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Iliana Wildwood would do anything to escape from the depraved baron who sought her lands - including marrying a barbarian. Fleeing the highlands, Iliana was wedded to Duncan, laird to Dunbar Castle. Certainly, there was something about the virile warrior that made her weak in the knees - but something stank in the state of Scotland, and Iliana would not trust anyone until...more
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Published January 1st 2003 by Leisure Books (first published 1999)
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
I haven't read anything by this author before,and lucked out that all 3(it's a trilogy but each book could stand alone)were at a library sale. The first book in the trilogy "The Deed" was great.Good story line,characters,and had me laughing.So...thinking book two "The Key" would be just as good. Well we all know sometimes that just dosent happen lovely cover and all.In this book the reason the Heroine wore the chasity belt and wouldn't give the key to her husband(Duncan) was because he..stunk. D...more
BJ Rose
'Begin as you mean to go on', Iliana's mother had always told her. So when Ileana's new husband refused to bathe until the end of July (after all, he'd just bathed in January!), she donned her chastity belt and hid the key.

This was a cute premise, and Sands handled it with her trademark humor, but this one just didn't have the same punch as Love Is Blind or The Perfect Wife. The humor didn't flow quite as well here, and I just couldn't accept the idea that Iliana would have been able to wear th...more
Amelia Fransiska
The Deed series resmi jadi salah satu series favoritqu...

The chase tetap numero uno, dan mnyusul the key trus the deed...
Abis baca ini nvl, aq lgsung inget kata2 Seonaid ttg Duncan yg jd demen mandi setelah married ma Iliana ;D


Pfiuuuuuh, kesimpulan abis baca trilogy the deed, medieval versi Lynsay Sands trnyata seruuu, rameee, n lumayan horor... Alesannya:

1. Bride di jaman ini mesti vi ;) krna abis wedding night seprei yg ada bukti vi nya si cwe mo di pamer di kastil spy org2 tau si cwe msh suci...more
Ana
Iliana Wildwood would do anything to escape from the depraved baron who sought her lands - including marrying a barbarian. Fleeing the highlands, Iliana was wedded to Duncan, laird to Dunbar Castle. Certainly, there was something about the virile warrior that made her weak in the knees - but something stank in the state of Scotland, and Iliana would not trust anyone until she'd discovered the source.

Determined therefore to resist her handsome husband, Iliana found a way to keep her secrets safe
...more
Lover of Romance
Iliana is desperate to find a way of escape for herself and her mother from a vile baron who desires her lands for himself. So she agrees to marry a stranger and a Scot. When she first arrives she is shocked to discover the place is a disaster zone, and her future husband stinks like he hasn't bathed in six months. She wonders if she has made a mistake but knows for her mothers sake she must stay true to the course that she has set, and must marry this man that seems to live in a pigsty and is...more
Julie
I've not read many historical romances by Miss Sands since she has been more well known for her vampire romances. I readily admit to loving her luscious vamps though. This Scottish romance of hers did not live up to its paranormal cousins, and left something to be desired. Maybe my expectations were too high coming from my previous experiences of her other romances? The hero and heroine did not inspire real passion. Maybe that's because I had just as hard a time as the heroine in finding any att...more
Susan
Very good book and lots of fun. Iliana knew she had to marry Duncan in order to keep herself and her mother safe. But she was dismayed and disgusted by the condition of the keep and the people. The keep was filthy, the people dirty and dressed in rags and her new husband was the worst of the lot. The first thing she did was to put on the chastity belt she had brought along as a curiosity to protect herself until she could convince her husband to bathe. Then she rolled up her sleeves and got to w...more
Maureen Feeney
When was the last time you read a book where the Hero smelled not of cedar,cheroots,fine scents,expensive brandy etc.But of sweat ,horses,manure and plain old body odour????Well grab this book.
This is the second book following "The Deed" and "The Chase" is next.
This is the story of a lovely English Lady Iliana Wildwood who is forced by the King to marry the Scotsman Duncan laird of Dunbar Castle in order to remove her from a wicked step-father ,and thereby clear the way for the eventual annullme...more
Cherise
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Ada
This was a very entertaining book from Lynsay Sands and right on par with what I'm used to from reading other books of hers.

There's quite a few enjoyable characters from our hero and heroine (Duncan and Iliana) to the wonderful secondary characters Angus (Duncan's father), Elgin (the cook), Ebba (Iliana's maid) and Lady Wildwood (Iliana's mother).

The gist of the story is that an evil English Lord Greenweld had kidnapped Iliana's mother and forced her into a marriage to take over their home. He t...more
Sabine
Die Engländerin Iliana Wildwood muss heiraten um ihre Mutter aus einer Notlage zu befreien. Ihr zukünftiger Mann ist Schotte und Iliana ist entsetzt, als sie auf seine Burg kommt: Nicht nur die Burg selbst starrt vor Dreck - auch ihr Bräutigam Duncan stinkt zum Himmel! Er versteht hingegen überhaupt nicht ihr Problem; schließlich ist es erst Juni und das nächste Bad steht erst wieder im Juli an. Und schließlich hat er ja im Januar zuletzt gebadet, wo ist also das Problem. Als er nach der vollzog...more
Tina
This was just okay. Spent the majority of the book wishing he would take a bath.
Elle
Cute, funny. Hero was a bit Shrekish, but overall good story.
C.M. Truxler
Lynsay Sands Has the Key to Historical Romance

The Key by Lynsay Sands is a wealth of humor, romance, and danger. The tale engulfs readers in a world that is beautiful, but wild. Life is a matter of traditional form and death is mourned, but moreover seen as an annoying part of life that cannot be avoided.

Sands breathed the breath of life into each character and the spark not only took, but expanded, creating characters that leap from the page. Each is a full-out personality with pride, strength...more
Donna
Since finding the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands she has been on my auto-buy list. I've yet to be disappointed. Even her historicals are fantastic.

Iliana Wildwood was wedded to Duncan, laird of Dunbar Castle to save her from being used as hostage for her mother’s behavior when her mother was forced into marriage to the evil Baron Greenweld. With Iliana safely away and married to the Scot her mother can apply to the king to have her marriage to the Baron annulled. Iliana is happy to help till s...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
I am sad to say, that this is the first book I have read by Lynsay Sands that actually bored me. For the first half of this exceptionally long for her book, 400 pages, that until the point that Iliana's mother came to her castle, this was a boring, don't touch me cause you stink book. Then after page 200, the action started.

Within the forst 200 pages, what kept me going was the incinuation by the Laird (Angus) that his son was wearing his wife out with way to much sex when they hadn't even done...more
Carrie
i liked this, but didn't love it. it was an amusing (and original - i had not seen this brought up in quite this way before) concept - our heroine is put off by her handsome husband's ... smell. she's attracted to him, he's a good man as well, but every time he gets to wooing her, she's taken out of the passion by... his smell. he only bathes twice a year, you see. that's how it has always been, and he sees no reason to change things now just because his wife has delicate sensibilities! i liked...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Iliana is in an arranged marriage to a stranger in Scotland in order for her mother to be able to, with the king's help, escape her brutally abusive husband. Duncan agrees to this arranged marriage so he'll finally be able to do some major renovations on his keep with Iliana's dowry. There is an instant attraction between them, but since his mother's death over 20 years ago Duncan and the whole keep are not dilligent on cleanliness in any aspect of their lives. As a result, she wears an chastity...more
Michelle
I really love historical romances from Lynsay Sands mostly because I’m guaranteed to get humor. I love that sometimes the characters and the story lines don’t take themselves too seriously and interject some much needed humor in to a genre that can sometimes get a little too stuffy. I found that Iliana was a fun heroine who knew exactly what she wanted and wouldn’t bend even for her stubborn Scottish husband, Duncan. But both of them had to do some real soul searching to discover why they were s...more
Melissa
Crazy chastity-belt plot aside, a very engaging romance plot. Iliana is a character you really want to root for.

I will say that this suffers from being not-nearly as well-written as her previous book The Deed. That one has accurate dialogue and slang but this book uses phrases like "stick to her guns" that really stand out as anachronistic (also has plot element that is recycled and put to much better use in The Hellion and the Highlander.
Anderson County Library
Iliana Wildwood would do anything to escape the depraved attentions of the unscrupulous baron who covets her lands. including marrying a barbarian. Fleeing to the Scottish Highlands, she weds Duncan, laird to Dunbar Castle. Certainly, there is something about the virile warrior that makes her weak in the knees, but she refuses to allow him into her bed until he agrees to become more civilized. Iliana has the perfect device to help her resist the temptations of her powerful, handsome husband: a b...more
Stacy
After reading "The Deed" earlier this week I was expecting a very funny book. Wow, talk about a disappointment. Although there were some amusing bits (can you figure out what the key was for?), it did not compare to the first book in the series in terms of amusement.

However, the book itself was nicely done. Although the hero was a typical romance hero (i.e. macho, arrogant, etc.) he was indicative of the era that the book is set it.

The heroine was strong enough that she didn't come across as wi...more
Diana
Lady Iliana is married to Duncan, the son and heir of a Scottish laird, in order to protect her and her mother from a brutal usurper. Iliana is horrified upon arriving to her new home at the filth and stench, especially of her husband. Donning a chastity belt, she vows not to consummate her marriage until all is right.

This was actually a reread for me, and I highly enjoyed it this time around,a s I had done the first time. Lynsay Sands's historicals are usually quite entertaining, with enough na...more
Missy Nelson
I loved it. Great characters. Lynsay Sands is one of my favorite authors. Besides who doesn't love a man in a kilt.



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Roberta
I feel like I've been reading a lot of so-so books lately, so what a relief this book was! It didn't take itself too seriously, and I thought the story was fun and easy to read. Not as funny as the first book in the trilogy, but it had its humorous moments. It was a great reminder of what I like in a romance novel.
Lisarenee
Loved it. Very funny. About a woman who gets wed in an attempt to save herself and her mother. When her father dies a neighboring nobleman comes to tell the pair and then proceeds to attempt to get the land by forcing the mother into marriage. Under the protection of her new husband she may provide a safe haven for herself and her mother. There is only one problem with her new husband - he smells because he only takes a bath twice a year. I found it very funny and very enjoyable as she tries to...more
Kelly Karina Cardoso
I laughed a lot reading this book.
Lil' Grogan
Surprised at more serious tone and sensibility of this book, considering this comes after The Deed. Iliana actually uses her intelligence to get things done, and Duncan (though the one played for a fool here) has reasons (though misguided) for the decisions he sticks to. Would have liked more of Duncan, not really enough of his character's good points.

Really didn't like secondary story line of his sister and her own betrothal (I know she's setting up for the next book in the series, but I wasn'...more
Cecily
The book started with a pretty standard plot of a castle in need of a spring clean, the winning over of the retainers, and the gradual thawing of relations between the hero and the heroine. It would have been a pleasant enough read if it stayed at that level but the return of the villain made the second half of the story more interesting. However, the interweaving of the plot for the follow-up book was not entirely seamless and jarred at a couple of points. An enjoyable follow up to The Deed bu...more
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