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The Maiden

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  3,461 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
He was wise, strong, and brave. His destiny was to be king. She was young, beautiful, a warrior princess. Her destiny was to love him.

But when first they met, it was not as princess and king -- it was as man and woman only, consumed by a passion so sudden, so deep that the very world exploded with one kiss. Only later, with his touch still burning on her lips, did Jura dis
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 30th 1991 by Pocket Books (first published 1988)
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Apr 13, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
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
Sojourner McConnell
Apr 04, 2016 Sojourner McConnell rated it really liked it
Not one of my most favorite Jude Deveraux books.
Apr 24, 2010 kim rated it really liked it
Not your typical romance novel

I've read the reviews online and am a little surprised at how poorly the book is rated. I've never read an Jude Deveraux before, but 'inherited' this and decided to read it before I list it on Bookmooch. I didn't expect to really like it much, as I expected it was your typical romance...boy meets girl...they hate each other...they love each other...they hate each other...they end up together living happily ever after; with a lot a steamy scenes in between. Since I
Jul 05, 2008 Sunshine rated it it was ok
Shelves: just-romance
To tell you the truth I read this one a week or so ago and just forgot to write a review about it and now that I have time to write there isn't alot I remember. It's not that memorable. It was okay. Kinda slow through out. Jura's personality drives me nuts half the time with her negativity and doubt in Rowan. I hated how hard he had to try to make her approve of him but I guess that was the point of the story that she was so much harder to conquer. Like I said it was ok but I've enjoyed some of ...more
Dec 20, 2015 Errolyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I really don't know what to think about this book.

For a romance, it had some interesting world building and I really enjoyed the country created and the different tribes and warring factions and the culture created for each. I liked the first half of the book, the introduction of the characters and all the buildup to when they met and finally got married. It was the usual girl meets boy, girls hates boy's guts, hijinks ensue, they end up married to each other, and there are tons of misunderstan
Dec 10, 2012 StrangeBedfellows rated it did not like it
Yet another book where I look back and ask myself, "why did I read this?" This book is very true to Deveraux's style: an overbearing man disrupts the heroine's life, and the author tries to convince us that they're really in love. Not even nostalgia can earn this book more than a star and a half from me -- and the rating is only that high because Rowan wasn't as horrifyingly abusive as some of Deveraux's other "heroes" have been.
Nemma Sayed
Mar 31, 2011 Nemma Sayed rated it it was amazing
I honesly found this book to be the best of all the Montgomery books I've read so far. This was one of those books that you just have lying around, a book you don't feel like reading. I had absolutely no high expectations on it but it really surprised me. The minute I started reading it I was caught, anxious when I didn't have the book. I couldn't stop reading it. So Good!
Sep 08, 2014 Ashley rated it did not like it
I don't usually read this kind of book, but even this one was a bit too much for me. I'm working my way through a pile of books given to me. I know it's romance, and things work out in the genre that never would in reality. But this pushes that too far. I'm supposed to believe that a couple of hot heads that don't trust each other, respect each other, or know how to communicate, and haven't learned how to do so by the end of the book are going to work out? Not to mention their first sexual encou ...more
Stacy Sties
Jul 16, 2014 Stacy Sties rated it liked it
3.75 stars for me. The beginning was rather ridiculous for me but as the story progressed everything fell into place rather well and I enjoyed how Rowen and Jura learned to work together and create their own HEA.
Jun 08, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
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Kat Morrisey
2.5 stars

I liked this. Kind of. I read this mainly because of the series reading order that states this should be read second Deveraux's Montgomery-Taggert series. (Chronoligically speaking). So I did.

I loved Rowan and his plan. I liked Xante and Lora and wished there was more of them, or that they had their own book. (The same goes for Cilean and Daire). I also thought the story line was written and thought out. The author did a great job differentiating the tribes and going through -and resol
Oct 08, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deveraux-jude
I did like this book. Not quite as much as I had hoped though. I'm a bit confused where it is in the Montgomery Saga series. Goodreads has it listed several different ways. But since Knight in Shining Armor is my all time favorite romance, and this book precludes it, I had to read it.

It is a medieval romance, which I find a bit hard to relate to. It takes place in Lanconia. The hero, Rowan, becomes king after his father dies. Rowan had been raised in England though because his mother had been En
A solid 5 stars for me!!

I loved loved loved this one.

I've read hundreds of historical romance novels, but this one is different.
It reads like a fantasy wargame novel. No pretty dresses and balls in this book, but a feisty heroine who is a womanguard.
Jura falls head over heels for Rowan, but keeps denying this to herself for the biggest part of the story. Rowan is very much in love with Jura though she keeps holding back.
Just read it, it's great!
Jun 27, 2013 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So first off, I was looking at whether to read this book or The Velvet Promise, after reading The Black Lyon, and I finally decided to go with this one because the reviews weren't helpful in which book was really next. The reviews I'd read said they weren't sure how this book tied into the Montgomery Series. So, with that being said...WHAT????? Rowen's squire, Montgomery, is Ranulf's & Lyonene's son!!!! I'm so glad I chose to go with this book rather than The Velvet Promise.

Okay...this book
Nov 21, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-chic-lit
Raised in England but knowing every day that he is to be the King of Laconia, Rowan knows he must unite all the clans. Arriving in Laconia, Rowan begins to understand that this mission is near impossible and when he meets Jura, he knows she's the woman for him, even though his father has promised him to another. Jura is made to fight for him and even though it isn't in her plan, she wins and is married to Rowan. Fighting him every step of the way, it takes her awhile to realize she loves Rowan a ...more
Maria Sanigan
May 16, 2013 Maria Sanigan rated it it was amazing
Is it weird to consider this novel -in the medieval era- as cute? It really is cute! However, for a novel to be as effective as this, one should realize that there should be something that would stir the story up. It may be a tragic scene or a scene that will open up the eyes of many people. Then again, I loved the fact where in the hero constantly talks to God.

I also liked the fact that there's a lot of "vase-crashing-head" or "head-crashing-vase" situations [Haha!]

In conclusion -and in a more
Jan 29, 2013 Faedyl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La doncella, es una precuela de la Saga Montgomery. No soy la más fanática de Deveraux ni la más entendida pero para mi, las dos primeras no son Montgomery propiamente dichas si los personajes principales no son de la Flia.

El libro está muy bien escrito y como todos los del estilo, se deja leer de un tirón, no le falta nada y son levemente eróticos (wiii!). En lo personal, lo que más me gusta de estos románticos es que son históricos pero medio verseros, y en saga, se vuelven entretenidos. Un pa
Jul 24, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
Rowan grew up in England but was destined to become the King of Lanconia. When he takes his rightful place, he has reason to doubt his fate. The land is divided into tribes who’ve battled each other for centuries, and the idea of a united kingdom is anathema to them. Nor do Rowan’s new subjects believe in his ingenious plan for bringing the people together. Especially opposed is his new bride, Jura, who’s as far from a demure English lady as he can imagine. Trained as a guardswoman, all she know ...more
Aug 21, 2014 Thenia rated it liked it
A medieval romance about a prince that has grown up away from his country and a very patriotic warrior woman who is completely different from any women he's ever met.

I found Jura very frustrating, since she's been judgmental, extremely prejudiced, annoyingly childish and arrogant for most of the story. Rowan was perhaps a bit naive and trusting, but also just and competent, unlike Jura's brother.

According to this list chronologically the series continues with The Velvet Promise.
This was a great book filled with suspense, action, and romance. Rowan takes on the impossible task of uniting the tribes of Lanconia. But first he must marry a Lanconian woman and what better way to do that then by having the woman from the various tribes compete in games of skills and strengths to win him for a husband. As you could imagine some of the prospects for bride are truly terrifying but thankfully for Rowan the lovely Jura wins him. Jura struggles with finding out where her loyalties ...more
I dont remember details, but the book was quite good, not the best piece I have read but it was alright!
Nov 16, 2015 Kashii rated it it was ok
i don't know why, but it was kind of hard to get through this book
Dec 31, 2015 Carolyn rated it it was ok
Dec 09, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok
Alexis Apodaca
Feb 04, 2013 Alexis Apodaca rated it liked it
This was a good read and full of adventure. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. It is listed as part of a Montgomery but I can figure out how. I get the connection with the black Lyon, but he's not a major character and that was a little disappointing. The only reason I gave this 3 stars instead of 4/5 was because the ending just kind of stopped. There were so many twists and turns throughout the book, I would have liked a little more to tie up some of the loose ends.
Aug 25, 2009 Brandy rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Jude Deveraux, and this book was no exception. She knows how to write a love story....that is actually a GOOD STORY. A wonderful beach read, sexy, sweet, and a page turner!

INFO: About a warrior woman named Jura meeting the man drives her wild, only to find out that he is the man that she HATES. The man turns out to be King Rowan, the heir to the throne, and the man that is taking the throne from her brother, who she believes is the rightful heir.
Jan 09, 2015 Megan rated it it was amazing
I loved it. It was so good from beginning to end I had to put the book down or I would have finished it in 3 days
Christina Strause-stalkfleet
Aug 18, 2015 Christina Strause-stalkfleet rated it it was amazing
Rowan and Jura met not knowing who the other was but the two found a passion that consumed them both. It was later discovered by Jura that the man was Prince Rowan who returned from England to take over the throne from her brother and unite the clans under his rule. Jura swore to keep her identity from Rowan in hopes of regaining the throne to her brother but Rowan has other plans for Jura.
Susan W
Nov 21, 2011 Susan W rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-read
Delicious! It took me a bit to get into as I found the character names a bit hard to keep track of at times, but as soon as I hit their first kiss....I loved each moment they fought and loved together. Jura is a strong feisty woman and poor Rowan the king tries so hard to tame her. LOL. Fast easy read.
May 10, 2010 valee rated it liked it
I'm giving 3 stars because there were some things I loved about this book and some others that well, not so much...

But overall, I believe Deveraux is a great romance writer, not one of the bests but at least one that is different from the rest. I always enjoy her stories and wanna read more of her work.
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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.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo
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