Honor's Splendour PDF/EPUB Þ

Honor's Splendour PDF/EPUB Þ

Honor's Splendour [Epub] ➚ Honor's Splendour ➟ Julie Garwood – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk This classic medieval romance from New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood is a fan favorite—a beautiful lady needs rescue from a knight in shining armor and gets an alpha warrior insteadIn This classic medieval romance from New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood is a fan favorite—a beautiful lady needs rescue from a knight in shining armor and gets an alpha warrior insteadIn the feuding English court gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother Baron Louddon Then in vengeance for a bitter crime Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon Exuisite Madelyne was the prize he caturedbut when he gazed upon the proud beauty he pledged to protect her with his life In his rough hewn castle Duncan proved true to his honor But when at last their noble passion conuered them both she surrendered with all her soul Now for love Madelyne would stand fastas bravely as her Lord the powerful Wolf who fought for Honor’s Splendour.


10 thoughts on “Honor's Splendour

  1. EmBibliophile EmBibliophile says:

    45 starsThis is my fourth Julia Garwood’s book and so far all of her books kind of have the same plot? But still I’m finding them so addictive to read? I guess I’m just enjoying their simplistic form so much to care Madelyn saves Duncan who has been held captive by her brother After setting him free and helping him escape she discovers that he intentionally gotten himself into that position because he has a bigger plan which includes kidnapping herThis book won me over with that first chapter I don’t know why but I just thought that it was funny and cute I loved Madelyn so much and her uncontrolled honesty Duncan was a traditional HR hero He was such an arrogant alpha male but with honour and a soft side The banter was so freakin enjoyable and hilarious There were many sweet moments between the characters that I enjoyed Overall this was such a fun time from the very first chapter


  2. Stacey is Sassy Stacey is Sassy says:

    I have this memory of reading Honor's Splendour as a sixteen year old and I chuckle at how much I've changed from that sweet and innocent little flower I believed that once I found my true love I would want to warm his feet if he ever needed it Let's just say I love hubby but he'd have to pay me BIG BUCKS to touch let alone warm his feet I love him though so I'd buy him a pair of warm woolly socks ; LOVE this story Can't say I'm a huge fan of the narrator especially when she's performing the sexy times A little too husky sex line for meI will be back for Julie Garwood I'm sure she is after all one of the ueens of Historical RomanceI did plan to take a little longer to listen to this oneI forgot how much I LOVE this story and how funny it was I can't help but swoon when the big tough hero comes to realise that the temptress he kidnapped has the power to bring him to his knees Duncan and Madelyn's love story was one of the first romance books I read as a teenager Julie Garwood is still one of my favouritist historical romance authors and it broke my heart that she no longer writes them I like her contemporary romances I LOVE her historical romancesThe audio was good but the narrator's voice could get a little annoying sometimes I really love re readinglistening to my favourite historical romances and this will definitely be a regular step back in time for meI originally planned to take a little longer listening to this one but once I started I just couldn't stop I highly recommend this audioWhere's my gallant hero when I need himThis was a re read of one of my favourite Julie Garwood historical romancesWhenever I think of this story I always remember it for the beautiful beginning when the heroine warms the feet of the heroJulie Garwood's stories make me want to step back in time to meet a gallant hero who will lift me on to his horse tuck my head under his chin and protect me from all dangersThis story is about a woman who has lived a life of fear from her abusive brother Madelyn was sent away when she was younger to live with her elderly uncle who was a priest In this time she was taught to read and enjoyed wonderful stories about characters including Odysseus When she was forced to return to her brother she would remember the stories and retreat into her mind and imagine Odysseus would watch over her and protect her I think she wished to have her own OdysseusWhen Duncan the hero has his feet warmed by a lady trying to save him he was shocked to realise that she was the lady he planned to kidnap After Duncan's men attack the fortress he decides to keep Madelyn and take her home with himI don't want to give away the whole story so I'll say that this was the start of a connection that grew between them The story is filled with passion intrigue and excitement that kept me riveted from the beginning to the endThis is one of my favourite historical romances and Julie Garwood is a legend in this genre I think I will have to start including a weekly re read of some of my Favouritesmaybe The Secret will be next


  3. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish says:

    I have to say I have yet to read a Julie Garwood novel that I don't love but there was something special about Honor's Splendour that makes it stand out in my mind and has made it one of my favorite readsGarwood's books feature women who though they might not know it at the time are strong honorable compassionate and very wise Watching them come into their own is such an enjoyable experienceThe same can be said for the men of her novels They are usually gruff arrogant and very set in their ways but at all times honorable Now to Honor's SplendourSeeking revenge Baron Duncan of Wexton sets out to kidnap Madelyne the sister of Baron Louddon the man responsible for the brutal attack on Duncan's sister Adela What happens though he could never have anticipated Madelyne became the captor holding Duncan's heart as no other woman ever hasMadelyne spent years being abused by her brotherBaron Louddon and has finally had enough Packing her few belongings she waits for the right moment to leave her brother's fortress hoping to find safety in Scotland at the home of her cousin As she awaits the moment she can escape she spots Baron Duncan stripped of clothing and tied to a post in the courtyard left to die in the freezing night Unaware of Duncan's purpose for being there to kidnap her she risks all to set him free to protect him from her brother What she didn't realize was that Duncan didn't need rescuing Allowing himself to be captured was part of the plan for he and his men to gain access to the fortress and Madelyne herselfFreeing Duncan from his bindings and gathering his clothes Madelyne takes him into the visting priests uarters behind the chapel where one simple act of compassion will change her life and his foreverWhich leads me to my favorite uote from the book found on page 28 and gave me one of those sigh moments that I love so much Lady Madelyne had sealed her own fate She'd warmed his feetJulie Garwood has become one of my favorite authors and Honor's Splendour one of my favorite books


  4. Blacky *Romance Addict* Blacky *Romance Addict* says:

    What will you get if you decide to read this book?1 Wonderful writing2 A beautiful story3 A fierce warrior for a hero4 A herione that has great character5 Total and utter enjoymentFor me this was a pure 5 star book 3 1 Wonderful writing Julie Garwood has an amazing style I just love reading her books and this one wasn't dissapointing How ever good the stroy was how great the characters were the best thing in this whole book was the writing I don't remember the last time I just enjoyed simply reading the book the sentences the dialogue She does it marvelously 2 A beautiful story Set in the medieval times it's about a baron seeking revenge for his sister's rape He plans to kidnap the sister of his enemy you know an eye for an eye It begins with Duncan The Wolf being tied to a post in the middle of winter left to freeze to death Madelyne the sister of his enemy plans to escape her brother and save the poor warrior from certain death Not knowing he is in fact there just for her she frees him and ends up being captured Duncan immediately sees she is nothing like her brother and Madelyne learns to trust him and eventually they fall in love well duh XD 3 A fierce warrior for a hero almost all JG's heroes are alike huge musceled fierce and brave warriors and Duncan is no different He's alpha as any alpha can be considering in what time period he's in lol They know him as The Wolf he is feared by all his enemies never wish to see his face in battle for they would not come out of it alive Considering I absolutely LOVE those fierce alpha warriors he was just my thing I loved him Anyway from the moment Madelyne saved him and warmed his feet when he couldn't stand he knew she would belong to him 4 A herione that has great character I usually read novels just for the male ch but this was an exception Madeline was so great Even though I doubt that ladies behaved like that in those times it was great to read She has a fierce temper and is not affraid to stand up to Duncan when even his soldiers would cower in fear of him She's so funny and clueless about it that makes her even funny XD At one time after she kisses Duncan she went up in tears and apologized for taking advantage of him when he promised her he would not touch her XDXD Yeah she's just great 5 Total and utter enjoyment All of these things together make a great read if you're not opposed to the medieval period you'll really like this Well I have to admit I was totally opposed to medieval and then I read this one my first from this period and what can I say now I LOVE it 3 This was a re read and now I'm thinking I'm going to have to go through all JG s 3 My favorite scenes Duncan is half frozen from being in the cold Madelyne gets him inside to warm him up she presses his feet against her stomach to warm them up She let out a loud gasp when his icy skin touched her own warm flesh and then adjusted her gown and wrapped her arms around the outside hugging him to her Her shoulders began to tremble and the warrior felt it was as if she were drawing all the cold from his body and taking it into her ownIt was the most unselfish act he had ever witnessed The first time when they sleep in the tent she kisses him and then later appologises for taking advantage of him looool When she is wounded in battle and has the fever she's hallucinating about Odisseus ahahaha that was the funniest part of the whole book loved it The first time she goes down for dinner and witneses the feeding as she calls it loooool When his horse breaks out of the stable and everyone panicking that he will run her over and figuring out that she tamed him hahahaha When he tells her he loves her and she only thanks him for it ehehe


  5. Esther Esther says:

    I never get tired of rereading this one Loved the hero and heroine RereadAnother 6 star rating if possibleI forgot how much I loved these two together Madelyne and Duncan's love story was beautiful sweet full of chemistry and sexy Such an incredible love storyI miss the medieval romances we need like this one The writing was excellent and beautiful What a wonderful storyline I will definitely be reading this one again and again


  6. Dina Dina says:

    Yay another great book by Julie Garwood The story opens with Baron Duncan of Wexton stripped of his clothing tied to a post and left to freeze to death by Baron Louddon's men But as soon as he's alone Louddon's sister Lady Madelyne comes to his rescue and frees him Ducan can't believe his luck not that he's in any real danger and in need of her help because his capture was all part of a bigger plan but fate is just giving him what he came for Duncan's sister Adela was raped by Louddon about a month ago so he decided to kidnap Madelyn and force a confrontation with her brother seeking revenge for what he's done Having Madelyne unselfishly help him is beyond anything Duncan expected and he falls hard and fast for her Obviously it takes some time until he realizes thatAs soon as Duncan is freed he and his men attack Louddon's men and destroy his fortress When the battle is over Duncan is disappointed to find that Louddon is absent since the coward Baron escaped to London soon after Duncan was captured thinking of establishing an alibi for Duncan's death Knowing that Louddon will go after them Duncan takes Madelyne as his captive to his home And so it begins a most romantic storyThis book hooked me from the start with one of the most beautiful opening scenes I've ever read Oh I've heard about the whole feet warming and such beforehand as it's often mentioned as a memorable scene by many readers but it didn't lessen the impact of it It was exciting to actually read the whole scene and not only a snippet of it and I was smiling and sighing like a ninny the whole time Like Duncan I fell in love with Madelyn there and thenAs I'm beginning to expect from Garwood's heroines Madelyne was a bit ditzy and clumsy but her kindness and courage won me over Her inability to tell a lie was charming sometimes funny and in the end saved the day See it pays to always tell the truth especially if you tell it in a way that gets people a little confused Duncan was also what I've come to expect from a Garwood's hero an arrogant but honorable warrior protective patient and completely devoted to Madelyne He did force her to marry him but it was for her protection among other reasons like his yet unprofessed love for her and his desire do bed her ; and he never meant to hurt or harm her in any wayHonor's Splendour was all about Duncan and Madelyne realizing they were made for each other and as a bonus making Louddon pay for his sins I loved the way Ducan explained to himself why he felt compelled to sneak into Madelyne's bedroom to sleep with her when she was still his captive I smiled with his listing the reasons for marrying her I sighed every time he sighed just for show of course with one of her antics I laughed with her attempts at learning self defense To sum things up I adored Duncan and MadelyneThe only thing that bothered me a bit in this book was I felt it dragged a little after Duncan and Madelyne said ILY to each other Things got too calm and uiet after that and I couldn't wait to see how Duncan was going to finish Louddon for good I trusted Duncan but I didn't trust King William and his special friendship with Louddon could be a problem In the end everything worked out and Duncan and Madelyne got their true HEA after all this is Romancelandia This was only my fourth book by Garwood and based on what I've read so far I can't wait to read of her Working my way through her backlist will keep me entertained for a long time and I couldn't be happier


  7. NMmomof4 NMmomof4 says:

    4 StarsOverall Opinion This was better than I thought it'd be I'm not sure why but I just wasn't expecting all that much for some reason I enjoyed the dialoguebanter the characters and their connection It was steamier than I was expecting for a HR too I think I need to read some from this author because I do enjoy her writing style If anyone has a recommendation for any of her works please send them my wayBrief Summary of the Storyline This is Madelyne and Duncan's story They meet when Madelyne chances her brother's fury when she saves Duncan from being held captive Duncan was planning all along to kidnap Madelyne to get revenge for her brother's crimes against his sister When they spend time together Madelyne is not what Duncan was expecting and he can't help but fall in love with her Madelyne is damaged from her brother's abuse so it takes a while for her to understand her own value to others but she uickly gains the loyalty of Duncan's people There are some suspenseful moments some sexy times and some funny and sweet scenesand they get a HEA endingPOV This alternated between focusing on Madelyne and Duncan in 3rd person narrativeOverall Pace of Story Good I never skimmed and I thought it flowed wellInstalove No they take a bit before they develop stronger feelingsH rating 45 stars Duncan I really liked him He was alpha but also didn't hesitate to show his affections and be sweet to the h when she needed ith rating 45 stars Madelyne I really liked her too She was smart sweet and super protective Sadness level Low no tissues neededPushPull Yes view spoilerThere are times when they both push away as well as pursue the relationship hide spoiler


  8. Somia Somia says:

    A re read that had me smiling and entertainedSet in the medieval times this book gives us fierce Baron Duncan of Wexton who seeks revenge against the man who raped his sister what he doesn't count on is falling in love with the women he aims to use in order to gain his revenge Madelyne At times Madelyne's switch from meek to defiant and back again had me pausing ever so slightly but it didn't drive me madThere's a sweet and gentle tone to this one that I enjoy Potential Triggers view spoilerReferences to rape and murder hide spoiler


  9. Rose May Rose May says:

    Note This review and all my reviews comes from my blog Romantic Rose's Bookshelf Chest beating primates mysterious wolves and swooning bi polar PMSing tigerkitten mixes oh myI should warn you the following is a REALLY long rant review with only one positive paragraph at the end Feel free at any time to skip to the 'bottom line' portion of the review to get the gist of itThis book was my first Julie Garwood ever and I am happy to say it will be my last Never again will I disgrace my mind with such folly The book started out well interesting I actually enjoyed the first two or three chapters Our heroine Madelyne starts us off by freeing her brother’s captive Duncan Wexton and saving him from death by freezing She warms his feet for him and it is apparently that act of kindness not the risking her life by freeing him of course that prompts him to declare her ‘his’ His men rush over the wall kill all of her brother Louddon’s men and whisk her away as a captive Keep in mind that our 'ever compassionate' soon to be paragone of a heroine saves a servant from death during the battle by standing in front of him and proclaiming that she will die before the servants No one kills her or moves her out of the way and the servants go free owing their lives to the wonderful MadelyneDuncan burns Louddon’s home to the ground and begins the journey with his men and Madelyne and this is where the trouble starts as we begin to discover how absolutely PERFECT he is He’s the bestest He’s the greatest warrior and since he trained his men they’re invincible as in not a single man of his dies in the attack on Louddon’s fortress despite taking on an entire army just like him Madelyne mentions at some point she believes him the most handsome man in England He’s so kind too and sweet and protective and fierce and strong and handsome and masculine and he’s just so great cause he’s always thinking of her and he’s sensitive but manly and aloof and he’s really hot cause he doesn’t die or act cold even when he’s freezing to death and he’s able to control his body’s natural reaction to shiver because he’s just so amazing and wonderful and fantastical – you get the picture He’s perfection and it’s really annoying By the middle of the book I was ready to throttle him – though no than I was ready to throttle MadelyneMadelyne had the issue that she was never the same character twice She was totally unpredictable in as much that she had no solid base There was no common thread to her character She was all over the place Here are some examples first Garwood shows us how weak Madelyne is by having her struggle against Duncan even punch him in the face and not hurt him or make any headway Later she walks through a battlefield injured and swings a mace hard enough to kill a man She also hip checks Edmond the giant causing him to stumble and when she punches HIM in the face it gives him uite the colorful bruise Inconsistent? I think so Another example Garwood gives us several examples of Madelyne’s innocence in regard to men In fact it’s kind of humorous how little she knows and the fun conversations that ensue that I loved Yet the first time they kiss SHE kisses HIM And Garwood tells us how wild and passionate and uninhibited she is This makes no sense When its Duncan and Madelyne’s first time she’s all shy again – about her nudity and everything They’ll make wild uninhibited ‘tigress’ love which by the way is a terrible mental image because it literally makes me think of a tiger in bed with Duncan and then she’ll go back to being horribly shy And then once again just to confuse us she’ll suddenly decide not to be shy any More examples? She faints erratically She glares then is meek is emotionally aloof then warm and pliant is defiant then tame Her behavior is nonsensical It seems Garwood is trying to make Madelyne confusing – we see that in how the men say they can’t figure out or understand Madelyne But while its okay for the other characters not to understand Madelyne the reader should always be able to understand her and her motives and that we could not do Lastly Madelyne becomes a paragon in the book – a little clumsy but she never lies and is virtuous and beautiful and humble and loved by animals and children alike Ugh Give me a breakI will also make a case of Madelyne’s stupidity She’s far too trusting on certain occasions – like with Edmond Duncan’s oaf of a brother When she first meets him despite his roaring yelling shouting etc she looks up at him ‘with eyes so trusting it made him pause’ Yeah Gag me She also trusts Duncan though he turned and took her as his captive in order to get vengeance on her brother And what of this captive business? Madelyne despite how we are told she’s such a defiant free spirit never makes an actual escape attempt Its like she has courage to yell about the awful eating habits of the men but not over her captivity When one doesn't try to escape captivity it makes us feel like you want to be there hon Also I despise Madelyne’s treatment of Adela – Duncan’s sister Adela has been raped and is a filthy mean mess because of it Now it is in my experience that rape victim’s usually take care to be extra extra clean because they feel dirty and they do not become loud and belligerent but uiet and withdrawn But of course rather than mold her to reality Garwood molds her to suit her purposes Madelyne’s treatment of Adela to me is horrible She adopts a tough love philosophy which is fine But forcing her to take a bath and forcing her head underwater – and calling her filthy even if only in the literal sense? It shows a lack of compassion for what the other woman went through A total lack of empathy or sympathy and it made me angry at Garwood for putting Adela through thatNow enough about my hatred for Madelyne’s consistently annoying unbelievable character What is with the men? In totally inappropriate situations Gilard Edmond and Gerald shout in anger when there has been little to no provocation In fact it’s not just the ‘loud anger’ that is overblown in this book Characters will laugh at lines that aren’t funny or cry at things that don’t warrant an emotional outburst It gives me the feeling Garwood was trying to make her characters seem merry than they were or make the events seem devastating or emotional then they were It was all very false feelingSome other key problems? Madelyne is forced to marry Duncan – by Duncan That’s just not the stuff romance books are made of They also make love in a freezing cold lake as if there’s no chill at all Be real night time river fun is only endearing for the reader if you haven’t made such a huge point about how cold the river is before hand Otherwise as I’m reading all the romantic lines I’m thinking about the two of them shivering against one another Finally there’s too much sub drama or mini plots Madelyne with Duncan got lost amidst Madelyne with Gilard Adela Silenus Edmond Loddoun the non priest and Madelyne with the wolf plus the conflicts between the King and his brother Adela and Gerald Gerald and Morcar and the whole Madelyne finding out she’s a bastard child thing There were too many other dramas going on for the author to focus on the main conflict and truly build it up – or to build up any of the smaller conflicts Thus the main conflict felt a bit like a mini conflict to me The entire book was dull and lack luster because it was just a mini revelation followed by another mini revelation with no suspense to make us care about the revelations at all Many of those characters could and should have been eliminated They served little purpose and were actually uite ridiculous the wolf for instance That was just stupid and sillyThis book was saved in my eyes by the suspenseful beginning Chapters 1 and 2 and the end There are admittedly some great lines between Madelyne and Lady Eleanor and Madelyne is much less annoying by the end The ending was satisfactory most ends are tied – though I can’t help wondering if there was ever going to be books written about Edmond or Gilard because their stories are left unsatisfied The author does write beautifully I will say that in her defense Her sentences were fluid and elouent and I think my favorite parts were when she was talking about nature – because the characters weren’t making a mess of things with their terrible inconsistent inhuman personalities So the language was good The book was competently written but that won’t encourage me to pick up another Garwood anytime soon But by all means if you feel there’s a Garwood I should try comment or send me an email at romanticrosemayyahoocom and I’ll try again“Sexy”ness rating Hot TraditionalOverall Rating DBottom Line If you like well if you like Julie Garwood you’ll like this book If you like chest beating hunks and wilting fainting women this is probably a book for you If you like characters with uniue personalities this book is NOT for you Also there’s little humor throughout this book only some at the beginning so if you like comedy this is a no no


  10. Rach Rach says:

    5 STARS I honestly cannot remember the last time I enjoyed a book so so muchI will admit I was a person who at the mention on Historical Romances would run the other way Yet I told Blacky I would try one as I know she loves them I was so wrong to judge them This one is so wonderful that I think it will stay with me for the rest of my life sigh Things I loved Duncan known as the wolf you have my heart my love sigh you are amazing and I loved your stern attitude to begin with and yet your love for Madelyne I will wait for my Duncan to come on his horse to rescue me one day Madelyne she was an amazingly strong character who was wise and brought great humor to the story with her willingness to speak her mind Even to Duncan who commanded respect and submission the plot I cannot fault it It was never boring or out of context It had just the right amount of passion and reverence for a book of this genre Would I recommend it to others YES I MOST CERTAINLY WOULD Even to none Historical Romance readers or people wanting to begin with this genre like myself I will certainly be reading books by this author as she is amazing Blacky I could kiss you for recommending this to me You are the ueen of Historical Romance rec's now so be warned I will be coming to you again Love you woman Mwah mwah


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10 thoughts on “Honor's Splendour

  1. EmBibliophile EmBibliophile says:

    45 starsThis is my fourth Julia Garwood’s book and so far all of her books kind of have the same plot? But still I’m finding them so addictive to read? I guess I’m just enjoying their simplistic form so much to care Madelyn saves Duncan who has been held captive by her brother After setting him free and helping him escape she discovers that he intentionally gotten himself into that position because he has a bigger plan which includes kidnapping herThis book won me over with that first chapter I don’t know why but I just thought that it was funny and cute I loved Madelyn so much and her uncontrolled honesty Duncan was a traditional HR hero He was such an arrogant alpha male but with honour and a soft side The banter was so freakin enjoyable and hilarious There were many sweet moments between the characters that I enjoyed Overall this was such a fun time from the very first chapter

  2. Stacey is Sassy Stacey is Sassy says:

    I have this memory of reading Honor's Splendour as a sixteen year old and I chuckle at how much I've changed from that sweet and innocent little flower I believed that once I found my true love I would want to warm his feet if he ever needed it Let's just say I love hubby but he'd have to pay me BIG BUCKS to touch let alone warm his feet I love him though so I'd buy him a pair of warm woolly socks ; LOVE this story Can't say I'm a huge fan of the narrator especially when she's performing the sexy times A little too husky sex line for meI will be back for Julie Garwood I'm sure she is after all one of the ueens of Historical RomanceI did plan to take a little longer to listen to this oneI forgot how much I LOVE this story and how funny it was I can't help but swoon when the big tough hero comes to realise that the temptress he kidnapped has the power to bring him to his knees Duncan and Madelyn's love story was one of the first romance books I read as a teenager Julie Garwood is still one of my favouritist historical romance authors and it broke my heart that she no longer writes them I like her contemporary romances I LOVE her historical romancesThe audio was good but the narrator's voice could get a little annoying sometimes I really love re readinglistening to my favourite historical romances and this will definitely be a regular step back in time for meI originally planned to take a little longer listening to this one but once I started I just couldn't stop I highly recommend this audioWhere's my gallant hero when I need himThis was a re read of one of my favourite Julie Garwood historical romancesWhenever I think of this story I always remember it for the beautiful beginning when the heroine warms the feet of the heroJulie Garwood's stories make me want to step back in time to meet a gallant hero who will lift me on to his horse tuck my head under his chin and protect me from all dangersThis story is about a woman who has lived a life of fear from her abusive brother Madelyn was sent away when she was younger to live with her elderly uncle who was a priest In this time she was taught to read and enjoyed wonderful stories about characters including Odysseus When she was forced to return to her brother she would remember the stories and retreat into her mind and imagine Odysseus would watch over her and protect her I think she wished to have her own OdysseusWhen Duncan the hero has his feet warmed by a lady trying to save him he was shocked to realise that she was the lady he planned to kidnap After Duncan's men attack the fortress he decides to keep Madelyn and take her home with himI don't want to give away the whole story so I'll say that this was the start of a connection that grew between them The story is filled with passion intrigue and excitement that kept me riveted from the beginning to the endThis is one of my favourite historical romances and Julie Garwood is a legend in this genre I think I will have to start including a weekly re read of some of my Favouritesmaybe The Secret will be next

  3. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish says:

    I have to say I have yet to read a Julie Garwood novel that I don't love but there was something special about Honor's Splendour that makes it stand out in my mind and has made it one of my favorite readsGarwood's books feature women who though they might not know it at the time are strong honorable compassionate and very wise Watching them come into their own is such an enjoyable experienceThe same can be said for the men of her novels They are usually gruff arrogant and very set in their ways but at all times honorable Now to Honor's SplendourSeeking revenge Baron Duncan of Wexton sets out to kidnap Madelyne the sister of Baron Louddon the man responsible for the brutal attack on Duncan's sister Adela What happens though he could never have anticipated Madelyne became the captor holding Duncan's heart as no other woman ever hasMadelyne spent years being abused by her brotherBaron Louddon and has finally had enough Packing her few belongings she waits for the right moment to leave her brother's fortress hoping to find safety in Scotland at the home of her cousin As she awaits the moment she can escape she spots Baron Duncan stripped of clothing and tied to a post in the courtyard left to die in the freezing night Unaware of Duncan's purpose for being there to kidnap her she risks all to set him free to protect him from her brother What she didn't realize was that Duncan didn't need rescuing Allowing himself to be captured was part of the plan for he and his men to gain access to the fortress and Madelyne herselfFreeing Duncan from his bindings and gathering his clothes Madelyne takes him into the visting priests uarters behind the chapel where one simple act of compassion will change her life and his foreverWhich leads me to my favorite uote from the book found on page 28 and gave me one of those sigh moments that I love so much Lady Madelyne had sealed her own fate She'd warmed his feetJulie Garwood has become one of my favorite authors and Honor's Splendour one of my favorite books

  4. Blacky *Romance Addict* Blacky *Romance Addict* says:

    What will you get if you decide to read this book?1 Wonderful writing2 A beautiful story3 A fierce warrior for a hero4 A herione that has great character5 Total and utter enjoymentFor me this was a pure 5 star book 3 1 Wonderful writing Julie Garwood has an amazing style I just love reading her books and this one wasn't dissapointing How ever good the stroy was how great the characters were the best thing in this whole book was the writing I don't remember the last time I just enjoyed simply reading the book the sentences the dialogue She does it marvelously 2 A beautiful story Set in the medieval times it's about a baron seeking revenge for his sister's rape He plans to kidnap the sister of his enemy you know an eye for an eye It begins with Duncan The Wolf being tied to a post in the middle of winter left to freeze to death Madelyne the sister of his enemy plans to escape her brother and save the poor warrior from certain death Not knowing he is in fact there just for her she frees him and ends up being captured Duncan immediately sees she is nothing like her brother and Madelyne learns to trust him and eventually they fall in love well duh XD 3 A fierce warrior for a hero almost all JG's heroes are alike huge musceled fierce and brave warriors and Duncan is no different He's alpha as any alpha can be considering in what time period he's in lol They know him as The Wolf he is feared by all his enemies never wish to see his face in battle for they would not come out of it alive Considering I absolutely LOVE those fierce alpha warriors he was just my thing I loved him Anyway from the moment Madelyne saved him and warmed his feet when he couldn't stand he knew she would belong to him 4 A herione that has great character I usually read novels just for the male ch but this was an exception Madeline was so great Even though I doubt that ladies behaved like that in those times it was great to read She has a fierce temper and is not affraid to stand up to Duncan when even his soldiers would cower in fear of him She's so funny and clueless about it that makes her even funny XD At one time after she kisses Duncan she went up in tears and apologized for taking advantage of him when he promised her he would not touch her XDXD Yeah she's just great 5 Total and utter enjoyment All of these things together make a great read if you're not opposed to the medieval period you'll really like this Well I have to admit I was totally opposed to medieval and then I read this one my first from this period and what can I say now I LOVE it 3 This was a re read and now I'm thinking I'm going to have to go through all JG s 3 My favorite scenes Duncan is half frozen from being in the cold Madelyne gets him inside to warm him up she presses his feet against her stomach to warm them up She let out a loud gasp when his icy skin touched her own warm flesh and then adjusted her gown and wrapped her arms around the outside hugging him to her Her shoulders began to tremble and the warrior felt it was as if she were drawing all the cold from his body and taking it into her ownIt was the most unselfish act he had ever witnessed The first time when they sleep in the tent she kisses him and then later appologises for taking advantage of him looool When she is wounded in battle and has the fever she's hallucinating about Odisseus ahahaha that was the funniest part of the whole book loved it The first time she goes down for dinner and witneses the feeding as she calls it loooool When his horse breaks out of the stable and everyone panicking that he will run her over and figuring out that she tamed him hahahaha When he tells her he loves her and she only thanks him for it ehehe

  5. Esther Esther says:

    I never get tired of rereading this one Loved the hero and heroine RereadAnother 6 star rating if possibleI forgot how much I loved these two together Madelyne and Duncan's love story was beautiful sweet full of chemistry and sexy Such an incredible love storyI miss the medieval romances we need like this one The writing was excellent and beautiful What a wonderful storyline I will definitely be reading this one again and again

  6. Dina Dina says:

    Yay another great book by Julie Garwood The story opens with Baron Duncan of Wexton stripped of his clothing tied to a post and left to freeze to death by Baron Louddon's men But as soon as he's alone Louddon's sister Lady Madelyne comes to his rescue and frees him Ducan can't believe his luck not that he's in any real danger and in need of her help because his capture was all part of a bigger plan but fate is just giving him what he came for Duncan's sister Adela was raped by Louddon about a month ago so he decided to kidnap Madelyn and force a confrontation with her brother seeking revenge for what he's done Having Madelyne unselfishly help him is beyond anything Duncan expected and he falls hard and fast for her Obviously it takes some time until he realizes thatAs soon as Duncan is freed he and his men attack Louddon's men and destroy his fortress When the battle is over Duncan is disappointed to find that Louddon is absent since the coward Baron escaped to London soon after Duncan was captured thinking of establishing an alibi for Duncan's death Knowing that Louddon will go after them Duncan takes Madelyne as his captive to his home And so it begins a most romantic storyThis book hooked me from the start with one of the most beautiful opening scenes I've ever read Oh I've heard about the whole feet warming and such beforehand as it's often mentioned as a memorable scene by many readers but it didn't lessen the impact of it It was exciting to actually read the whole scene and not only a snippet of it and I was smiling and sighing like a ninny the whole time Like Duncan I fell in love with Madelyn there and thenAs I'm beginning to expect from Garwood's heroines Madelyne was a bit ditzy and clumsy but her kindness and courage won me over Her inability to tell a lie was charming sometimes funny and in the end saved the day See it pays to always tell the truth especially if you tell it in a way that gets people a little confused Duncan was also what I've come to expect from a Garwood's hero an arrogant but honorable warrior protective patient and completely devoted to Madelyne He did force her to marry him but it was for her protection among other reasons like his yet unprofessed love for her and his desire do bed her ; and he never meant to hurt or harm her in any wayHonor's Splendour was all about Duncan and Madelyne realizing they were made for each other and as a bonus making Louddon pay for his sins I loved the way Ducan explained to himself why he felt compelled to sneak into Madelyne's bedroom to sleep with her when she was still his captive I smiled with his listing the reasons for marrying her I sighed every time he sighed just for show of course with one of her antics I laughed with her attempts at learning self defense To sum things up I adored Duncan and MadelyneThe only thing that bothered me a bit in this book was I felt it dragged a little after Duncan and Madelyne said ILY to each other Things got too calm and uiet after that and I couldn't wait to see how Duncan was going to finish Louddon for good I trusted Duncan but I didn't trust King William and his special friendship with Louddon could be a problem In the end everything worked out and Duncan and Madelyne got their true HEA after all this is Romancelandia This was only my fourth book by Garwood and based on what I've read so far I can't wait to read of her Working my way through her backlist will keep me entertained for a long time and I couldn't be happier

  7. NMmomof4 NMmomof4 says:

    4 StarsOverall Opinion This was better than I thought it'd be I'm not sure why but I just wasn't expecting all that much for some reason I enjoyed the dialoguebanter the characters and their connection It was steamier than I was expecting for a HR too I think I need to read some from this author because I do enjoy her writing style If anyone has a recommendation for any of her works please send them my wayBrief Summary of the Storyline This is Madelyne and Duncan's story They meet when Madelyne chances her brother's fury when she saves Duncan from being held captive Duncan was planning all along to kidnap Madelyne to get revenge for her brother's crimes against his sister When they spend time together Madelyne is not what Duncan was expecting and he can't help but fall in love with her Madelyne is damaged from her brother's abuse so it takes a while for her to understand her own value to others but she uickly gains the loyalty of Duncan's people There are some suspenseful moments some sexy times and some funny and sweet scenesand they get a HEA endingPOV This alternated between focusing on Madelyne and Duncan in 3rd person narrativeOverall Pace of Story Good I never skimmed and I thought it flowed wellInstalove No they take a bit before they develop stronger feelingsH rating 45 stars Duncan I really liked him He was alpha but also didn't hesitate to show his affections and be sweet to the h when she needed ith rating 45 stars Madelyne I really liked her too She was smart sweet and super protective Sadness level Low no tissues neededPushPull Yes view spoilerThere are times when they both push away as well as pursue the relationship hide spoiler

  8. Somia Somia says:

    A re read that had me smiling and entertainedSet in the medieval times this book gives us fierce Baron Duncan of Wexton who seeks revenge against the man who raped his sister what he doesn't count on is falling in love with the women he aims to use in order to gain his revenge Madelyne At times Madelyne's switch from meek to defiant and back again had me pausing ever so slightly but it didn't drive me madThere's a sweet and gentle tone to this one that I enjoy Potential Triggers view spoilerReferences to rape and murder hide spoiler

  9. Rose May Rose May says:

    Note This review and all my reviews comes from my blog Romantic Rose's Bookshelf Chest beating primates mysterious wolves and swooning bi polar PMSing tigerkitten mixes oh myI should warn you the following is a REALLY long rant review with only one positive paragraph at the end Feel free at any time to skip to the 'bottom line' portion of the review to get the gist of itThis book was my first Julie Garwood ever and I am happy to say it will be my last Never again will I disgrace my mind with such folly The book started out well interesting I actually enjoyed the first two or three chapters Our heroine Madelyne starts us off by freeing her brother’s captive Duncan Wexton and saving him from death by freezing She warms his feet for him and it is apparently that act of kindness not the risking her life by freeing him of course that prompts him to declare her ‘his’ His men rush over the wall kill all of her brother Louddon’s men and whisk her away as a captive Keep in mind that our 'ever compassionate' soon to be paragone of a heroine saves a servant from death during the battle by standing in front of him and proclaiming that she will die before the servants No one kills her or moves her out of the way and the servants go free owing their lives to the wonderful MadelyneDuncan burns Louddon’s home to the ground and begins the journey with his men and Madelyne and this is where the trouble starts as we begin to discover how absolutely PERFECT he is He’s the bestest He’s the greatest warrior and since he trained his men they’re invincible as in not a single man of his dies in the attack on Louddon’s fortress despite taking on an entire army just like him Madelyne mentions at some point she believes him the most handsome man in England He’s so kind too and sweet and protective and fierce and strong and handsome and masculine and he’s just so great cause he’s always thinking of her and he’s sensitive but manly and aloof and he’s really hot cause he doesn’t die or act cold even when he’s freezing to death and he’s able to control his body’s natural reaction to shiver because he’s just so amazing and wonderful and fantastical – you get the picture He’s perfection and it’s really annoying By the middle of the book I was ready to throttle him – though no than I was ready to throttle MadelyneMadelyne had the issue that she was never the same character twice She was totally unpredictable in as much that she had no solid base There was no common thread to her character She was all over the place Here are some examples first Garwood shows us how weak Madelyne is by having her struggle against Duncan even punch him in the face and not hurt him or make any headway Later she walks through a battlefield injured and swings a mace hard enough to kill a man She also hip checks Edmond the giant causing him to stumble and when she punches HIM in the face it gives him uite the colorful bruise Inconsistent? I think so Another example Garwood gives us several examples of Madelyne’s innocence in regard to men In fact it’s kind of humorous how little she knows and the fun conversations that ensue that I loved Yet the first time they kiss SHE kisses HIM And Garwood tells us how wild and passionate and uninhibited she is This makes no sense When its Duncan and Madelyne’s first time she’s all shy again – about her nudity and everything They’ll make wild uninhibited ‘tigress’ love which by the way is a terrible mental image because it literally makes me think of a tiger in bed with Duncan and then she’ll go back to being horribly shy And then once again just to confuse us she’ll suddenly decide not to be shy any More examples? She faints erratically She glares then is meek is emotionally aloof then warm and pliant is defiant then tame Her behavior is nonsensical It seems Garwood is trying to make Madelyne confusing – we see that in how the men say they can’t figure out or understand Madelyne But while its okay for the other characters not to understand Madelyne the reader should always be able to understand her and her motives and that we could not do Lastly Madelyne becomes a paragon in the book – a little clumsy but she never lies and is virtuous and beautiful and humble and loved by animals and children alike Ugh Give me a breakI will also make a case of Madelyne’s stupidity She’s far too trusting on certain occasions – like with Edmond Duncan’s oaf of a brother When she first meets him despite his roaring yelling shouting etc she looks up at him ‘with eyes so trusting it made him pause’ Yeah Gag me She also trusts Duncan though he turned and took her as his captive in order to get vengeance on her brother And what of this captive business? Madelyne despite how we are told she’s such a defiant free spirit never makes an actual escape attempt Its like she has courage to yell about the awful eating habits of the men but not over her captivity When one doesn't try to escape captivity it makes us feel like you want to be there hon Also I despise Madelyne’s treatment of Adela – Duncan’s sister Adela has been raped and is a filthy mean mess because of it Now it is in my experience that rape victim’s usually take care to be extra extra clean because they feel dirty and they do not become loud and belligerent but uiet and withdrawn But of course rather than mold her to reality Garwood molds her to suit her purposes Madelyne’s treatment of Adela to me is horrible She adopts a tough love philosophy which is fine But forcing her to take a bath and forcing her head underwater – and calling her filthy even if only in the literal sense? It shows a lack of compassion for what the other woman went through A total lack of empathy or sympathy and it made me angry at Garwood for putting Adela through thatNow enough about my hatred for Madelyne’s consistently annoying unbelievable character What is with the men? In totally inappropriate situations Gilard Edmond and Gerald shout in anger when there has been little to no provocation In fact it’s not just the ‘loud anger’ that is overblown in this book Characters will laugh at lines that aren’t funny or cry at things that don’t warrant an emotional outburst It gives me the feeling Garwood was trying to make her characters seem merry than they were or make the events seem devastating or emotional then they were It was all very false feelingSome other key problems? Madelyne is forced to marry Duncan – by Duncan That’s just not the stuff romance books are made of They also make love in a freezing cold lake as if there’s no chill at all Be real night time river fun is only endearing for the reader if you haven’t made such a huge point about how cold the river is before hand Otherwise as I’m reading all the romantic lines I’m thinking about the two of them shivering against one another Finally there’s too much sub drama or mini plots Madelyne with Duncan got lost amidst Madelyne with Gilard Adela Silenus Edmond Loddoun the non priest and Madelyne with the wolf plus the conflicts between the King and his brother Adela and Gerald Gerald and Morcar and the whole Madelyne finding out she’s a bastard child thing There were too many other dramas going on for the author to focus on the main conflict and truly build it up – or to build up any of the smaller conflicts Thus the main conflict felt a bit like a mini conflict to me The entire book was dull and lack luster because it was just a mini revelation followed by another mini revelation with no suspense to make us care about the revelations at all Many of those characters could and should have been eliminated They served little purpose and were actually uite ridiculous the wolf for instance That was just stupid and sillyThis book was saved in my eyes by the suspenseful beginning Chapters 1 and 2 and the end There are admittedly some great lines between Madelyne and Lady Eleanor and Madelyne is much less annoying by the end The ending was satisfactory most ends are tied – though I can’t help wondering if there was ever going to be books written about Edmond or Gilard because their stories are left unsatisfied The author does write beautifully I will say that in her defense Her sentences were fluid and elouent and I think my favorite parts were when she was talking about nature – because the characters weren’t making a mess of things with their terrible inconsistent inhuman personalities So the language was good The book was competently written but that won’t encourage me to pick up another Garwood anytime soon But by all means if you feel there’s a Garwood I should try comment or send me an email at romanticrosemayyahoocom and I’ll try again“Sexy”ness rating Hot TraditionalOverall Rating DBottom Line If you like well if you like Julie Garwood you’ll like this book If you like chest beating hunks and wilting fainting women this is probably a book for you If you like characters with uniue personalities this book is NOT for you Also there’s little humor throughout this book only some at the beginning so if you like comedy this is a no no

  10. Rach Rach says:

    5 STARS I honestly cannot remember the last time I enjoyed a book so so muchI will admit I was a person who at the mention on Historical Romances would run the other way Yet I told Blacky I would try one as I know she loves them I was so wrong to judge them This one is so wonderful that I think it will stay with me for the rest of my life sigh Things I loved Duncan known as the wolf you have my heart my love sigh you are amazing and I loved your stern attitude to begin with and yet your love for Madelyne I will wait for my Duncan to come on his horse to rescue me one day Madelyne she was an amazingly strong character who was wise and brought great humor to the story with her willingness to speak her mind Even to Duncan who commanded respect and submission the plot I cannot fault it It was never boring or out of context It had just the right amount of passion and reverence for a book of this genre Would I recommend it to others YES I MOST CERTAINLY WOULD Even to none Historical Romance readers or people wanting to begin with this genre like myself I will certainly be reading books by this author as she is amazing Blacky I could kiss you for recommending this to me You are the ueen of Historical Romance rec's now so be warned I will be coming to you again Love you woman Mwah mwah

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