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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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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.Read more ›
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!!
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.
The first thing I noticed about this book was the equal amount of dialogue vs. ongoing thoughts of the characters. It was refreshing to get caught up in a great conversation without endless pages of characters inner thoughts getting in the way. Some authors go on and on with thoughts and leave me wishing the characters would just speak for God's sake. But then some books have so much dialogue with no inner thoughts that the characters seem flat or shallow. I was impressed that this book was perfectly proportioned in this area.
The romance between Royce and Nicholaa was sweet and tender. She was very touching to read about and watching Royce open his life and his heart to her was captivating. It seemed that even when they had just met, their true love was there just beneath the surface waiting to bloom.
I loved the part of the story surrounding Justin. The gruff tenderness between he and Royce was a joy to see. I loved watching Justin grow as a person and a soldier. And I would very much love to see a sequel with his story. It would be great to incorporate that with a conclusion to Thurston's story also. I was left hanging there and wondering what would come of it.
The reason this is a 4 star read for me and not a 5? I cried over Ulric and have simply not accepted Royce's decision concerning him. That really bothered me and I wish Nicholaa had shown more emotion. It only seemed to bother her for one night and then she was back to normal. Somehow that didn't seem realistic after how close she had been to him. I'm hoping a sequel will perhaps include a change there.
All in all, its worth a read. I really did enjoy it and am anxious to read more works by Julie Garwood.
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent story line with just enough humour to keep you smiling along with the heroine. Another of Julie Garwood's excellent novels.Published 14 months ago by pickles
A great story that demonstrates the similarities in love and hate as enemies find themselves discovering that their differences in personalities should be treasured. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rosewood
I think this is my favorite by Julie Garwood.
I just love her writing style - light and
A great historical romance. Read more
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 morePublished on March 18 2004
Rarely do I reread a book, this one is an exception. I was drawn in to the lives of Royce and his captive. Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by Mrs. J. I. Pedwell
There are so many flaws with this book I hardly know where to begin. The heroine is flighty and incapable. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004
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 morePublished on Oct. 16 2002