Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Anita Gordon. The Valiant Heart A beautiful heiress and pawn of the king. Dispossessed of her lands by the marauding Norsemen, Brienne Beaumanior is brought from cloister by royal decree and offered as a bride to her enemy.
A golden warrior of the North. Love unexpected, bringing peril to all. Tormented by their desires, Rurik and Brienne resist giving in to their yearnings and endangering their people. But destiny will not be denied. Their love will burn brightly through all the ages to come as Norse and Frank meld into a new people — the Normans. The Defiant Heart A maiden of Ireland enslaved. Seized during a brutal attack on her homeland, Ailinn vows to remain forever defiant against her Norse captors, no matter the future that awaits her — or the handsome Dane with snow-bright hair who suddenly appears in her life.
A shining warrior of the North. When Lyting Atlison encounters the autumn-fire beauty in shackles, he vows to free her. Discovering the fate his kinsmen intend for the maid, he undertakes a private mission in order to join the fleet that will bear her to distant lands.
Now as the Norse host sets sail for the lands of the Rus and the glittering courts of Byzantium, untold perils await. The Captive Heart A maiden of Normandy, mistakenly abducted. As the ruffians smuggle her aboard ship, bound and gagged, and set forth for Ireland, she is desperate to escape.
A Saxon lord on a secret mission for his king. No sooner does Garreth of Tamworth arrive in Normandy than he encounters the entrancing scarlet-haired maiden who literally knocks him off his feet. But their stolen moments and budding passions end abruptly when his audience with the Duke concludes badly.
Now only he can save her from family enemies returned from long past, seeking revenge. Yet amid the darkest danger, their all-consuming love is forged. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Kathleen Kirkwood Collection 2 , please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 17, Regan Walker rated it really liked it Shelves: vikings. It seems King Charles desires to cement his relationship with the Northmen and Brienne has been biding her time in a convent. But just after the wedding, Atli suffers a heart attack and dies.
Even before her new husband dies, Brienne fell in love with his oldest son, Rurik. The story has an intriguing beginning as Rurik sends his brother, Lyting, disguised as a monk to the abbey at Levroux where Brienne is in training to be a healer. Great writing and a story that will draw you in make this a wonderful Viking romance. Lyting, born a Dane, lives in Francia where his uncle is Duke Rollo.
Apparently possibly in book 1 Lyting was spared some fate that caused him to want to become a monk, but his brother, Rurik, thinks Lyting should take a wife and settle down. Lyting first tries to buy Ailinn, not to have her but to spare her a horrible fate. When he discovers she is destined for a harem in Byzantium, he joins the fleet that will carry her there.
And then the adventure begins, and oh, is it ever an adventure: from Danmark Denmark to Constantinople, through dangerous river rapids and deadly river pirates. The author clearly made an effort to make this an authentic Viking tale set in the history of the time, hence women taken as slaves were mistreated and raped. No surprise there. Gordon does it tastefully. The author also made an effort to date the speech to the period, which I appreciated.
There were a lot of characters to keep track of but the author did a good job of providing descriptions. And there were many place names mentioned a map would have been nice. All the same, the story drew me and kept me reading. Trust me, some of the scenes will have you on the edge of your seat! Brienne and Rurik, hero and heroine in book 1, are characters in this story and there are lots of references to their story and the characters from that story.
It helps to begin at the beginning. So, read them in order. I recommend this story and will definitely read more of the trilogy, perhaps beginning with book 1. Rhiannon means to capture Ailinn and bring her to Ireland. But Rhiannon makes a mistake and captures the wrong woman. In Normandy, Aileanor, daughter of Ailinn, and her siblings are playing in a pear orchard when Garreth of Tamworth, an agent for Athelstan, King of England, passes through and saves Aileanor from having to climb down a tree without a ladder.
After that, he is enamored of the young woman and means to make her his. How fortuitous it is that Garreth took the same ship! Garreth is plans to marry Aileanor. Rich in historical detail, Kirkwood draws a vivid picture of the Norse who lived in medieval France and the Saxons in England. She has obviously done her research into the era and the history.
The story is populated with both real and fictional characters, some from the first two in the trilogy. I do recommend reading them in order. Jan 09, Edith M Davis rated it it was amazing. Need more from Kathleen Kirkwood Loved loved this trilogy! I hated when it came to an end.
Characters are great. Laughed loved and cried though the whole book. Feb 04, Ginger Solomon rated it really liked it. There were a fair amount if errors, not so many as to be too distracting, but there just the same. Also, the descriptive sex scenes proved to be unnecessary, which I believe they are in any story. There weren't very many, but one is too many for my tastes.
Jan 25, Sandra G. Coffey rated it it was ok.
Kathleen Kirkwood Collection #2: The HEART Trilogy contains the full versions of The Valiant Heart, The Defiant Heart and The Captive Heart, all three of. Kathleen Kirkwood Collection #2: The Heart Trilogy contains the full versions of The Valiant Heart, The Defiant Heart and The Captive Heart, all three of.
Too Long! The stories were good but what made each of them boring was they were all too long. I did not fully read each story, after about the sixth or seventh chapters, I grew tired of the stories being dragged on, so I went just read the last chapters and the epilogue. View 1 comment. Jul 21, Elle rated it it was amazing. Incredible book series!
Meanwhile, Damien drowns his pain in alcohol before becoming a ruthless CEO and a playboy who refuses to let himself love again. Prisoners of their past, Bria and Damien prove incapable of staying away from each other. They dig deeper into the fateful night which tore them apart and uncover secrets which will threaten all they know and challenge the meaning and strength of true love. Nivia Borell is an emerging contemporary romance author, voracious reader, daydreamer, and student of life on a mission to awaken emotions in the hearts of her readers through the power of the written word.
Regency Romance between an angelic vicar and a devilish debutante: A must read if you love sweet and sizzle with an abundance of heart. Once a flirtatious beauty, the nightmares of her past have frozen her in fear. Ruined and ready to call it quits, all she can hope for is divine intervention. Which poses something of a problem… because, by God, when it comes to this vixen, a war is is waging between his body and his soul.
Together they must conquer the ton, her disgrace, and his empty pockets. With a little deviousness, and a miracle or two, is it possible this devilish match was really made in heaven? A Scheming Minx. Emily Goodnight, a curiously smart bluestocking — who cannot see a thing without her blasted spectacles — is raising the art of meddling to new heights.
An Apathetic Rake. Because fate has limits. It is totally absorbing and leaves you both laughing and crying. Our heroine has a mother who is determined to marry her off or send her to live with an aunt. Our hero has an equally manipulative father. I loved this book. This book is one for my keeper shelf. I gave it 4. This is a sexy and angsty tale that is not to be missed. I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily. Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.
In an effort to improve his rakish reputation, he agrees to an arranged marriage with Virginia-bred Priscilla Wade. The Raveneau Family:. Gretchen Matthews is a woman on a mission.
Haunted by the disappearance of her friend, Gretchen is determined to discover the truth. When she steps through a stone archway on a wind-swept hillside she realizes that to find her friend she must travel not only thousands of miles but hundreds of years into the past — and avert a clan war in the process. Lost in a world of passion and peril, Gretchen is rescued by Ewan Murray, a brave Scottish warrior.
But Ewan Murray has demons of his own. Returning to his clan after years of exile, he is eager to build a new life for himself.
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Does the dark-haired beauty hold the key to his future? Or the destruction of his clan? And can they figure it out in time to avert a war that will destroy all they hold dear? When the Earl of Martingale died, his daughter Marianne discovered he had been stealing. When she tried to return the items, it only created a scandal that could destroy her and her beloved younger sister. Alexander Wittingham, the Duke of Avondale, has isolated himself since his sister died. Their affair draws them close physically…and emotionally. But will Alexander ever accept Marianne to be more than his lover?
If he does, will it be too late? Abandoned as a small child, Annabelle Smith has only vague memories of her past. He needs a cure for his ailing sister and helping him thrusts Belle into his dazzling life of luxury. This is another first read by a previously new to me author. I had heard of Sophia James before but had never read anything by her. This surprisingly short and engaging read was to be my introduction to a maybe future go to author.
This is the tale of a young woman who knows nothing of her past. When Lytton Staines, Earl of Thornton. I gave this book 4 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization. This story has a surprise around every corner. This in no way affected my opinion of this quick read which I read and reviewed voluntarily. My only true love is gone. I only wish he knew how much I loved him. Arabella Marchmont was destroyed when she found out that Jacob died in the war. It was her fault he was there in the first place. The agonizing wait for him to return began, but tragedy struck leaving Arabella to only wonder what could have been.
Jacob was gone from this world, and life had to move on. A long time later, when the Earl of Winchester proposes, everyone understood that it was time, finally even Arabella. A simple life, free of heartache, might be just all that she could hope for. But just as she starts to set her mind to the marriage, a familiar face limps back to Grosvenor Square. Shockingly, her Jacob has returned, but is he even the same Jacob that left all that time ago.?
Could he ever even be the same Jacob that proposed to her? Welcome to the exciting world of Regency London! In fact, Viscount Kelkirk was the exact opposite of everything Claire strove to be, and she has never known how to handle him. But now she has to learn. And fast. If anyone can disrupt her well-ordered life and see the vulnerable woman behind the polite facade, it will be Viscount Kelkirk and now they are thrown together, she realizes her fears were justified.
Simon Kelkirk is compelled to do what his head, and heart, insist: protect Claire and keep her safe. But will she ever trust him? All books can be comfortably read out of order. Sonya's Stuff. Matthews also writes nonfiction books about the era, and this one seems like it will be invaluable.
What did a Victorian lady wear for a walk in the park? How did she style her hair for an evening at the theatre? And what products might she have used to soothe a sunburn or treat an unsightly blemish? Mimi Matthews answers these questions and more as she takes readers on a decade-by-decade journey through Victorian fashion and beauty history.
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Unexpectedly elevated to the highest ranks of society, Nicholas has no idea how to treat his new, aristocratic wife. When their wedding night ends in disaster,.
A spicy historical romance from a USA Today bestselling author! Not Quite a Wife… After a disastrous wedding night, proper Lady Helena Harteford fears for the fate of her new marriage. Disguised as a doxy, she tracks her husband down at a bawdy house to reason with him. Unfit to be a Husband… Orphaned at an early age, Nicholas Morgan escapes his violent beginnings to become a successful merchant—only to discover that he is the legitimate heir of the Marquess of Harteford.
His transition to the ton is rocky and made rockier when he marries above him. Torn between guilt and lust, he tries to protect his sweet, innocent wife from the demons of his past. But can he safeguard her from his own raging desires? From the drawing rooms to the stews of Regency London, they find themselves caught in a game of passion and seduction. Will true love prevail? Or is Helena destined to remain. Length: Full-length novel over 90K words Sensuality: This is a hot historical romance with sizzling love scenes.
This book can be read as a stand-alone and is also a part of a series. The Mayhem in Mayfair series:. Chronicles of Abigail Jones series:. Minerva Templeton has a reputation for being, well, something of a recluse. A wallflower, if you will. She must travel to the wilds of Scotland to fetch a mysterious something. So off she sets to Scotland where she must brave all manner of awful things—things this wallflower avoids at all costs after a traumatic experience as a child.
But after the death of her beloved Grandpapa, she cannot help wondering if she should be brave. Try new things. Like meeting a handsome Scottish farmer turned wealthy landowner.
Like kissing him perhaps? Like falling desperately in love with the brooding, wonderful man? Minerva Templeton has a reputation for being something of a recluse. So off she sets to Scotland where she must brave all manner of awful things—things this wallflower avoids at all costs after the traumatic experience of being kidnaped as a child. But after the death of her beloved Grandpapa, she cannot help wondering if she should be braver. Like meeting a handsome Scottish farmer turned wealthy landowner and fall in love! This is the third installment in the Inheritance Clause new series and they just keep getting better.
I actually gave this one 4. All of these books are fairly short reads and easily finished in one sitting. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Mass Market Paperback: pages. Publisher: St. Her parents may want her to catch a title, but she will never change who she is for the promise of marriage. Her husband will be a man who can appreciate her sharp mind as well as her body. A sophisticated man who loves life in London. Is it because Amelia-Rose is just too. Surely Niall can find a way to soften up the whip-smart lass and make her the perfect match for his brother for the sake of the family.
Does he have what it takes to win her heart? There is only one way to find out…. Once upon a time— in May , to be exact—. Angus MacTaggert, Earl Aldriss, traveled from the middle of the Scot tish Highlands to London in search of a wealthy bride to save his well- loved but crumbl in g estate. Aldriss Park had been in the MacTaggert family s in ce the time of Henry VIII, when Domhnall MacTaggert, desp it e be in g Catholic and married, declared publicly that Henry should be able to wed as many lasses as he wanted until one of them got him a son.
When Angus in her it ed the t it le in , he realized the old castle needed far more than a fresh coat of pa in t to keep it from both physical collapse and bankruptcy. And so he determ in ed to go down among the enemy Sassenach and w in himself a wealthy bride. The English had made enough trouble for him and his over the centuries, so they could bloody well help him set th in gs right.
On his second day in London, he met the stunn in g Francesca Oswell, the only offspr in g of James and Mary Oswell, Viscount and Viscountess of Hornford— who had more money than Midas and a bevy of very f in e solic it ors—at a masked ball w here he dressed as a bull, and she as a swan. Desp it e the misgiv in gs of nearly everyone in Mayfair, Angus and Francesca immediately fell madly in love, and married w it h a special license ten days later. This made for some very spectacular arguments, because t here is noth in g more combustible in the world than an impoverished Highlands laird in disagreement w it h an in dependently wealthy English lady about his own ancestral lands.
Over the next thirteen turbulent years the estate prospered, and Francesca gave Angus three sons— Coll, Aden, and Niall— and w it h each one became more concerned that this was not a life for any civilized person. She wanted to br in g the boys back to London for proper educations and to live proper lives, but Angus refused, stat in g that what had been good enough for him would be good enough for his lads. When a fourth child, a daughter, arrived in , Francesca reached her break in g po in t.
No daughter of hers was go in g to be raised w it h an uncivilized accent in a rough country w here she would be ridiculed by proper Society and unf it to marry anyone but a shepherd or a peat cutter. Angus refused to let his lads go, but he allowed Francesca to take young Eloise and return to London—on the cond it ion that she cont in ue provid in g for the ma in tenance of the estate. Francesca reluctantly agreed, but given that she controlled the purse str in gs, she had her own cond it ions to try to keep some in fluence w it h her wild sons: All three boys must marry before their sister, they must wed proper Englishwomen, and at least one of them must marry someone of her choos in g.
She refused to allow them to be viewed as unsophisticated wild men by her London neighbors, and she rema in ed determ in ed to have a presence in their lives. To enforce her will, she conv in ced or rather, coerced Angus to put his signature to the agreement, which conta in ed this provision: If young Eloise MacTaggert did marry before any of the boys, Francesca would cut off all funds to the estate.
If they were to in sist on defiance, they would have a heavy price to pay for it — one they and their tenants could not afford. Angus and Francesca rema in ed married, but ne it her would bend enough to vis it the other ever aga in. As far as the lads were concerned, their mother had abandoned them. Now it appeared to be too late. For the sake of the property and their tenants the young men must go to London. At once.