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Silken Threads (Lords of Conquest) by [Ryan, Patricia, Ryan, P.B.]
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Silken Threads (Lords of Conquest) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 5 of 2 in Lords of Conquest (2 Book Series)
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2620 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Hawkley Books; 2 edition (7 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X4KW6C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patricia Ryan writes some of the best medieval historical romance novels in the business. SILKEN THREADS is a clever, well-plotted, sexy tale inspired by the Hitchcock film "Read Window." Graeham Fox is in London to fetch home the daughter of his master who suspects she is being abused by her husband, Rolf le Fever. But before Graeham can spirit her away, he is brutally attacked. Rescued by a stranger, he is taken to the home of the man's sister, Joanna Chapman, a merchant's wife. Close to being destitute, Joanna agrees to let Graeham rent her storeroom while his broken leg heals. The storeroom just happens to have a perfect view of le Fever's home, allowing Graeham to observe all manner of comings and goings, as well as his beautiful landlady whom he can't help but fall in love with. Hitchcock's movie is fun, but Patricia Ryan's SILKEN THREADS is fun and sexy.
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It's the first Patricia Ryan novel I've read, and I really enjoyed it. Set in 12th century London, a fine, if light hearted tale of knights, lepars, lovers and attempted murder! The only reason I didn't give it five stars was the hilarious use of Americanisms throughout. eg. A silk merchant calling his former lover a "Goddamed crazy bitch" and the gardens were referred to as "out back". It makes me wonder if some Kindle novels are ever proof read? Anyway It was FREE, I enjoyed it, and loved the characters - Hope you will too!
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Given that this is a freebie, I was extremely pleasantly surprised. It was well-written (at least, I didn't spot any drastic mistakes), well characterised and the plot was entertaining. As a mystery it wasn't 'that' mysterious and the end was slightly hokey (I found myself thinking 'What??'), but that didn't detract from a nice romance that was well placed in its context. I get irritated by historical romance writers who so obviously have not researched the period they are using, but this didn't happen here. I'm sure there were instances where things weren't entirely accurate, but they didn't grate or jump out at me (but then, I'm not a medieval expert anyway).
An enjoyable read, and I'll read more of this author - unlike some of the freebies around, she's worth reading.
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This book started out with a bang! Since it was recommended by a reviewer I follow and whose recommends are valued by me, I was looking forward to reading it although medieval romance isn't my favorite among historical romance reads.

Our hero, bastard Graeheme Fox, is on a mission - a mission that will garner him an estate and a beautiful wife, Phillipa. But first Graeheme must rescue Phillipa's twin sister, Ada, from her horrible marriage to an unscrupulous man, Rolf le Fever. Graeheme has traveled from France to England to retrieve Ada. Being a man of arms, accustomed to fighting, he's confident and deals very effectively with le Fever without raising a fist. When, Le Fever balks at letting his wife go, then we learn why the "Fox" suits Graeheme, for indeed he handles le Fever like an expert, using blackmail to silence his fury. I was truly dialed into the story from the beginning.

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In my opinion, the storyline went downhill after the first couple of chapters. Graeheme departs after telling le Fever to have Ada ready to leave on the following day. However, when he returns to get Ada, he's set upon by three men intent on killing him. They don't succeed, but they smash his leg to the point he's unable to attend to his business. He's rescued by a gentleman, Hugh of Wexford, who takes Graeheme to Hugh's sister's home to recuperate - the lovely Joanna who is a local tradeswoman.

What follows next is what I found boring. Graeheme is housebound for weeks with nothing much to do but stare out the windows of Joanna's home while his leg heals. Joanna lives in near poverty and she's glad to have Graeheme as a temporary tenant after he pays her enough funds to see her through for several months of living.
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By A Customer on 2 Jun. 1999
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Bravo, Pat Ryan! You've done it again! A beautiful love story with sweet, endearing characters set against the colourful world of medieval England. Joanna and Graeham were terrific together: loving, tender, hot and sexy. Only you know how to make medieval times sizzle! And now to know that next year will be Hugh and Phillippa's story- I can hardly wait!! You're the best!!!
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This story seemed to come to life right before my eyes. I could see the house where Graeham was recuperating from the beating by a couple of thugs sent by !@#$ to kill him. I could see both Graeham and Joanna falling in love. Even the secondary characters were brought to life, and I shed a tear for Thomas. I can't wait for the sequil.
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By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Dec. 2007
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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 reading 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.
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