Orphaned and besieged, Princess Alesandra knew that only hasty marriage to an Englishman could protect her from the turmoil in her own land. To the amusement of her makeshift guardian, Colin, younger brother of the Marquess of Cainewood, the bold raven-haired beauty instantly captivated London society. But when Alesandra was nearly abducted by her unscrupulous countrymen, the fighting instincts that won Colin a knighthood for valor were kindled.
Deceiving himself that he wanted only to protect her, Colin swept her into a union meant to be a marriage in name alone...yet Alesandra's tender first kiss and hesitant caress ignited a wildfire in his soul. As the lovely princess dashed headlong into unforeseen dangers, Colin would follow, knowing he must claim her as his own forever. Now he would risk life itself before he would lose this sweet, tempestuous angel....
©1993 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Ugh…I usually love Julie Garwood, and while I hate to be negative, Castles, the 4th installment of the “Crown’s Spies” series, was a real disappoint. The story of Colin, and Princess Alesandra just did not measure up to the quality of storytelling that readers have been conditioned to expect.
In the first three books, Colin was a very appealing character, and I was looking forward to his story, but in Castles, he was selfish, bitter, angry, and basically unappealing. As per formula, he comes around in the end to “save the day”, but it was too little-too late for me.
I actually hated the narration. Heather Wilds’ attempt to change character voices and accents was almost too painful to finish the listen. Unfortunately, the enjoyment of an audible experience is largely dependent on the quality of the narration.
Skip this one. You won’t miss much.
Julie Garwood yes but not Heather Wilds!!
She should have used the same narrator as she used in previous 3 books in this series.
Nothing at all.
The narrator ruined this book. I just really wish they had kept the original narrator for the series. This narrator pronounced the male romantic character’s name as colon. Really, how can you listen to a book that makes you think of colonoscopies every single time she mentions his name. It just doesn’t work! HIS NAME IS COLIN!! IN not ON. I got through the book, but I just didn’t enjoy it.
I liked the other 2 books in this series but could not get through this one because the narrator is terrible. she mispronounced names and the accents were all wrong.
The Lion's Lady, Guardian Angel, and The Gift were all read by Susan Duerden and i enjoyed them.
She drolled on and there is no life in this story.
The narrator sucked.... Love the series, loved this story but Omg the narrator made it horrible to get through.
The story itself is the only reason I listen to the audio. I have been reading Julie Garwood for years. I love her stories and I love this series. She is the classic romance novelist.
I like Colin. He's very strong willed. The only thing I didn't like about him is he became to hard all of the sudden. In the previous books he was fun loving and joking and good natured. In his book there was a certain cynicism about him that wasn't expected.
Honestly I couldn't stand her. I hated how she said Colin's name. She said it like colon. All I thought about what someone's intestance. Wasn't that impressed with her reading.
I was excited to finish this series, but I must admit this book was my least favorite of the series. Once again, characters were great and there are always laughs, but Colin's story got to be a little over the top chauvinistic for me and that says a lot considering the times they are writing about. It was good to see continuing characters and I needed to finish the series; however, book 2 of the series remains my favorite.
I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.
OMG!!! Julie Garwood, one of my favorite authors did a splendid job with this story and the ending I believe to the Crown Spies series unless another pops up. The narrator however, I would think twice about listening to another book that she narrates. Her character voices were horrible and I nearly died with the pronunciation of "Colin". At first I had no idea what she was saying because she made it sound like "colon". I was so very disappointed!!!! Who does not know how to pronounce Colin? If I had a magic wand and could have zapped another narrator to read I would have done that.
Julie garwood yes. I love her writing. Heather wilds no.
Her accents and voices are bad. And she pronounces the main characters name wrong.. if I hadn't listened to other books in series may not have been bad. But since all other books pronounce name as colin I can't get into story completely. Would also have been fine if it was just how main female pronounces it since she was foreign but it wasn't. Susan duereden should have done this one too.
Hmmmm... only if nothing better to do
Julie garwood should stick to using Susan duereden or Rosalyn landor
I have long enjoyed all of Julie Garwood's books but this series was the first I read. My one complaint is that the 'reader' continues to pronounce the hero's name 'Colin' as 'Kurlin'. It drove me crazy!!
Still, I really enjoyed being able to listen to much-read favorite.
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