The Prize

Once again Julie Garwood delivers a heartwarming humorous and delightfully romantic tale What I liked most about this book was Royce s character he s not one Garwood s prototypical hero and th

Once again, Julie Garwood delivers a heartwarming, humorous, and delightfully romantic tale.  What I liked most about this book was Royce's character (he's not one Garwood's prototypical hero) and the relationship between him and the heroine, Nicholla. Royce is a hero to adore. He may not be extremely good-looking, with a badly scarred face, but he has the perfect combination of alpha and beta characteristics. He's powerful, driven, and a true leader; but he also possess a strong benevolent side that makes him one of the most charming, endearing, and truly swoon worthy heroes Julie Garwood has created.Royce's and Nicholla's relationship is fabulous. Both characters are open, honest, and even blunt about their feelings (once they recognized them, of course). It was refreshing not to have all the added drama and misunderstandings that comes from a lack of communication.            I also enjoyed the subplot involving Nicholla's brother Justin. His story enriched the plot and brought to the book some of it more endearing moments. The Prize is a wonderful, feel-good romance you'll be happy to have read. You can't beat Julie Garwood. She's one of the best! A viral The Prize Creat Julie Garwood is a Kindle Librarian s Note Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here.In the resplendence of William the Conqueror s London court, the lovely Saxon captive Lady 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 A resourceful, rebellious and utterlyLibrarian s Note Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here.In the resplendence of William the Conqueror s London court, the lovely Saxon captive Lady 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 A 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. With than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America s favorite fiction writers.Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children Early in life, I learned that self expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick, says Ms Garwood She began her writing career when the youngest of her three children entered school After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her talents to historical fiction Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published by Pocket Books in 1985 Since then, she has branched into other genres including contemporary romantic suspense Today, her name appears regularly on the bestseller lists of every major publication in the country, and her books are translated into dozens of languages around the world Her bestselling novel FOR THE ROSES was adapted for the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME television movie ROSE HILL.Ms Garwood lives in Leawood, KS and is currently working on her next novel.. Popular Ebook The Prize "He never knew what hit him." The first line in this book was enough to hook me. How could I not love a heroine who was smart and resourceful enough to drop the hero to the ground in the middle of a battle?Baron Royce is Norman and Lady Nicholaa is Saxon, and that makes them enemies in 1066. The Prize starts with Nicholaa trying to defend her home against Royce and his "barbaric" soldiers. She's successfully defeated the three previous knights sent by "the bastard" William of Normandy, soon to be the new King of England, but she realizes Royce is on a league of his own and the chances of her winning against him are nonexistent. So she tricks him into thinking she's her twin sister Danielle - a nun! - and manages to escape and find sanctuary in the nearest convent. When Royce finds out that there's no sister Danielle and that he's been had by the cunning Nicholaa, he can't help but appreciate how clever she is and surprises his men by laughing instead of getting furious with her deception.Arrogant that he is, Royce doesn't see Nicholaa's escape as a defeat, as he's sure he'll be able to leave her sanctuary and go with him to meet his King William in London. As the Saxon woman who's so valiantly defended her family's holding, she's a legend among the Normans, the bride the King is going to give to his most worthy knight as "the prize" in a contest for her hand - and her family's holding and lands, of course. As it happens, Royce does get Nicholaa to leave her sanctuary and go with him to London, even though she keeps trying to escape every chance she gets along the way. During this journey, they start seeing each other with new eyes, and Royce grows more and more attracted to Nicholaa while she realizes how honorable, caring and protective he is. And that's how they start to fall in love with each other, against their better judgment. Naturally, they still have a long way to understand and accept their feelings, and that's where the fun lies. :)I liked Royce from the start, and he won me when he laughed - instead of going ballistic - at being bested by Nicholaa with her "nun act". He was arrogant, hard and a bit gruff on the outside, but soft and oh-so-sweet on the inside. He was like a delicious petit gâteau, my favorite dessert, and all I can say is, Yummy, may I have some more, please? ;) He was smart and brave, but didn't think he was worthy of Nicholaa because she was a beautiful and gentle lady while he was just an "ugly" - his face was marred by a horrible scar - and hardened warrior. But she never saw him that way and, incredibly, she even thought his "handsomeness" was disturbing. Ah, love is blind, indeed! Nicholaa was a strong and cunning heroine. She was a bit ditzy and naive sometimes - her convoluted plan to get Royce drunk with ale backfired big time, LOL - but that came across as charming and not annoying. She also seemed unable to stop herself from telling lies - all for the greater good, of course - but she couldn't keep them straight to save her life and Royce had no problem seeing through them. The way he kept cornering and trapping her inside her lies had me laughing out loud every single time.And Royce's lectures... I loved those scenes. The man loved to lecture Nicholaa, even though he was aware she didn't pay any attention to it. I had a smile on my face every time he clasped his hands behind his back, started lecturing her and she just sat there with her hands folded on her lap, daydreaming the whole time. That was just one example of the many interactions between Royce and Nicholaa that were just a joy to read, and I couldn't get enough of them.The only thing that I found a bit "jarring" was the lack of closure in regards to Nicholaa's older brother Thurston. That wasn't "bad" enough to make me enjoy this book any less, it's just that I wanted to know what happened to him.All in all, what's left for me to say? Another Garwood, another winner! At this point, I'm a truly devoted fan of Ms. Garwood. I haven't gone through all her backlist yet, but I really loved everything I've read so far. Having read her books almost back to back, it was easy for me to notice that her stories have some kind of a "formula", but it's one I love so I'm all for it. Very well done, Ms. Garwood!

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  1. With than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America s favorite fiction writers.Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children Early in life, I learned that self expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick, says Ms Garwood She began her writing career when the youngest of her three children entered school After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her talents to historical fiction Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published by Pocket Books in 1985 Since then, she has branched into other genres including contemporary romantic suspense Today, her name appears regularly on the bestseller lists of every major publication in the country, and her books are translated into dozens of languages around the world Her bestselling novel FOR THE ROSES was adapted for the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME television movie ROSE HILL.Ms Garwood lives in Leawood, KS and is currently working on her next novel.

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  1. He never knew what hit him The first line in this book was enough to hook me How could I not love a heroine who was smart and resourceful enough to drop the hero to the ground in the middle of a battle Baron Royce is Norman and Lady Nicholaa is Saxon, and that makes them enemies in 1066 The Prize starts with Nicholaa trying to defend her home against Royce and his barbaric soldiers She s successfully defeated the three previous knights sent by the bastard William of Normandy, soon to be the new [...]


  2. This classic Julie Garwood medieval romance is set in the time of the Saxon and Norman skirmishes One thing that slays me is the mindset of the invadersey d come to a castle keep, lay it under siege, kill as many men as possible, and basically just overtake the placed then they would graciously allow the former lord to remain alive if he would only swear fealty to their leader and become part of their army WHAT THE.what That s crazy to me s basically forcing them to live a life of shame, now bas [...]


  3. Once again, Julie Garwood delivers a heartwarming, humorous, and delightfully romantic tale What I liked most about this book was Royce s character he s not one Garwood s prototypical hero and the relationship between him and the heroine, Nicholla Royce is a hero to adore He may not be extremely good looking, with a badly scarred face, but he has the perfect combination of alpha and beta characteristics He s powerful, driven, and a true leader but he also possess a strong benevolent side that ma [...]


  4. Beauty is in the eye of the beholderAnother awesome Julie Garwood historical romance done and dusted I m loving re reading listening to these classics In The Prize, we meet the beautiful and feisty Nicholaa and the scarred warrior Royce Their love story was full of humour, sizzling chemistry, intrigue and treachery While at first, it seems they are destined for a marriage filled with battles As they go on, their attraction to each other intensifies and feelings develop Nicholaa loves her family [...]


  5. Written October 13, 20143.8 Stars Safely, securely and precisely what expected Sweet charming, well written oldish HRA Ms Garwood historical read or listening can not be but heartwaring and enjoying The Prize a historical from 1991, here narrated by a very professional Anne Flosnik in a 12 hrs audiobook, is no exception Perhaps you don t hear or see me sing and dance with joy after this novel, but at least I warm up for some very happy cheer jump step A sweetie one England 1066 in William the Co [...]


  6. image error This is a review of the audiobook Anne Flosnik reads this classic medieval Julie Garwood tale rather nicely If she is somewhat stilted in areas, she makes up for it in others By stilted I mean where the story is pure narrative she sounds stiff I also wasn t crazy over our Norman hero, Baron Royce s voice by trying to lower him to a baritone, he comes across sounding stuffy and that isn t the way I heard him in my head always a difficult if not impossible job.Call to Arms, by Edmund B [...]


  7. I wasn t going to review this one because I don t usually write reviews when I read a well known and traditionally published author However, I felt it deserved a review to explain the low rating.I hated the heroine, Nicholaa There was no happy medium for this character She was either acting like an insecure adolescent, seeking approval and attention, or she was raising hell The only time I found the strong woman characterized at the beginning of the book believable was yes, at the beginning of t [...]


  8. MY FAVOURITE HISTORICAL CHECKMATENicolaa a saxon has defended her home against the normans and the king is not happy.The king has ordered Baron Royce to bring the woman that had defended her home so well against his vassals She was going to be The Prize for the lucky knight who won the battle for her The King was allowing his knights to compete for her hand in marriage But, Nicholaa saved the Queens niece So the king changed his mind and allowed Nicholaa to choose from any of the single knights [...]


  9. Before starting this book you may want to mentally prepare yourself for a kowtowing heroine because if that kind of trait bugs you like it does me to no end this book has the potential to get on your nerves fast There s that and the fact that the hero is painfully overbearing and you think he s going to get the oh so deserved whack upside the head eventually but he never does unfortunately which is a shame because it could have done him a world of good Briefly, the story is about Nicolaa no that [...]


  10. 4.75 Captured Legend StarsArghhhh, how have I not read this HR brilliancy until now slaps herself in the forehead What an amazing story I couldn t have loved Royce and Nicholaa any than I did Had we all the loose ends like Thurston and Clarisse and Hugh tied up better, and of course the ever required Epilogue, it would have been 5 Stars But it was still a SPECTACULAR read that I will no doubt add to my all time fav HR, and forever remember.Julie Garwood did it again She truly is a Historical Ro [...]



  11. gelmi ge mi okudu um en iyi historical dan te en iyi okudu um romanceslardan bu kitap iddia ediyorum benzersiz, ola an st , muazzam bi ey bu ger ek hayatta da h d k erkeklere kar bi a r sempatim var, b yle h d deyip durdu u ama sizin durmad n z ve size bu y zden vuruldu u fln ahhhhhhhtap tam b yle.Garwood un historicallarda yeri ger ekten ayr pek ingiliz d kleri okumay sevmesem de onlar bile sevdiriyor, isko lar saym yorum bile evet, eski zaman sava lar na dair pek ok kitap okudum ama hi kimse K [...]


  12. 3,5 gibi ama inisiyatif kullanmayacak kadar cimrili im zerimde bug n lknur a.ka iko cumun yorumu zerine bu ay okumay d nd m ama bir t rl karar veremedi im Garwood kitab oldu d l S k c bir eviri, rezil kapak k sm n i in d nda b rak rsak g zel ba lad kitap.Kendisini yeni ngiltere kral na g t rmek i in gelen valyeyi eli bo yollamay ba aran Nicholaa, bu sefer Baron Royce ile m cadele etmek zorunda kal yor Normanlar n lkelerini istila etti ini d nen k z m z can n di ine tak p sava yor ancak en sonund [...]


  13. Aku sukaaaaaaaaaaaaa buku ini image error relieved after baca buku gak jelas dengan hero gak jelaskali ini sodara2Hero nya beneranheroine nya beneran adorable image error Once upon a time, waktu jaman tahun 1066 saat perang Saxon dan Norman, Lady Nicolaa ternyata jadi legenda dan kisah nya di ceritakan di seluruh penjuru InggrisSehebat apa ya si Lady Nicolaa ini.Yuk kita simak cerita nya image error Lady Nicolaa kecil2 mematikan, dengan ketapel nya yang hebat dia berhasil melumpuhkan 3 orang kom [...]


  14. Yes, Royce would train his men.And she would train him.My 5 star rating is very much informed by nostalgia Sorry not sorry Look, I was 16 when I first read this, and 16 year old me thought that it was the bee s knees 33 year old me acknowledges that it is not actually the bee s knees, but it remains divine in its own way.Of all the historical romance authors who rose to prominence in the 1980s, I most prefer Julie Garwood I d describe her as having a soft bodice ripper style Her novels were gent [...]


  15. Romantic story that s filled with lots of tender moment Royce and Nicholaa were a lovely couple Entertaining, endearing and passionate.In The Prize, Nicholaa s home is invaded by the Normans and she s captured as a prize to be delivered to King William Royce is the king s loyal subject that is tasked with bringing this headstrong Saxon to the king, which proves to be a series of small battles the entire journey When Nicholaa gains favor with the king for a courageous act, he allows her to pick w [...]


  16. This review is the story from from the pov of the female lead, Nicholaa She was spunky, brave and deserves something different.Nicholaa The Normans and Saxtons are at war, the Normans are winning I easily defeated two Norman invaders but the third is difficult to get rid off There are rumours that I will be captured and given to some Knight as a Prize, I plan to escape before that Royce is cunning and will hand me over to the King soon I keep trying to escape but he finds it amusing and is in co [...]


  17. This is my first Julie Garwood and if this is how she writes her stories, then I think I would be reading some of her books in the future.The Prize is fluffy book, one that I didn t expect from a medieval novel I ve always thought that books that are set during the time of William the Conqueror is kinda boorish or stuffy Which is wrong because if Julie Garwood S novel is to be set as an example, then this era is loose than the Victorian era Women here are encouraged to maim warriors,yippee.Royc [...]


  18. The Prize takes place during William the Conqueror s time We have the Saxon and Normans at each others throats When Lady Nicholaa is captured by Royce Melborn, she finally is forced to pick a husband out of the Normans She ends up choosing Royce and from there, these two have what I consider one of my favorite romances Seriously you guys, when Nicholaa comes across Royce, she ends up taking his ass out during a battle with a slingshot I kind of fell in love Nicholaa does what she can to protect [...]


  19. 3 to 3.5 stars I liked it, but nowhere near as much as her Highlander romances I do think that the sense of any conflict or real excitement was lacking It s sweet with very low angst if that s what you re in the mood for Garwood can definitely be good for that I like to read her when I m in a negative mood, she can usually make me smile.


  20. The best, delightful medieval romance I really enjoyed it I love how the characters developed with so much love.A must read if you want to get the best of Julie Garwood.


  21. Well I m 80 pages in and so far, I m not impressed At all The heroine Nicholaa is just.ying The author says time and time again that she s just so sweet that she can t hold a grudge against anyone Really No one at all Not the people who are invading your country, slaughtering your people, and hacking off your younger brother s right hand You can t be mad at those people Why not Because you have no spine Because you have no honor Weakest heroine ever.Garwood seems to think that because she s writ [...]


  22. Oh how I loved Julie Garwood when I was 15 But she had a few books which feature heroines that I have always wanted to strangle Nicholaa is one of them First of all, why the double As in the name But I digress I must admit that I was underwhelmed by this book The story was ok but with Nicholaa as the heroine I was rolling my eyes all the time A woman who wants her warrior husband to love her, playing childish games and the author makes these childish attempts into some kind of a great allure I c [...]


  23. 4.5 starsOh I want my own Royce This is the best Julie Garwood novel I ve read so far It was a sweet read Nicholaa and Royce are so sweet and cute together, I was giddy most of the time reading it However, it seems like the story finished too early that I thought there s a second book or something I just wish there had been .


  24. One word to describe this book would be Checkmate , for it captured me, heart and soul Julie Garwood gets another big 5 star rating from me for this book There are just some authors out there who have a gift to be able to put their pen to paper and create such perfectly splendid heroes and heroines I have never met a Garwood hero or heroine that I did not like and Royce and Nicholaa from The Prize are no exception This story has some factual parts to it as it takes place in England in the year 1 [...]


  25. I am so glad this book was recommended to me I really loved it I think the best word to describe this book is charming.It starts with the heroine Nicolaa defending her home against the Norman invaders, different knights are sent in, but by using her cunning and trusty slingshot, she manages to see them off until Baron Royce arrives The love story starts from there.Both the main characters are incredibly lovable, and the dynamics of their relationship were funny and touching, whenever they speak, [...]


  26. I must be in the minority after reading all the rave reviews I would give this 2.5 stars Though it was a quick read, it somehow lacked the depth relative to her other novels It was a little too lighthearted and I found that both the H and h were not very exciting Typical Garwood has always had a lot tension, great character depth and riveting plotlines I couldn t put this at the same level as Ransom, Bride and Honor s Splendour If you are new to Garwood, I would recommend starting with her othe [...]


  27. I picked this book because I was of a mind to read lighter stories after Helen Hollick s sober Saxon series The Forever Queen I Am the Chosen King and because Norman Conquest, which is the period depicted in this novel, is my current favorite historical theme Also, I have never read a Julie Garwood novel before and it intrigued me to find out why many readers seem captivated by her romance stories.The story follows Nicholaa, a young Saxon noblewoman, who is forced to marry one of William the Con [...]


  28. I love love LOVE all the Julie Garwood books i have read, except this I liked Nicholaa at first she was interesting, smart and drew your in Royce seemed sweet with not too much of a temper, only then they got married It seemed like as soon they got hitched, he became a pig and she became plain annoying What happened to the woman who shot an arrow in a mans arse when he tried to take her home from her It seemed like every time she got annoyed at Royce he d pet her a little and all would be well W [...]


  29. 3.5 stars The writing is good, but the plot, not so muchThe whole let me bend you to my will while I only bend a little because I am a man and you are subservient to me gets a little annoying after a while I really wanted to love this author, because I love reading historical genres, but every book I read by her is basically the same underlying theme and the heroes are not desirable, at all.I know the times were different and the gender roles were different in those centuries, but geeeez can t w [...]


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