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Enchanted [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Lowell
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Aug. 1 1994

A medieval age of passion and conquest -- a tumultous era of warriors and ladies... and noble hearts inflamed be desire and duty -- is brought to sumptous life through the storytelling mastery of Elizabeth Lowell, the New York times bestselling creator of incomparable romantic adventure.

Bewitched and betrayed. Simon the loyal has vowed neverr to love, for love has made great warriors weak. To bring peace to the disputed lands, he agrees to wed an unwilling Norman heiress who speaks only through the sad song she draws from her harp. Marriage is his duty and nothing more. Ariane has known only coldness from men -- and a betrayal so deep it all but killed her soul.And so she comes to Simon with resistance...and fear.

Yet marriage in name alone can never be enough -- for it is more than obligation that fires Simon's blood when first he sets eyes on his bewitching, reluctant bride. He must teach Ariane passion -- and she must teach him trust. For all that is good within them will surely perish unless they surrender their hearts to love...


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Simon the Loyal must marry Ariane the Betrayed in order to bring peace to the Disputed Lands. The catch? A brutal rape and her people's betrayal (hence the name) have left her unable to love and with a unreasonable fear of the marriage bed. This conflict drives the plot, but it is unnecessarily belabored during the first quarter of the book when it could have been cleared up by Ariane's simply explaining the situation to the seemingly understanding and compassionate Simon. This is not the only cause for confusion in this romance of 11th century England: Characters are hard to distinguish, having such similar names as Ariane and Amber, Dominic and Duncan and equally similar mystical powers--whether they be Learned, truth seers or witches. Lowell hones her writing skills in the second half of the book, finally displaying the talent behind the eight million copies of her titles in print. Her characters come into their own once freed from the mantle of a wearying plot device. The love scenes sizzle, motivations are plausible and the story becomes engrossing. Out of confusion comes a love story which will no doubt leave Lowell's loyal readers satisfied.
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"A sheer delight...wondrous, magical, emotional and sensual." -- Romantic Times

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5.0 out of 5 stars I want a coooopppy of this booooookkkk!!!!!! July 4 2005
By Nida
Format:Audio Cassette
Enchanted is the first book i've read from lowell. At first I was reluctant because I don't know the author yet. But my friend swears ENCHANTED is so wonderful and arousingly sexy that he got me convinced later. When I started reading it, I got quite confused because it came out as a sequel to another book but by the beginning of the second chapter, I found out that I was simply getting hooked and I just can't stop reading it. Oooh, how I love Simon that I ached for Arianne. It made me cry and laughed and everything! I love Erik's character too. How Simon refused to believe that Arianne's falling for him and both of them doesn't accept there feelings so easily for each other! oh, boy! From then on, I love LOWELL! I'm collecting her novels now. I really thanked my friend for being so kind when I gave back the book after two months. I re-read it at least eight times!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must...have....more! July 20 2004
By Toni
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book very, very much. The characters are vividly painted, and emotions abound! You can't help but feel sorry for the heroine Ariane, with her tumultous past and her sad harp songs that could make a dove cry. I've been reading this series completely backwards, starting with this book, moving on to forbidden, and now I'm waiting for untamed to get back to the library. I just can't wait for a book about eric to show up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romance Flourishes In 12th Century England! Oct. 26 2003
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Elizabeth Lowell is frequently asked why she departed from the western and contemporary romance genres, which have been so successful for her, to write the medieval trilogy "Untamed,"
"Forbidden" and "Enchanted." She and her husband are both of Scots descent. On one of their visits to Scotland they had extra time to explore off the beaten path and, by chance, discovered the ancient ruins of a castle constructed in the 12th century. The castle had once belonged to her husband's clan, the Maxwells. Ms. Lowell and her husband then traveled to a town that had a museum devoted to the Maxwells and discovered that her family clan, the Charteris and her husband's, the Maxwell's, were linked through marriage for over nine hundred years. When Ms. Lowell found this out she decided to write a series based on medieval warriors and the women they loved.
Simon the Loyal and Ariane the Betrayed wed in order to bring peace to the Disputed Land, the border land between England and Scotland. Simon is attracted to Ariane, but does not believe in love. Ariane has suffered a brutal rape, a family betrayal and is deeply scarred. She cannot bear to be touched. The plot is driven by the conflict in the marriage, Simon's gentle wooing of Ariane and her refusal to tell him the truth about her past.
The novel brings back characters from Ms. Lowell's previous books: Duncan the warrior and his beloved Amber the Learned, Lord Dominic le Sabre, called the Glendruid Wolf, and Lady Margaret, Lord Erik, etc., but it is not necessary to read the other books in the series to appreciate this one. All the characters, their pasts and interactions are fully explained. There is mystery here, and magic, betrayal and deception, and tremendous chemistry between Simon and Ariane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a can't put down medieval romance! July 26 2002
By A Customer
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I have never read anything by Elizabeth Lowell before, but loving medieval romance books like I do, I started reading the first of the trilogy. OMG, these three books are WONDERFUL! You have got to read all three of the books(Untamed, Forbidden, Enchanted)! I am extremely picky about the romance books that I read. I could never pick a favorite of the three b/c they are all exceptional in their own way. I was assuming that they would all be similar since they are in a trilogy, but they are totally not alike at all. The first couple appear in the second book, and then the next couple and the first couple appear in the last book. It is so cool how they all interact w/each other.......I LOVED IT! I even loved the abilities that the women had in these books. Obviously, I cannot say enough good things! They are a must read. The only bad thing is when you've finished w/all three. But like the first review, Elizabeth Lowell.......you have got to write another one to this trilogy about Erik. He is awesome! He needs someone too! Please! And please keep writing medieval romances!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry... July 25 2002
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...I know I'm in the minority here but I didn't enjoy this book at all. Half way through it I was angry. My husband asked me what was wrong. When I told him I felt like I was in school studying a Shakespeare book rather than reading a romance novel he begged me to stop reading it and read Johanna Lindsey, Connie Mason, Judith McNaught... ANYTHING! The only reason I finished it was because I kept going back and reading the reviews and asking myself, why? Well, I guess that's what's so great about us all, we all have our own taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INCOMPARABLE! July 7 2002
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I have read a lot of romatic novels and so far this triology is one of my very favorite. But out of the three, Enchanted is my absolutely most preferred. And I think the reason of that is that in speaking of personality and character, Ariane and I are extremely alike. Even though I love all the characters Elizabeth has created, I still like Ariane above both Meg and Amber. Meg is, well, too innocent. She does have a fiercy fiber in her but is still far too simple-minded; Amber is, sorry to say, my least favorite herione in the triology, personaly I dispise a female who would bow down to the wrongdoings of her husband, especially the way Duncan treated her when he found out about his past, I would say that Amber is indeed desperately in need of some more backbone. And I think Simon is the most well-formed character of the whole triology except Erik. And the electricity that sparked between the two people with personalities and characters too alike is just more enthtralling than the soft surrender of seduction. And though personally I would choose someone like Erik, who is my absolute favorite character, I still love the way Elizabeth created Simon, a ruthless and unforgiving man who was finally taught to love by the "bravest warrior he's ever known". And speaking of which, I am biting my nails at waiting for the fourth book on Erik, I would love to see what kind of female could bring down his proud, wolfish head, and enthrall him into a love he totally deserves.
If you haven't read this triology, please do it. I have read almost all the New York Times Best Selling romatic authors and this triology is definately at the top of my list. I think it doesn't really matter which sequence you read it in, just do it, and I can guarantee you for 95% that the storied would completely seize your heart and won't let go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Book
This book was wonderful just like the others before it, Untamed and Forbidden. Like the reviewer before me I want to read a book with Erik.
Published on June 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for Erik's story!
I have read and reread this trilogy at least twenty times and it remains one of my favorites. Only one complaint... it seems that Ms. Read more
Published on April 29 2002 by Michelle
2.0 out of 5 stars has great potential, but disappointing
(...) While it presents many ideas with great potential, the character development suffers mightily and the dialogue is typical inelegantly-presented medieval romance. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2001 by RushinBlu
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless!
I've lost count of how many times I have read this great book. I Of all the books in this trilogy, I like this one the best because there is so much electricity between Simon and... Read more
Published on July 9 2001 by Agnes Wu
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Awesome Story
Of the three books written in this trilogy, this is my favorite. Simon and Arianne are both very strong characters with issues from their past. Read more
Published on June 28 2001 by L. Durham
5.0 out of 5 stars enchanting
i really don't know how many times i read this book. i actually think that it's addictive!
Published on Feb. 12 2001 by sara farid
5.0 out of 5 stars From a long-time fan
I have been a long time fan of Ms Lowell and have read and collected every available book of hers I could lay my hands on. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2001
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