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.
The descriptions of the plot can't begin to tell the real story without spoiling the story, so disregard most everything you read in the publisher's data. This is a delightful story with a fabulous pair of lovers, where the woman is delightful. There's humor and danger and plenty of loving and exciting action. It's the 2nd in the series, and though it can stand alone, I'd definitely start right at the beginning.
For any historical/romance lover who has read, or listened to, any of Julie Garwood's books in this genre then you pretty much know what you're going to get - a listen that will whisk you back in time to give you a glimpse of a story that you just won't want to leave.
This was exciting right from chapter one and continued to entertain me with humour, passion, plot twists, mysteries, not too explicit sex scenes, some really amusing characters that get themselves tied up in a funny, yet tender, romance about revenge, treachery, deceit and desire. The chemistry between Jade and Caine was the real focus of the story and, once again, JG's delivers a hero and heroine that are likeable and with whom you can sympathise with.
This was originally written in 1990 so I hope Audible will catch up with the rest of the series and add The Gift (1991) and Castles (1993) to it's library soon. It does have characters from book 1 The Lion's Lady but this could easily be a stand alone listen.
Worth a credit? It would have been, but at $7.34 for over 12 hours of listening pleasure, I just bought it and saved my credit for a pricier book - that may not be as enjoyable as this was but is double or treble the price.
"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ Reviews should never contain "spoilers" ;-)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book when I read it years ago and now after listening to it I came to appreciate it in a whole new way. This book really grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept my interest throughout. Its romantic, funny and so delightful. This is one to keep on the revisit list.
The narrator was wonderful. She does a great job fluctuating her voice with the written word (i.e. whispering). It really makes the book come alive.
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.
The story is interesting if not typical but the narrator drove me insane with her constant whispering. I literally found myself groaning every time she did it which was quite often. Will never listen to another book narrated by this women!
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!
I purchased this book based on reader’s reviews and am so glad I did. This book actually has a couple of nice twists to it that I did not expect. Certainly made the story more interesting. Again here we have a strong female character and a kind but strong male character as well. Here we have again a woman who is raised by “savages” and turns out to be a great human being just as the last book in the series “The Lion’s Lady”. Wonderful passionate scenes and good storyline make it a nice read. Do women like this really exist back then? I ‘d love to think so. I highly recommend this book.
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.
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
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