kiss make her insides uiver 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 Organization Development in Healthcare love a woman andeave 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 Ethnographic Research 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 heavishes her with gifts But he refuses to give her the one thing she so desperately yearns for his The Nordic Varieties of Capitalism love Will she ever soften this hardened warrior s heart Can she ever make him acknowledge theove 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 ove passion and revenge The historical detail beautifully enhances this sweeping story and pulls the reader 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 ove 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 The Redemption of Holly Dobson long past Appalling The worst medieval romance I have ever read The Wolf and the Dove starts in 1066 as William has invaded England and the conuering Normans take control of the Saxons and theirands I d go into the plot in detail but so many other reviewers have already done so I don t see the need to rehash 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 right ei. She aches to know the rapture 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.

Kathleen Erin Hogg was born on June 3 1939 in Alexandria Louisiana she was the youngest of eight siblings by Gladys Coker and Charles Wingrove Hogg a disabled World War I veteran She long relished creating original narratives and by age 6 was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep At age 16 she met US Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Eugene Woodiwiss at a dance