A Kingdom of Dreams By Judith McNaught
From sweeping passion to taut suspense, Judith McNaught has entertained millions with a stunning array of emotions in nine dazzling bestsellers. In this beloved classic, “one of the best ever” (Rendezvous), two defiant hearts clash in a furious battle of wills — in a glorious age of chivalry.
Abducted from her convent school, headstrong Scottish beauty Jennifer Merrick does not easily surrender to Royce Westmoreland, Duke of Claymore. Known as “The Wolf,” his very name strikes terror in the hearts of his enemies. But proud Jennifer will have nothing to do with the fierce English warrior who holds her captive, this handsome rogue who taunts her with his blazing arrogance. Boldly she challenges his will…until the night he takes her in his powerful embrace, awakening in her an irresistible hunger. And suddenly Jennifer finds herself ensnared in a bewildering web…a seductive, dangerous trap of pride, passion, loyalty, and overwhelming love
This is a book that reminds me why I love reading so much, this is to me how romance novels should be written. A Kingdom of Dreams is going on my all time favorite books- even days after finishing, I get a goofy grin on my face when I recall certain scenes. A story full of passion, suspense, mistrust, misunderstandings and dreams that held me spellbound throughout.
A Kingdom Of Dreams tells the tale of the first Duke of Claymore, Royce Westmoreland. Dubbed “The Wolf” by Henry VII when still a child, the very mention of his name strikes fear in the hearts of his enemies. Royce longs for the times when he can settle down, wanting a woman who will accept him for all of him and not just his reputation as a fierce and mighty warrior.
Jennifer is the daughter of the head of the Scots clan Merrick. Her mother died in childbirth, so her father remarried a woman with four children, three of which are sons thus will become her father’s heirs. Jenny grew up longing for the acceptance and respect of her clan and her father, dreaming of a kingdom where she is treasured and a hero to her people.
“It wasn’t a real kingdom with land and castles; it was a kingdom of dreams—a place where things would be just the way I wanted them to be.”
Mortal Enemies who meet and become bound by passion, Royce and Jenny were just perfection together, even though Jenny refused to see it for most of the book. The more time they spend together, the more they become captivated by each other . Their first love scene together was one of the most touching that I have read. Jenny’s emotional reaction to Royce’s battle scars and her wanting to heal his pain, causing Royce to experience emotions he’s never had or expected was just BEAUTIFUL. Their fraught love affair is one of the best I have read about.
Royce became and will always be one of my all time favorite heroes. When I am first introduced to Jenny, I admired her greatly, she was feisty, courageous and stood up to Royce. Reading further, I started to dislike her, all due to her stubbornness and naïvety. By the end of the novel, I just wanted to scream at her numerous times until she redeems herself.
I highly recommend because “After all, it’s not every day a woman is given a kingdom of dreams” and not every day we get to experience a book such as A Kingdom of Dreams.