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When Love Awaits (Avon Historical Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Johanna Lindsey
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Once Lady Leonie cursed 'the Black Wolf' - handsome Rolfe d'Ambert, the mercenary Lord of Kempston - for his bloody deeds and cruelty to the local peasants. Now she must marry the magnificent blackguard to bring peace to the land.

Young, innocent, and possessing a rare and exquisite beauty, Leonie would be a prize for any man - yet Rolfe seeks the match solely for revenge. But her sensuous kiss ignites within him the fiery need to claim her - and an irresistible desire to unite their warring hearts in glorious love.

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"Johanna Lindsey creates fairy tales that come true" -- -- Romantic Times

About the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 426 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380897393
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00512LSEY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Love Story December 20, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
After her mother dies, Leonie's grief stricken father turns to drink and sends Leonie away from him. She lives in exile,at Pershwick, a keep left to her by her mother. Alain her neighbor and childhood friend has had his property stolen by Rolfe, the black wolf, and must flee. Furious, Leonie curses him. Unbeknownst to her, her people begin to plague Rolfe. In order to maintain peace, Rolfe asks the king's permission to marry Leonie and gets it. Rolfe has no desire for a wife and allows her to stay at Pershwick while he lives with his mistress. But Rolfe keeps thinking of the single night he and his wife spent together and realizes that he wants her in his home. Can Rolfe and Leonie look past his mistress and her family to find happiness together?
This is one of my favorite stories by Lindsey. Leonie is warm and giving, although rather prideful. Rolfe is dark, dangerous, and handsome. Together they sizzle. A delightful love story.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Didn't Put It Down, It Was that Good July 3, 2004
By Dakota
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read "When Love Awaits" in about 3 hours, and loved it. The plot is straightforward: Lord Rolfe decides to marry his reluctant neighbor Leonie to secure peace in his lands and ends up falling in love. Both characters jump of the page as totally real and likable, and the situations they find themselves aren't unrealistic. I especially liked the drama created by Rolfe's ex-mistress Amelia, who is the numero uno "bad guy" in this story. More importantly, the ending is satisfying (everyone gets theirs) and there is one especially delightful scene in which Leonie and Rolfe pit army versus army over ... jealousy. What fun!

This is definitely one of Lindsey's better medieval romances. The only complaint I can make is that the hero's ex-mistress in "So Speaks the Heart," which is an earlier Lindsey medieval romance, is also named Amelia. Are they related?!? Hah.

All in all, I highly recommend this book any day!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More like 4 1/2 stars.... June 28, 2001
By Abbys
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Lady Leonie cursed her new neighbor, Rolfe d' Ambert, her people overheard it, took it by the heart and started mischief towards the new Lord of Kempston to show their loyalty to her... As tempting as it is, Rolfe d' Ambert who is also called the Black Wolf, couldn't just kill all her people to gain peace in his neighboring lands, therefore, without even setting eyes on her, he offered marriage to the saucy Lady Leonie instead. Afterall, He have a mistress to warm his bed anyway. When his offer was rejected, Rolfe seeked the King's help and got what he wanted. Lady Leonie knew what her people did and when she knew of the marriage proposal, she was afraid of the retribution he would give her. But since she had no choice, the marriage concluded. Roalf did get the peace he wanted through his neighboring lands but he found himself enexpectedly at war within his Keep, his wife and her heart.
Perhaps I've read too many historical romances already cuz I find this book somewhat a combination of Elizabeth Lowell's UNTAMED, ENCHANTED and Jude Deveraux's VELVET PROMISE. Of course, there is also a lot in this book that is of it's own originality and identity... but from time to time, I get this Deja Vu feeling... What's so ironic about this though is that I actually loved the combination added to it's originality. The three books is actually one of my favorites. Lady Leonie remined me of Judith in the Velvet Promise while Rolfe reminded me of Dominic in Untamed... Judith is one of my favorite heroine as well, so is Leonie now too... She's independent, intelligent and strong-willed. She is proud yet humble when the need arise. She fights for what she believes in but will also give-in when she sees it needed. She is a LADY through and through...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Consistency October 3, 2004
By John
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The author wanted us to believe that the heroine was a strong character, but didn't back up her opinion with action. Leonie and Rolf spend passionate nights together where they treat each other as equels and Rolf supposedly loves her. Then comes daylight and he's back to treating her like someone of a much lower stature.

Then he continues to keep around his "former" mistress and never tells Leonie why. He continues to act like the rake that he is and she TAKES IT!!

Leonie and Rolfe do get together and it infuriates me to no end!!! Do you see my frustration!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading More Than Once September 8, 2001
By A Customer
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What makes Ms. Lindsey's medieval romantic tale so compelling is her character development. Some of her novels have incredible storylines that supersede the characters. In this one, there is less action per se and more about the strong characters themselves, what they feel and why. One also gets a real sense of the time period and the way of life. Leonie's is not the story of a whiny heroine, but rather a woman of substance and intelligence. Ms. Lindsey has a knack for creating awesome heroes, and Rolf is no exception. The only problem is that she is so great at constructing such hunks, it makes reality all the more difficult when the novel ends, and we are forced to realize they are but fiction after all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She does it again! September 7, 2003
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Johanna Lindsey does it again! Since I began to collect and read her books, I have yet to be disappointed in anything she has written. Her books are so different from other authors out there and it is truly refreshing.
The story of Leonie and Rolfe is truly amazing. Although Leonie's stubborness got to me at times... I still admire the strength and determination she showed in her marriage to Rolfe. Rolfe seemed to be the perfect hero. He had the strength and the gentleness that every woman craves. He never gave up on gaining Leonie's love and affection.
The book was full of misunderstandings which of course made it all the more exciting to read. It focuses more on their relationship with a little less action then some of her stories... but that's ok! It was kind of refreshing. Classic Lindsey!!
I've gotta have all her books... and I'll keep collecting 'till I do. Don't miss this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Story
Wonderful story, well written and one of the better Johanna Lindsey's
Published 2 days ago by Angie B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 22 days ago by Mary Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 3 months ago by tammy padilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must read
Published 4 months ago by Patti Bishop
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read
The confusion between the couple was not realistic for as long as it went on.. But otherwise the book was a good read.
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars ... many books by Johanna Lindsey and have never been disappointed by...
I've read many books by Johanna Lindsey and have never been disappointed by her quality of work nor the entertainment value of a great book
Published 9 months ago by Denise Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Love in an Arranged Marriage in the times of King Henry II
Set in England in 1176, this is the story of Lady Leonie, sent away by her father to her dower keep because he didn’t want to be reminded of her mother (or so she was led to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Regan
3.0 out of 5 stars expected outcome
was not impressed with the story line. predictable ending.
i expected ms lindsey to be more creative.
not really worth paying for paperback.
Published 9 months ago by D. Shanahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Johanna Lindsey is among some of the best romance novel author around. There are five of best romance authors, four are still writing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Unknown Red
3.0 out of 5 stars It was just okay.
The story line was a little disjointed. And the plot was a little silly. The argument that dragged on the entire book could have been resolved with better communication in like... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Classyca1
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johanna Lindsey is one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of "first-rate romance" (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-three previous bestselling novels, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Lindsey lives in Maine with her family.

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