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Prize,The(MP3)Lib(Unabr.) [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Julie Garwood
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Dec 27 2009
In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, 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. 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 bride. In 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!

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Julie Garwood is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Sizzle, Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, and Slow Burn. She lives near Kansas City.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A little effort, please! Feb. 19 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are so many flaws with this book I hardly know where to begin. The heroine is flighty and incapable. At the beginning of the novel she is defending her Saxon keep against Norman invaders, their fourth attempt to take her castle. The other three attempts she easily turned away but this one is different, due solely to their brilliant leader, without whose guidance they regain their idiocy. Our brave heroine has a clear shot at taking out Royce (the leader) with her slingshot by hitting him in his temple, which would leave him dead and her castle would be safe. Instead, she decides to aim for his forehead, so she'll leave a scar he'll carry for the rest of his life. And he'll win her castle. Right.
Later on, once she's married to him, she puts on a show of independence and spirit and self-reliance but any time she begins to express dissent he "swiftly kisses her, which leaves her so bemused she completely forgets what she was talking about." Gag me.
At one point our hero is told that Nicholaa (our heroine) was married briefly. He has no reason to doubt this information, but somehow miraculously divines it was not so. That's a minor point, though, so I'll let it pass. There were other flaws, such as not enough research (Ms. Garwood, medieval audiences did not clap as applause), and not enough accounting for the ignorance of her audience (such as using the obscure french names of the lady's clothing and not explaining what they described).
Of course, not all of these are the author's fault. A large portion of my disdain rests on the editors at Pocket Books who should have caught continuity problems and anachronistic details.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a joy to read! Dec 15 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to say that I really loved this book. Although, I also have to say that I have loved every Julie Garwood book I have ever read. I wouldn't say this was my all-time favorite Julie Garwood book because that honor goes to "Honor's Splendor." This does, however rank right up there after "The Wedding," and "The Gift."
I loved the truthfulness between Royce and Nicholaa. It was a breath of fresh air to have two characters that where forthright with eachother and there wasn't any big misunderstanding that is usually typical of Romance novels.
This is a keeper and I strongly encourage anyone to read this book. The only thing I wish is that Julie Garwood would have wrote more about the trip to London. Obviously a lot happened, but she never went into it past the first day and night they traveled.
I loved that Royce was so kind and patient with everyone. It was a nice change from the typical hot-headed warriors we read so much about in most romance books.
Thanks for another great story Julie!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful medieval romance! Aug. 18 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The last time I read a Garwood historical, The Lion's Lady, I stated in my review that it was her best romance I had read. Well, I now say that again. The Prize was even better than The Lion's Lady. This book however, is set in a medieval time frame. It is full of subtle humor and I laughed out loud many times. Although there are some serious aspects to the story, it reads as more of a light comedy. Both of the leads are strong and very likable characters.
Baron Royce, the hero, is one of the Norman invaders at the time William the Conqueror takes the throne of England. Tension runs high between the Saxons and Normans as the new king plans weddings between Saxon nobility and Norman knights that have served him well. In the opening pages of the book, Royce and his soldiers are capturing the family holding of Lady Nicholaa. Royce has been ordered by the king to bring Lady Nicholaa to London where she will wed a Norman of his choosing. King William refers to Nicholaa as the prize (thus the name of the book) because he will give her in marriage to a highly deserving knight.
Royce is a very popular leader of men and is known to be the best Norman trainer of soldiers. He leads a very organized, logical life and demands obedience from all who serve him. This is one hero who is alpha in the extreme yet very lovable at the same time. He has an evenly tempered personality and exhibits great maturity - until it comes to Nicholaa.
Lady Nicholaa is not at all happy with the Norman invasion of her home. She is a young lady full of mischief and a very expressive personality. She uses her wit to escape Royce once her family holding is captured. When he finds that he has been tricked by Nicholaa, he eagerly anticipates beating her at her own game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hit from Julie Garwood! Nov. 29 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read this book many times before, and it's always stuck out in my mind as one of Julie Garwood's finest. The cover depicted is not actually the newest edition, as it has a white cover with a graceful castle on it. Not that it makes a difference on anything, but just FYI.
The Prize is set in 1066, at the time of the Norman Invasion (One of my favorite time periods for romances). Lady Nicholaa is a Saxon already legendary for the lengths that she goes to keep her castle safe from the invaders. When it does finally fall to Royce, a Baron in the king's employ, Nicholaa is taken to court, and instead of being the King's Prize to give out to a Baron, she is actually allowed to choose her *own* husband. She chooses Royce for revenge, and things snowball from there.
This is a very sweet, fairly predictable romance (aren't they all?) but the characters are what make it truly exceptional. Julie Garwood makes her heroines so naive and forthright that they're utterly hilarious to read about. Nicholaa is not a strong spitfire of a heroine, but there's no doubt in your mind that she knows how to get what she wants! I like that her heroines are very ordinary with a touch of the extraordinary.
Julie Garwood combines a mix of warm humor, storytelling, and romance in 'The Prize'. It's not a groundbreaking, unique novel, but it's more like a warm, fuzzy blanket that you can pull up over yourself and relax with. 'The Prize' is everything a romance should be! Which suits me just fine, and I suspect that if you pick up this book, you definitely will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid!
I think this is my favorite by Julie Garwood.
I just love her writing style - light and
humorous.
A great historical romance. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by nitpick
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the male hero
I liked this book simply because Royce wasn't overtly handsome and was disfigured with a scar. He didn't think he was a catch and was surprised when Nicholaa chose him. Read more
Published on March 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars top romance
Rarely do I reread a book, this one is an exception. I was drawn in to the lives of Royce and his captive. Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by Mrs. J. I. Pedwell
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quick and Fun Read
This was my first Julie Garwood experience and I finished her book quite satisfied. I had read such great reviews about her books that I just had to try one out. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2002 by allie-kat
5.0 out of 5 stars the gift
Shortly after my father died I read this book. I have never laughed so much. It was a relief to laugh again. I gave this book to my mother to read when she came to visit. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT Garwood's best.....
"The Prize" was a horrible example of what I've come to expect from Julie Garwood. Usually, I can pick up a book written by Ms. Garwood without a second thought... Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by M. I.
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong woman character
I loved this book. I like to see women that are strong characters. In this story a Saxon woman is one of the last left to protect her keep. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2002 by Tanya L. Schaub
2.0 out of 5 stars garwood fan - disappointed this time
I've loved many of Julie Garwood's novels in the past, but I found this one lacking. I didn't like the main character Royce. Read more
Published on May 14 2002 by "irongarden72"
3.0 out of 5 stars A good tale
When young maiden Saxon, Nicholaa, defended her homeland against Norman invaders (with a slingshot and arrows) she becomes a legend among the Norman people and is sung about by a... Read more
Published on March 27 2002 by "d_chaney"
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