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!
©1991 Julie Garwood; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Two very strong individuals with strong personal & family values came together to form a solid marriage.
Loved the cleverness of both Nicholaa and Royce. They were a good match for each other.
Ann Flosnick is a very good female narrator...NOT so much a male narrator, though.
The story was charming and steamy and less predictable than many historical romances.
It was difficult to get beyond her voice. The male characters were dreadful but the worst part was when Nicholaa was drunk, it made my ears bleed.
There seemed to be two female leads Nicholaa before the wedding and Nicholaa after. I would have liked to see more of the why she was the "Prize" continue through the story.
I love Julie Garwood's books and when narrated by Rosalyn Landor, they audio book is great. This narrator, Anne Flosnik, is ruining the story. The voices she uses are aweful and her sing-song rhythm is annoying.
Anne Flosnik is a great Narrator, especially of passionate scenes. She captures the true excitement and passion of the moment and makes one feel all the urgency of desires the characters feel. Her way of portraying the hero’s male voice made me love him all the more. The only scene I thought did not turn out that great was the drunken talk by the heroin - but then who ever sounds good while drunk?! I’ve listened to many stories by this Narrator and have always been well pleased. Anne Flosnik is especially good with her Scottish accent.
I read so I can write
I like Garwood's work. She writes technically correct books that usually are really entertaining. That said, The Prize does not sit high on my list.
I found Nicolas to be insecure and demanding to a point of being pathetic. She just wasn't a strong mate for Royce and made him look shabby.
I would not recommend this as one of Garwood"s books that need to be in your library. There are plenty of her other books that deserve that position.
Good listen. The narrator was good and the story kept you interested. Fairly predictable but a few suprises thrown in. I like Julie's books they are worth listening too.
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