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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  18,258 ratings  ·  363 reviews
In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nicholaa was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind o ...more
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by DUTTON ADULT (first published 1991)
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"He never knew what hit him." The first line in this book was enough to hook me. How could I not love a heroine who was smart and resourceful enough to drop the hero to the ground in the middle of a battle?

Baron Royce is Norman and Lady Nicholaa is Saxon, and that makes them enemies in 1066. The Prize starts with Nicholaa trying to defend her home against Royce and his "barbaric" soldiers. She's successfully defeated the three previous knights sent by "the bastard" William of Normandy, soon to b
Duchess Nicole
This classic Julie Garwood medieval romance is set in the time of the Saxon and Norman skirmishes. One thing that slays me is the mindset of the invaders...they'd come to a castle keep, lay it under siege, kill as many men as possible, and basically just overtake the place...and then they would graciously allow the 'former' lord to remain alive if he would only swear fealty to their leader and become part of their army. WHAT THE....what? That's crazy to's basically forcing them to live a ...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
Once again, Julie Garwood delivers a heartwarming, humorous, and delightfully romantic tale.

What I liked most about this book was Royce's character (he's not one Garwood's prototypical hero) and the relationship between him and the heroine, Nicholla.

Royce is a hero to adore. He may not be extremely good-looking, with a badly scarred face, but he has the perfect combination of alpha and beta characteristics. He's powerful, driven, and a true leader; but he also possess a strong benevolent side t
Written October 13, 2014

3.8 Stars - Safely, securely and precisely what expected. - Sweet charming, well written 'oldish' HR

A Ms Garwood historical read (or listening) can not be but heartwaring and enjoying. The Prize a historical from 1991, here narrated by a very professional Anne Flosnik in a 12 hrs audiobook, is no exception.

 photo kissing_zpsbed499e9.gif Perhaps you don't hear or see me sing and dance with joy after this novel, but at least I warm up for some very happy cheer jump step.

A sweetie one!

Lisa Kay
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(This is a review of the audiobook.) Anne Flosnik reads this classic medieval Julie Garwood tale rather nicely. If she is somewhat “stilted” in areas, she makes up for it in others. By “stilted” I mean where the story is pure narrative she sounds stiff. I also wasn’t crazy over our Norman hero, Baron Royce’s voice; by trying to lower him to a baritone, he comes across sounding “stuffy” and that isn’t the way I heard him in my head (always a difficult – if not impossible – job!).

Maureen Feeney
Nicolaa (a saxon)has defended her home against the normans and the king is not happy.
The king has ordered Baron Royce to bring the woman that had defended her home so well against his vassals. She was going to be The Prize for the lucky knight who won the battle for her. The King was allowing his knights to compete for her hand in marriage. But, Nicholaa saved the Queens niece. So the king changed his mind and allowed Nicholaa to choose from any of the singl
May 19, 2010 Eastofoz rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who liked Garwood's "The Bride"
Shelves: 2010, medieval
Before starting this book you may want to mentally prepare yourself for a kowtowing heroine because if that kind of trait bugs you (like it does me to no end) this book has the potential to get on your nerves –fast. There’s that and the fact that the hero is painfully overbearing and you think he’s going to get the oh so deserved whack upside the head eventually but he never does unfortunately which is a shame because it could have done him a world of good :)

Briefly, the story is about Nicolaa (
I wasn't going to review this one because I don't usually write reviews when I read a well-known and traditionally published author. However, I felt it deserved a review to explain the low rating.

I hated the heroine, Nicholaa. There was no happy medium for this character. She was either acting like an insecure adolescent, seeking approval and attention, or she was raising hell. The only time I found the strong woman characterized at the beginning of the book believable was - yes, at the beginnin
Aug 31, 2012 Lelyana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites
Aku sukaaaaaaaaaaaaa buku ini..... relieved after baca buku gak jelas dengan hero gak jelas...kali ini sodara2...Hero nya beneran...heroine nya beneran adorable....

Once upon a time, waktu jaman tahun 1066 saat perang Saxon dan Norman, Lady Nicolaa ternyata jadi legenda dan kisah nya di ceritakan di seluruh penjuru Inggris...
Sehebat apa ya si Lady Nicolaa ini....Yuk kita simak cerita nya...

Lady Nicolaa kecil2 mematikan, dengan ketapel nya yang hebat dia berhasil melumpuhkan 3 orang komandan Nor
Romantic story that's filled with lots of tender moment. Royce and Nicholaa were a lovely couple. Entertaining, endearing and passionate.

In The Prize, Nicholaa’s home is invaded by the Normans and she’s captured as a prize to be delivered to King William. Royce is the king’s loyal subject that is tasked with bringing this headstrong Saxon to the king, which proves to be a series of small battles the entire journey. When Nicholaa gains favor with the king for a courageous act, he allows her to pi
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
The best, delightful medieval romance. I really enjoyed it.
I love how the characters developed with so much love.
A must read if you want to get the best of Julie Garwood.
4.5 stars

Oh I want my own Royce!!!

This is the best Julie Garwood novel I've read so far. It was a sweet read. Nicholaa and Royce are so sweet and cute together, I was giddy most of the time reading it. However, it seems like the story finished too early that I thought there's a second book or something. I just wish there had been more.
One word to describe this book would be "Checkmate", for it captured me, heart and soul!

Julie Garwood gets another big 5 star rating from me for this book. There are just some authors out there who have a gift to be able to put their pen to paper and create such perfectly splendid heroes and heroines. I have never met a Garwood hero or heroine that I did not like and Royce and Nicholaa from The Prize are no exception!

This story has some factual parts to it as it takes place in England in the yea
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
I am so glad this book was recommended to me; I really loved it. I think the best word to describe this book is... charming.

It starts with the heroine Nicolaa defending her home against the Norman invaders, different knights are sent in, but by using her cunning and trusty slingshot, she manages to see them off; until Baron Royce arrives. The love story starts from there.

Both the main characters are incredibly lovable, and the dynamics of their relationship were funny and touching, whenever they
Every one in a while I decide to give a new chance to Julie Garwood and I try to focus only on her bests. I'm nonetheless usually disappointed and this book will not help me change my mind.
It's quite typical Garwood: there's a young and childish bride who played a few tricks, some of them rather wise but many quite stupid. The hero is a big warrior much older and not too talkative. The plot was ok, though there was nothing enthralling in it. Honestly not much really happened and all was very pre
I must be in the minority after reading all the rave reviews. I would give this 2.5 stars. Though it was a quick read, it somehow lacked the depth relative to her other novels. It was a little too lighthearted and I found that both the H and h were not very exciting. Typical Garwood has always had a lot more tension, great character depth and riveting plotlines. I couldn't put this at the same level as Ransom, Bride and Honor's Splendour. If you are new to Garwood, I would recommend starting wit ...more
Tek bir şey diyeceğim : Julie Garwood'u ve onun romantik dünyalar yaratan ellerini seviyorum!!!
I really enjoyed this gem of a story! Loved the repartee between the couple which later hid their feelings towards one another. Their journey to finally admit how they felt was a wonderful one and was supported along the way by some interesting characters.

The time period was fun to read about and I appreciate the details the author incorporated into it.

All in all I am glad I finally picked up this book after reading and hearing so many rave reviews. This really did deserve them all!
Elaine Mcdonald
5+ My first book by Julie Garwood was a contemporary novel. I wasn't very impressed and probably wouldn't have read any others by her. Someone (Lisa Kay?)started a challenge with a Julie Garwood novel. Fortunately, the next book happened to be a historical novel. I've recently read several of her books, and I have to say they really are great. I love her sense of humor. I think this is one of her best!
Carolyn F.
Original review 12/19/09 "Very funny, very sweet book. Cried. Laughed out loud. Would recommend this book to anyone."

Reread by audiobook. I also own the paperback. The audiobook is a little dated but the story itself overcomes that. Really enjoyed the re-read.
3.5 scottish romance stars

As usual Julie Garwood s characters are my favorite...

Royce was strong , gentle , stubborn , protective , patient , honorable , warrior.

but Nichola was something different , she was strong enough to wage wars , yet naive & delicate to cry around.
She had temper yet she was also sweetest lady. She was witty , cunning yet innocent. Now do you see the contradictory qualities so beautifully merged. Only Miss Garwood can excel at that.

Talking about the story line, it has

Açıkçası nasıl bir yorum yapsam bu kitaba bilemiyorum. Yani eleştirilecek bir noktası yok gerçekten harika ötesi bir kitaptı.

Kitap Royce'un Nicholaa'nın yaşadığı kaleyi ele geçirmesi ile başlıyor. Royce oğlumuz Norman, Nicholaa kızımız Sakson ve Normanlar İngiltere'yi ele geçirmişler bu durumda tabi ki kızımız oğlumuza sinir oluyor. Nicholaa biraz işgüzar bir karakter, Royce eve ilk girdiğinde kendini Nicholaa'nın ikizi rahibe gibi tanıtıyor. Sonrasında bu
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
I've been wanting to read Julie Garwood for a while now, and picked this as my first read. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed this novel. It was a very entertaining read to watch this couple sort out their feeling for one another. Of course, we as readers know they love each other by the time they get to London but they have a harder time figuring that out. Especially Royce who admits to caring for Nicholaa, but can't quite figure out that he's capable of love. It's very ...more
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Ödül bittiii..İlk kez bir Julie Garwood okuyorum!..Bu kitabı Julie hayranları pek beğenmemiş öyle duydum...Niye bilmiyorum ama bence harikuldeydii!...:)) Okuduğum en güzel historical romance kitapları grubuna girdi bilee!.. :)) BAşından sonuna kadar hiç sıkıcı bir yanı yoktu..Neden pek beğenilmedi bilmiyorum ama gayet duyguluuu, gayet tutku dolu bir kitaptı..Royce'a aşıkk oldum!..Heyy adamım Royce :D...Ve diyaloglar da süperdi..Ne kadar ustaca yazılmışş, öyle ki çoğu yerde güldümm...Hem tutkulu ...more
Well I'm 80 pages in and so far, I'm not impressed. At all. The heroine Nicholaa is just...annoying. The author says time and time again that she's just so sweet that she can't hold a grudge against anyone. Really? No one at all? Not the people who are invading your country, slaughtering your people, and hacking off your younger brother's right hand? You can't be mad at those people? Why not? Because you have no spine? Because you have no honor? Weakest. heroine. ever.

Garwood seems to think that
Yellow Rose
The book revolves around the love of Nicholaa and Royce. The invading Normans, kidnap the Saxon bride our heroine to send her back to London, so that King Williams men compete over whose wife she becomes. In addition, Royce is the only man to succeed in the venture when it comes to bringing her to London. We are brought to a different circumstance however as Nicholaa gains the respect of the Queen, the Queen suggests another notion to the King. That Nicholaa chose her own husband and she chooses ...more
I love love LOVE all the Julie Garwood books i have read, except this. I liked Nicholaa at first - she was interesting, smart and drew your in - Royce seemed sweet with not too much of a temper, only then they got married. It seemed like as soon they got hitched, he became a pig and she became plain annoying. What happened to the woman who shot an arrow in a mans arse when he tried to take her home from her? It seemed like every time she got annoyed at Royce he'd pet her a little and all would b ...more
So, first off, I do not think I am a big fan of Julie Garwood's story heroes. Sure they cut a nice figure and have their imperfections that make them - somewhat - human, but they aren't men that I fall in love with, as I am wont to do when I read these books.

At one point, I wanted to kick Royce in his big, overbearing balls. At several points, actually.

To counter...

Julie Garwood writes a CAPTIVATING heroine. Nicholaa is just flipping rad. She deflects 3 or 4 separate attacks from the invading N
I picked this book up because of a BR I was doing at the time with my friend Riddhi. I loved it at the beginning, not in the least because it felt different than other Garwood novels. The more I read the more I could discern Garwood's usual voice in the novel. That's why I stopped reading at 50%. I picked this up again two months later and didn't put it down until I finished. And then I wondered why I had stopped reading it in the first place, because this was such a compelling read.

I realise no
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“A woman can't do anything about her appearance. Either she's pretty or she isn't. But her character is quite another matter.” 60 likes
“It's a sin to hate, and for that reason alone, we must not hate the Normans... We can, however, thoroughly dislike them, Alice.” 34 likes
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