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Taken by the Prince (The Governess Brides Book 10) Kindle Edition

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Length: 400 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From Publishers Weekly

This serviceable and solid Victorian romance mostly takes place in the fictional country of Moricadia, long oppressed by the despotic de Guignard family. Raul Lawrence, the rightful heir to the Moricadian throne, is distracted from his covert revolutionary activities by Victoria Cardiff, a traveling governess, who recognizes him from a childhood encounter. Afraid that she will betray him, he kidnaps her. The sparks of their romance flicker against a backdrop of revolution, as Victoria slowly yields to Raul's caresses and the de Guignards decide to put a stop to his ambitious activities. Dodd (Chains of Fire) combines the two stories in a satisfying arc that delivers sensual sizzle, though some readers will flinch at scenes of aggressive seduction that verge on the nonconsensual. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 736 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (April 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IYIU7Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best. A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. When Christina's first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published to great acclaim. In the years since, she has enjoyed writing witty, emotional novels for every reader: suspense, historical romances, paranormal romances, romantic suspense. Her stories have been translated into 25 languages, won the prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Booklist praises her, "brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor that are pure Dodd."

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I too, like another reviewer, like Dodd, but this book was just not even that OK. The first half of the book was tolerable; the events flowed and one could follow almost with predictable interest. However, the second half of the book was just horrible. I skimmed through a bunch of it, but got the story anyway.
Our H and H's characters are well developed; the reader understands them and what motivates them. The storyline is also developed with a climax and all that is expected. The romance aspect is there, a bit too brown at the end with the proclamation of love in front of the Queen of England, and is also fully developed. I say all this because even though all the aspects of the book are developed, it still feels hastily contrived, formulaic, and not to mention absolutely lacking in originality. I guess usurping a throne should seem as an original plot for a romance, but Dodd does not pull it off.
The book left me shaking my head, thinking why on earth did I spend the money.
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This book is a very good read! It's a wonderful romance story involving a young woman whose circumstances have led her to desire to epitomize a "gracefully aging spinster." However, Victoria Cardiff's plans of safety and comfortable stability are shaken to the core when she has a chance encounter with the only man who has ever made her lose control. Raul Lawrence is a king without a country, fighting to reclaim his ancestral title. He has thus far remained incognito, but Victoria could ruin years of subterfuge with one stray word. In order to protect his plans for revolution and for another chance to further his acquaintance with the beautiful Victoria, Raul steals her away from a ball. The supporting characters in this book were extremely likeable and made the book that much more awesome. Danel, Prospero, Hada, and Amya were personal favorites! I would give this book 10 stars if I could, just because it was a good romance without being too much. Victoria was a sensible, strong woman who didn't take any crap. From anyone. Raul was a wonderful hero, but he wouldn't have been half so wonderful without Victoria, so really, read this book so you can read their repartee'!
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Victoria Cardiff is the English governess for the Johnson family who are temporarily in the country of Moricadia. She is also the only outsider who knows the truth about Raul Lawrence. He is a renegade prince plotting a revolution to take back control of Moricadia from the de Guignards. To ensure her silence, he kidnaps Victoria and carries her to his castle deep in the woods.

Raul Lawrence may be the name his English father demanded he use, but no matter how cruel the Englishman had been, Raul never forgot that he was actually Prince Saber of Moricadia. Soon, within the next two months, Raul would rescue his people from oppression. But with one innocent remark Victoria could ruin everything he and his people are so close to accomplishing; therefore, the lovely governess will remain with him until the revolution has succeeded.

Victoria is well cared for during her sojourn in Raul's castle. Needing to do something, anything, Victoria agrees to spend her days teaching the children. In return, the children begin teaching her their Moricadian language. Victoria spends time with the adults as well, teaching them about decorum and etiquette. They need to know how to properly conduct themselves once the fighting has ended, how to speak and act once they are part of a king's household staff. At night Victoria is locked within Raul's bed chamber. Refusing to be his lover, Victoria sleeps on the couch. Raul vows to vanquish her reserves. Each night he seduces her a little more, intending to imprint himself on her. Eventually he will possess her heart and soul.

***** FIVE STARS! I just cannot help loving a heroine who refuses to be swayed by a hero's debonairness and a hero equally determined to woo her.
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This is the story of Lady Victoria Cardiff and the Renegade Rebel Leader Saber Lawrence.

Saber is on quest to seize control of his country. He will let nothing stand in his way, especially not the "Prim and Proper" Lady Victoria. But after he saves her life and the two kiss - things get a bit complicated. Lady Victoria figures out that Saber is actually Raul - the rightful Prince of Moricadia.

Saber then kidnaps Lady Victoria to ensure she keep quiet with this knowledge and to keep her safe from his enemies. Saber finds himself struggling to stay on task. He knows what he must do --- but will he have the strength???? Will he lose all that he holds dear???

If you are a fan of Historical Romances --- "Taken by the Prince" is a MUST HAVE!!!!!
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Taken by the Prince by Christina Dodd
Historical Romance -April 1st, 2011
4 stars

Lovers of Regency romance will be highly entertained by Christina Dodd's latest romance Taken by the Prince.

Saber Lawrence is the rightful heir to the small country of Moricadia. However, treacherous interlopers betrayed his family's generosity and mounted a hostile takeover. His mother sends him to his real father for safety and an education. But Saber is his father's illegitimate son and his father is a cold a brutal English lord. Only his half sisters make his life bearable. Saber lives to return to Moricadia with his new skills and take back his throne. But on the eve of his departure to return to Moricadia he meets the beautiful, poor and oh-so-proper Victoria Cardiff. They share a passionate kiss that neither will forget.

Many years later, Victoria finds herself in Moricadia as a governess to an accountant and his family. There she recognizes Saber and mentions that he is the rightful heir. These fateful words prove her undoing as she finds herself kidnapped! Soon it is a war of words and heated looks as Saber and Victoria share a tempestuous courtship. But Saber's need to regain his throne proves dangerous. Will love between a poor English lady and a dashing rebel king really work?

This was an enjoyable read. The hero is dark, deadly and sinfully handsome. As the rightful heir trying to retake his throne Saber was very believable and very sympathetic. His life has been a series of struggles but the most important goal to him is freeing his people and giving them a better life. He cleverly masquerades as a careless gambler that reminded me of the fun and whimsical hero the Scarlet Pimpernel.

The heroine took me a little more time to warm up to.
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