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Castles: Crown's Spies, Book 4 | [Julie Garwood]

Castles: Crown's Spies, Book 4

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.
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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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    Tina 09-07-13
    Tina 09-07-13
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    "Great listen."

    I am so happy with this new narrator. Now if she would just go back and redo The Secret by Julie Garwood I would be thrilled. For me narrators can make or break a good book. This narrator was good. I am not familiar with this narrator so it took me about 5 minutes to get use to her voice. But after that I was happy. I can't express how important a good narrator is to me. A bad one destroys a book while a good one can make an okay book better.

    Castles is 1 of many of my favorite books. It is fast paced. Something is always happening with no long and boring periods. I call these types of books page-turners. And this is definitely one. I get bored with books very easily so this is important to me. I never got bored with this one.

    The story has a lot of humor. Even after I have read the book so many times that I can read it in my head I still laugh at the funny spots and still look forward to my favorite scenes. I heartily recommend this book to one and all who enjoy a light and relaxing listen. It will bring a smile to your face. I find the characters very endearing. As you can see I don't give a description of the book. I let the publishers do that since I am not very good at writing. But I can give my opinion on what I think of the audio version of the book.

    I would suggest you click the buy button on this book. Sit back and enjoy the story. It is a keeper.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Moffet 12-05-13
    Amy Moffet 12-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "THE NARRATOR IS AWFUL"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Castles to and why?

    The Lion's Lady, Guardian Angel, and The Gift were all read by Susan Duerden and i enjoyed them.


    What didn’t you like about Heather Wilds’s performance?

    She drolled on and there is no life in this story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    maybe


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer lubbock, TX, United States 11-20-13
    Amazon Customer lubbock, TX, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Never written a review"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator sucked.... Love the series, loved this story but Omg the narrator made it horrible to get through.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonna 10-19-13
    Jonna 10-19-13

    I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.

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    "Book is more enjoyable if you know the series"

    I loved this book because I was so familiar with the character and the whole family after reading the first 3 books in the series (definitely begin with 1). It can stand alone fine, but it is much richer if you know the history of the main character, which is much more filled out in the first book of the series. Up until this book he's a rather minor character, but in his own book he a real sexy hunk. So read them all!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bunmi 01-04-15
    Bunmi 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "wonderful"

    I am a big fan of Julie Garwood. This book was very entertaining. The performances was great.

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    Judie 09-15-14
    Judie 09-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrator spoiled this book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have enjoyed so many of Julie Garwood's books and I also enjoyed this one. However, this narrator completely butchered Alesandra! Others have commented on her poor pronunciation of Colin's name. However, MUCH more irritating and disruptive was her utter incompetence at maintaining a consistent accent and pronunciation pattern for Alesandra! Sometimes she used "v" for the letter "w" and in the same sentence she reverted to a "w" sound. Is she going to pronounce the word schedule as the British "shedyule" or as the American "skedule"? These are only a couple of blatant examples. The inconsistent German accent was present throughout the recording. Please do not use this narrator again if other accents are required for the particular book!!


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    Amazon Customer Alexandria, LA USA 02-25-14
    Amazon Customer Alexandria, LA USA 02-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hate the narrator!!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Castles the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Heather Wilds’s performance?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sandy 10-17-13
    sandy 10-17-13
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    "garwood never disappoints"

    Julie garwood is my favorite writer. I have never been disappointed and this book is no exception. the story, the writing and the narration are all great,especially for the money. Julie gives you the biggest bang for your buck.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stella Ann ARbor, Mi, United States 09-06-13
    Stella Ann ARbor, Mi, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Didn't like the narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I loved the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like all of Julie garwood books


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not enough feeling or expression, just plain boring


    Could you see Castles being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 09-03-13
    Judith 09-03-13

    I enjoy fantasy, romance, westerns, mysteries and classics... street signs, billboards, t-shirts... Audible is perfect for me.

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    "Enjoyed this one Nice memories"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Nice memories from reading it myself the first time and the narrator didn't detract from the enjoyment with *shudders* those blasted whispers like "The Gift" I love the butler, so sweet. Was a fun, enjoyable listen for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Castles?

    Colin tossing the kidnapper out the window then assuring that yes, he forgot to open it first...


    Which character – as performed by Heather Wilds – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all the characters in this performance. They flowed well and distinct inflection between the characters voices.


    Do you think Castles needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There wasn't any secondary characters that weren't already married 'cept Colin's younger sisters. I suppose a story could be written of one (or all) of them. Also I'd thought it would be interesting to have a story of a son or grandson/granddaughter (or great-grandson/granddaughter) How the Family traits come through in future generations and in a modern setting but the kinda regency feel. So yes I've thought about it.


    Any additional comments?

    Very happy with this purchase. Now to listen to "The Lion's Lady and pray for no breathy whispers. Men shouldn't have breathy whispers.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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