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Soldier of FortuneGraeham Fox is on a secret mission: rescuing his lord's illegitimate daughter from the clutches of her abusive husband. As payment for his service, Graeham will receive her twin's hand in marriage and a vast estate, much more than any landless soldier could ever hope for.Attacked in London, Graeham is almost killed. He is given a chance to heal at the humSoldier of FortuneGraeham Fox is on a secret mission: rescuing his lord's illegitimate daughter from the clutches of her abusive husband. As payment for his service, Graeham will receive her twin's hand in marriage and a vast estate, much more than any landless soldier could ever hope for.Attacked in London, Graeham is almost killed. He is given a chance to heal at the humble home of Joanna Chapman, a silk merchant's lovely widow. Her past has taught her not to trust any man, especially one as rakishly handsome—and mysterious—as Graeham. But his raw strength and gentle touch unleash a blistering passion in Joanna. Caught between ambition and desire, Graeham's future hangs by a thread. And only Joanna's love can save him from himself....

Title : Silken Threads
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ISBN : 9780451408273
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Number of Pages : 337 Pages
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Silken Threads Reviews

  • Misfit
    2019-02-19 09:47

    This was an entertaining take on the Rear Window idea of an injured man (broken leg) whiling his time away by watching the actions of the neighborhood from his window. During an attempt to remove his lord's illegitimate daughter from her abusive husband, Graeham is set upon and seriously wounded. Rescued by Hugh, he is taken to Hugh's sister's home for medical attention. Of course, the widowed Joanna is beautiful and sparks fly as their attraction to each other grows. The book is also interspersed with interesting characters. Adam the urchin with a mystery of his own, Thomas the leper, Joanna's brother Hugh (apparently he has his own book in the sequel The Sun and the Moon), and most especially Joanna's cats. I loved the touch the author put in about the one cat who was always afraid of males, but came to be "best pals" with Graeham. The author also keeps you guessing on a few plot twists, although like another reviewer I felt one of them was a bit hard to swallow. I also felt that Graeham was a bit too, well, um, athletic in the bedroom for one with splints on his healing broken leg. The Rear Window twist was a refreshing change from your standard historical romance and the period details felt more authentic than you see in most books of this genre as well. My minor quibbles aside, this book was very engaging while I was reading it, but I didn't find it sticking with me long after finishing it, nor wanting to go back and reread a few favorite parts as I usually do with my favorite romances. 3.5 stars rounded up to four.

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2019-01-23 08:49

    This KINDLE FREEBIE has great reviews and ratings, and is a RITA AWARD WINNER for best long historical romance/mystery. Blurb: Graeham Fox comes to London to rescue his overlord’s daughter from her abusive husband, in return for which he is promised her sister’s hand in marriage and a vast estate—quite a prize for a landless soldier who’s never had a home of his own. Attacked and disabled by a broken leg, he rents a room in the humble home of Joanna Chapman, a silk merchant’s widow. Joanna, having learned not to trust handsome, charming devils like Graeham, lets him think her husband is still alive in order to keep him at a distance. Mindful of his mission—and the promised reward—Graeham tries to resist his feelings for Joanna, but the white-hot desire simmering between them cannot be denied. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Silken Threads was honored with Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award for Best Long Historical Romance.Won Romance Wrters of America’s RITA Award for Best Long Historical Romance. Nominated by Romantic Times magazine for Best Historical Romantic Mystery. Made the Ingrams A-List of Top 50 Requested Titles for four weeks.

  • Tina
    2019-02-05 07:46

    When I discovered that an author's whose works I liked had written a series of books set in medieval times that were a bit of an homage to Hitchcock films, I immediately thought 'how friggin' cool is that?' So I picked this one up and dug right in. This book is an homage to Hitchcock's Rear Window. In that movie, Jimmy Stewart plays Jeff, a photographer who is laid up in his apartment in a wheelchair with a broken leg. While there he has a front row seat to all the goings all with all his neighbors (they leave their shades open and they talk loudly). One neighbor in particular acts very suspiciously and Jeff believes he murdered his wife.In this book, the plot is basically the same. Graeham Fox, having been sent to London by his overlord to rescue the overlord's daughter from her abusive husband, is set upon and has his leg broken. He finagles himself a room in a widow's home to keep an eye on the daughter and her husband. In the meantime he also sees other things going on in the neighborhood.I must say the idea was a lot more exciting than the execution. This is not to say this was not a well written and interesting book to read. And the romance between Graeham and Joanna (the widow) was really well done. The problem is there is only so much you can do with a guy stuck in a room looking out a window at people. The beginning, set up and denouement were excellent. But the middle dragged.This is where the film can do what a book can't. The main plot of both the film and the book rely on a man watching people. A film, by it's very nature, is a visual medium. It is tailor made for a plot like this. And a film like Rear Window is all about the visual. Unless the writer of the book in question can also write incredibly visually then the a book like this is going to suffer. Ryan is a good writer and can convey surrounding and texture very well. The thing is, that didn't happen here. While, as I mentioned, the romance was nice so much of what was going on with them was internal. But when it came to the parts when Graeham was stuck in his room and the book relied on his front row seat to the goings on in the neighborhood, then, yeah, the book suffered from it. I didn't quite get the narrative punch of seeing the serialized drama of the various neighbors that a single camera shot could convey.While I did enjoy the book, I can't say this is a real knock out the park for me.

  • Suz
    2019-02-08 09:45

    Fairly decent little romance novel.It takes place in medieval times and doesn't actually involve any lords/ladies/aristocracy (really). The plot is pretty simple - bastard sellsword goes to England from France to rescue a Lord's daughter from a shitty marriage. Unfortunately, he gets beaten and saved by another knight. His leg is broken and he has to recoup for 2 months til he can find a way to rescue the damsel-in-distress (who may or may not be getting slowly poisoned to death by her a-hole husband), and ends up staying with the knight's recently widowed (but hiding it) sister, who, of course, has a house near the house of the lady in the terrible marriage.Of course, bastard sellsword has to deal with his feelings for the lady he's staying with, his own life fortune and what to do about being a bastard with no money, titles, or landIt's a bit of an homage to Hitchcock's Rear Window, and has appropriate plot twists. It was a decent romance story. It should have gotten 4 stars, but the end of the story is too quickly resolved/cheese-tastic, with a helping of "yay baby!" and that was annoying. Otherwise, a good 4 stars with penalty star.

  • Angela
    2019-01-23 02:57

    12 February 2015: $0.00 FREE on Kindle

  • Mary B.
    2019-02-13 01:48

    I enjoyed this book very much. The writing was excellent, and the story kept me interested from beginning to end. I loved the characters, especially Joanna, who was a true heroine in every sense of the word. Graeham was a good hero, too, because he was REAL and human and genuinely flawed. We got to spend a lot of time in his head, hearing his thoughts and feeling his feelings. I love when authors do this, and it really made me feel closer to the characters and care more deeply about them. The secondary characters were also well-developed and interesting. There were a few things I did not like, but nothing that affected my overall enjoyment. Back story was described a LOT via dialogue, and at times I felt it would have been better had it been part of the narrative.(view spoiler)[while I loved the way the book ended, I did not like the way that the author wrote the ending, when the hero comes back to England to find the heroine, and when he does, he TELLS her about his journey back and his realizations of how much he needs her. I wanted to actually READ the events of Graeham on the ship, standing in the rain and weeping as he realized the depth of his love, the error of his ways, and his longing to correct it. Instead we had to read Graeham merely describing those major events to Joanna. These should have been events that were actually a part of the book, described through narrative as they occurred, not told through dialogue. I felt a bit cheated by it, especially after the readers got to spend so much time with Hugh and his feelings throughout much of the book (hide spoiler)].All in all, it was a great read, and I will definitely read Hugh's (Joanna's brother) story, as well. I loved his character in this book, and I'm also hoping get to see a bit of Graeham and Joanna in the The Sun and the Moon as well.

  • ♡Karlyn P♡
    2019-02-13 07:54

    4.5 stars. Another great medieval romance by Patricia Ryan. Not as good as Heaven's Fire, but still better than most in this category.

  • Anne
    2019-02-18 08:49

    This is a very good read. Roughly based on "rear Window" it tells the story of Graeham Fox, a landless soldier who works for a French lord and is charged with finding the Lord's daughter who has married a loutish man and he feel she is in trouble. While trying to get into the man's house, Graeham is set upon by murderers and barely escapes, thanks to an intercessor, with only a broken eg and some broken ribs. His savior takes him to his sister who conveniently lives next door to the daughter of his Lord's daughter and he watched the goings on from a window. This was a very enjoyable read with lots of suspense and a very surprising ending. Recommended.

  • Marilyn
    2019-01-28 05:05

    Based on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, I enjoyed this story much better. I can't say that I was ever a fan of that movie; maybe it was because in my mind Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly never seemed to mix well together nor did the plot, as written, ever sufficiently seize my imagination. Here, in Silken Threads Patricia Ryan has not only succeeded in the retelling but far surpassed it. If you're in the mood for a good mystery/suspense set in medieval times, this is it. Also, there is a followup tale featuring the heroine's brother, Hugh of Wexford, and that story is based on Hitchcock's Notorious. So now, I've diminished my TBR by one but added another in it's place.

  • Joan
    2019-02-10 05:56

    A thoroughly enjoyable adventure/mystery set in medieval times. and okay, I don't remember much about that era from my history lessons, so perhaps there are historical errors, but even if there were, it didn't detract from my enjoyment. Great characters and a decent, twisty plot. I loathed this version of the cover though.

  • Bettie
    2019-02-06 06:11

    i really love this novel, i cant wait to read the next on on Hugh the older brother. Sweet story and keeps u guessing in whats going on. it builds up the feeling between the leads slowly but passionately, the writer is really good in giving me a clear idea of life during that time.

  • Crys Harris
    2019-02-08 09:04

    Nothing but the fact that the author states this book takes place in the middle ages makes me think that. There is no period authenticity except for clothes. It's kind of ridiculous.That said, Joanna is a nice character. She could do better than Graeham, frankly. Meh.

  • Elisa Vangelisti
    2019-02-06 02:45

    Non so come possa aver vinto un premio. E dire che di romance storici ne ho letti tanti. È noioso, la storia non sta in piedi, ha troppe lacune. Poi sono praticamente a metà e ancora non è successo niente. Boh.

    2019-01-26 05:42

    Overall I really enjoyed this book. I loved the beautiful writing and the original plot line and unique characters. I liked that the romance wasn't insta love. I really loved Graeham a lot. We start out from his point of view. Normally I don't love starting out from the guys view but in this case, I was pulled into the story right away and so intrigued that I completely forgot that I normally don't like a book to start out this way. In general I actually don't like the dual (or multiple, as is in this case) points of view type writing style. Sometimes, a skilled author can do it well but usually it only helps make the story seem repetitive or just devoid of any mystery or wonder. But this author is pretty skilled and I thought she did well with the back and forth viewpoints. But I immediately love Graeham. His inner monologue paints him as a very real, vulnerable, yet strong character. And the author gives him plenty of life and personality in her telling of him. All he asks for is a good life for himself. One where he has his own home with a wife and children. He's really sweet. That being said, I actually didn't always love the way that he treated Joanna, the lead female/love interest. He wasnt ever mean to her or anything, but I'm not swooning over him much either toward her. He uses her. And again, he isn't trying to use her in a malicious way or anything. He's just using her to get something he needs. He's sorry about it, sure. But that doesn't stop him. Plus, the entire book he's bedridden because of a broken leg. So he doesn't do much of anything in general. That helps to make him seem a little on the lack luster side and does nothing to aid me in seeing him as anything but a taker. However, I still do like him. Truly. I just wish the author would have given us a little more reason to swoon over him. I love that she made him flawed though. It makes him real and It gives their relationship a chance to have to overcome conflicts and go through apologies and forgiveness and such. I do like the way their relationship builds slowly. And that they aren't just all over each other immediately. But I also needed the author to put a lot more of their interactions in the book so we can truly see them connecting. I like Joanna's character too. she's kind and caring. She isn't disagreeable about every little thing like how so many authors choose to make their female characters. She's level headed and careful. But she is also just a little bit on the dull side. Not by much though because she is still a perfectly likeable character. I think it just all goes back to wanting to see Joanna and Graeham do more connecting. More friendship/romance building. I want to see her make him laugh. I want to see them having fun together. I want to see them having many conversations, opening up, growing close, growing love. The author shows us this to a point I just wished it was amplified. I want to see him doing things for her. She's doing much for him which helps to show me why Graeham would love her but not vice Versa. And yes, I love Graeham because I am listening in on his mind and can hear his sweet thoughts. But what he shows Joanna is a fraction of that. And he does even less for her being that he's bedridden. So why does SHE love HIM, you know? But again, overall their romance progresses naturally and with a good flow. There isn't any unnecessary or annoying conflicts that are dragged out just for the conflicts sake. So that was good. And I was never bored. I was entertained the whole time which is what I ask most of from a story. I didn't love The ending as much because it was just a little bit too convenient. Yes I absolutely want a happy ending but I just wish it wasn't quite so perfect. But it's better than a sad ending so all in all I'm happy.

  • Anita Hargreaves
    2019-02-10 09:56

    Addicted readingA medieval Rear Window it is a love story about a knight who has come to pick up an abused wife for her father's safety. Attacked he take refuge in a house belonging to a beautiful silk trader with his lodgings opposite where he must save the bed ridden wife

  • SidneyKay
    2019-01-23 04:07

    There is a reason why Silken Threads (published in 1999) by Patricia Ryan won the 2000 RITA award for best historical novel. It's good! Oh sure, when I reread the book I did notice some anachronistic terms; however the book is so steeped in medieval atmosphere that I chose to ignore them.This story takes place in 1165, a time period woefully neglected. We have Graeham Fox, a bastard soldier of fortune, and Joanna Chapman, a widow and a down-on-her-luck silk merchant. Here's the quick plot: Graeham is sent to London on a mission to rescue a woman from her husband. Along the way he is set upon by a bunch of brigands and has the crap beat out of him. He is rescued by Joanna's brother Hugh and taken to her house to recover. Well, as luck would have it for Romanceland, he suffers some broken ribs and a broken leg which requires him to stay at Joanna's house for two months. It is at this point, and this is a really early point, that the story becomes really good. You see, Joanna's house is located behind the house of the woman he is to rescue and from a window, Graeham can keep an eye on the coming and goings of that house. Anything ringing a bell yet? For all of you who have watched Hitchcock's Rear Window, you should be hearing a giant clanging in your brain... because this story is a take-off of that wonderful movie.Neither one of the main characters are aristocratic, and Graeham has ambitions that make a HEA very hard to come by. The romance is based on lies and distrust but the characters that travel by Graeham's window are what makes this tale a better than normal romance. What makes this book really great are the characters that share the pages with Graeham and Joanna. There's the quite sympathetic leper, Thomas; the whore; the shopkeepers; and London. Yes, London... in this book, all of the rich textures of London are there, including the smells.This is one of my favorite books, and if I have any complaints, it would be the quick wrapping up of all the stumbling blocks that Ms. Ryan set up along the way. And, I wish that she still wrote historicals. I followed her Nell Sweeney books and read her Louisa Burton's, but I loved her historical writing the best. If you have never read a book by Ms. Ryan, I'd recommend going to the library and checking this one out. Ms. Ryan's out-of-print books are not being released for E-readers

  • Susy
    2019-02-15 08:01

    An enjoyable romance in a medieval setting. unlike most medieval romances, Silken Threads focuses not on great land barons but merchants in London and some minor gentry, giving a gritty, realistic and unique view of life in London ca 1100s. I thought the heroine, Joanna, was great, independent and strong. The secondary characters were fleshed out and tied well into the story. The author included Thomas Harper among the characters and I applaud her for this; Thomas is a leper which is rather daring in a romance novel but even more remarkable, Ryan doesn't just add him "for flavor" but makes him real person through her characterization and plot. Even Brother Simon, who isn't around for more than a page or two is treated to thoughtful description by Ryan. I'd go so far as to say that if another romance writer had given the reader such a brief but descriptive introduction of Brother Simon, that would be enough background to launch him as the lead in his own romance novel. ( I am not explaining that correctly.) But Ryan has no such ulterior motives; she is just presenting a character who is rounded out enough to suggest that he exists outside of his walk-on part, more than just a way to advance the plot.I had a quibble with the existence of used book sellers, selling books that could be afforded by either Joanna or Graeham. At a time when parchment was handmade abd each book methodically copied by hand by a cleric, this just seemed false to me.I did like the hero. I am not sure we got a reason for the heroine to fall in love with him, other than he was really "hawt." That is because much of this novel isn't a romance in the traditional sense: there is no flirting or courting, the hero must keep his thoughts,Feelings and motivations to himself. Because the romance was so mutes, I did not love this book, as a four star rating intends.But I enjoyed it immensely and was impressed with Ryan's writing, world-building and especially her character-building.Review written on my iPhone

  • LadyCalico
    2019-02-17 09:59

    This was one thoroughly great read. Sure, it had weaknesses, but overall, the book was good enough to make me forget them. First, it really didn't feel like it was set in the 12th century--more like the 18th or 19th--so I just pretended it was. Second, the mystery plot seemed to drag in the second quarter, when the hero, laid up with a broken leg, can't do much beside observe, not a great thing in an adventure/mystery/romance. It must be a most difficult thing for a writer is to figure out how to make the readers experience a lengthy period of boredom and frustration for the protagonists, without also making the reader bored and frustrated. This author uses this time to add some interesting secondary characters and subplots to help fill in the frustrating period when little progress in the mystery plot is being made. When the mystery plot is waning the romance plot might be waxing, so there is always something interesting going on. Joanna seems a bit dim at first, but by mid-point she starts to show a cleverness that proves she is more than just a pretty face and kind heart--too bad her cleverness is usually employed to help others at her own expense at a low point in her life when she can ill afford to pay the personal price of such generosity. The manipulative, goal-oriented soldier Graeham's character is more ambiguous, and doubts about his character and trustworthiness are kept alive in the back of the reader's mind throughout the story (is he called "Fox" because of his hair color or his cunning and conniving?). The times and background were not that well drawn, but the characters, even the secondary ones (dashing soldiers-of fortune, tragic lepers, whores, urchins, spoiled kitties, star-crossed lovers, adulterous nobles, bastard offspring--a whole medieval menagerie) were really well-drawn, and that is much more important to me as a reader. This is not just a romance, but a great mystery/crime thriller full of twists and turns, so set in any time period I would have loved it.

  • Shelley
    2019-01-27 06:50

    This book was very well done and I'd highly recommend it. It's the first book I've ever read by Patricia Ryan & it won't be the last, I've already ordered The Sun And The Moon (which is the next book in the Wexford series-it's Hugh & Phillipa's story ). I enjoyed the book from the start. The characters were well done and likable except for Rolf le Fever & Prewitt. The hero Graeham Fox wasn't a perfect in the sense that he kept secrets from Joanna and he also manipulated her into spying for him. These transgressions were forgivable to Joanna but not the fact that he slept with with her even though he was betrothed to Phillipa, without telling her about the betrothal . I could see Joanna's point on that one. But all around Graeham Fox had a very good heart, but I think Joanna just had such a hard time after being so hurt &used by Prewitt it was hard for her to accept men can be something other than scoundrels. Joanna just was a remarkable character. She was very strong, independent woman who ran her own shop. This was quite a feat during this time period for a woman on her own. The love story was great. I liked the intrigue. It had a great cast of supporting characters. I especially liked how the author brought in Thomas & how lepers were treated during that time period. That was sad. The last bit of the book held quite a few surprises I didn't see coming. The author wrapped a lot of things up quite nicely. Definitely a book well done. One I will probably reread again & again every so often. Have already looked up some of her other books. I think her period writing on this book was well done.

  • Randi
    2019-02-16 04:05

    This is a historical novel - I enjoyed this book and will be looking forward to the next book - Joanna's brother :D There are a few scenes that I felt really entertained, especially with the boy, Adam, that Graeham encountered while recovering... Oh I just got carried away - Graeham came to London to bring his boss' illegitimate daughter back from her husband who was horrible toward her (no physical abuse, but he got upset with his father-in-law when he found out that she was illegitimate which meant that he couldn't gain titles or anything). He came by night and got beat when Hughes (Joanna's brother) intervened to even the odds (1 vs 3... Now it's 2 vs 3) and these people got away. So Hughes brought Graeham to the widow Joanna's house (which was right next or behind the illegitimate daughter's house). Graeham figured that these men were hired by La Fever (the husband).Graeham was very attracted to Joanna's but swore to Hughes that he wouldn't take advantage of her, because after all, she's still married (well, apparently he doesn't know that). She's mutually attracted to him as well but it can't be done. Graeham was betrothed to the other illegitimate daughter (twins) but kept that a secret. So some scenes were entertaining and the development of characters were well done. It was well-written. Supporting characters definitely made an impression on me as Adam and Thomas, a leper who still got served food when he needed by Joanna who has a good heart. I don't mind reading the next one in the series or trilogy.

  • babyfishmouth
    2019-01-22 02:51

    Another fantastic book by Patricia Ryan. I'm getting sad, though, that I'm almost finished reading all of her books and really wish she were still writing historical romances. She's great at building up tension and creating believable and likeable characters.The hero Graeham is not without his flaws. His desire to own land is foremost in his plans until he meets the widow Joannna who lets him board in her house while he recuperates from a broken leg. Over the ensuing weeks, Graeham slowly falls in love with Joanna and she reluctantly falls in love with him. Unfortunately, Graeham must marry someone else in order to be granted his own piece of land and he has to lie to Joanna in order to carry out his mission in secret. This is the central conflict of the book: How can Graeham complete his mission, get the land and also be with Joanna? Woven around Graeham and Joanna's romance is a good "who-dunnit" mystery that is very well plotted with several great side characters and enough surprise twist and turns to keep me guessing. The only thing that keeps this from being a five star read for me is that the main conflict preventing Graeham and Joanna from an HEA seemed rather weak and was resolved with a predictable and overly convenient set of coincidences. The ending seemed a little rushed and had a Scooby-Doo quality where all the loose ends and motives are tied up in a quick narrative after the fact.

  • Linda
    2019-02-11 04:10

    *sex alert* If you like to read many, many, many accounts of sexual acts between a man and a woman, this is the book for you. The author was repetitive in her matters of romance. After the characters' sexual tensions were told one time, there was no need to repeat it over and over again. Likewise, after describing their copulation one time, there was no need to revisit it ad nauseam. Historical Romance is not my favorite genre, but I shake that tree every now and then. However, it is not the genre that I criticize. It is too much sex and too little history that bothers me. It seemed like all the characters tupped everyday and sometimes twice. Why did I give the book a substantial three star rating? The author's mechanics were good. The author knew where she was taking the reader, and with exceptions stated above, she did a good job. The characters' past, present and future lives were unveiled through sexual exploitations. I learned something about the silk trade in 12th century London, how the houses were built, that planned marriages may prove disastrous in more ways than one, and that touching a leper is perfectly safe. The book was compared to the movie, REAR WINDOW, but all that copulation, love throes, and trysts hampered my vision of what was going on out the rear window.Thank you, Ms. Ryan, for a good read.

  • Estara
    2019-01-31 05:03

    Well, as always with her books I really enjoyed the side characters, Thomas the Leper, Alice/Adam, Leoda and Olive a lot and although I'm no specialist on the time period (and some of the clothes sounded too easy to get out of and into), I had the feeling that it was an interesting view on London in the 1200s - I loved the fact that the setting is the prosperous and not so prosperous merchant quarter, although both heroine and hero turn out to have aristocratic background.However, I really did not want the hero for the heroine. There's a limit to how much lies you ought to get away with and while the heroine was set up to be very kind (so I was somewhat annoyed but it was in character) and so very forgiving - although incredibly independent for the age, the 'clever' hero turned out to be a good-looking manipulator and even after surviving a crisis (the fire was very well described and very threatening) can't be bothered to own up to his final secrets and lies - as a matter of fact I think he only owns up to them in the story, whenever he is found out... never beforehand.And then we get accidental baby and apologetic return of the hero. I'm not going to read this again.

  • Jamie
    2019-02-05 09:50

    I really enjoyed this free read. This is written so well ... and everything was such a mystery. When I first downloaded the book, I thought there would be more romance, but the mystery of what was going on with the characters is what captivated me ... it made so much sense when I read that her idea for the book came from a Hitchcock film. There certainly was enough romance in the book. I absolutely adore the level of romance in medieval and historical romance books. There can be so much passion in one glance and when things are left unsaid and this book has plenty of that. I had a wonderful time trying to figure out what the heck was going on with all these characters ... which I thought I had figured out, but was pleasantly surprised to not be right.I consider a lot of free reads that I download to be sub par ... this one is certainly above the level of most free reads out there. The story is amazing and so incredibly well written.

  • Pam H
    2019-01-29 01:54

    Graeham is an illegitimate son of a rich English baron. Raised by the church, he is sent at 14 to France to serve and in his line of duty, comes back to London to rescue his employer's daughter. Upon completion of the mission, he will be betrothed to the girls twin and given land and herd to start a life of their own. Upon arrival in London, plans are disrupted when he is injured but he is helped by Hugh, a mercenary who happens along at a most opportune moment. Hugh brings Graeham to his sister Joanna's house where asks her to allow Graeham to recuperate. While I am generally not drawn to historicals, I enjoyed this story. I found I had to keep looking up words that turned out to be the items in everyday existence. Somehow that made it more interesting, not annoying as one would think. Graeham was a hero you could really root for and found the ending very pleasing. I would read this again.

  • Nancy Bennett
    2019-01-27 02:43

    Graham and Joanna are thrown together and the sexual tension builds between them. This is a sensual book that builds slowly and the sex doesn't come until much later. I enjoyed the characters, the plot, and the writing, but I thought the ending was tied up to quickly. After all that had happened and how the characters were portrayed throughout, it just felt too, um, forced or something. I can't quite put my finger on it; it ends the way you expect - and want - but it just felt un-satisfying to me.I did really enjoy the book and it is a solid 3, but for me the ending kept it from being a 4.

  • Laylah
    2019-01-31 02:10

    I heard a lot of good things about Ryan's medieval romance. And this book really is quite good. It should have been great, it has promises. I just find how the hero treated the heroine hard to stomach. He lied to her till the very end, and got off too easily. The heroine, Joanna, after displaying many strenghts of character, felt a bit like a pushover at the end. I was planning on Patricia Ryan medieval glom, and Silken Threads was supposed to the first, the one to ignite the sequence. Instead (sadly) it made me pause and hesitant to go on with my plan.

  • Meredith Stoddard
    2019-02-05 06:50

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I knew of the Rear Window connection, but I didn't find that to determine how I felt about the book. It was very entertaining and well-written as a stand alone book. It's a sad fact of "chick lit" that these books tend to be overly descriptive with unnatural (clunky) dialogue. I did not find that to be true with this book. I found the characters to be believably drawn and the story moved at a natural pace. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about this period, and have already gotten the next book in the series.

  • Lirajean
    2019-02-16 06:00

    I'm very stingy with my stars but I decided to go with four because the author has a very pleasant way of stringing words together. The scenes were well constructed, detailed without being wordy. Sometimes the language was a little too modern for the setting but it was done for the sake of connecting the characters to the reader. I "hurray"ed the ending as the characters got what they deserved. I will look for more by this author. I'd like to see her take on a more complex plot and heighten the drama even more. Her characters are well developed enough to get into some mischief!

  • Cassia
    2019-02-12 08:49

    An unfortunate choice. I was looking for a medieval story, after a queue of Regency romances, but there is very little of Middle Ages in the way the characters interact and in the setting (except clothes). A spark of action is limited to the last 20 per cent of the story, as soon as events precipitate. The rest of the book is only small talking about daily things with no importance. Pages and pages of small talking...Pity! The plot sounded good and the characters had potential.