“Contrary to some of the reviews that I have read I found that this is an enjoyable book about a man that I found very intriguing. I found that this is a story true to the historical romances of this genre. There is the woman that is determined to fight to keep her virtue and the rake that is...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Contrary to some of the reviews that I have read I found that this is an enjoyable book about a man that I found very intriguing. I found that this is a story true to the historical romances of this genre. There is the woman that is determined to fight to keep her virtue and the rake that is just as determined to win her. Raul "Sabre" Lawrence is what he was raised to be, a nobleman. He has made the most of his time in his father homeland. He is determined reclaim is homeland and relieve his countrymen of their suffering. Raul is the true King of Moricadia. He has lost his mother and grandfather to the de Guignards and he wants revenge. There is much to admire about Raul, he cares a great deal for his sisters, he wants the best for his family and people, he is honorable, compassionate, mischievous and a born leader. He is also a dominant man and will only accept submission from his mate. He does respect Victoria Cardiff for her quick mind and courage.
Victoria is a woman that has accepted that she will never marry. No man has kept her attention and most just annoy her. She loves her job as governess. She has gotten to travel throughout Europe for two years while teaching her charges how to behave in society. Victoria has a gift for languages and numbers and diplomacy. She remembers the night that Raul kissed her on the balcony of his father's home in England. Raul is the only man that has ever aroused her enough to pulled her from his stiff, upright manners. I love that she seems to throw Raul into a tail spin whenever she is near. I love that she isn't afraid to stand up to Raul's men. I also love that she stands by Raul in the final battle with Jean Pierre.
One of the things I would like to know is if Jean Pierre kill Prince Sandre or if he was imprisoned. I am not sure there is any punishment strong enough for the de Guignards. They are the very definition of evil and vile. Now the rest of the characters are enjoyable and likable. You want these people to succeed and finally have a wonderful life. The country makes you think of the mountain wildernesses here in the United States. The wild high country that takes your breath away. The pines and streams and the clear, clean air. This is a wonderful example of historical romance. There was so much history and ceremony. I think that anyone that reads this genre will enjoy this book.”
“Another good book by Christina.......Historical Romance all the way.......great characters, romance, chances taken, sensual, a great read.....”Joanne B wrote this review Friday, March 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Continue to really enjoy this series and can't wait for the next installment”Sandra G wrote this review Tuesday, August 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this was my first christina dodd book and I found it very enjoyable. the story was well developed. the characters were amusing, and the plot was just thick enough to be intriguing without being heavy. He kidnaps one of his half sisters friends when she casually mentions in a hotel that he claimed to be a displaced prince of a small eurpean country. He never tells her he loves her but they do fall in love, she goes back to england and he follows her and declares his love infront of the queen of england and her court. ”Hanna M wrote this review Monday, August 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am a Christina Dodd Fan; I love all her books but mostly my favorite books that came out by her has to be the Historical Romance Genre because it the Genre I enjoy the best (Even though her Paranormal Romance is equally as good). I have to say that I enjoyed this book a lot; its sorta the sequel to her last book only you don't need to read the last one to understand what was going on with this one so it can be considered as a sequel and it can be read as a stand alone book.
I found the plot interesting as simple as it was having Saber (I will call him Saber as it is his birth name) wanting revenge and take back his family title that was stolen from another family. What I also liked that the book was just about his goals as is it about the romance and the book consisted of an equal balance between the two so Saber's goal was not just a side plot device or something that is just in the background to add a few kicks.
Saber's character was very interesting starting with the first chapter where Christina Dodd really showed us why was he as emotionally unattached as he was; the scenes that she wrote about his childhood really were amazing and done so well and it showed how much of an impact it really made throughout the book. There was the scene were he met Victoria where as soon as he say her he instantly wanted her; that had me roll my eyes due to the cliche' of the moment but then again I am not a guy so I can't really say that guys don't instantly think of that as soon as they lay eyes on a woman.
Victoria was also a strong character; I really like how strong willed she was most of the book. The book showed that she can really defend herself and not be the damsel in distress all the time despite being kidnapped several times (my favorite has to be when she actually did fire a shot at her kidnapper when he mockingly dared her to)
Overall This was a pretty good book to just kick back and relax while reading it.
Although I have to say this; I really hate the cover; most readers like a hot guy to grace the covers of their Historical Romance books and they are 85% of the time but whenever I saw this cover; I find it unimaginative and uncreative there is nothing in the cover that really stood up for me believe it or not.
“Taken by the Prince by Christina Dodd
Historical Romance -April 1st, 2011
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. Victoria has a wild heart but hides it deeply until she is captured by the infamous rogue Saber. I liked how she bested him on occasion so their relationship was not all one sided. My favorite sections were the mischievous people of Moricadia and how they changed Victoria and her views of them and Saber. Once Victoria lets go, the fun in the story really starts. I would say 4 stars for the slower first half and 4 1/2 stars for the second half of this delightful story.
This was a highly entertaining regency which was a little slow to start but well worth it. I loved how the strong heroine turns the country of Moricadia upside down.
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club