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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (Dec 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441812075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441812070
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,232,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 reveled in their precious new love...a fervent bond soon to be disrupted by the call of blood, kin, and country! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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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I bought this book thinking the description sounded good and the reviews I looked at were all really great, and I usually love Julie Garwood. It takes a LOT for me to not want to finish a book, even if it's blah or I don't quite like a character. Nicholaa was great at first, I really enjoyed her for the first quarter / half of the book. She was strong and clever and wouldn't roll over and take something she didn't like. Around the mid point, I had high suspicions I wasn't going to like where she was headed. At 70%, I knew I was right. She's pathetic. Very pathetic. She'll be moderately righteous one second and then completely buckle and cave a second later. I understand softening with love, but not turning into a soppy "I don't want my controlling tyrant of a husband to change" twit. She's not even clever anymore, she's always three steps behind. I'm really disappointed in her as a lead, even accounting for historical accuracy of marital relationships.
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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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By A Customer on Dec 15 2003
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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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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