New York Times best-selling author Julie Garwood takes breathless sensuality to thrilling heights in this unforgettable adventure of passion and intrigue.
The Emerald flew across the seas, carrying the pirate Pagan - despised by the ton, whose riches he plundered, and beloved by the poor, whose plight was eased by his gifts.
The Marquess of Cainewood vows to hunt down the pirate wretch in revenge for his brother's death. But when Jade, an enchanting vision of rippling red hair and eyes of jewel-green, appears at his door to beg desperately for his protection, the Marquess agrees to keep her safe from the villains who want her dead. Jade is infuriating, exasperating, and gorgeous; Caine is noble, strong-willed, and powerful. No woman has ever befuddled him so, nor so deeply aroused his desire. But as Jade answers his knowing caresses with an innocent, wild abandon, they are drawn into a web of treachery that will test the very heart of their love!
©2011 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
I was captivated from beginning to end!
I was immediately in love with the characters. Even the secondary characters were very well written and I enjoyed every single character in this book! The story is riveting and interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat. Garwood weaves an interesting tapestry of mystery.
Caine and Jade's relationship is fiery and delightful from the moment they meet. Definitely a delicious romance.
I was glad that the previous book's characters (Lyon & Christina) were included in this book. They weren't just thrown in randomly.....there was good reason for them to be part of this book.
The narration is again wonderful .... Susan Duerden is a real talent. While sometimes it might take some getting used to some of her whispers....she brings the story to life and let's each scene become a vivid movie in my mind.
I didn't want to pause this book and I didn't want it to end. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I would give this book 10 stars if I could. Every character, every sentence, and every moment of this book was exciting and well-developed. This may very well be one of my favorite books of all time.
While it is a romance, Garwood has written a great story that makes you constantly wonder what's going to happen next. I laughed...I cried.....I shouted.....I cringed.....I smiled.....I got goose bumps! SO VERY CREDIT WORTHY......LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!
Guardian Angel was the first Julie Garwood book I read. When listening to the audio, it makes it just more sweeter
Mrs Garwood is a excellent story teller, she does not leave you on cliffhanger very long.
My favorite scene was when Cain found out Jade was the pirate he has sworn to hunt down and kill.
When Jade had risked her life to save Cain and her brother, where the water was infected
Another good read by Garwood. I especially like this one because the heroine is not a simpering miss. She also has problems of her own and the hero has to do some sweet talking to win her over. Character development is also continuing to develop as we meet more people whose lives are intermingled.
Julie garwood hits another one out of the park. I love the way the heroines are capable as well as the hero's and the love scenes are tastefully done. the narrator was great. best books, especially for the money.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
Guardian Angel: Crown's Spies Book 2, by Julie Garwood, is another amazing story narrated by Susan Duerden! Ms. Garwood's talent consistently maintains the highest level of skill and integrity as she weaves her adventure with just the right amount of comedy, and breathless sensuality. You will love this!
Definitely Credit Worthy!
Very good series. Julie Garwood is by far one of my favorite author's. The story had a little adventure, mystery and of course romance. It kept me interested to the end.
The story was so-so at best - I have certainly read many better, even by this same author. The female lead was naive and timid one minute, and a regular shrew the next. She was also illogical beyond belief, even when she wasn't "pretending". The male lead suffered from frustration throughout, trying to figure her out. I just couldn't see what they saw in each other. The romance was never convincing to me.
The "mystery" part of this story was only sketchily drawn out, and included very little detail or character development. That's another reason I think this would be better if read.....easier to turn back the pages to see who was who.
But I believe the biggest part of my disappointment was due to the narrator, who was just plain annoying. Nice voice, but no real distinction between the characters. And wherever the author wrote, "she whispered", or "he whispered", that is exactly what the narrator did. I can't fault her for trying to follow what the author wrote, but I think it would have been better if she just lowered her voice rather than actually whispering. Also, I couldn't tell if the book was intended to be as "tongue in cheek" as the narrator portrayed. She used the same tone for every situation, whether it was humor, panic, fear, anger, sadness or just plain serious conversation. All she did was change the volume. Very difficult to interpret what was going on.
Ordinarily I love Julie Garwood. Her heroines are smart, witty and funny. This one was annoying. I could not wait for the book to be over. It did get better toward the end but the first 6 hours of babble almost made me stop listening.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
This is a cute & endearing story that follows "The Lion's Lady." The relationship between Caine, the Marquess of Cainewood and Jade is similar to that of Lyon and Christina, the characters from "The Lion's Lady." Jade strings together an array of varied stories that keep Caine confused, piqued and very interested in keeping her safe. Although he does not believe each of her stories (reasonably so), he is aware that she is in real danger. He is hopelessly drawn to her, and she to him.....as Christina (Lyon's wife) put it, "it's destiny."
Jade's stunning beauty and off-kilter antics allow her to hook Caine's attention and forge a burgeoning relationship. It starts off with, and centers on Jade's uncanny ability to present herself as a damsel in distress and in need of Caine's protection, when in fact, she is on a mission to keep him safe from a conspiracy that unknowingly threatens his life and the life of those he loves. Caine, blames the pirate Pagan for the death of his brother, Colin. However, there are so many twists and unexpected surprises throughout the book that Caine finds that who he once considered an enemy was truly his champion.
I like Jade, the heroine of the story because of her creativity & imagination. She has a photographic memory and is an expert at manipulation. She's quite effective in her manipulation mainly because the men around her tend to underestimate women, in general. Although she manipulates, it's done with good intentions since she is trying to preserve many secrets from prematurely coming to light and her # 1 goal is to keep everyone safe. She is silly and can drive you nuts because she constantly goes off-topic, gives half-details that compel others to "fill in the blanks" with their own erroneous assumptions, and she LOVES TO PRESS CAIN'S BUTTONS!!! Jade drives Caine nuts!!! That part is cute & funny. Although Jade comes across as silly, it's a done purposely to keep Caine & his friends "in the dark" and unaware until the appropriate time to unveil the truth. She's pretty powerful....and it like it!
I really liked Caine as well, bless his heart. He is high-strung, but also playful. He has a lot of patience when dealing with Jade. He is definitely attracted to her physically, but he is also intrigued by her character. He detects that there is more to her than the rambling, silly woman under his protection. He wants to know more about her and falls in love with her possessively and without restraints. Caine is a definite man's-man. He's a warrior, a protector and quite loyal when he falls in love. And, he definitely has fallen in love with Jade. He does not let her go, even when she insists on it. He can be a little heavy-handed, but overall I think Jade handles him well. They both suit each other well since they are both strong characters. The chemistry between the two is magnetic.
This story unfolds like the peels of an onion; in layers. You will not be transported to any fanciful society setting such as balls, horse rides in the country, shopping experiences etc., but the focus is on character development and dialogue. This is the book of chatter! Most of the book takes place in sitting rooms and studies while a diverse group of people including crown spies, duke/duchess, pirates, and undercover agents come together to try and figure out an elaborate governmental conspiracy and mysterious villain.
Annoying Aspects (but bearable):
I'm not sure why exactly Julie Garwood wrote with a keen focus on the character's voice & volume. Jade is constantly whispering to emphasize her points. Most of the time, Caine is yelling over her...but most of it works because it's funny. Jade is an adorable little actress and keeps Caine in constant circles to keep him hooked and distracted from his pursuit of vengeance for his brother's death. If you can get over the "she whispered" and "he bellowed"...you'll be fine....lol
I read so I can write
I really loved everything about this book except the narration. There was so much whispering and since I didn't read the written version I don't know if that was the author's intent, but for me it ruined the experience.
As I said, the story itself was excellent as I expect from Garwood. The characters were fun and well developed.
If the narration doesn't bother you, it's worth your time.
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