The Prize

The PrizeLibrarian S Note Alternate Cover For This ISBN Can Be Found HereIn The Resplendence Of William The Conqueror S London Court, The Lovely Saxon Captive Lady Nicholaa Was Forced To Choose A Husband From The Assembled Norman Nobles She Chose Royce, A Baron Warrior Whose Fierce Demeanor Could Not Conceal His Chivalrous And Tender Heart A Resourceful, Rebellious And Utterly Naive, Nicholaa Vowed To Bend Royce To Her Will Despite The Whirlwind Of Feelings He Aroused In Her Ferocious In Battle, Seasoned In Passion, Royce Was Surprised By The Depth Of His Emotion Whenever He Caressed His Charming BrideIn A Climate Of Utmost Treachery, Where Saxons Still Intrigued Against Their Norman Invaders, Royce And Nicholaa Revelled In Their Precious New Love A Fervent Bond Soon To Be Disrupted By The Call Of Blood, Kin And Country 4.75 Captured Legend StarsArghhhh, how have I not read this HR brilliancy until now slaps herself in the forehead What an amazing story I couldn t have loved Royce and Nicholaa any than I did Had we all the loose ends like Thurston and Clarisse and Hugh tied up better, and of course the ever required Epilogue, it would have been 5 Stars But it was still a SPECTACULAR read that I will no doubt add to my all time fav HR, and forever remember.Julie Garwood did it again She truly is a Historical Romance genius 3 3 3 3 3 He never knew what hit himThe first line in this book was enough to hook me How could I not love a heroine who was smart and resourceful enough to drop the hero to the ground in the middle of a battle Baron Royce is Norman and Lady Nicholaa is Saxon, and that makes them enemies in 1066 The Prize starts with Nicholaa trying to defend her home against Royce and his barbaric soldiers She s successfully defeated the three previous knights sent by the bastard William of Normandy, soon to be the new King of England, but she realizes Royce is on a league of his own and the chances of her winning against him are nonexistent So she tricks him into thinking she s her twin sister Danielle a nun and manages to escape and find sanctuary in the nearest convent When Royce finds out that there s no sister Danielle and that he s been had by the cunning Nicholaa, he can t help but appreciate how clever she is and surprises his men by laughing instead of getting furious with her deception.Arrogant that he is, Royce doesn t see Nicholaa s escape as a defeat, as he s sure he ll be able to leave her sanctuary and go with him to meet his King William in London As the Saxon woman who s so valiantly defended her family s holding, she s a legend among the Normans, the bride the King is going to give to his most worthy knight as the prize in a contest for her hand and her family s holding and lands, of course As it happens, Royce does get Nicholaa to leave her sanctuary and go with him to London, even though she keeps trying to escape every chance she gets along the way During this journey, they start seeing each other with new eyes, and Royce grows and attracted to Nicholaa while she realizes how honorable, caring and protective he is And that s how they start to fall in love with each other, against their better judgment Naturally, they still have a long way to understand and accept their feelings, and that s where the fun lies I liked Royce from the start, and he won me when he laughed instead of going ballistic at being bested by Nicholaa with her nun act He was arrogant, hard and a bit gruff on the outside, but soft and oh so sweet on the inside He was like a delicious petit g teau, my favorite dessert, and all I can say is, Yummy, may I have some , pleaseHe was smart and brave, but didn t think he was worthy of Nicholaa because she was a beautiful and gentle lady while he was just an ugly his face was marred by a horrible scar and hardened warrior But she never saw him that way and, incredibly, she even thought his handsomeness was disturbing Ah, love is blind, indeed Nicholaa was a strong and cunning heroine She was a bit ditzy and naive sometimes her convoluted plan to get Royce drunk with ale backfired big time, LOL but that came across as charming and not annoying She also seemed unable to stop herself from telling lies all for the greater good, of course but she couldn t keep them straight to save her life and Royce had no problem seeing through them The way he kept cornering and trapping her inside her lies had me laughing out loud every single time.And Royce s lectures I loved those scenes The man loved to lecture Nicholaa, even though he was aware she didn t pay any attention to it I had a smile on my face every time he clasped his hands behind his back, started lecturing her and she just sat there with her hands folded on her lap, daydreaming the whole time That was just one example of the many interactions between Royce and Nicholaa that were just a joy to read, and I couldn t get enough of them.The only thing that I found a bit jarring was the lack of closure in regards to Nicholaa s older brother Thurston That wasn t bad enough to make me enjoy this book any less, it s just that I wanted to know what happened to him.All in all, what s left for me to say Another Garwood, another winner At this point, I m a truly devoted fan of Ms Garwood I haven t gone through all her backlist yet, but I really loved everything I ve read so far Having read her books almost back to back, it was easy for me to notice that her stories have some kind of a formula , but it s one I love so I m all for it Very well done, Ms Garwood I kind of love that a romance set so far back in history, still manages to have a heroine that shows strength, courage and perseverance This mixed with a slight vulnerability, made Nicholaa one of my very favourite heroines Royce, well he s exactly my kind of man Strong, determined and fierce, he finds it hard to accept the sweetness Nicholaa gives him They are so perfect together, that each re read leaves me a very happy and content romance reader Julie Garwood, you are a bloody legend.I m on a rollmaybe Honor s Splendour up nextor maybe I ll see if another favourite has been released and I haven t listened to it yet Beauty is in the eye of the beholderAnother awesome Julie Garwood historical romance done and dusted I m loving re reading listening to these classics In The Prize, we meet the beautiful and feisty Nicholaa and the scarred warrior Royce Their love story was full of humour, sizzling chemistry, intrigue and treachery While at first, it seems they are destined for a marriage filled with battles As they go on, their attraction to each other intensifies and feelings develop Nicholaa loves her family and will do anything to protect them Royce is determined to have a peaceful lifeif only Nicholaa would obey his rules.The Prize captivated my attention so much I was in danger of heading out to Woop Woop instead of work It s too easy to relax on the train listening to my audio and forget that I actually have a set destination to reach Again, I loved the narrator and had no problems telling when the characters changed I will definitely be listening to Julie Garwood in the future. This classic Julie Garwood medieval romance is set in the time of the Saxon and Norman skirmishes One thing that slays me is the mindset of the invadersthey d come to a castle keep, lay it under siege, kill as many men as possible, and basically just overtake the placeand then they would graciously allow the former lord to remain alive if he would only swear fealty to their leader and become part of their army WHAT THE.what That s crazy to meit s basically forcing them to live a life of shame, now basically peasants within their own home Mind boggling My synopsis Lady Nicolaa is a clever young Saxon woman who tricks Royce into believing that she is at first a nun, then a married woman with a baby Not only is she clever, but she has become a renowned battle leader when she leads her brother s army in his absence Of course, Royce and his men are a cut above what the Norman usurper sent before, and they quickly overtake Nicolaa s home and men Now Royce is charged with bringing the infamous woman to his king to be auctioned of as a prize wife to the man who wants her most And Nicolaa is furious My thoughts Julie Garwood excels at writing tough as nails alpha warrior men and naive, brainlessbut never helplessheroines I imagine that her characters would have truly fit into the time period for which they were created Royce is super authoritative, to the point of chauvinism Me man, you womanugh, ugh Nicola is air headed and ridiculously naive, though she doesn t let her apparent lack of brains keep her from making demands This is my Nicolaa in actions than in looksIf you ve seen the movie Enchanted, you ll know what I mean One problem that I had with the way her character is portrayed is that while Nicolaa sure does like to put her foot down and take a hard stance about certain issues, she always seems to cave in and bow to Royce What s the point of making her this strong willed female if she ends up sounding like a vapid woman There was almost no instance in which she executes a plan that she is so determined to execute, other than that first charade with the nun s clothing.But the story was captivating, the scenery and the court intrigue very well done JG s historicals are so hugely different from what is written today, it s almost laughable I don t suggest reading them if you have hard core feministic tendenciesthese women are mostly doormats But then, their men always come around and pretty much love their women to distraction, forsaking kings and friends and family just to make their lovers happy So there you goit s a special kind of romance, and I very much enjoyed it.

With than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America s favorite fiction writers.Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation A

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 408 pages
  • The Prize
  • Julie Garwood
  • English
  • 06 December 2017
  • 9780671702519

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