Promise of the Rose (De Warenne Dynasty Series)

Promise of the Rose (De Warenne Dynasty Series)

by Brenda Joyce
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Promise of the Rose (De Warenne Dynasty Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Julia Ball More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading books from this time period and a brief note to lovebug9588, Mary was sixteen and Stephen was twenty-three. Obviously not twice her age.
romance_addict82 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Brenda Joyce's historic novels more than anyone else's but I was a bit baffled by Mary and Stephen. Just becuase is fiction doesnt mean it needs to be fantastical and it seems that in reality it would be impossible for a woman (no matter how sexually denied she has been) to fall so utterly in lust with a scary stranger that kidnaps her and who happens to be the enemy of her country. It was hard for me to like the plot with Mary wasting time arguing over unimportant thing but caving without a word when things really mattered. Is love supposed to be about a loss of dignity, pride, family, convention, shame, honor and everything else? I am all for uncontrollable passion but is so much more believable if the character at least TRIES to controll it, but the trial and tribulation of forbidden lust is completely non-existent in the story because there is no control, no deprivation. Everyone knows long term gratification after self-denial is much sweeter than instant gratification, so even though the tension tried to be conveyed in the story suggest that she is fighting her lust, her passions and her love, the reality is she really doesnt. In her stories it always seems like the women are the ones that have always something to prove to the hero, even though is the hero the one doing all the messing up. Mary constantly tried to prove her loyalty to Stephan to no avail when HE should've been the one proving himself to her, since HE is the one that took her from her family and attacked her country. I was left with an odd sense of dissatisfaction, like I was waiting more from him. I was waiting for him to deserve her. I was waiting for him to make SOME sacrifice since she had sacrificed EVERYTHING for him, principles, family, patriotism, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful historical romance that will keep you cheering on the characters for a happy ending from the beginning to the end. It is a wonderful asset to the De Warrene Dynasty that Brenda Joyce has created. Good luck putting it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a really picky medieval romance reader...but I truly enjoyed this story. The only thing that I've found to be disappointing is that I haven't found a sequel. I'd love to see what became of Doug McKinnon, Geoffrey de Warenne and Stephen's other brothers as well as his little sister Isobel. Overall, I would definitely recommend this as good read and I appreciate how Brenda Joyce tried to stay as true to the historical facts as possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary is a perfect example of how women were tolerated and used for centuries. She was actually novel in her attempted adventures from the beginning with Doug Mackinnon and continuing on with her challenges to her father Malcom and Stephen her husband. I did not like her being hit by Stephan but, again, that's the way it was. Finished it in one day. LORRAINE
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I like her stories for the.most part. The problem with this book was Stephen not listening to a word she said and his infedility! Mary suffered this whole book and while the book described him as being sorry, he never really said it. He should have gotten on his knees and begged for her forgiveness
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt finish this book! The heroine was so annoying! I wanted to slap her! I was surprised because I loved The Conqueror
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