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The Princess (Montgomery/Taggert #8)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,230 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews

Her name was Aria ... a beautiful, arrogant princess from a small European kingdom. Stranded in a storm of intrigue near the Florida Keys, she is swept ashore and into the arms of dashing J.T. Montgomery, an officer of the American Navy. Disdainful at first, Aria is secretly tantalized by the handsome Lieutenant's brash indepe
Paperback, 378 pages
Published November 1st 1987 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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ur fail amuses me.

The plot was redunkculous. It was pointless and stupid.

JT, who I call "Daddy", was a temperamental, manchild douche. I've met two year olds who threw less temper tantrums than him.

Aria, I both disliked her and felt for her at times when JT was at his worse. I still can't believe she loves him after all the verbal abuse he put her through.

I actually didn't want them to get together in the end.

I actually threw my book across
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I fell in love with Romance after reading this book. I was 15 and helping to clean out our basement and discovered this book in a pile of my mom's old books. I started reading and found myself swept away to the 1940's and enthralled in a book I couldn't put down. After reading this book, I read as many books by Jude Devereaux I could get my hands on and eventually branched out to other authors and other genres.

Still after almost 19 years it is still my most re-read book of all time..
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Another much beloved book of all time. It's set in the 1940s, a time period that I really love. JT Montgomery is such a good hero, can I have one of him? He's a military man on a mission, and he will complete it. He is a hero in the true sense, although he's not anywhere near royalty. Although he comes from the grand Montgomery dynasty, he's All-American in his thinking. He didn't expect to fall for Aura, who is all-princess. This is such a delightful book, from beginning to end. I was hoping in ...more
May 21, 2016 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Retread from my youth

J.T. Montgomery is so hot. lol
May 29, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book for maybe 6 years and have read it easily 10 times, I believe I picked it up at my local library for about 25 cents. Obviously I like it a lot. The different dynamics and the like really are different from most other romance novels that I have read, making it much more appealing.
Maria Sanigan
Jun 21, 2013 Maria Sanigan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The consistency, the conviction, and the execution of the totality of the story is undeniably sublime! The way the story is executed -from Aria being a prig of a princess, to a liberated American, up until the end of the story, is wonderful!

The story is undeniably -and with full sophistication -well-planned to its roots.

It is not cheesy, not too dramatic. It is a well-combined mixture of ingredients that one desires. It is the truth. The story is the truth -which may be strange for it is of roya
Julie Witt
I like romances okay, but I was not a big fan of this one. I usually have no problem with Jude Deveraux's books, but this one was too much back and forth - they love each other/they hate each other, he's rude to her/she's rude to him, they're together/they're apart, etc. I kept with it, figuring the end would justify the means, but I was very disappointed in that, too. Of course, I knew what would happen, but it didn't come about until the last 2 pages, and it happened so fast when it did. I don ...more
Apr 19, 2011 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly speaking, this is one of my favorite books of Jude! Every story I read from her has different meetings and this is one of the most unusual. Truthfully, first I thought it's a weird and impossible meeting but then I realize that there is nothing impossible with Jude :) I sincerely love this book. But it kinda lack of action considering that JT is a marine and that he protects Aria. But this is so good! You better read it or else, you don't know what you're missing in life.
Apr 30, 2009 Errolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, favorites
I read this book many years ago when I was in middle school, and enjoyed it very much it stuck with me. Last year I was discussing romance books that I really enjoyed and spent month trying to remember what this one was called and who wrote it..but I found it at last and re-read it. I enjoyed it just the same again.

I loved both characters wh owere fun, smart and both likeable, and the storyline was not the typical fare...which I always enjoy. I like when writers breakup the flow a bit and try so
Feb 13, 2009 Ana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a re-read the last time I read this book was over 15yrs ago I must have liked because I kept, but this time I couldn't even finish this book. Aria was soo spoiled and cold hearted I can't comprehend how ANYONE no matter how rich or how sheltered could not have the common curtsey to ask someone who just saved your life if he was ok after getting shot or after seeing his burns the only reason I read has much as I did was because JT was a likeable guy I really wish Mrs. Deveraux had pick so ...more
Sheila Majczan
Mar 21, 2015 Sheila Majczan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read other books in this series but it has been many years since my last read.

Certain things seem to be exaggerated in this story: a Princess, Aria, who won't allow anyone to touch her when she has just been rescued from drowning and no one but her rescuer is around. Really? And she is described as smart but can't figure out the difference between one-hundred dollar bills and one-dollar bills when she goes to tip the redcap? She can't figure out how to unbutton her dress - was she blind w
Ashleigh Cartmill
Sep 27, 2009 Ashleigh Cartmill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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This was an AWESOME book. Just romance (not erotica), but still made me laugh and cry. It was wonderful to see Aria's transformation to clueless, stuckup royal to being very caring.

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Mar 09, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this back in 2009. I had to re-read it again after reading "For All Time."

Oh yeah! This was very entertaining. And, so much more gratifying after reading "For All Time."
Jul 26, 2014 Alleluialu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm partial to time travel romance novels which is what got me started reading Jude Deveraux' books. I'm not too keen on contemporary romance. This book was in between. There was no time-traveling, but it did take place in the 1940's. When they went to the Princess' country, they could have been time-traveling because it was way out of date. I really like Deveraux' characters - the Montgomery-Taggert family. They are always so strong-willed, intelligent and they always figure things out. In this ...more
Nov 21, 2014 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-chic-lit
Aria is the crown princess of Laconia, sent to America to barter for the sale of a valuable commodity America need to win the war. But when she arrives she is kidnapped and dumped in the sea and left for dead. JT Montgomery has gone to an island to recover from his war wounds and saves Aria from drowning. Living with Princess Aria, who has never fended for herself is a challenge and when an imposter is put in her place, the American government marries her to JT and challenges him with making her ...more
I really liked this book. It was so funny watching Arie act so dumb and stupid. Even though its hard to think a princess does not know how to dress herself. lolz. I laughed so many times. I liked Arie she was a brat at first but began to change throughout the novel. I had problems with our hero though. I mean he had so many mood swings. One minute he is angry and the next he is happy. He was so damn confusing at times that I just wanted to slap him and tell him to stop being such an ASS and get ...more
I am going to write the same thing for the Taggart and Montgomery series of Jude Deveraux. First, I can't believe that I read these books because they are so blatantly bodice rippers (not my style at all). And second, and more importantly, I devoured them all! Here is the scoop: We stopped at a friend's house in Tennessee on the last leg of one of our cross country trips about 11 years ago and I had run out of books. She gave me three of Deveraux's books in the Montgomery series and I kindly too ...more
Amanda Kimball
Nov 27, 2013 Amanda Kimball rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jude Deveraux but this was very disappointing. I could barely stick with it to finish it. All of the back and forth love/hate got to be annoying. One minute they're yelling and being rude to one another, the next they are madly in love and making love. Jarl was the worst asshole, and not even the "oh he's brooding and sensitive/attractive" kind. Just plain rude, mean, and at times cruel. It was too flip floppy for me and the story just wasn't enough for me to think this was one of her cla ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Eh, it was alright. It is definitely a book you don't have to think about too hard. Both characters really annoyed me at times. Aria is raised to be a princess, and JT can't understand that so he is horrible to her. I thought this book was a little behind-the-times during some parts. Like when he tries to "teach her to be American" he tells her that American wives dote on their husband's every wish and desire. I didn't like JT at the beginning. He didn't seem to want to understand Aria's side of ...more
Jennifer Campbell
Jun 13, 2015 Jennifer Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise is ludicrous, but it was a great ride nonetheless. Two strong personalities butting heads and trying to live with each other while alternately resisting and indulging their attraction - doesn't even cover the half of it. Murderous kidnappers, government deals, social roles of mid-20th century America, a palace full of spoiled royals, and beautiful places abound.
I wasn't surprised by either of their attitudes when they met. I started to hate J.T. when he started "training" her, and I
Dec 28, 2015 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
He leido peores.
Imaginese The Roman Holiday, excepto que Gregory Peck es un idiota.
En cierto sentido, gana porque es divertido. Por otro pierde porque JT puede ser tan tremendo imbecil. Llegando a maltratar no solo en tono sino tambien fisicamente a Aria, porque se niega a quererla. Si, no. No. Entiendo que las sensibilidades eran distintas en el 87 cuando este libro fue escrito asi que le voy a dar un poco de changui y no dejarlo en 2 estrellas.
Aug 27, 2010 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part of the Montgomery series this story takes place in 1942 in Key West, Florida and a small European Kingdom in Lanconia. Princess Aria meets Lieutenant JT Montgomery while traveling the US. She is kidnapped and saved by JT. To escape her enemies they marry but soon the charade becomes a real love that forces Aria to choose between the kingdom and the man she was destined to love. It is a sweet romantic story set in World War 2 and I enjoyed how the author included details about the effect of ...more
Sep 08, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jude Deveraux fans
Recommended to Mary by: sister
Shelves: romance
Cute and sweet. This was my first Jude Deveraux. I read it years ago, just had a hankering for it so reread it. Lots to enjoy, just as much to frustrate. They go back and forth between liking and hating so many times it's a bit like watching a ping-pong match. The premise is a bit implausible, but still enjoyable.
good book with great descriptions

I have a difficult time believing that men in the 40's treated women the way this is described, but if they did, I'm glad they don't anymore.

I enjoyed the descriptive personality's of the members of this cast.
3 stars

Not really a fan of romance novels but this was one I read when I was younger as my mum loves it and said I should give it a try.

I enjoyed the humour and the romance wasn't bad, a quick read and there's nothing more I can say about it really.
Marigold Garcia-Perez
Highly entertaining, Jude Deveraux is really good at her craft, fell in love with characters and the story, mind you, everything is simple, plot wise and stuff, but it all flowed quite smoothly and harmoniously, it was a good read.
Wonderful book! Attempted murder threw them together on an island and they couldn't stand each other. Politics brought them back together and then took them away from each other. Murderers tried to take them away from each other permanently. I loved all the time they spent together in Key West and seeing all the predicaments Aria got herself in. One part I really enjoyed was Aria grilling in pin curls to the radio. It was a whole new side to the straight laced princess and it actually influenced ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a frustrating book! I wasn't sure I wanted to read it based on the blurb, but it's the next one in the series and I wasn't going to skip it. I enjoyed it except the ending was so abrupt!
Started slow, but got really good. Pretty cheesey at times.

Takes place during World War 11.

J.T. saves the Princess from assassination. Then marries her and saves her country.

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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

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