"There is star quality in this writer!" raves the Romantic Times about gifted author Gaelen Foley. Her love stories are filled with glorious settings, stunning characters, and unforgettable passion.
Destiny casts its hand one perfect moonlit night when Ascencion's most elusive highwayman, the Masked Rider, chooses the wrong coach to rob. For inside is Rafael, the prince of the kingdom, renowned for his hot-blooded pursuits of women and other decadent pleasures. The failed raid leaves the equally notorious Masked Rider wounded and facing a hangman's noose. Then Rafe realizes his captive criminal is Lady Daniela Chiaramonte, a defiant beauty who torments him, awakening his senses and his heart as no woman has before.
Dani can only wonder if she's been delivered to heaven or hell once she agrees to marry the most desirable man in the Mediterranean - until forces of treachery threaten to destroy their tenuous alliance and bring down the throne itself.
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This is an essential audio book for anyone who appreciates a good love story, and the lure of fairy tales... A fantastic novel with intrigue and passion, loyalty and jealousy. It is immediately captivating. The story of a prince, a traitor, an old secret, and a beautiful young female outlaw. Gabriella is the mistress of her lands; a poor Nobleman's daughter who acts as a "robin hood", stealing from the haughty aristocracy to take care of her poor people and her grandfather. Her lands have been victim of a corrupt Lord, who taxes the people beyond their capacity to survive.
Living in the shadow of his father, Prince Rafi is restless, unforfilled, tired of his meaningless life. He is considered by most to be a spoiled, rakish, ineffective Heir to the throne of a beloved Ascension. His people are devoted to the land and their king, but not to the prince. When the king becomes ill, he forces the prince to marry and give the country an heir. His choice in marriage is a shock to his noblemen and council. He chooses the beautiful outlaw, Daniella, thus saving her from a death sentence. And for this, he gains the approval of the people of Ascencion, who adore the masked outlaw for her devotion to them. For Daniella, it is a dream, a fairy tale come true to marry the handsome Prince Rafi. They have certain attraction, but face obstacles that test their love completely.
Meanwhile, a plot for the throne is being planned, and danger is threatening the King, the Prince and even his Bride.
This is such an unique, intriguing and beautiful tale.
Do not miss this in audio. The narrator is fantastic.
This one has it all. I was a little luke warm about GF's books after listening to "One Night of Sin", but I'm so happy I decided to give this one a try. Loved the hoakey story, the mystery and mayhem, and most of all the narration! If you like Amanda Quick, Lisa Kleypass and Jane Feather, you will like this.
I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!
This tilte has been in my wishlist for a while and I was hesitant to purchase with one good and one not so good review. I LOVED IT! I will say it was a bit slow to start in the beginning and there is a ton of back story/other events going on through out the book but that added to the charm. The romance between the two characters is adorable. I despised the hero to start and thought there was NO way I would ever like him, but alas his true character is revealed. I realized how sweet and kind he truly is. There is more than one obstacle to overcome and a great villan in the whole book. The heroine is not the whiny sort that does STUPID things that irratates the hero. I loved that she was strong and honest but loyal to what was right and wrong from the start. The author does not make a mess of the budding romance from one stupid misunderstanding that lasts most of the book like some. The longest a misunderstanding lasts is about two chapters, but there is so much else going on you really don't notice. I did not find my mind wandering during this title like I have some. Just Excellent!!
Really enjoyed this end to the trilogy - it has a great mix of strong characters, an evil villain and a whirlpool of emotions between Dani and Rafael's romance all mounting to the climatic acts of selfless heroism that rewards them (and us) with a fairytale ending.
So, if you're looking for a 'Once upon a time.....' and 'They all lived happily ever after' type of book then this is it.
Worth a credit? Definately.
Never judge a book by its movie
Yes, it is a great story of love, romance, intrigue, masks and marvels..
A little darker version of a Kiss at Midnight.
No, I have not, but I definitely will. I really enjoyed her narration.specially the voice of Rafe.
Masks and Miracles
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
Seeing the ratings and reviews of this book, I expected more. But I was disappointed ! The story was OK but will not capture you! I got bored at multiple parts of the book! I fasted forward many times. The romance was not satisfying at all. The narrator's performance was flat compared to other historic romance narrators. You can not distinguish her male from female voices which left me confused many times. This book can pass time but is not memorable.
Yes, the heroine I've very strong and the narration is well done.
Yes I really got caught up in this story quite quickly, it's really easy to get into the story as the characters are so strong, interesting and distinct.
This story is about the prince who wants to prove himself as a future leader for his island and he soon get his chance but of course this come with conditions. He must marry soon. Enter our heroine, who lives a little on the dangerous side of life and her luck soon runs out. I loved the love story and how the characters grow together. This book is definitely worth listening to and the story develops quickly with enough angst without being too much.
It was well read and acted, and the story was compelling and kept moving.
For me the meeting of Daniella and Rafael at the hold up! I could have felt the sparks and it was obvious these two belonged together! The entire book is just a very pleasant, well put together book. I didn't want to put it down.
The part that stands out the most for me was when Daniella woke up and saw the Queen and Princess standing over her. And when the Queen went to the bed hugged them all and told Daniella that she "now has a Mother". Brought tears to my eyes!!!
She did a fabulous job narrating the characters. This is my first listening to her and would gladly listen to other books that she narrates.
Some parts I laughed, some I had to gasp and chuckle and yes some parts I was in tears!
Say at home mom/ wife.... Children are grown. Have 4 Grandchildren. Like to listen to books while I quilt.
Awesome, Wonderful and Outstanding
When Rafe and Dani were out in the ship (boat) the night before they are married!
When the King tells Rafe what he fells about him
This is a all nighter!!
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