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Gillian of Warewick knows no other treatment than the terrible physical and mental abuse issued by her father. When he arranges a match for Gillian with Christopher of Blackmour, she is fearful: Blackmour is rumored to be an evil sorcerer. When Gillian meets him, he proves to be far more of a man than her father is, yet he is unwilling to be a lover to Gillian. She finds tGillian of Warewick knows no other treatment than the terrible physical and mental abuse issued by her father. When he arranges a match for Gillian with Christopher of Blackmour, she is fearful: Blackmour is rumored to be an evil sorcerer. When Gillian meets him, he proves to be far more of a man than her father is, yet he is unwilling to be a lover to Gillian. She finds that Blackmour has as many psychological scars to heal as she has physical scars....

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This Is All I Ask Reviews

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-03-10 03:51

    This is a truly lovely romance story about two scarred people who find each other. There are parts that made me so sad to think about how Gillian was treated by her family. I was pretty curious to see how Ms. Kurland would handle a blind hero in a medieval romance. Think about it. How difficult that would be for a blinded knight? How could he run his keep, and keep what he earned by blood and sweat, in a world where might means right? I think she did a great job of dealing with the blindness issue. There's a part that is very realistic, although those who dislike heroes who are not 100% physically capable probably won't like it. But it made sense the way things happen.I thought the emotion and love between Gillian and Christopher was so touching and poignant. The power of it transcended the words on the paper and went right to my heart. There are no love scenes in this book. And to be honest, they are not necessary. Yes, I love a good love scene, but a book that has a powerful love story doesn't need one.This book was also good for the way you see scared, shy Gillian grow into a strong, beautiful woman. She was described as being unattractive, but part of it was because of her lack of self-esteem and belief that she was unworthy. There is no magical makeover. You see Gillian's inner beauty bloom as she is carefully tended and loved by Christopher. It brought tears to my eyes.Christopher is a wonderful hero, thoughtful, intelligent, kind, and strong. He's been in a funk because of his loss of vision, but you don't hold that against him. It's perfectly understandable. The humor was the perfect balance to the often dark subject matter. Colin, who has his own story in From This Moment On, is Christopher's best friend and companion. Christopher always knows when Colin is around because he can smell him. Colin's not too fond of bathing, so he has a characteristic odor. Despite my being a stickler for good personal hygiene, Colin won me over for his kind heart behind a gruff exterior. I loved his back-handed matchmaking for Gillian and Christopher. This was a great medieval romance. Highly recommended.

  • Lyuda
    2019-03-19 02:47

    If I read the book 25 years ago, I think I would’ve liked it.The story started out promisingly enough. Twenty-one-year old woman who's been kept as a virtual prisoner by horribly abusive father is sprung from her nightmare home by a marriage offer from a knight friend of her deceased warrior brother. She goes along because she has no choice, even though her husband to be has a fearsome reputation as a dark dragon-like creature. Of course, as she gets to know her new husband, she learns he's not the monster she feared and they fall in love.The book could’ve been an interesting character-driven story but, unfortunately, it felt in execution for me. The heroine is about as emotionally developed as a 12-year-old which is understandable considering her upbringing, but it doesn't make her very interesting. On the contrary, her portrayal seemed to be built on a bunch of stereotypes. She's the girl who thinks she's ugly but we find out she really isn't, she's tomboyish enough to play with a sword--but from what I read she really doesn't know how to use it nor does she have the presence of mind to keep from dropping it at the first sign of threat. I had to remind myself again-and -again of the heroine abusive past, and be understanding of her annoying and puzzlingly inconsistent behavior and constant tears. And speaking of tears...We get not only constant tears from our heroine, we also get teary-eyed hero, that is when he gets tired of constant shouting.Thanks goodness for witches whose magic made the leads fall in love. Without their outside intervention, it’s hard to imagine a more unlikely outcome if one considers numerous misunderstandings and wrong assumptions.The book is 432-pages long and the magical falling in love happens half-way through. The rest of the story felt more like a page-filler that took things off course and didn’t do anything to promote the development of relationship.

  • Lover of Romance
    2019-03-17 03:33

    As this is one of my favorite romance novels to read, a book that I have read and re read over and over, I thought it was time to do a review on this read. This Is All I Ask starts out with Gillian of Warewick, whose mother died when she was young, and her father tends to be very abusive to her both physically and emotionally. Gillian after losing her brother, who was the only one that loved her, she feels that she has no courage or beauty inside or out. When she is suppose to marry the Dragon of Blackmour, a man known for his deeds in battle, and rumored to have killed his previous wife, and deals in nefarious acts. Gillian, after being married to Christopher of Blackmour, Gillian is terrified of this man whom she knows regrets their marriage. After a deep misunderstanding these two lost souls find a way to overcome, what they view as deficiencies, but will become strengths as they find love and a reason to live and enjoy every moment together.I love reading from this author, and as this is one of my favorites of this author I thought I would re read it and do a review on it. This is probably one of the most emotional romances that I have ever had the opportunity to read. Its both powerful yet sensitive, and will pull at your heart strings. Gillian is a young woman whose only known abuse and domination. She has never had freedom or to be able to think for herself. So when she first meets Christopher she knows that he is only marrying her out of a promise that he made to her brother. But as she sees that he struggles with a certain challenge of his own, that will be with him the rest of his life, she knows he suffers pain and loss as well, that he is in need of love as much as Gillian needs it and more. Kurland will take you on a roller-coaster of a journey will ups and down that might make you shed a tear, but will brighten up your day, I found This Is All I Ask to be a enriching read that you will never regret taking the chance on!!!

  • Christine
    2019-02-27 23:32

    I usually reserve my one-star reviews for utter, painful rubbish. This book does actually have some redeeming features, so maybe I should nudge it up, but I can't see past the ridiculous portrayal of blindness suffered by Christopher, the male protagonist. You may feel free to groan at the painful pun. I assure you the pain won't come near that of trying to figure out on which planet the author ran across a blind person. Hmmm....maybe if this were relabeled science fiction? Nah...I quit reading 2/3 of the way through (and I'll relay my put-down moment in a minute), so I didn't get to the point where, I assume, the hero miraculously recovers his vision. If he stays blind at the end, someone leave a comment, and I'll nudge it up to 2 stars, I swear. But I've just got this feeling...Christopher is hiding his blindness from his people. His squire knows, and one night. (This is set in the 1200's, ftr). I have to assume he is totally blind, although the author has no description whatsoever of his specific visual problem, probably assuming, as many do, that there is only one way to be blind. So let's go with the idea that this guy is BLIND, nothing but darkness, not even the ability to detect light. Um....and no one's noticed? The thing is, you can memorize how many steps it takes to get around your keep, and the general location of furniture. But furniture moves, especially when there are lots of servants bustling about and they don't know they're not supposed to keep it in one place. Auditory cues are great, but they won't help you look a person in the eyes. But wait, there's more! Because this blind person can fool more than just the servants...he can fool the knights he still trains with. He can apparently joust with a few shouted hints from his squire, sword fight, wrestle, and do hand to hand combat. He's described as being better than most sighted people. Unbelievable! No, really. Unbelievable. Blind people can adapt in seemingly miraculous ways at times, but not being able to see is actually a big problem. The description of this guy's blindness was so poor that at a couple of points in the book, I thought he had miraculously gotten his vision back. It was amazing how many times he "looked" at things. He had very little trouble finding things, even things that do not necessarily stay put (like blankets to cover his wife). At one point he tripped over a stool, hit his head against a chair, and then "looked" at Gillian. I was sure the author was going to suggest that this bump on the head had restored his wight, but that's not at all what happened. I'm not sure why the author decided to make Christopher blind. The condition had almost no impact on the story or the character. ***I feel the need for a scene break here. Sort of a...moving right along...because alas, I am not done. Gillian was an interesting character, and probably the reason I kept reading as far as I did, despite everything. She was an abused little creature at the beginning, one who had to learn to trust. I thought the initial description of her abuse and her mindset as a result of the abuse was very good. I did find that her ultimate trust came too easily, but under other circumstances, I probably would have overlooked it. This story got boring pretty quickly once Gillian started to get over her fear. It didn't move quickly in the first place, and it slowed to a snail's pace afterward. The two loved each other but wouldn't say the words. (My "Quest for the Three Magic Words.") Gillian was embarrassingly innocent. I got the impression she didn't know men have penises. Christopher found this sweet. I found it disturbing. A little innocence can be fun, and it's a hallmark of historicals, but for me, this one went a little over the top. My put down moment came on me gradually. I kept hitting "speed up" on my audiobook player, wondering how on earth the thing wasn't just about over, because there wasn't much left to do. I was contemplating hitting the fast forward button to skip a few chapters, thinking maybe they were going to do something with her father (although really, they didn't need to), but then came the sex scene. Well, actually, then came the curtain in my face to keep me from reading about the sex scene. Argh! Are you kidding me? You've spent how many chapters on tentative kisses, the fact of her innocence, and the fact of his desire, but when they actually have sex it's suddenly the next morning? Um, that was an important moment that you missed right there. You can't skip moments you've been gradually leading up to for 2/3 of the book! This was a critical moment for her. This book claims to be all about trust, about Gillian learning to trust, and about Christopher learning to trust. The author could have glossed over the physical details for all I cared, but skipping the emotions and the intimacy....well...at this point, I really should desist. Oh, and in case I didn't make it clear, I don't recommend. :)

  • Jess the Romanceaholic
    2019-02-17 04:46

    Re-April 2015Good gracious, it seems I just can't leave this book alone. I still love it, though the one scene with "blanket" annoys the pie out of me. I stick with my original rating of 4.5/5 Stars, and hope I can find something else that strikes my fancy so I don't end up re-reading the entire series. Re-Read July 2011.This is still a favorite of mine. While I think Christopher is a bit too squishy for my tastes, as Ms. Kurland has a tendency to make her terrifyingly powerful warriors have an incredibly soft underbelly. As such Christopher (and Colin both lol) tend to tear up a bit more than is to my preferences.I still love how Gillian overcomes the horrible physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her father, as well as how Christopher finally comes to terms with the fact that his disability does not make him less of a man in truth. Gillian's actions during her fever still feel unrealistic -- that sick and she's going to hold an entire (and rather lucid) conversation and not remember it? I could go with some incoherent babbling, but nowhere near the extent of conversation she holds with "blanket" during her recovery. Plus, I'm not certain how one can be burning up with fever but also be so cold that someone has to get into bed with you to warm you up before you freeze to death *shrugs*A few unrealistic bits aside, this is still a favorite of mine, and highly recommended for fans of abused heroines in their historicals. 4.5/5 Stars

  • Anali
    2019-02-21 03:52

    LO AME, LO AME, LO AME!!!! Definitivamente tengo una debilidad por las protagonistas inocentes y maltratadas y los héroes con algún tipo de discapacidad. This is All I Ask una historia hermosa. Prometo escribir una reseña (muy bien merecida) cuando tenga tiempo :)100% recomendada.

  • Bark
    2019-03-06 05:42

    When her abusive father sells her off to a man she's heard has horns and practices the Dark Arts, our heroine is understandably scared out of her wits but is also a bit relieved to escape her sire's tortures. Instead of finding the Devil, she finds a wounded, proud and wonderful man, a man who needs her love to become whole again - her soulmate. Set in medieval times, THIS IS ALL I ASK is a beautiful and emotionally rewarding love story for those who enjoy a believable tale about the magical healing powers of love. Kurland infuses her writing with a tender and often times humorous touch. Though the story lacks an explicit love scene (my only complaint!) it packs a powerful emotional punch and should not be missed for fans of well written medieval tales. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it again!

  • Susan (susayq ~)
    2019-03-12 04:36

    I've got to admit, I liked this one the best so far out of all that I've read in the series. Christopher was absolutely swoony :) if I could pluck him from the pages and have him for myself, I'd gladly do it. I loved how Gillian blossomed and became courageous. Her transformation was great.

  • Leah
    2019-03-09 00:50

    Again, this has sexual situations...but I loved the story. It made me believe in true love...wow, that was sappy.

  • ~Leslie~
    2019-02-28 05:40

    This is one of my all-time favorite pure romance novels. No sex, just romance. I love how Lynn Kurland writes.2nd Time reading it: 4.5 ★ Loved it all over again! Christopher is such an amazing hero and Gillian is amazing as well. Both of them have so much to overcome and yet they love each so deeply. Beautiful story.

  • Ruth
    2019-03-19 02:30

    Excellent. This is the sweetest historical romance I have ever read. Both H/H believe they are unworthy but with love and each other they become a beautiful whole.

  • Fani *loves angst*
    2019-03-13 01:42

    This is all I ask is a very very nice romance, that I loved reading for the first 2/3 of it. In fact, if I was to rate it objectively I might rate it with 5 stars, but since all this rating/reviewing system is about how I feel about it, I can't give it more than 4 stars, or 3 and 1/2 to be exact.The story, as it has been described already here is that of Gillian's of Warewick, shy and timid and physically abused by her father marrying the evil, hard-hearted warlock Christopher of Blackmoor. (view spoiler)[As it is obvious, Chris turns out to be no evil warlock, but a blind and recluse, once proud, warrior. (hide spoiler)] Gillian, under his tender treatment of her's overcomes her shyness and falls in love with him and he with her. But before they live happily ever after, they have to fight her evil father who wants to hurt Chris.The story is simple and very forward, but also sweet and tender and I really enjoyed reading how their trust and love developed day by day (although Chris could have resisted a little longer before he fell for Gill's charm). But, I had two major issues with the book and they are exactly the same I had with Stardusts of Yesterday; it has nothing to do with the story or the predictability of it which I don't mind a bit. It has everything to do with the overly flowery language that Kurland uses in those two books (didn't find the same in The very Thought of you nor in A Dance through time which I both love) and my personal preference of having the heroes openly profess their love to each other at the very end of the book. For me, when the heroes say their respective "I love you"s to each other, this is where the story ends. I might have the patience of reading another 5 or 10 pages of epilogue on how they lived happily ever after or about 30-40 pages of hunting down the villain before they can live happily. But to read for over 120 pages, in between of which only 3 pages of fight/action exist, of character development (Gillian overcoming her shyness even more and Chris becoming even more confident that he still is a warrior) is something I am extremely BORED to do. I found myself skipping most of those pages, until I reached the fight scene which is 10 pages before the end.Taking in mind the PG rating of this book and the way I was never tired of reading enough I love you's from the hero to the heroine when I was in my teens, I can only deduce that this novel is targeted mainly to the younger audience. More cynical readers will have little patience with so sugary a writing style. Also, those as myself, who want their male hero dark and brooding will firstly love Chris, but soon become disappointed as in a few pages after the middle of the book he fiercely claims "Don't lean out the window. You're liable to fall and then where would I be?" only to answer by himself "Bereft" a couple of lines later. Pleeeeeaaaase.... What more is there to read after that???

  • Megan
    2019-03-07 04:53

    This is an amazing book! I have to say, it is by far, the sweetest, and touching romance books I have ever read. The hero, Christopher of Blackmour, is blind due to an accident he sustained a few years prior. The last thing he wants to do is to marry, but he made a promise to a friend, William, that if anything should ever happen to him then Christopher would take care of his younger sister, Gillian. Unfortunately, William died, and Christopher has to uphold his promise to his friend by getting her away from her abusive father, by the only way he knows how; to marry. Gillian, while a sweet girl, is petrified to have to marry “The Dragon of Blackmour.” This is a story about two people, both who don’t believe they deserve love, but find it all the same in each other. It is also a story about finding who you are and, given love, can grow into something remarkable. It is the most precious and tender romance I’ve read. The characters, all of them (including all the secondary characters), are real and add so much to the story. This is the 6th book in the De Piaget series, but I did not feel lost even though this was the first book in that series I’ve read. I am intrigued by some of the characters and will probably read certain character’s stories, but I don’t believe I’ll read the whole series. While I loved this book, the only downside are the PG or “young adult” love scenes. I do not mind this, as I enjoy many “old school regencies” which have this as well. But, I don’t believe I could read all of Ms. Kurland’s books, as this is a trait shared by them all, or so I have read from other reviewers.

  • Princessjay
    2019-02-18 01:58

    Above-average writing style, situation, and set-up. The heroine is a typical scaredy-cat abused and virginal girl who transforms through love into a woman with confidence, blah blah. The hero is blind -- which was interesting, but not very much explored except that he needed to have the furniture in his household be the same, etc. -- but typical strong man who is not a bad guy inside, blah blah. And, of course, the villain of the piece is the abusive father, who is pure cardboard. Nothing original or unusual occurred, and I was bored out of my mind by the 50% page count.An extra star for equality between hero and heroine. This one lacks the overt misogynist overtones of many genre romances.

  • ❋
    2019-03-07 05:44

    WHAT A READ. Once again, I'm marveling in the bittersweet aftermath of such an exquisite, fairy-tale like novel. There was a hundred and one things I loved about this book, so much love that I can't even begin to think of anything I disliked (apart from Gillian's dad. Oh boy did I hate him!). I really appreciate when an author goes above and beyond to create a wonderful story. This is my first novel by Lynn Kurland and will certainly not be the last. She had me spellbound by the charm, cleverness and beauty of her words and thoughts. What a dream to read. I devoured this book...or maybe it devoured me?Either way, I am more than content. I'm pretty DAMN DELIGHTED! And as a thank you, here's a (hopefully) above and beyond review :)1. Plot2. Characters and Arcs3. Cast4. Extra Notes5. RomanceLet's begin...1. PlotOne of my favourite things about this book? The air of magic and sheer wonder. This book begins with witches. Yes you read correctly. Three wizened old crones who stole my heart. And like all witches (I confess I only know a handful) they were a meddling bunch, in the best way. They have a hand in the proceedings of this novel. Gillian of Warewick- a soft, tender soul who has been abused at the hands of her disgusting brute of a father, has learned the horrifying news. Her father plans on marrying her off to none other than the notorious B.I.G. Christopher "The Dragon" of Blackmour. His reputation proceeds him and strikes terror into the hearts of all England, Gillian included. However, their marriage offers her something she never dreamed of. Hope, freedom, friendship and love. But her Dragon's heart is not so easily tamed for he harbors his own secrets...2. Characters and ArcsArguably the best part of a novel, the characters often make the book. Lynn Kurland did not disappoint. Her characters were alluring, delightful and fun. And further, they were flawed. Nothing pulls me in like a flawed character. To me, a flawed character is like a meadow at night, bursting with colour, spilling over with vibrancy and life, yet shrouded in a darkness so deep, only the whispers of moonlight alert us to the true complexity hidden. Both Gillian and Christopher were flawed in their own perfect ways.GillianGillian was such a pleasure to read and is one of those characters who makes you frustrated at their fiction. I wish she was real. She was treated terribly by her father and yet he never broke her spirit. She was so very sweet, clever and innocent as well, and I loved her journey into self-acceptance and love. She learnt so much from Christopher and vice versa. She was faithful and above all, incredibly strong and courageous- something she never realised she possessed. Kurland chose to make Gillian a heroine who wasn't drop-dead gorgeous but instead rather plain. Yet she had a wealth of beauty within her. And that, I believe, is how she was perceived as beautiful. There is, as one of the characters noted, a light that shines in her eyes. The kind, I think, that only the true pure of heart possess. Gillian was an absolute joy to read about. At the beginning, she was terrified of Christopher. The stories told about him were all she saw when she looked at him, but slowly she began to see the man beneath the tough, gruff exterior. And when she did, she offered her heart and soul so completely.She began as a timid, quiet and shy little "mouse" and bloomed into a wonderful, spirited "dragoness" fit for her dragon. ChristopherChristopher was absolutely delicious. Ughh he was strong, arrogant and dominant whilst also being incredibly tender and gentle with Gillian. He was just the right sort of hero. Not overly alpha and might I just add, he was certainly a tormented hero. We learn fairly early on that Christopher is blind (I have to add that Gillian managed to figure out very quickly and I was so impressed. What a smartie. Further, she never saw that as a hindrance :') Also, Kurland never dragged it out or set a dreary tone.) Christopher was so strong and managed to hide his blindness and cope with it. For a warrior to lose something so key and necessary in a fight, he found other ways to do overcome this. Further, he was even braver for having his heart broken once before and learning to love again. I loved the emphasis on character rather than beauty. The woman Chris once "loved" was actually an evil, greedy woman who also happened to be breathtakingly, heartstoppingly beautiful. He learnt, after losing his sight, that true sight comes from the soul. What he lost, he finds in a woman with enough heart to take on the world. Despite trying to hold his love back, it swept over them both like waves on the shore. Minor CharactersI couldn't write a review without mentioning the awesome Lord Artane and his sons who stole my heart with their antics. So thankful for Lord Artane raising Christopher like his own son because he grew to be an incredible man - a "whole" man.Also, Christopher was very fortunate to have the most adorable squire and some truly brilliant friends who made me laugh out loud. The characterisation in this book was epic, everything and everyone's involvement wove together magically. And speaking of magically...I have to mention the three witches (who seem more like wiccans) again. They were absolutely hilarious and oh so wise. Almost like guardian angels. I liked how Gillian kept visiting them for advice and herbs for beauty and courage - when in fact the herbs were just placebos! I suppose their involvement makes this seem even more fairytale like. 3. CastGillianChristopher4. Extra NotesOne thing that stuck out to me was when Gill first saw the ocean. She fell in love on sight and it was one of the major reasons she stayed at Blackmour when she had just arrived, terrified. I liked the idea that she fell in love with the ocean - this wild, raw piece of nature. A pulsing, breathing entity capable of both destruction and beauty. And it reminded me of Christopher. A force of nature himself, he was danger but he was also a work of art. Gillian sought comfort in the ocean, this wild thing that calls to each of us, to the wildness in our hearts. And I think this was a precursor, preparing her to allow the untameable, chaos of Christopher and his love into her heart. Just a thought :) 5. RomanceLet's end this with a bang me thinks. Where this wasn't a particularly steamy read, the romance was rich and heartwarming. It was a sweet read and a gem for romantics. I reveled in every moment- each caress, soft word, tease ahhh all of it was wonderful. This is one of those reads that you have to see for yourself what all the fuss is about. I just adored it and would happily go back and re-read. It has a very Julie Garwood feel to it, and I'm in no way complaining. There was tears and triumphs and the most melty happy lil feeling in your heart after reading this. In short, this is what romance is about.And as I mentioned before, this was like a fairytale. And in true fairytale fashion, it had it's own share of morals and lessons.What I learnt:Beauty is in far more than appearance. It is in your capacity to love and be loved. Courage is in far more than battling nightmare foes. It is facing each day with a strong and determined heart, taking on whatever the dawn brings. And finally, sometimes when one thing is lost, it opens up another world of possibilities. All we need to open our eyes, is a little faith- in ourselves, in what is and all that will be. We are more able than we know, stronger than we think and more beautiful than we may feel. Thank you for these lessons, Lynn Kurland. This was truly a one-of-a-kind read. Now onto something else, no doubt unable to top this. The bar has been set precariously high...but then where would I be without my books?Very lost indeed.

  • Erin Burns
    2019-02-27 01:41

    I am not quite entirely sure how this book ended up on my TBR, particularly with none of the other books in the series read or an my TBR. But I suspect it somehow came to my attention after reading Candle in the Window and becoming interested in how blind protagonists are treated after reading The Arrangement.It turns out that this is also somewhat a paranormal, and we have witches, I suspect from they way they are presented here they have been meddling along in the series and will continue to meddle. So yep, a historical paranormal with a blind hero.Fortunately it is only a touch paranormal, the rest is just historical. We have the rough, tough cream puff hero, who protects himself due to prior emotional wounding. He also happens to be blind, and a little self-pitying. So while he will marry the heroine due to a long-standing promise and his honor, he is determined not to love her or care for her (beyond being a proper husband) or like it in any way. We have the kind, but living in fear heroine who initially fears the hero, but learns to first trust and then love, and then learns courage and her own self-worth. And then we have a cast of humorous and sympathetic characters, and of course the heroine’s father-the villain.Man, oh, man, this book is almost painfully sweet. I don’t mean that in a bad way, just, it is so sweet, but you know the other shoe is about to drop sometime. It is also on occasion, whether intentionally or not, kind of humorous. Not like it is a comedy, but just enough to leaven the topics and make you feel happy reading it instead of entrenched in the doom and gloom of what are some pretty awful situations. And we also have a hero who is in touch with his own emotions on a level that I find delightful but that may leave readers who prefer a more traditional alpha hero feeling a little uncomfortable, YMMV.And another thing I really enjoyed, we have no miracles here. Things are what they are, our characters have to live through and with the things that have happened to them, but separately and together they grow as individuals and find their way through and together. Which is a mishmash way of saying we have a delightful happily ever after with two characters who are more than happy to depend on one another but aren’t exactly dependent on one another, if you see what I mean. Looking at this objectively, I would probably have given this 3 stars, but , but for me this is one where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and it is an emotional event that I will likely return to. However, the rest of the two series this book is entwined with seem to have a significant number of time travel books, so I doubt it will be a glommable series for me.https://wordpress.com/post/burnsthrou...

  • A
    2019-03-06 23:43

    This book is so derivative it hurts. The heroine is tstl in every way who misconstrues everything as bad, even if someone so much as sneezes near her. Her abusive, cruel father is two dimensional and a typical 'evil' character used as a plot device to show how the heroine is vulnerable but it all just feels contrived of the (bad parts) medieval romance genre, especially the hero with the fierce reputation as a wicked man with a 'black soul' (eye roll) with nothing of substance to back up these claims to make his perceived demeanour seem convincing to make the reader believe in these characters emotions. Seriously, its a ho-hum and typical medieval with all the sterotypes checked off: fearful heroine who is married off to the big mean knight and thinks of ways to escape his house (to London, because its always London in these books (I swear all the heroines in these books who plot their escape, its so ridiculous especially given the era); then the hero who is the devil even when he is kind to her. It just got exhausting how many times the hero was patient and calm with the heroine yet she'd jump from A to X in her stupid conclusions thinking the worst.Her abusive parent as an explanation for her bahaviour is a cop-out. Troubled and hurt people are not by default stupid people. I really wanted a good mediavel but this was not it. The high reviews baffle me!

  • M Robin
    2019-02-16 07:55

    So, in this book, there are witches who magically bring our leads together. This is a good thing, because it's hard to envision any other situation in which the stupidity of our hero and heroine doesn't drive them apart. Our heroine and hero fall in love basically all at once. You'd think the story would end there, but we have anguished misunderstandings to keep things happening for another 300 pages. We also have a cast of what I'm sure are intended to be loveable side-characters whose slap-stick goodness is only eclipsed by the utter incomprehensible villainy of the baddies. Add in a couple of useful coincidences to tie things up at the end, and you have a long story about a pair of not-particularly-charismatic fools who are utterly in love with each other. They express this by tearing up. A lot.As for the central plot, it's an interesting setup. But The Devil's Lady explores a similar notion, and does it far far better. It has likeable characters and witty dialogue. And a romance whose tension doesn't come down to 'I-thought-he-wanted-me-to-leave-but-really-I-misunderstood-him-entirely-because-my-utter-lack-of-self-esteem-means-I-lack-basic-comprehension-skills'. What I'm getting at is, you should read The Devil's Lady instead.

  • Nazneen
    2019-02-17 02:36

    This is really a good read..Poor heroine was so much mistreated by her father..Thankfully, hero marries her..I loved how they grow to love eachother..How sweet he is with her, how he is determined to protect her..Also, how heroine finally wants to kill her father only for the hero..It was all really sweet....

  • Ana T.
    2019-03-05 03:32

    My last reread for the January Rereading Challenge. I didn't manage to read as many as I hoped but the one missing will be reread soon, it's Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice!Gillian of Warewick knows no other treatment than the terrible physical and mental abuse issued by her father. When he arranges a match for Gillian with Christopher of Blackmour, she is fearful: Blackmour is rumored to be an evil sorcerer. When Gillian meets him, he proves to be far more of a man than her father is, yet he is unwilling to be a lover to Gillian. She finds that Blackmour has as many psychological scars to heal as she has physical scars. First of all I must say that I've tried several Kurland books but this was the only one that made it to my keeper shelf way back when I first started reading romance. I had really fond memories of it and I was hoping it would make for a good reread. It wasn't exactly terrible but I'm afraid it wasn't as good as I remembered.Gillian starts the book terrified of her father and of the man he wants her to marry and that she believes to be a dark sorcerer. Although her fear his understandable we immediately know that Christopher is nothing of what she believes him to be and the reason for him to marry her as nothing to do with evil deeds or malicious intentions. In fact her is hiding a secret that he doesn't want her to find.This seems like the beginning of a great story but my problems with it were Kurland's attempts at being funny. Those scenes did not come across as humourous but as childish. I was forever having to remind myself that Gillian was not 14 or 15 years old because she kept sounding like a child in those scenes and I was jarred out of the story. The same for some of Christopher's actions even if he was a bit better. he is scarred by a villanous first wife and he suddenly decides that because Gillian wants to get pregnant and visit's the castle whore to know more about it she must be evil too and mistreats her and sends her away. And this doesn't happen in the beginning, it happens in the middle after he knows her better and what she suffered at her father's hands. Oh the attampt at fantasy with the witches was wasted on me, I don't think it really added to the story and to me it felt like an artificial way of wrapping things up.I know I'm making it sound pretty bad and I'm a bit worried because I was looking to a B- grade and now it feels I'm describing a much lower grade. The thing is I liked the characters! I liked Christopher, even with that outburst and even if some of the details of his secret seemed to easy for him to handle. Then I really liked Colin, his right hand man, and Jason his squire and Robin of Artane. I even liked Gillian wen she wasn't sounding like a 14 year old. But the book lacked depth to fully explore the traumas of both Gillian and Christopher and then attempted a humour that really didn't work for me.Grade: C+

  • Becca
    2019-03-09 06:32

    This is the best book I've read in a while. It was so nice to read a romance novel that focused on the emotional connection and healing power of love instead of sex. There are no explicit sex scenes in this book, and it was awesome. So many new books have lost sight of the love in the pursuit of the lust and this book was a refreshing divergence from the norm.Christopher, the Dragon of Blackmore, and our hero, is blind. Some reviewers thought the blindness was poorly handled and quit reading because they thought the hero would regain his sight. He never does. What makes this book awesome is that while our hero never physically sees again, he does learn how to appreciate and love inner beauty which cannot be seen by many that have perfect vision. I loved how his disability was handled, it made for a gripping and emotionally charged tale.Gillian, our heroine, was terribly abused by her father. For a large chunk of the book, she is skittish and fearful. However, she slowly gains courage and she blossoms in the care of our hero. The transformation was handled in a way that was truly believable and kept me turning pages.Both hero and heroine have physical and emotional scars from betrayal and abuse in the past and there are a few misunderstandings before they come to realize just how much they need each other. The story is not fast paced, but instead focuses on the passage of time and how the characters change and grow closer. Gillian's father is quite a villain in this story and I must warn readers that there is a scene where he humiliates the hero. For those who do not like when the hero is not indestructible, this book isn't for you. The hero has flaws and he struggles with them regularly. How he dealt with his blindness showed immense strength of character that made him one of the most attractive and wonderful heroes ever. I must admit that the supporting characters, Colin and Jason, stole the show. Colin is Christopher's gruff and somewhat smelly brother-in-law from Chris' first marriage. Wow, I adored him. He was so protective and endearing while trying to keep up his ferocious facade. I cannot wait to read his story. Jason is Chris' eyes and his squire. He is 16 and is one of the first to make Gillian feel comfortable. He is a sweet addition and I'm looking forward to reading his novella where he is all grown up, and lessons from his master help him find love.This book is wonderful. I will be reading more by Kurland! 5 stars!!

  • R.C. Matthews
    2019-03-18 05:57

    What a heart-breaking story this is! Christopher and Gillian are both damaged in their own ways - the hero having been blinded and the heroine a victim of abuse. I really loved the way the author developed the love and trust between these two characters. Being blind is difficult enough in modern times, but to be known as a fierce warrior in the medieval times and then lose your sight - that's a serious blow to one's ego and pride. Gillian's transformation from meek and ugly girl to courageous and beautiful woman was fun to read about. And it wasn't just through Christopher's playful coaxing, but also his squire, Jason, and his best friend, Colin. There is a lot of banter in this book that kept a constant smile on my face. However, I have to admit Gillian really got on my nerves in the first third of the book. I'm not sure I could have tolerated meek Gillian much longer, but I could understand why she was that way.Oh, Christopher. I adore alpha male heroes that are still vulnerable and Christopher was all that and more. My heart really ached for him - even more so than Gillian. The black moment was a bit frustrating for me because I don't believe the author did Christopher justice in staging a complete and utter humiliation. And Gillian had several TSTL moments where she was saved by either Jason or Colin. These aspects kept this from being a five star book for me, despite the fact that I cried in the scene right after the first setback. I mean really, really cried. If you enjoy clean, medieval romance with both a tortured hero and heroine that learn to love and trust through each other, then this is the story for you. It was well worth the read.

  • Rhapsody
    2019-03-10 01:51

    Loved it. It had a lot of elements that I like in romance novels, especially historicals. Gillian has been abused by her evil father and is then sent to marry Christopher, a lord with an evil reputation. She's terrified of him, cries constantly, considers escaping and doesn't know where to go, etc. Christopher was an incredible warrior before he was blinded and he doesn't want to make himself vulnerable to his new bride. He avoids her for a while before deciding that maybe the marriage isn't that bad a thing after all.Really entertaining. Gillian was quiet and timid, not at all the annoying, fiery, TSTL heroine you so often encounter in these books. She wants to keep out of everyone's way and not be hurt. I found her timidity refreshing and I always like stories where the male lead has to proceed cautiously and gently--just personally, I find it more compelling and believable than tales where the two mains are immediately, uncontrollably attracted to one another.

  • Brooke
    2019-02-25 01:55

    Gillian and Christopher are a shining example of real love, this story was equally sad and heart breaking as it was beautiful and heart warming... Christopher's ability to survive and thrive with his ailment was astounding, and really beautiful, because he doesn't succeed by himself, Colin and Jason are two fantastic characters hat I loved just as much as the main characters.... Lynn Kurland writes relationships, brothers, friends, lovers, etc, she really makes you feel the loyalty and respect... I obviously loved this story, Jason dePiaget is a wonderful young character, the way he was with Christopher had me teary eyed at times, complete loyalty... Christopher was such a strong character, yet so completely lovey dovey at times alone with Gillian... And Gillian was a complete character overhaul, from her abused beginning other fantastic ending, I loved that under that cowering, scared girl, was a bossy little thing waiting to come out... Great story!

  • Kathie (katmom)
    2019-03-18 04:45

    I've already read this TWICE...yes, it's that good.This poor girl, beaten physically and mentally, just a lost little waif, terrified...and now married to someone who surely has HORNS!And him...In the dark and afraid to care!Gillian is so naive and innocent. The only care she's ever known was from her brother and then he was gone. Christopher had been hurt, blinded and then left because "he was less than a man without his sight".Their journey to really ~see~ each other was amazing.They each find some steel in their backbones and more than enough love in their lives.Before this book I had the three default shelves here on goodreads: read, currently reading, to read.After reading THIS book I now have another shelf: BEST BOOKS EVER.Yes, it really is one of those!

  • Katie W
    2019-02-22 03:43

    I have really come to love and enjoy Lynn Kurland's books. I have been told that they're not all the cleanest, when it comes to romance, and this was definitely one of those. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline--a poor, abused girl is rescued from her father by a lord with the legend of being a dragon--but there were some parts, while very romantic, that made me a tad bit uncomfortable. Maybe a little TMI, without completely crossing lines, just very, very close (for me, at least). But...at least these situations occurred between married people!! For me, that is a bonus. Anyway...fun medieval romance with some spice.

  • Mary
    2019-02-22 01:34

    Such a sweet book! An abused daughter who the father wants to unload on whoever he thinks will pick up where he leaves off, and the lord who is bound by a promise to take her. Only his reputation keeps people from guessing his real secret.How he finally comes to discover that he has the perfect wife, how she guesses his secret and her reaction, how she comes to believe in herself, and his gruff but tenderhearted guard who becomes her second guardian - it's all just delightful. I LOVE this book! Her conversations with her 'Blanket' are wonderful. I don't dare tell any more for fear of spoiling the book for anyone who hasn't read it yet.

  • Penelope West
    2019-03-05 07:47

    Most heroes are perfect specimens of manhood. Usually tall, almost always too handsome by far, their only physical flaws are a few scars from battles. Not so this hero. Christopher has more serious wounds to his person and his soul. It takes the love of his dead wife's brother, and the girl who has been brought to be his second wife to bring him back to be an active participant in life again. Richly told story to warm you to your toes.

  • Yulia
    2019-03-14 02:38

    It was okay but I don't thing I'll be reading the rest of the books in this series, at least not anytime soon.A clean romance about a girl who was abused by her father and the man who is scarred emotionally by his first marriage and mentally by losing his sight.

  • SheLove2Read
    2019-02-16 07:59

    I first read this book several years ago. For some reason I didn't have this in my "read" pile on Goodreads. This is a fabulous story full of emotion and heartbreak. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an intense, thought provoking read.