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The Stolen Princess (Devil Riders Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anne Gracie
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The younger son of an earl, Gabriel Fitzpaine earned glory and honor on the battlefield, but now, without purpose, he finds himself deliberately courting danger at every turn. Then one night he races his horse along a death-defying moonlit cliff-and stumbles upon a princess on the run.




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Praise for the novels of Anne Gracie: "Always delightful and utterly charming." -*JULIA QUINN "For fabulous Regency flavor, witty and addictive, you can't go past Anne Gracie." -STEPHANIE LAURENS


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  • File Size: 426 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (January 2, 2008)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0010VULCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,785 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unlikely story May 1, 2008
By CJ
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm an Anne Gracie fan and was looking forward to this book. The plot line put me off - I don't like stories about Princesses from obscure made-up principalities - I can't suspend my disbelief enough to put up with names like Zindaria and Crown Princes skipping through the English Regency countryside pursued by evil Counts. Still I enjoyed the rest of her books so thought I would give this one a chance. Stayed up late to finish it and wish I hadn't sacrified my sleep!

This is meant to be the first book in a 'Devil Riders' series about four soldiers coming back from war and presumably finding their one and onlys in the next four of her books. First of all whilst we are told that the hero, Gabriel, is traumatised by war and a nasty childhood and is having trouble settling down, there is really no evidence to support this. He's a very two dimensional character who is goodlooking (never very well described so its hard to picture him), charming and gallant from the first. The shadows supposedly in his past pop up from time to time but not very convincingly.

He falls for 'Princess' Callie (!) at almost first sight on the basis that she has lovely eyes and delicious lips and takes her under his wing. Callie herself is another two dimensional character whose only motivation is the protection of her son - Crown Prince Nikolai - who has a limp and was harshly treated by his now dead father. She was married off at 16 to Prince Rupert, found out he was unfaithful, it broke her heart and she decided never to trust a man again. When he gets shot by evil Count Anton she also decides never to marry again.

The evil Count is in line to the throne and keen to eliminate poor Nikolai who is the only one left in his path.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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England, 1816 - With the war over Lord Gabriel Renfrew, the youngest son of an earl, was adrift with no real purpose. Not caring a whit if he lived or died, Gabriel raced his horse along a narrow moonlit path where he came upon a young woman and her son struggling up from the beach below. The woman, unbeknownst to him was the runaway princess, Caroline (Callie) of Zindaria, and her son, the seven year old Crown Prince Nicolas (Nicky).

Disguised as commoners, Callie was running for her and her son's life, from people who had attempted to kill her son. Left short of her destination in a remote area, Callie had no alternative but to trust the handsome rake who offered her his protection and opened his home.

When soldiers from Zindaria eventually caught up with them Gabriel offered her the only viable option that would keep she and Nicky safe, a marriage of convenience. Only Gabriel was hoping to make it a marriage in truth, but Callie, afraid of love, was not sure she could ever risk her heart to be broken ever again.

*** Ms. Gracie has a remarkable flair for fleshing out her characters, showing them to be three dimensional and giving them necessary motivations for their actions. With Callie, it was clearly understood that Nicky was her life especially after having been bitterly humiliated by her husband who as a young bride of fifteen she'd fallen head over heels in love with! After her husbands untimely death, and several `accidents' started to occur around her son, she knew she had to protect him at all costs.

When Callie was rescued by Gabriel, it was natural for her to be wary - first because he was a stranger and though charming and evidently a gentleman, her motherly instinct to protect made her raise shields around Nicky and herself.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, *I* liked it ... February 9, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Romancer" complains that the heroine doesn't want anything "for herself" -- and here I was, so charmed to find a heroine with an altruistic streak, someone who did put public service and the welfare of others before her own interests. How charming and un-modern, I thought. She seemed real enough to me :)

This is not my favorite Anne Gracie book; I'm not much on royalty and imaginary European principalities myself -- but I did find it a very entertaining read, and I would recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful characters, fun romance February 8, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was surprised to read the other reviews here at Amazon, because the general consensus seems to be that Anne Gracie's other books are (even) better. If that's true, I really must read her other books. (I've read some, but not all)

I loved this book. Parts of the dialog were so great, I had to read them out loud for the pure pleasure of it -- especially the scene where the heroine explains to the hero that some forms of his teasing and banter are actually unconscious put-downs that disrespect her. I love it when an author is able to create strong characters with a few deft strokes, and write dialog in each character's voice -- you can read the words out loud and know which character is speaking, even if you skip the dialog tags -- and in a book with a large cast, that is really quite remarkable. I loved the ever-so-slight accent implied in Nikolai's precise speech, the strength in Callie's direct sentences, the charm in Gabe's more elliptical and humorous style -- loved it, loved it, loved it.

The plot was far-fetched, of course, but vividly drawn. Anyone who is able to enjoy "The Prisoner of Zenda" ought to be able to enjoy this book -- indeed, I wondered at first if she had borrowed Zenda for this story, but no! Anne Gracie's storytelling skills carried the day, and my only quibble is that the princess was consistently addressed as "Princess" rather than "Your Highness." To my ear, that sounded odd -- perhaps because "princess" is so frequently used (in America, anyway) as a nickname for a spoiled daughter.

I am pretty obviously a "voice reader" -- if I enjoy an author's voice, I will devour anything and everything that author writes and not give two pins for the plot. When an author is able to deliver an action-packed plot on top of a wonderful voice, that's icing on the cake. Ms. Gracie consistently delivers iced cake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Always a twist involved
Anne Gracie's books always have a sinister twist at the end. It will come at you when you least expect it. I like that and was not disappointed with this book.
Published 1 day ago by Linda Boze
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This was the first novel of Anne Gracie's that I read, and I enjoyed it immensely. I noticed in some of the other reviews that people were bothered by the made-up name of the... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mary Jean Adams
1.0 out of 5 stars YAWN!!!
What a disappointment! If you like books about climbing out of the sea, getting somewhere boring, and being ungrateful, this book is for you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie Shorr
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Characters....
The characters in this book are great! I've actually read other books in the series and Gabe is by far my favorite hero. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ARomReader
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stolen Princess (Berkley Sensation)
I happen to like to read every once in a while and I must say it has been an enjoyable read. So much so that I have ordered quite a few more books and have read them all except... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barbara J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I couldn't put this book down and loved the story line. The characters were easy to like and follow and will look for more of Anne Gracie books!
Published 6 months ago by T E Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Love this author
I will continue to read everything Anne Gracie writes. This book was intriguing with romance, action and a great story line filled with depth.
Published 13 months ago by Charity McKinney
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Romp with Great Characters!
While this book shares some troupes with other Gracie books (knight in shining armor, big dog, even a the beach), it is really lovely how the Hero loves the Heroine and how we see... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cat's Books: Romance Novel Theme Park
3.0 out of 5 stars "He'd taken her to the top of the mountain and shown her how to...
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Princess Caroline flees (mythical) Zindaria with her son, knowing Count Anton is trying to kill him. Read more
Published 15 months ago by cathyr
2.0 out of 5 stars She Certainly Doesn't Act Like A Princess
In order for me to enjoy a book I have to like the main characters. I also need to be able to visualize what they look like. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Duchess1968
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Award-winning author, Anne Gracie, spent her childhood and youth on the move, thanks to her dad's job, which took them around the world. The gypsy life taught her that humor & love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are.

As well as writing, Anne teaches adult literacy, flings balls for her dog, keeps bees and enjoys reading, music, cooking and her tangled garden.

Anne also blogs regularly with the Word Wenches; Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, Susan Fraser King, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliot and Joanna Bourne. Visit them at http://wordwenches.typepad.com/

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