Series Title: Crown’s Spies
Series Author: Julie Garwood
Genre: Historical Romance
Series Rating: 5/5 stars ★★★★★
Book 1: The Lion’s Lady
“Sir, which one is Princess Christina?” Andrew asked Lyon, just as Rhone started in choking on his laughter. Rhone has obviously been watching Christina, too.
“The blond-headed one,” Lyon muttered, shaking his head. He watched in growing disbelief as Christina daintily popped another leaf into her mouth.
“Which blond-headed one?” Andrew persisted.
“The one eating the shrubs.”
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Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate’s passions, he tasted the wild fire smoldering beneath Christina’s cool charm and swore to posess her…
But the fiesty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon’s sensuous caresses. She dared not surrender to his love…for then, she must also forsake her precious secret…and her promised destiny!
4 of 5 stars to The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood
The first book in Crown’s Spies Series is absolutely brilliant. Filled with humor, heart and old school chivalry! This is what Historical Romance are made of.
There is the good old ton of London, the dashing noblemen, the beautiful ladies and a surprisingly wonderful addition to a rather stereotypical setting: the English heroine raised in an Indian way of life.
The pages may be long but you won’t really notice it as you fly through the pages. The hero and heroine are both awesome. Lyon is your by-the-book hero: courageous, just, and strong. Christina is a little unconventional for a London lady: stubborn, quirky and amazingly smart. Lyon and Christina are a wonderful pair just as The Lion’s Lady is a wonderful book.
Book 2: Guardian Angel
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New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood takes breathless sensuality to thrilling heights in this unforgettable adventure of passion and intrigue.
The Emerald flew across the seas, carrying the pirate Pagan — despised by the ton, whose riches he plundered, and beloved by the poor, whose plight was eased by his gifts.
The Marquess of Cainewood vows to hunt down the pirate wretch in revenge for his brother’s death. But when Jade, an enchanting vision of rippling red hair and eyes of jewel-green, appears at his door to beg desperately for his protection, the Marquess agrees to keep her safe from the villains who want her dead. Jade is infuriating, exasperating, and gorgeous; Caine is noble, strong-willed, and powerful. No woman has ever befuddled him so, nor so deeply aroused his desire. But as Jade answers his knowing caresses with an innocent, wild abandon, they are drawn into a web of treachery that will test the very heart of their love!
4 of 5 stars to Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood
Though this is the second book in the series, you can totally read it in random order and would still understand how things are going. The books are all ‘stand-alones’–meaning, you can read it on its own or without having to read the others in the series. I, myself, read this book in random order and I didn’t mind.
What is there left to say about Julie Garwood? Every one of her historicals is a work of art, a master piece only a romance sage can do. She knows what sells and she’s there to give it to us.
Tall, handsome, strong and valiant hero? Check. Beautiful damsel (not particularly in distress), with a smart mouth and handy capabilities? Double check. Fun crew and teasing brothers? Triple check. What more can you ask for? This book has all the makings of a true blue chick lit.
Book 3: The Gift
“Damn it, Nathan, tell me what you think.”
“Lady Sara,” Colin persisted. “What do you think of her?”
“The truth, Colin?”
His friend gave a quick nod.
Nathan’s smile was slow, easy. “She’ll fit through the window.”
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A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Charmingly innocent, she dismissed the ancient feud that divided Nathan’s family from her own…and she was totally unaware of his past exploits as the notorious pirate, Pagan. The man who now stood before her was perplexing, arrogant and powerfully handsome…a warrior-gentleman whose gentle touch aroused her to the wildest, deepest pleasures of love.
Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara’s sweet, defiant ways. Aboard his ship, The Seahawk, she was brave, imperious and determined to win his heart completely — yet upon their return to England, her love would be sorely tested as a vile conspiracy tried to tear them apart. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion…for all time!
4 of 5 stars to The Gift by Julie Garwood
I read this book last in the series (I know so weird right?) and now that I have completed it, I can say that this series is one of my faves! I started with Book 1 (Lyon’s Lady – another favorite!) then I jumped right next to Book 4 (Castles) then Book 2 (Guardian Angel) and lastly this one, The Gift. I absolutely had a ball reading all these books. The stories are rich with humor and vividly romantic. This book is about Nathan and Sarah who are pledged to each other since Nathan was 14 and Sarah, 4. Ten years later, Nathan goes to finally “collect” his wife. They’re from feuding families so you can just imagine all the chaos their union caused.
Nathan is wonderful. He’s the recluse and the cynical one but he’s also very possessive and protective. I love that about him. But the real winner in this book for me is hands down, Sarah. A lot of readers find her annoying but I think that they just didn’t understand her feelings. I appreciate her extreme loyalty and idealistic thinking. Some may see it as naivete, but if you think of it in a different light, she’s just very optimistic. She chooses to see the good in everyone and let me tell you, that is one difficult undertaking and one that is truly admirable. She may cry all the time but that doesn’t signify weakness but rather her ability to love greatly. She’s totally a refreshing Garwood-heroine. She isn’t the typical smart, unconventional sporty heroine the author usually writes about. Garwood didn’t make her too astute like her other female leads. She’s also not athletic nor domestic. She may lack all these traits that typical historical romance heroines have but what she has is a genuinely big, kind heart. And I am enamored with that because it is the only trait Garwood capitalized on but she managed to make Sarah a remarkable heroine in my eyes. Why, the girl is a little clueless. She can’t cook. She depends too much on other people at first but she’s still one of the best heroines I have ever read. If that isn’t talent, tell me what is. Garwood is amazing in creating wonderful characters. She’ll always be a favorite of mine. 🙂
Book 4: Castles
“Colin was certain he would feel better once he had gotten some sleep. At one o-clock in the morning he was wishing he could close his eyes and die. By 3 oclock, he thought he had. Colin sprawled out on the bed, face down, with his arms spread wide. Oh yes, death would have been a treat.”
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Orphaned and besieged Princess Alesandra knew that only hasty marriage to an Englishman could protect her from the turmoil in her own land. To the amusement of her makeshift guardian, Colin, younger brother of the Marquess of Caineswood, the bold raven-haired beauty instantly captivated London society. But when Alesandra was nearly abducted by her unscrupulous countrymen, the fighting instincts that won Colin a knighthood for valor were rekindled.
Deceiving himself that he wanted only to protect her, Colin swept her into a union meant to be a marriage in name alone … yet Alesandra’s tender first kiss and hesitant caress ignited a wildfire in his soul. As the lovely princess dashed headlong into unforeseen dangers, Colin would follow, knowing he must claim her as his own forever. Now he would risk life itself before he would lose this sweet, tempestuous angel …
4 of 5 stars to Castles by Julie Garwood
You know what, Julie Garwood can’t write anything bad in my book. All of her works are amazing so don’t be surprised to find several of her books in my favorites shelf and all teeming with high ratings. It’s been a while since I read something from her and everytime I do, she just doesn’t fail to captivate me. Her stories may be the typical HEA-kind but who cares? In this day and age where everyone is so cynical and pragmatic, a healthy dose of old fashioned romance is just what you need to survive.
If you’re looking for a nice, light read with wonderful characters and enthralling plot, I suggest you read any of Garwood’s. It is sure to make you want more and more of her works after reading just one. Okay, I may be biased because she’s practically a favorite of mine but I honestly haven’t found a better writer than her that suits exactly my tastes.