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Author: Julie Garwood Narrator: Susan Duerden Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Crown’s Spies Series Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781469261324
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Christina Bennet is not an ordinary woman. An enigma, a ravishing beauty, and a charmer, as of late she's been taking London high society for a ride in way never seen before. She kept her friends close and her enemies closer, not saying much to anyone, and becoming truly open to very few. Of course, all of that changed on the night that the dark and mysterious Marquis of Lyonwood managed to steal a kiss.

At once, the man was possessed, and swore he would have her, one way or the other. More than just a charmer, Marquis was known for his arrogant ways and his even stronger passions. Christina, however, was not so easily convinced. More important to her than ever is keeping her past a secret...and with his passions, he threatens to reveal them all. Will he succeed? Only time will tell.

Julie Garwood has authored more than twenty seven romance novels over the course of her career. Born in 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri, she is considered one of the forefronts of the modern romance genre. The sixth of seven children in an Irish-American family, she found herself at a slight disadvantage as far as school was concerned. Because of a botched tonsillectomy at the age of six, she missed so much school that she found herself behind in her reading. Regardless, she still managed to become one of America's forefront romance authors.

Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her….

But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses. She dared not surrender to his love…for then, she must also forsake her precious secret…and her promised destiny!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 2/18/2014

    " Lately, I've been on a Julie Garwood kick. I've been devouring her books like a bag of chips. I love her books so much that I've started to admit liking historical romances. She can write Highlander books without having things become cheesy or lame. Since I've only read her Highlander books, I was a bit hesitant to read a regency sort of book by her. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to stomach this book. The prologue definitely threw me for a loop. I have nothing against native americans, but I find that in books they make me laugh. I know it sounds terrible of me, but there's something that is corny about it all. Mostly it's just me, not being into the culture. The whole thing with the shaman was ridiculously funny to me and I found myself laughing at the names they had. To be honest, I'd probably laugh my face off if I had to read a romance novel where the hero was named White Eagle. Also, it seemed like a majority of the people had similar names and I ended up being confused as to who was the grandson and who was the chief man. It wasn't that it was bad exactly. I just wasn't expecting the book to start like that. Christina was amazing to me. I just loved her. At first, I thought she was a certified crazy. She said the strangest things and nothing that came out of her mouth made any sense. As the book went on, she definitely grew on me. Since english wasn't her first language, there were many instances where she'd say the wrong phrases or mistake what others said to her. Overall, she was just hilarious and I liked how she seemed like a fish out of water in the english world. Lyon was interesting to read as well. Unlike many of Julie Garwood's heroes, Lyon fell in love with the heroine before she did. Most of JG's books have the heroine spending the whole book trying to get the hero to admit he loves her. In this book, Lyon spent a major chunk of time trying to get Christina to say 'I love you' back. His behavior in the beginning was hilarious and he acted more like a smitten schoolboy than a titled englishman. At times, he even bordered on stalkerish because he was so obsessed with finding out more about Christina. Their relationship on the whole was really cute! Especially in the first half. Their first few conversations were really funny. Lyon thought he was being very clever and wanted to get answers about this mysterious girl, but the poor man never got anywhere. They had the type of relationship where they drive each other crazy, but it's obvious that they're meant for one another. Overall, aside from my bad judgement towards the prologue, I actually really enjoyed this book. Christina and Lyon were a fun couple and I loved watching their bickering. The romance felt believable and I loved the way they ended up becoming engaged. I laughed my face off when Lyon did the whole waving at the carriage thing. Aside from the romance, there was a legit plot. It wasn't super heavy, but it was enough to give some substance to the book. Thankfully, this was a good book that didn't suffer from a mass of the typical historical romance cliches. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 2/7/2014

    " Christina raised by Dakotas. Marquis falls fast. Not really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/31/2014

    " O.k., first let me start off by saying that Julie Garwood cannot write a bad novel. I have read almost all of them and have enjoyed every single one. This book was no exception. But, (you knew this was coming) this book was not at the top of my list. I just couldn't connect with these characters like I have with other characters of Julie's. I did not relate to Christina at all, but that is more my problem than the character's. I also felt as if the ending was very rushed. It went so fast, I had a hard time keeping up and wished for the sake of the characters, we could have had more conversation and interacting rather than just a quick third-person, matter-of-fact narrative. I don't want anyone to think I disliked the book. I enjoyed reading it, but just wished I had gotten more involved with the story-line as I have with almost all of Garwood's books. In the end, I do recommend this book. If you buy it, you won't be disapointed. I also HIGHLY recommned any of Garwood's medieval novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie4 | 1/18/2014

    " Loved this book and plan on rereading it as soon as my to-read list winds down for the winter pre-holidays. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 1/11/2014

    " Very disappointed! I found this book on a list of best funny historical romance. I didn't think it was funny at all. There was only one part that made me laugh. Otherwise, it was just absurd. I felt the writing was stilted and the plot so chaotic that it was unbelievable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/21/2013

    " A wonderful blend of romance, humor and eroticism that make for a great historical romance book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 12/8/2013

    " I loved this book, couldn't put it down but.... the author had a wagon train going to the Black Hills in 1797, I could not find any reference to wagon trains going that far west that early. So, if I am mistaken and someone can find such a references, I will change me rating to four stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiana | 11/17/2013

    " oh my goodness i read this book when i was probably 12 maybe 13 years old and i read it 6 times back to back! i fell in love with romance novels after reading this and thats why i wrote one myself and cannot wait until its out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 11/16/2013

    " One of the best books, I have ever read. It was funny, sad, and very romantic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taban | 10/10/2013

    " I loved this book. I can't believe I hadn't read this before.... Christina and lyon were awesome characters and this was such a funny book... I also loved the secondary characters... this is a gooder! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francine | 10/3/2013

    " It's a sweet story~ :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 9/23/2013

    " LOVED this book! One of my favorites by her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ocha | 9/2/2013

    " The dialogues between Christina and Lyon made me gigles. I can understand how Lyon can be frustated trying to understand what Christina's meant since english is not her first language. I do enjoy Garwood's writing 'cause simply not complicated and funny. Good reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.L. | 7/14/2013

    " Christina isn't your typical damsel in distress in London. She's been raised by American Indians and has come to set things straight in London. But there's a monkey wrench in the form of the hunky Lyon. Isn't there always? Well written. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 6/19/2013

    " I'd give it 3.5-4 stars, mainly because I really liked the heroine, and usually romance novel heroines annoy me, with all of their "I'm supposed to be high-strung, which apparently means I make terrible, stupid decisions"-edness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/20/2013

    " Best romance I had read in ages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/16/2013

    " My first foray into Garwood and I hope this one wasn't her best or it might be my last. The heroine was a hoot and I did love that she made Lyon frazzled trying to understand her. Past that - it was not a stay up late, got to finish kind of book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belinda | 3/6/2013

    " As I am new to good reads & am just now adding my books I will not be giving detailed reviews at this point. Hopefully I will have time to edit & give reviews later. "

About the Author

Julie Garwood is a bestselling historical romance novel author. Over thirty-five million copies of her books are in print, and she has had over twenty titles on the New York Times bestseller list. Her first novel, Gentle Warrior, was published in 1985, and her novel For the Roses was adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame production on CBS. She lives in Leawood, Kansas.

About the Narrator

Susan Duerden is an actress and an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Her reading of The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht earned her an AudioFile Best Voice Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. Here career spans film, television, theater, voice-overs, and animation. She has played critically acclaimed and award-winning theatrical roles on London’s West End and Off Broadway; acted in the features Lovewrecked and Flushed Away; and held a recurring role on ABC’s Lost.