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An infamous sea captain of the British Royal Navy, Devlin O'Neill is consumed with the need to destroy the man who brutally murdered his father. Having nearly ruined the Earl of Eastleigh financially, he is waiting to strike the final blow. And his opportunity comes in the form of a spirited young American woman, the earl's niece, who is about to set his cold, calculating world on fire….

Born and raised on a tobacco plantation, orphan Virginia Hughes is determined to rebuild her beloved Sweet Briar. Daringly, she sails to England alone, hoping to convince her uncle to lend her the funds. Instead, she finds herself ruthlessly kidnapped by the notorious Devlin O'Neill, and will soon find her best-laid plans thwarted by a passion that could seal their fates forever….

Topics: Regency Era, War of 1812, Pirates, Kidnapping, Revenge, Series, Ireland, England, Third Person Narration, Orphans, and Emotional

Published: Harlequin HQN an imprint of Harlequin on Sep 17, 2012
ISBN: 9781460301937
List price: $7.99
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Virginia Hughes, was raised on a plantation, the "Sweet Briar" a place that she treasures greatly. But then her parents die, and her guardian, a uncle that lives in England, has her go to a girls school until she is eighteen. Now she has recently turned eighteen and is eager to return to her home, however she is then informed that her uncle wants her to stay there another three years, so Virginia decides to leave the place and go to her uncle in England for help in getting her plantation back for her, since it is her inheritance and she knows everything in order to run it. However on the way to England, she gets taken prisoner by Captain Devlin O'Neill, who is bent on revenge against her uncle and is determined to use her in the process. However what neither Virginia or Devlin realized was how strong the desire that they feel for each other grows into a consuming passion, one that could very well change their lives forever...The Prize is the sixth installment in the de Warrene Dynasty series that Brenda Joyce has created. I have recently fallen in love with this author and her stories, and The Prize was no different, and I fell in love with the characters from the very beginning. Both were endearing and so likable throughout the whole of the story. There were parts of the story where I felt that Devlin was a bit too hard of a character, however the emotions that were portrayed by the characters felt so vividly real, and made the story come alive even more. The Prize is such a emotionally charged story that will pull at your heartstrings with every chapter. I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of this series, and The Prize definitely was filled with everything that I just adore in a historical romance....passion, adventure, intrigue and a powerful love....FANTASTICALLY WRITTEN!!!read more
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Yuk! It starts out promising enough, though the heroine seems a little inconsistent, but then disaster! He hurts her and emotionally abuses her, repeatedly, yet she stupidly swears she still loves him. The worst kind of heroine, and a hero with few redeeming qualities, in a "romance" with the worst kind of plot twists.read more
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The Prize was apparently Joyce's return to historical romance after a couple years and a continuation of a family saga she started a bit ago set in medieval times. In The Prize, she kicks it old school, bringing it up to the War of 1812- a period well used in historical romance, but little understood. Although it is set in the early regency period, the author takes us from the Americas to Ireland to England and back again. She throws in plantations, pirate ships, and balls and I'm telling you I enjoyed every minute of it. Plus she gives us a tad more than usual insight into the reasons for the War, though seamlessly enough as to not bore you with the details.Here's the lowdown:The story starts off by giving us a bit of history on our hero, Devlin O'Neill. As a young boy he sees his father brutally murdered after the English thoroughly trounce the Irish in a miserably one-sided battle. We see the happenings from Devlin's eyes- the atmosphere and description rich enough for me to see the goings on as if it were a movie playing before me- but not so detailed as to make your eyes glaze over.Fast forward years later and we find Devlin ruthlessly exacting his revenge on the cold-hearted Earl who took his father's head. The problem? Devvy boy is turning just as cold-hearted. Already having taken everything from the Earl that possibly could be taken, Dev hears of a long lost niece coming from America to meet the Earl. Instantly he concocts a plan to kidnap her and hold her for ransom taking the last of what little the Earl has left in dignity and finances.After her parent's death, Virginia Hughes is locked away in a school by an Uncle whom she's never met. When she finds her Uncle is about to sell Sweet Briar, the only home she's ever known, she decides it's time to make a run for it and take matters into her own hands. After arriving home and discovering she has no other choice, she boards a ship to England to plead for Sweet Briar.From the time Devlin catches sight of Virginia- from the wrong end of her pistol- he knows things aren't what they seem and that he probably should leave her alone. But, certain of his path, he moves forward with his plans- plans that of course will eventually be frustrated by the mad emotions that breaks down his iron will every time he's with her. Oh yeah, these two sizzle when together!As much as I enjoyed The Prize, I know full well this story won't be for everyone. When I said Devlin is ruthless- I meant it. This is no namby pamby man that can be easily led by his emotions. You bet some girls will really have a hard time with him!But not me. Because, though Joyce makes Devlin O'Neill a hard hearted (choice word) at times, she breaks him by giving him a woman who at times will sacrifice her pride for the passion he gives her- then turn around and make a stand, just when he's at the breaking point. (And thankfully, she gives us enough insight into Devlin's psyche to garner sympathy for him).Don't mistake Virginia's naïveté for stupidity. She knows what she wants and she goes for it. I truly liked her as a heroine. She has courage and she doesn't shrink back from Dev's overwhelming personality.In real life, we all know we can't change a man. But romance novels aren't about real life and, at times, there's nothing I enjoy more than slapping down practicality and escaping into the broad sweeping epic of a fantasy tale such as this.I'm giving the Prize 4 out of 5- not perfect, but wonderfully fitting for indulging in a guilty pleasure! (p.s. The sex is pretty hot too!)read more
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Virginia Hughes, was raised on a plantation, the "Sweet Briar" a place that she treasures greatly. But then her parents die, and her guardian, a uncle that lives in England, has her go to a girls school until she is eighteen. Now she has recently turned eighteen and is eager to return to her home, however she is then informed that her uncle wants her to stay there another three years, so Virginia decides to leave the place and go to her uncle in England for help in getting her plantation back for her, since it is her inheritance and she knows everything in order to run it. However on the way to England, she gets taken prisoner by Captain Devlin O'Neill, who is bent on revenge against her uncle and is determined to use her in the process. However what neither Virginia or Devlin realized was how strong the desire that they feel for each other grows into a consuming passion, one that could very well change their lives forever...The Prize is the sixth installment in the de Warrene Dynasty series that Brenda Joyce has created. I have recently fallen in love with this author and her stories, and The Prize was no different, and I fell in love with the characters from the very beginning. Both were endearing and so likable throughout the whole of the story. There were parts of the story where I felt that Devlin was a bit too hard of a character, however the emotions that were portrayed by the characters felt so vividly real, and made the story come alive even more. The Prize is such a emotionally charged story that will pull at your heartstrings with every chapter. I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of this series, and The Prize definitely was filled with everything that I just adore in a historical romance....passion, adventure, intrigue and a powerful love....FANTASTICALLY WRITTEN!!!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Yuk! It starts out promising enough, though the heroine seems a little inconsistent, but then disaster! He hurts her and emotionally abuses her, repeatedly, yet she stupidly swears she still loves him. The worst kind of heroine, and a hero with few redeeming qualities, in a "romance" with the worst kind of plot twists.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
The Prize was apparently Joyce's return to historical romance after a couple years and a continuation of a family saga she started a bit ago set in medieval times. In The Prize, she kicks it old school, bringing it up to the War of 1812- a period well used in historical romance, but little understood. Although it is set in the early regency period, the author takes us from the Americas to Ireland to England and back again. She throws in plantations, pirate ships, and balls and I'm telling you I enjoyed every minute of it. Plus she gives us a tad more than usual insight into the reasons for the War, though seamlessly enough as to not bore you with the details.Here's the lowdown:The story starts off by giving us a bit of history on our hero, Devlin O'Neill. As a young boy he sees his father brutally murdered after the English thoroughly trounce the Irish in a miserably one-sided battle. We see the happenings from Devlin's eyes- the atmosphere and description rich enough for me to see the goings on as if it were a movie playing before me- but not so detailed as to make your eyes glaze over.Fast forward years later and we find Devlin ruthlessly exacting his revenge on the cold-hearted Earl who took his father's head. The problem? Devvy boy is turning just as cold-hearted. Already having taken everything from the Earl that possibly could be taken, Dev hears of a long lost niece coming from America to meet the Earl. Instantly he concocts a plan to kidnap her and hold her for ransom taking the last of what little the Earl has left in dignity and finances.After her parent's death, Virginia Hughes is locked away in a school by an Uncle whom she's never met. When she finds her Uncle is about to sell Sweet Briar, the only home she's ever known, she decides it's time to make a run for it and take matters into her own hands. After arriving home and discovering she has no other choice, she boards a ship to England to plead for Sweet Briar.From the time Devlin catches sight of Virginia- from the wrong end of her pistol- he knows things aren't what they seem and that he probably should leave her alone. But, certain of his path, he moves forward with his plans- plans that of course will eventually be frustrated by the mad emotions that breaks down his iron will every time he's with her. Oh yeah, these two sizzle when together!As much as I enjoyed The Prize, I know full well this story won't be for everyone. When I said Devlin is ruthless- I meant it. This is no namby pamby man that can be easily led by his emotions. You bet some girls will really have a hard time with him!But not me. Because, though Joyce makes Devlin O'Neill a hard hearted (choice word) at times, she breaks him by giving him a woman who at times will sacrifice her pride for the passion he gives her- then turn around and make a stand, just when he's at the breaking point. (And thankfully, she gives us enough insight into Devlin's psyche to garner sympathy for him).Don't mistake Virginia's naïveté for stupidity. She knows what she wants and she goes for it. I truly liked her as a heroine. She has courage and she doesn't shrink back from Dev's overwhelming personality.In real life, we all know we can't change a man. But romance novels aren't about real life and, at times, there's nothing I enjoy more than slapping down practicality and escaping into the broad sweeping epic of a fantasy tale such as this.I'm giving the Prize 4 out of 5- not perfect, but wonderfully fitting for indulging in a guilty pleasure! (p.s. The sex is pretty hot too!)
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