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  • Posted March 24, 2010

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    This is a great Blazing Dark Ages romance

    In 885 in Wessex, Lady Gwendolyn is an independent person. Her nurturing parents educated her to insure she depended on no one but herself. When they died, she is forced to give up learning for embroidery by her guardian as being a lady activity though she is bored by the stitching. Instead she climbs castle walls and runs loose when she can.

    In spite of King Alfred's efforts to keep his Saxon kingdom safe, Norse raiders continually assault Wessex. During one of these forays, Norse chieftain Wulf Giersson spots and captures Gwendolyn. Her élan for life grips him as no woman has before and he vows to make the wildcat his. However, as her Saxon countrymen mount a rescue attempt and another Norse raider wants her, Wulf soon learns who the captive in his relationship with Lady Gwendolyn is.

    This is a great Blazing Dark Ages romance starring two strong protagonists and a powerful support cast in pursuit. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Wulf sees Gwendolyn and never slows down until the final confrontations. Readers will be held captive by Joanne Rock's superb historical.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    In the heart of the Middle Ages, war rages up and down the Engli

    In the heart of the Middle Ages, war rages up and down the English coast, and one sought-after Wessex widow is not immune to its bite.

    Wulf Giersson hasn’t come to Wessex on the normal Danish raiding mission, per se. He’s got his own troubles with more than one king—the enemy, and his own! He hopes that in capturing Richard of Alchere’s household will afford him some time to deal with them. But then Gwendolyn throws a wrench into his plans. Though he’s attracted to Gwendolyn from the start, the specter of a lost love stands in his way for anything more than martial (no that’s not a typo) success.

    Gwendolyn is a rich Saxon widow brought up by well-educated parents who wanted nothing more for their daughter than a good life and a good marriage. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as they hoped and when her husband died, his family won’t let her go so easily. There’s her fortune to consider, after all. And why should Alchere care for Gwendolyn when all he wants is her money? He’s a nasty piece of work anyway–going so far as to burn her late-parents’ beloved books!)

    When she won’t cower in her room and embroider one more dress, like a good little widow she chances to get caught spying on the invaders, she finds herself in the enemy’s hands.

    What happens? Well, let’s just say for a second there, I was biting my nails at the end. And if you’re looking for the sparks between these two ill-suited lovers, yes, they fly all over the place here! Gwendolyn is just as curious about her captor as he is of her.

    Hey, this is a Blaze novel, after all. ;)

    The Captive certainly puts the 9th century Danish raids in a different light. Historians know now that the “Dark Ages” as they’re mistakenly called weren’t so dark, and the eloquent and educated Gwendolyn is a finely drawn portrait of what a young maid could maybe have aspired to, given half the chance.

    If you’re a fan of medieval romance, I think you’ll enjoy Joanne Rock’s The Captive.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Love a good Viking tale!

    The pages burned with this one! Filled with adventure, rough vikings and hot sexy scenes. Doesn't disappoint!

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    A Viking Warrior's Sweet Prisoner

    Gwendolyn of Wessex's early life had been a wonderful adventure, thanks to her parents, two wealthy scholars who had traveled the world. Now, at age twenty, she finds herself widowed and once more under the control of a powerful nobleman, Richard Alchere. The Norsemen's attack on Alchere's keep is a welcome relief from her days of tedious embroidery, but she hadn't planned on being rescued by a Viking warrior, Wulf Geirsson.

    Wulf and his men are estranged from King Harold, a vengeful Norseman who still blames Wulf for his sister's untimely death. Gwendolyn is a fine Saxon prize, but Wulf finds himself fleeing Norseman and Saxon alike as he strives to keep his noble captive. Over time, however, Gwendolyn comes to care for her handsome Viking and Wulf soon fears that he is also falling for his lovely prisoner.

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