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When Love Awaits

When Love Awaits

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by Johanna Lindsey

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Once Lady Leonie cursed 'the Black Wolf' - handsome Rolfe d'Ambert, the mercenary Lord of Kempston - for his bloody deeds and cruelty to the local peasants. Now she must marry the magnificent blackguard to bring peace to the land.

Young, innocent, and possessing a rare and exquisite beauty, Leonie would be a prize for any man - yet Rolfe seeks the match solely


Once Lady Leonie cursed 'the Black Wolf' - handsome Rolfe d'Ambert, the mercenary Lord of Kempston - for his bloody deeds and cruelty to the local peasants. Now she must marry the magnificent blackguard to bring peace to the land.

Young, innocent, and possessing a rare and exquisite beauty, Leonie would be a prize for any man - yet Rolfe seeks the match solely for revenge. But her sensuous kiss ignites within him the fiery need to claim her - and an irresistible desire to unite their warring hearts in glorious love.

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When Love Awaits

Chapter One

England, 1176.

Sir Guibert Fitzalan leaned back against the thick tree mink, watching two maidservants pack away the remains of the picnic lunch. A man of moderately good looks, he was an unassuming man and women, even his liegelady′s servingwomen, had a way of unnerving him. Wilda, the younger of the two servants, caught his eye just then. Her bold look made him took quickly away, heat burning his face.

Spring was in full flower and Wilda was not the only woman to turn her eye on Sir Guibert appreciatively. Nor was he the only man who received one of her hot gazes. Wilda was decidedly comely, with a sleek little nose and rosy cheeks. Her hair was a glossy chestnut, and she was equally blessed with a lush body.

Even so, Guibert was a confirmed bachelor. Besides that, Wilda was too young for a man of two score and five years. Why, she was as young as Lady Leonie whom they both served, and that lady was just nineteen.

Sir Guibert thought of Leonie of Montwyn as a daughter. At that moment, as he observed her leaving the pasture where she had begun her spring herb gathering and disappearing into the woods, he sent four of his men-at-arms to follow her at a discreet distance. He′d brought along ten men to protect her, and the soldiers knew better than to grumble at the duty, but it was hardly their favourite. Leonie often asked them to pick plants as she pointed them out. Herb gathering was not manly.

Before this spring, three guards had been enough to accompany Lady Leonie, but now there was a new resident at Crewel, into whose woods Leonie entered to search for herbs. The new lord of all the lands of Kempston was a matter of great concern to Sir Guibert.

Guibert had never liked the old lord of Kempston, Sir Edmond Montigny, but at least the old baron had caused no trouble. The new lord of Kempston made endless complaints against the Pershwick serfs and had done so ever since taking possession of Crewel Keep. It helped not at all that the complaints might be valid. Worse, Lady Leonie felt personally responsible for her serfs′ misdeeds.

"Let me see to this, Sir Guibert," she had begged him when she first heard of the complaints. I fear the serfs believe they are doing me a service by stirring up mischief at Crewel."

For explanation, she confessed, I was in the village the day Alain Montigny came to tell me what befell his father and himself. Too many of the serfs saw how upset I was and I fear they heard me wish a pox on Black Wolf, who now rules Crewel."

Guibert found it hard to believe that Leonie would curse anyone. Not Leonie. She was too good, too kind, too quick to mend any ill, ease any burden. But then, for Sir Guibert, she could do no wrong. He doted on and spoiled her. And, he asked himself, if he did not, who would? Certainly not her father, who had sent her from him six years ago, when her mother died, banishing Leonie to Pershwick Keep along with her mother′s sister, Beatrix, because he could not bear the sight of anyone who reminded him of his beloved wife.

Guibert could not fathom the man′s action, but then he had never known Sir William of Montwyn very well, even though he had come to live in his household as part of Lady Elisabeth′s dowry when she wed Sir William. Lady Elisabeth, an earl′s daughter and the fifth and youngest of her father′s children, had been allowed a love match. The man was in no way her equal, but Sir William loved her -- perhaps too much. Her death destroyed him, and he apparently could not bear the presence of his only child. Leonie, like Elisabeth, was small and slender, fair, and blessed with extraordinary hair of silver-blond and silver-grey eyes. "Beautiful" was not adequate to describe Leonie.

He sighed, thinking of the two women, mother and daughter, one gone, the other just as dear to him as her mother had been. And then he froze, pleasant musings shattered by a battle cry, a cry of rage coming from the woods.

Guibert was frozen for no more than a second before he was running toward the woods, his sword already drawn. Four men-at-arms who′d been standing nearby with the horses chased after him, everyone hoping that the men with Leonie had stuck close by her.

Deep in the woods, Leonie of Montwyn had also been stunned for a moment by the unearthly cry. She had, as usual, managed to put a good distance between herself and her four protectors. Now, she imagined some great demonic beast was nearby. Still, her inborn, unladylike curiosity urged her on toward the sound instead of back to her men.

She smelled smoke and broke into a full run, pushing through shrubs and trees until she found the source of the smoke. A woodcutter′s hut had burned. The woodcutter was staring at the smouldering remains of his home as five mounted knights and fifteen men-at-arms, also mounted, sat silently facing the ruined hut. An armoured knight paced his great destrier back and forth between the hut and the men. He let out an explosive curse while Leonie watched and then she knew where the first horrible sound had come from. She knew, too, who the knight was. She moved back into the bush, out of sight, thankful for her concealing dark green mantle.

Concealment was jeopardised as her men came running behind her. Leonie quickly turned toward diem, hushing them and motioning them back. She made her way to them silently, and they positioned themselves around her, then moved back toward her land. Sir Guibert and the rest of the men were upon them a moment later.

When Love Awaits. Copyright © by Johanna Lindsey. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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When Love Awaits 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
sincyn More than 1 year ago
I love all of Johanna Lindsey books but I do have to agree with the other reviews. Seems like the main characters fell in love but I couldn ot figure out why. They really did not have anything in common and not sure the plot was the best. I do love Johanna books so I will keep reading them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't believe after I had just read Prisoner of my Love (JL book as well) that his book would make me so mad. The story line, although keeps you going is lacking in more twists and surprises. No one ever is in any danger and the main character, Rolfe is severly lacking in any character. He has no pizaaz what so ever! What bugged me most about this book is that nothing was ever resloved between these two until the last 3 chapter or so. The whole book was full of her not telling him something, and him not telling her something. Misunderstandings left and right can really rile you when nothing but that is happening. I can't recommend this book, I just didn't find it satisfying.
ladywolfLM More than 1 year ago
Johanna Lindsey is my favorite author. Well written historical romance
Guest More than 1 year ago
First Romance Novel I read and Loved it. Bought it for my sis-in-law and got her hooked on Lindseys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly wondered several times while reading thus book if it was really written by Johanna Lindsey. Usually her books are entertaining, fun......good! This one was nothing short of a dud. The characters had a lot of conflict simply due to misunderstandings and words left unsaid....but that didn't stop them from going at it like rabbits, which would occur randomly and stupidly. I felt I never got the chance to like either character and I certainly don't get how in the world I was supposed to see them in "love". Seriously? Advice: Don't waste your money or your time with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has everything I crave in a good romance. One of JL's best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has got to be the worst JL book she ever wrote. How could these two people fall in love when they had some little interaction. Nothing redeaming about Rolfe and Leonie was forever running away. Ugh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was thoroughly frustrating. There was no basis to the love Rolfe felt for Leonie besides that she was hot, nothing! I could never stop my self from wondering how in the world Johanna Lindsey could claim these characters were falling in love with eachother because there was never anything to promote love. The whole story was lacking in any whit and the conversations carried no weight except when they were orders. Love sprang out of thin air and for no warranted reason. Time and time again mishaps would arise that would test the couples undying "love" for each other, but not once could i figure out how in the world they could delude themselves into thinking they were in love. The book was always on my nerves when Rolfe's mistress never ceased with her scheming against the couple and Leonie lacked such a back bone (she could not mention a single thought to her husband nor take credit for anything that would give his a less shallow reason to "love" her) that I found myself disgusted with her. This book was so not was I was expecting
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Funny and fast
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This plot fixates around a lack of communication and uneducated assumptions. The heroine can stand up to any other character, but when it comes to her husband she keeps everything inside. Her only redeeming quality was that she was fun in the sack. Thank goodness she wasnt a flop in bed like she was in the rest of the book. These plots built around assumptiins and unvoiced inner thoughts really bite the big one! I skipped around 50 pages of nonsense simply because i was going to rip my own hair out from the stupidity! JL needs to bring books like Prisoner of my Desire back. At least give us a heroine with a backbone, someone with enough spark to stand up to a man! Anything but this meek, quiet, pathetic excuse of lead character. At least the hero was a hottie, i guess.
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read2011 More than 1 year ago
Liked it! Like a lot of books, some of the misunderstandings were frustrating. This was a good book though.
Momov4 More than 1 year ago
I read and reread this one often...on a monthly basis!
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cbSD More than 1 year ago
Another of Johanna Lindsey's best. I love Leonie and Rolfe. Well, Leonie for sure from the start. Rolfe tends to grow on you. This is one that will keep you from wanting to do anything other than read. You won't be disappointed.
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