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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,716 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Garwood Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781441812087
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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 revelled in their precious new love...a fervent bond soon to be disrupted by the call of blood, kin and country! Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenajo | 2/11/2014

    " Very enjoyable lighthearted entertainment. Enjoyed the diversion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/7/2014

    " a very fun read after something heavy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/24/2014

    " Very good :) I was glad that Royce finally realized what he was doing to Nicholaa near the end, and fixed it on his own (unlike some other books where the heroine says something and he just turns around for no reason). I liked that it was set in such a historical time, and it seemed well researched. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melowin | 1/20/2014

    " Another one that I didn't really care for, but again, hard to know if it's the time period (this one is set in 1066), as I am not a fan of historical romance set in the Middle Ages. It's just too hard to get away from the "women as chattel" angle of the times to really get into a story based on that time, unless the characters are completely anachronistic (which these are not). It also felt like a retread of her first book, Gentle Warrior, in many scenes. The two leads just seemed really similar to the two leads in the previous book. Some authors pull that kind of thing off well (McNaught is an example - her male leads sometimes seem interchangeable, but she writes the stories so well, I just don't care!), but this being still an early work by Garwood, the plot isn't strong enough to carry that flaw, for me at least. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 1/19/2014

    " Ugh. Julie Garwood's books are just the same crap over and over - why do I keep reading them? I think I'm officially done now. :p "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiki | 1/15/2014

    " I needed to read this again after going to Medieval Times with my hubs. I like having something to help quiet my brain after days of studying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imelda Yulistya | 1/6/2014

    " nicolaanya sial banget hehehe "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/4/2014

    " a 3.5. good historical romance. Garwood's typical mix of romance and suspense, which I like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/12/2013

    " As I have started reading Julie Garwood's books, I have found that all the love scenes are the same. The wording is the same. Very predictable. But the story lines are different. I liked this story. Another finding love tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ReadingWench | 12/12/2013

    " "Checkmate" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady Darcie | 11/7/2013

    " OMG i loved this book, its was entertaining the entire time i was reading it, the characters were awesome "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 10/24/2013

    " OMG!!! What a wonderfully Fantastical book!!! I loved every minute, thank you so much to my great GR's friends for recommending this one!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 6/14/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming love story. Royce and Nicholaa were characters that you couldn't help but rout for and the secondary characters added to this endearing story. A great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starrynoir | 12/18/2012

    " This was my first Julie Garwood book (back in high school) and will always have a special place in my heart. It will always be the "Nathan" book... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 (just) Trixie | 10/20/2012

    " I was disappointed in this book based on the great reviews it has gotten. I did listen to it on audio so maybe that worked against it. I can't put my finger on what I didn't like, it just didn't grab me. I didn't get much of a connection between the main characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 1/15/2012

    " I throughly enjoy Julie Garwood's medieval books, this is a genre I didn't think I would ever like. I'll be looking for more of her books at the library today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosanne | 1/2/2012

    " It was a sweet story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cendrillon | 10/22/2011

    " Wonderful and romantic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 9/11/2011

    " Tried as I might.. I couldn't read this one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lady Claire, Marchioness of Fancy Pants | 7/21/2011

    " Witty fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana Robinson | 5/3/2011

    " Loved It. I Love Happy Endings "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 5/1/2011

    " This has to be one of the best romance novels I've read in a long time. The interaction between Lady Nicholaa and Baron Royce is amazing! They can't stand each other, then they can, then they can't. And it's just an amazing love story. I can't wait to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana | 4/27/2011

    " Loved It. I Love Happy Endings "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 4/21/2011

    " Sometimes, I was left wondering but the clever mind games that was played between Nicholaa and Royce was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vic | 2/26/2011

    " I was still able to listen to it but narrator is not a favorite and I prefer reading the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/19/2011

    " I love all of her books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenajo | 2/8/2011

    " Very enjoyable lighthearted entertainment. Enjoyed the diversion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mommaseymour | 12/17/2010

    " 3.5 Stars

    I realized that I am more of a historical romance person when it comes to highlanders. This story wasn't bad, actually good, but just didn't feel there was anything special to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 12/16/2010

    " I have ordered a box of Garwood's books from ebay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 La Chipie | 11/28/2010

    " Nicholaa's schemes and logic (or lack thereof) really cracked me up. How could someone that naïve and somewhat stupid managed to deceive Royce? Anyway, that thickheaded hero got what he deserved: a little extravagant wife and a castle in ruins. Not a masterpiece, but fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucie | 11/2/2010

    " Good Read. But I think the beginning part is most delicious, after shotgun married not to much excitement for me. I don't really like marriage at convenience theme.
    Julie Garwood 's romance always good, right? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manal | 10/31/2010

    " I'm totally hooked! I literally couldn't put the book down.. yes, there was things that was too predictable but all in all it was a nice read.. especially when you're in the mood for something that is very cheesy. Romance books lover you will enjoy reading this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 10/7/2010

    " Ok. Great love plot, a little slow "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 10/4/2010

    " Narrated by Anne Flosnick:

    Another favorite ruined by bad narration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisha | 9/18/2010

    " some parts more racey than I usually read but I LOVED the characters in this book. It started off a little slow but I enjoyed it so much I was sad when it was over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 9/10/2010

    " Ugh. Julie Garwood's books are just the same crap over and over - why do I keep reading them? I think I'm officially done now. :p "

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About the Author
Author Julie Garwood

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

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.