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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Loveswept (December 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553216260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553216264
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,210,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Iris Johansen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pandora's Daughter, Stalemate, Killer Dreams, On the Run, and many more. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

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I also enjoyed the lack of foul language.
tammy tichelaar
I love seeing such strong male characters ultimately fall apart at the feet of the women that they love in order to win them forever.
The Book Reading Gals
I love all of Iris Johansen's romances, but this one is one of my personal favorites.
Sarah Chapman (uncsara@ibm.net)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jacelya Jones on August 11, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
* Spoiler Alert* Corporate raider, Rafe Santine ('Santine')came up from a bad situation to become the 'satorial[ly] elegan[t]' man he is today: Born a bastard (today, I think we would say 'illegitimate'), abandoned by a mother with more important things on her mind than raising her son into a man, Santine had little more than the foster system and his own drive and God-given ingenuity to serve as his foundation. At sixteen, Santine began working at the construction company that would be the first company he would own-and all by the age of twenty three! And so, when game warden and curator of a wild-animal reserve near Sandiego, Janna Cannon makes her fateful entrée into his life, while he may have developed into a `legend[ary]' and `self-made billionaire wielding more power than many heads of state', Santine is noticeably less developed in the emotional department; The male lead of THE LADY AND THE UNICORN often acts the part of a spoiled and petulant child-thinking everything should be his way all the time. A supreme narcissist, readers will agree that is about time Santine had a reason to think about someone other than himself. Janna is supposed to be that reason.

Johansen wants the reader to accept that Janna's need to save some of the endangered species and other wild animals would make her willing to accept an indecent proposal from a giant of a man with harsh, rugged features, who cool as a cucumber proclaims that he'd like to keep her as a pet: "I said that I'd never had a pet. Well I've decided to acquire one for the next month or so. My own wild thing to keep me amused until I can return to San Franci[s]co." A bargain is struck-a grant of Santine's land in return for Janna's cooperation.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Chapman (uncsara@ibm.net) on September 27, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a wonderful romance, with a strong heroine. Janna Cannon would do whatever it takes to ensure Rafe Santine donated a huge chunk of land to her wildlife refuge for endangered animals. Santine's price: for Janna to become his "pet". A great romance about how only by letting a wild thing free can one ever truly own it. I love all of Iris Johansen's romances, but this one is one of my personal favorites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gpangel on July 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Lady and the Unicorn by Iris Johansen was originally published in the mid 80's. This book has been re-issued in digital format. This is a Kensington Loveswept publication. I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for this digital copy of this book. Janna is desperate to save her wild life refuge. The animals must be relocated or wind up caged or who knows what. When Janna finds a suitable property for the animals she finds it belongs to a billionaire that isn't even using the property. All attempts to make contact with the man fails. So, Janna scales the walls of his castle and even manages to charm his guard dogs. Her efforts pay off when she gets a face to face meeting with the elusive billionaire. Rafe Santine was recovering from a severe illness and was bored to tears. When security picked up an trespasser on his property he is intrigued to find a pretty girl with a cause she needs his help with. She wants him to donate his property which is valued at two million dollars. Rafe decided to help Janna, but she must stay on his property for two months and he may even ask her to share his bed. Janna readily agrees to the arrangement, informing Rafe that she would view sex with him as simple biological coupling. The only request Janna makes is to be able to call her sick grandmother from time to time. But, Rafe finds Janna unlike any other woman he has ever known. For the first time in his life, he has met a woman that makes him question his attitude about women. A self made billionaire, accustomed to getting his own way and never having any emotional attachment to a woman before, has Rafe feeling insecure and vulnerable, especially when Janna makes it clear she doesn't feel the same way. Naturally, his fears are manifested by a bad temper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Book Reading Gals on June 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Title: The Lady and The Unicorn

Series: N/A

Author: Iris Johansen

Genre: Romance

Blurb: Rafe Santine is under doctor's orders: He needs to stay put in his coastal California mansion for two months to recuperate from the pneumonia that nearly killed him. Despite a retinue of mistresses to keep the powerful tycoon occupied, Rafe struggles against boredom--until a stunning woman literally drops onto his estate. She has high demands of him, but Rafe has even greater demands of her. He knows instantly that he must possess every facet of the enigmatic Janna. But the only thing she'll give him is her body--and for the first time in his life, that is not enough for Rafe.
Janna Cannon is willing to risk it all to save the endangered animals of the wild animal reserve where she works as a game warden. With the land they depend on pulled out from under them, Janna must take a gambit to convince billionaire Santine to give the reserve the real estate they need to keep the animals free. And she'll need to sneak onto the man's vast, highly protected property to do it. Much to her surprise, Santine agrees to grant her the land--if Janna agrees to give him herself in exchange. And what begins as luxurious captivity soon turns into an emotional awakening she never expected.

Thoughts: This is a reprint of one of Iris Johansen's books that she wrote for the classic Loveswept series in 1983. I actually read this book many years ago, but it was really nice to re-visit this book! Iris Johansen was actually my favorite author until she started delving more into the mystery/thriller genre rather than the romance novels I am familiar with from her. While I understand her wanting to branch out as an author, I miss her romances something fierce!!
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