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The Marauder

An Alpha Pirate Romance (The Pillager Series, Book 1)
Narrated by: Virginia Ferguson
Series: The Pillager, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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When Princess Guendolen’s privileged existence is shattered by tribal war and the threat of rape impends, she is left with no choice but to surrender her virginity to a lowly commoner. The spoiled sovereign expects a night of torment and shame. Instead, her unlikely bedfellow introduces her to a world of carnal delights.  

Prince Taran, dreaded leader of the savage Picts, approaches. He plans to pluck Guendolen’s prized maidenhead. Once she carries his heir, he will claim her father’s throne. King Cedric hatches a frantic scheme. His daughter must lie with one of their own. Better a Briton babe growing in her womb than a Pictish one. With every last man fighting on the battlefield, there is only one lad who is available for such a task, and that is Phalen, her childhood nemesis.   

Mysterious as he is defiant, the adopted son of the village blacksmith has little interest in Guendolen’s beauty and considers the overindulged “jewel of the kingdom” to be a royal pain in the rear. Sparks fly each time they meet. On the fated night, Guendolen does her best to obstruct Phalen from carrying out his orders, but what starts out as an act of duty soon turns into an evening of passion.  

Our hero and heroine reunite two years later. She, having given birth to his son; and he, having returned from battle - now a formidable warrior. Under constant pressure from her father to marry, Guendolen agrees to wed the father of her bastard child, whose touch she still wears like a brand. The elusive Phalen continues to rile the princess with his taunting gaze, denying her the attention she craves in and out of the bedchamber. Will she ever be able to win the favor of this dark and brooding man?

©2015 Tessa Bowen (P)2019 Tessa Bowen

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This is officially my favorite book yet by Tessa!

The Marauder by Tessa Bowen, a story of two mortal enemies that is suppose to hate each other and not fall in love. A story about husband and wife who can't help but to submit in temptations and found each other unable to disentangle themselves with each other because of strong attraction that they tried to deny to themselves.

This is officially my favorite book yet by Tessa Bowen, the story is so enticing and hot! Yes, hot. I love the characters as well as the emotions it made me feel while listening to this book. I can't get enough that I finished this in one sitting! I promise you, if you feel cold during winter this book is like summer hot.

No doubt a great narration by Virginia Ferguson. ❤

A definite 5 star read!

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Quick Read and Wonderful Narration

This is the first book in a new series by Tessa Bowen and while the opening is a bit unusual for a ‘romance’ novel, it is fully disclosed in the description of the book.

Read expertly once again by Virginia Ferguson, the ‘hero’ is sometimes hard to love but the story is well penned. I loved the unexpected surprises this book offered. I look forward to reading more in this series as I think there are certainly several characters that could be further explored.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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Saucy and Enjoyable!

The Marauder is an interesting and delightful read. The heroine is spoiled and coddled in the beginning but finds herself and her way as we go through the plot. I really enjoyed the hero’s journey as well. I found the plot resolution most rewarding. Additionally, Virginia Ferguson was a delightful narrator and truly brought life to each of the characters. I would recommend this book.

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Fascinating Audible book!

Tessa Bowen has written a captivating story of conquering tribes, questionable decisions, life changing events, self evaluation, passionate love scenes, and an evolving love. Guendolen is a rich and very vain young woman, while Phalon is a poor dominant Alpha young man. This is an exciting rollercoaster ride for both of these two personalities. This story also contains several unexpected turns and revelations.

The narrator does an excellent job of portraying the personalities of these characters. Her voices creates the feeling of the adventure in the story. I asked to receive this free Audible book and voluntarily wrote this unbiased review. I highly recommend this Audible book. There is never a dull moment. It was interesting to see if Guendolen would change.

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Quite enjoyable

I enjoyed this much more than I expected to. The narration by Virginia Ferguson was what made it so enjoyable.

The beginning was a little weird but the description of the book described that right up front. What I liked most about this book was the dialogue between the characters. Again, how that was portrayed by the narrator made it even better. There were some secrets and surprises. But I did enjoy this. I’m hoping there are more books in this series. This was the first Tessa Bowen book I’ve read.

I was given the audiobook code by the author and I promised a fair review.

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Princess tamed by the Druid

Historical novels are not my genre that I normally listen to but I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Gwendolyn ,the typical spoiled princess, Taran the overbearing dominant man. i loved the banter between Gwendelyn and Taran.. he met his match with Gwen. I enjoyed listening to Virginia Ferguson. She was wonderful with the narration and different voices in this story. I received a code for an honest review.

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  • Kimah74
  • South Ogden, Utah
  • 06-19-19

Good book good story!

It was a good book! Taran was a surprise and the overall book was well done! Storyline was fun and playful. Felt Guendolen was a little whiny but that time period the princesses where a bit whiny. I would definitely recommend!

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The Marauder by Tessa Bowen

This story keep you hooked from the start. The relationship between Princess Guendolen's and Prince Taran is sexy and fun.The narrator is amazing and very talented. This is the first book from Tessa Bowen that I read and love it! I can wait for the second book!!! I was given a free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Excellent Story!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this historical romance tale and am quite confident in recommending this story to others. You’ll find a lot of unexpected surprises as the story progresses. As I listened, I kept wondering: “Does he or does he not…” and kept thinking: “Goodness, talk about spoiled!!” I totally fell in love with “Phalen” and could totally understand where he was coming from!! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great narration but wasn’t a huge fan of the characters

Although I did not like the characters very much I did enjoy the story. I found Gwendolyn to be whiney and Taran was kind of a jerk the whole way through. I did enjoy how the narrator brought these characters to life. I was provided this audiobook in exchange for a review

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  • Kaye Melilli
  • 08-12-19

Great listen

Another great story written by Tessa Bowen. Love the opposites attract aspect of the story. The narration was good with the female narrator doing a great job of both female and male voices.

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  • Crazy Book Loverz
  • 08-12-19

Great story opposites attract

This is the first story I’ve read/listened to written by Tessa and narrated by Virginia and I’m glad I had the chance to listen to The Marauder. 2 complete opposite personalities couldn’t have been more perfect for each other as I believe Gwendolyn and Taran were. The story started out a bit weird but as I kept listening I got into it. Virginia did an amazing job voicing the different characters and letting the reader know that someone new was speaking.

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  • bluepits73
  • 07-28-19

Frustrating and Satisfying

I was surprised how the author connects the characters in this enemies to lovers romance. There is a twist that just really caught me off guard. I would have liked for Guendolen to be less whiney and superficial; but when I think about it, it is more a cry for attention than anything. She does make herself useful and change in ways that I found to be redeeming for her character. I did also find myself frustrated with Prince Taran as well, with how cold hearted he seemed. It was a frustrating as well as enjoyable listen though and I was satisfied with how things end. A great story.

The narrator gave an excellent performance and was a great fit for the setting of this book. She definitely brought out the character's personality traits well and did a great job with the older language used throughout the book.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Gwen
  • 06-09-19

The heartless marauder!

The story about a spoiled princess who finds herself being given away to a lowly blacksmith. The King planned this for her not to be taken by the Picts prince and thus losing his reign. Little do they know, the Prince is the most cunning of them all. I was a bit put down by the princess. She was way too shallow. But she grows some with the Prince’s ignoring her in a land where she is a stranger and also the enemy. I did like the end though.

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  • Amber N
  • 04-01-19

Britons Jewel

I had a hard time liking the heroine due to her entire focus being on image. I have to give her props though for constantly putting herself out there to a husband that constantly puts her down. The hero was very alpha and he gave us some great steamy scenes but he was also extremely rude and hard to like. A little too blunt and cold for me. There was a sub plot of the Britons and Picts fighting that was very good to the story line. To simplify, I believe this is a story trying to turn enemies into lovers. The narrator did a fantastic job of going at a great pace. She also put a lot of emotion into each character, bringing them to life.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 01-28-19

Great settings

This was my first pirate book and I must say I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t as harsh as I thought it would be. And yet again Tessa has a way of making me fall in love with the pirate! Fantastic writing skills.