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  • Hardcover: 628 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786262494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786262496
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.3 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,533,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Princess Alesandra (of some unspecified country) has been happily tucked away in a convent, but in 1820 the wicked General Ivan indicates that he has designs on the princess: if he marries her, he can take over the kingdom. Alesandra's guardian, the Duke of Williamshire, brings her to England to assure her safety. Unfortunately, the duke and his wife become afflicted with a "mysterious ailment"; the only solution is for the princess to live with Colin, the duke's eligible bachelor son, in his London townhouse. The duke and duchess think Colin should marry Alesandra. Colin, however, wants no part of marriage; and Alesandra, who alternates between moments of intelligence and sheer vacancy, will marry anyone who won't hand her over to that awful Ivan fellow. When Alesandra is almost abducted by men from her homeland, Colin's protective instincts shift into high gear. Can love be far behind? Also lurking in the background is a serial killer, who threatens Alesandra but serves no immediate purpose in furthering the silly plot. Garwood ( The Secret ) has done better work than this.
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Romantic Times A charming, sweet, funny romance, brimming with sparkling dialogue, delightful characters, and a story that flies.

Rendevous The story is splendid, the characters are wonderful, and the dialogue excellent....The secondary characters are marvelous and there are many from which to choose, including some of our friends from Ms. Garwood's earlier books....A keeper. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on Dec 22 2003
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I thought this books was a pleasure to read. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Alesandra and Colin before they got married. I wished Mrs. Garwood would have created a few more exciting incidents before the wedding. I laughed my head off over the part when Colin found something wrong with every one of the men mentioned to marry the princess. Too cute!! I think there were, however a few things that could have been explored to make this book better. The relationship between the General and Princess as well as her position as the only living heir to her country's thrown. I guess that dynasty goes by the wayside then? Maybe it will be resurrected through one of her children in a future book (I hope, that would present all sorts of possiblities for Mrs. Garwood).
As always, I enjoyed this Garwood book. I just wish she would have made it a bit more exciting and suspenseful. She has yet to disappoint me, but this wasn't my top pick of her books. I would suggest Honor's Splendor (my all time favorite), the Wedding, the Gift, or the Prize.
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By A Customer on April 11 2003
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This book was really easy to read and I finished it in one night. I really liked the princess, and I found Colin to be very charming, if stubborn. However, the mystery part of it seemed forced, especially at the end. And the relationship between Colin and Alessandra could have been developed further. I just really didn't like how Alessandra never really stands up to Colin, despite the ways that he treats her at times. She would be thinking to herself that she's completely angry at him, but whenever she opened her mouth, it seemed like nothing had happened and everything was fine, even after a life-threatening experience. One part I thought could have been dealt with more was before their wedding, with Colin's hair. I thought for sure that she was going to give him a piece of her mind...but of course not. I kept waiting for something completely dramatic to happen, but the story remained flat throughout. There was so many instances where issues could have been addressed with more: Colin's hair, Catherine & Alessandra's necklace switch, Alessandra's house arrest that just ended with no mention...etc, etc. My point is, this book had tons of potential to become a great story rather than just being so-so.
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Julie Garwood is a very popular romance writer. Many reviews I have seen for other books suggest this author, so I decided to give her a try. I guess I am in the minority on this one, because after reading this story and The Prize, I can honestly say that Garwood is not for me.
To start out with, I don't find it romantic in the least to have the hero treat the heroine like a child. This is a regency novel and it being such, I know the husband had the right to order the wife around but this was a little extreme. It seems like every page the hero is telling the heroine what to do and what not to do and it seemed to get to the point where the poor couldn't do anything without giving him the ok. Even choose her own clothes.
My second problem is that the heroine, Alesandra, behaves like an idiot the whole time. I think Garwood is trying to make her seem innocent, but she gave a different impression entirely. She comes off as dumb and childlike.
Garwood just isn't for me. I can't believe she is so popular. Her work pales in comparison to authors like Mary Jo Putney, Lisa Kleypas, or Marsha Canham.
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By A Customer on Nov. 13 2000
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I have read quite a few Julie Garwood books, and have liked most of them. The others bothered me for some reason that I could not put my finger on. After reading this book, I finally figured it out. The heros spend the novel telling the heroines what to do and what not to do. They are not cruel, but they treat the heroines like children and make it clear that they are the masters and decision-makers in the relationship.
Castles is a prime example of this. He dictated what Alesandra could wear, who she talked to and where she could go. I realize that this is a historical romance, but I still think that a marriage needs a certain degree of trust and mutual respect even in the 1800's. Without these elements, I do not see how there can be any love. Colin treated Alesandra like a toddler. He even kept her prisoner in the house when they were first married.
Alesandra was equally annoying. She insisted she would do what she pleased while following Colins orders, and she did not come off very bright. I think Ms. Garwood tossed in the detail that she was so brilliant with numbers to make her appear smart, but I never saw her use this ability.
All in all, a very annoying novel that had a very similiar storyline with The Gift, Guardian Angel, and Lions Lady. No insult to Julie Garwood. She has written some wonderful stories like Ransom, Saving Grace and The Secret. I am not through reading Julie Garwood but i've had it with her regency romance books.
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Before reading Castles, I suggest to start with the Lion's Lady, then The Guardian Angel, The Gift and lastly, read Castles. The characters in all 4 books are friends/related to each other. It is more fitting if you know each character before reading the next book. If you read it in this order, I think it will bring more excitement as some questions are answered on the later book. Some secrets are also revealed beforehence.
Castle is a story of Colin, who is the younger brother of Caine (in The Guardian Angel) and a troubled Princess Alesandra, who is the ward of the Duke of Williamshire, Colin and Caine's father. Alesandra was searching for a good husband in three weeks time, to save her from marrying a ruthless General, who wanted to marry her only for the throne. I find the search very enjoyable. The list of every noble and available earls and Dukes names... and of course, the dipping of ink to cross each one off, as Colin finds each name in the list horrobly inappropriate. This is my favorite part. I find the herione funny yet unselfsih, charming and regal. Even in her frustrations and anger, mostly of Colin, she manage to remind herself "Dignity & Decorum". She is afterall a princess. Her obsession of LISTING everything in a notecard is also quite amusing. Colin is a proud yet somewhat a sensitive man. The best way to describe him is to compare him to a wild horse that needed to be tamed. Alesandra did just that with love and patience. Flannagan, the butler, is also one of my favorite character in this book. The Romance between the two is perfectly match. There are just so many interesting and funny scenes. I don't want to give it all away so you have to pick up the book to find out yourself. It is worth your time.
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