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Castles (Crown's Spies #4)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  12,151 Ratings  ·  328 Reviews
Orphaned and besieged, Princess Alesandra knew that only hasty marriage to an Englishman could protect her from the turmoil in her own land. To the amusement of her makeshift guardian, Colin, younger brother of the Marquess of Cainewood, the bold raven-haired beauty instantly captivated London society. But when Alesandra was nearly abducted by her unscrupulous countrymen, ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published 1993)
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Aug 26, 2009 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book in the Crown's Spies series and, IMHO, it's the best in the series. I don't know if I'm being sentimental here because this was the last Garwood I had on my TBR and now I've got to go out and buy some more, but it doesn't matter. I loved it, hence the 5-star rating. :)

Note: I'll come back and write a full review later. I don't want to do it now because it would be like saying goodbye to Garwood and I'm not ready to do that yet. I'm holding on to this book until I add more G
I absolutely LOVE this book!! It was so AMAZING!!!! There are so many wonderful things about this book that I hardly know where to begin telling about it!

Princess Alesandra was orphaned at 12 years old and was left to be raised by nuns at a convent. The happiest day in Mother Superiors' life was when she received notice that the Princess would be leaving the convent. Alesandra was a bit of a hellion and was constantly getting into trouble and the nuns couldn't be happier to be rid of her. Alesan
Lisa Kay
★★★★✩ The narrator, Heather Wilds, was fine, especially with the male voices (unusual, right?). They did get a little "thicker" as the story progress, too. Or was that my imagination? However, she really drove me a little batty with the heroine, as I felt she was making Princess Alesandra's accent change from scene to scene. Sure, Alesandra is a princess from a made up country in Europe... but pick an accent and stick with it, don't give me French, Dutch, and then Russian, etc. I also wasn't cra ...more
Princess Alesandra and Colin the stubborn so and so.
Colin is the kind of person who would cut off his nose to spite his face, and he's got that snarky type of arrogance I usually hate in Heroes. And I did hate it, yet I did end up liking him. Only a writer as talented as Ms Garwood could pull that off!
But this isn't one of my favourites by this author. For far too long Colin is a stubborn asshat to Alesandra. Alesandra is supposed to be a bit of a hellion, but that never comes across. She is bea
Oct 20, 2011 Heather rated it did not like it
this book was,in a word, horrible.
there were so many holes in this story and i honestly think garwood put next to no thought into writing this.
The whole thing was random. We got a lady killer,a missing friend,a princess. It didn’t go together and on top of all that no one was likeable.
the many,and i mean many,historical mistakes prevented me from even giving this book a chance.
The speech was terrible and so off the mark I couldn’t even wrap my mind around it.
the language in here was so modern it
I enjoyed it. I almost always enjoy a Garwood historical. They are good, light, feel-good fun. I didn't love it though. The plot seemed all over the place. We have a serial killer and a evil general who are both after the princess. The serial killer storyline was wrapped up, but the evil general storyline was kinda dropped. Overall, the resolution was very quick.

Most of the fun of her books is seeing the gruff hero who doesn't need anyone realize how much the heroine means to him and how strong/
Lakshmi C
Dec 06, 2016 Lakshmi C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's call it 4-and-a bit stars :)

I finished listening to this audiobook with a huge smile on my face. Yes – there were some aspects of the book as a whole that I found problematical, but an excellent performance by Heather Wilds – a narrator I will certainly be looking out for in future – helped me see (or hear) past those issues, and just sit back and enjoy the story for what it was; a well-written and well-performed piece of romantic fluff.

Castles is the fourth book in Ms. Garwood’s Crown’s
ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. COLIN yaaa.
Eşşoğlueşek. <3

Çünkü o Garwood. Cmon.
Bu serinin kadınları da erkekleri de favorim.

Ahhhh ama bu eşşoğlueşek Colin var ya. Yaaaaaaaaaaa ölürüm!

Kesinlikle mükemmel. Bellisimo. Oh-lala. Awwwwwesome!
Nov 12, 2013 Kathleen rated it liked it
I have read this book in the past. Now, I have listened to the audio, narrated by Heather Wilds. She did a fine job most of the time, giving the princess a Germanic accent, which seemed suitable. Her voice is easy on the ears, not grating. Her portrayal of Colin was also good. She didn't try to force her voice to sound deep and gruff, like a man's, which always grates on my ears. However, she showed little or no emotion when portraying the love scenes. (I'd go about 4 stars for the narration)

The fourth book in the Crown's Spies series by Julie Garwood. Princess Alesandra ends up on Colin's doorstep when everyone in his family ends up ill and he is forced to assume guardian duties while his family recuperates. Funny and fun. Another enjoyable read by Ms. Garwood.
Muhteşem bir serinin sonu da ancak böyle güzel bir şekilde olabilirdi.Bu serinin kadın karakterlerini erkeklerden daha çok seviyorum.
April 2013: Screw you, Colin, and the horse you road in on! I gave up. After writing the review below I never did pick the book back up again. Neurotic or not about finishing books I just couldn't do it. I am counting this book as 'read' as I did read the whole thing when I was younger (and what shitty taste in books I must have had back then!).

Earlier in 2013: I originally read this book back in college and I don't remember thinking it was good or bad. I recently got it for super cheap from a u
Min Li Li
Jun 06, 2016 Min Li Li rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitap için derin düşünceler içindeyim efenim. :D
Şöyle ki başlarda başımı ağrıttı çok.Kitabın içine giremedim bu yüzden.
Serinin diğer kitapları gibi değil,Julie üzgünüm ama bu olmamış diyordum ki bütün düşüncelerim kitabın yarısından sonra değişti. Diğer Julie kitapları gibi okurken keyif almaya başladım.
Julie sana söylediğim bütün sözleri geri alıyorum yine harika bir kitap yazmışsın dedim bitirince de.

Colin ve Alensandra nın hikayesi de güzeldi.Okurken dize güldürecek bolca sahne vardı.Ama dedi
Laura V.
Me sirvió para distraerme de un mal momento que estaba atravesando, y se lo agradece. Creo que Alesandra es una de las chicas más "inteligentes" de Garwood, sigue siendo una persona peculiar pero es muy astuta, inteligente y perspicaz. Es organizada y piensa con la cabeza fría (la mayoría de las veces). Colin es un soltero renegado, con un mapa trazado de su vida y Alesandra ni ninguna otra mujer está en sus planes. Hay barreras de confianza que atravesar pero lo hacen bien, a un ritmo tranquilo ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Valentina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 disapointing stars.

Miss Garwood you are one of my favourite authors!
But I was so disapointed with this one...
Characters were shallow,feelings not well written...
I so hope that next one will be better,I'm not quiting on you...
Oct 15, 2015 Gamruk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
#juliegarwood hanım ablacığımın #crownsspies serisine de bu kitapla nokta koymuş oldumm.
#benimyerimseninyanin *_*
Bu seriyi bastan beri cok severek okudum ki Julie'nin sevmedigim tarihi kurgusu da yok ki arkadas:))

Ama bu seriden ayrıca bir keyif aldığım da bir gerçek. Kızları cok cok cok bir catlakti serinin her bir kitabında. Bi 3.kitaptaki kızımız Sara az biraz fazlasiyla safti ama bu çatlaklığına ve laf cambazlığına engel degildi. Delirttiler adamlari hepsi de:))

Bu kitabimiz 2.kitapta gonlum
I really enjoyed this book. The Crown Spies series was another great series by Garwood and I'm so disappointed that this is the last book.

Princess Alesandra and Colin were such a cute couple. Alesandra grew up in a convent after her parents died. When she was older she was called to go live with her guardian but was taken under protection by her guardians son, Colin. Colin married her in order to protect her from being forced into marriage by a man who was trying to gain her inheritance. He didn
Kathie (katmom)
Jun 16, 2011 Kathie (katmom) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this very much!

I love a SMART woman...and Princess Alesandra is very smart. She's kind, sharp as a tack and mostly a good judge of character.

She has to be married soon, so that the evil General Ivan doesn't get control of her money and use her, as PRINCESS, to get her country back. I was a bit disappointed that this part of the story wasn't completely clear. Maybe in a follow up book?

The first name on Alesandra's list of possible husbands is her guardian's son, Colin. He's very attract
Castles was such an endearing story. It wasn't my favorite in the Crown's Spies series (those would be The Gift, then Guardian Angel), but I did like it quite a lot.

I tend to enjoy a good marriage-of-convenience story, particularly when the circumstances aren't contrived. Colin was a grumpy but honorable man, and I'm glad he got his happy ending. Alesandra was a lot tamer than the other ladies in the series, and I loved that she had a great head for business (and a bod for sin - sorry, couldn't
Susan (susayq ~)
Jun 16, 2011 Susan (susayq ~) rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! It was a quick and easy read.

I loved Princess Alesandra. She was very smart and continually surprised the men in her life with her smarts. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is cause I felt the whole part about General Ivan was left unresolved (Alesandra was forced to marry Colin to escape having to marry the General so he could gain control of her home country). We know the General didn't get Alesandra's inheritance, but did he get control of the country? Does the
Mary Kathryn
I enjoyed this book very much. I would like to go back and read the other 3 books that were before this one. I am begining to really like historical romance books. They all just seem so inocient and kind of make you want to go back to that time when people had manners and said fun words like jest!
May 18, 2016 Everlark101199 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't belive I read a book with more than 400 pages in 2 days even though I had a lot to study this weekend. But I think that that just shows how amazing and beautiful this book is!!!♥♥♥♥
Ya kadın sen ne tatlı bir yazarsın yaa :))
Onur Birler
Jan 04, 2017 Onur Birler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Grogan
May 02, 2017 Jessica Grogan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I now understand how readers that read Julia Quinn and don't get why those of us that do love her feel. Julie Garwood's books seem to be beloved, but I don't get it. There were a few funny parts but this book was overwhelmingly boring. I get that it came out twenty years ago and I tried to give it some leeway because of that but Colin is just such an ass it's hard to. He's a control freak and Alesandra has no say in anything as far as he's concerned. And I don't understand why the nuns want ...more
İnci Puyan
Oct 10, 2016 İnci Puyan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Veeee serinin sonu :) seriyi tamamlayanlar haklıymış kesinlikle serinin en iyi kitabıydı. Ve ben Alesandra'ya bayıldım.

Serinin ikinci ve üçüncü kitaplarında kendisini yeterince tanıtan Colin bu kitapta ana karakter. Colin'in aşkı bulmasını okuyoruz tabi içerisine azıcık gizem ve cinayet işleyerek. İşte o yüzden bu kitap en iyisiydi ve kesinlikle sürprizlerle doluydu.

Kısaca konusundan bahsetmek gerekirse, Prenses Alesandra ailesinin ölümünden sonra ülkesini
Quinn's Book Nook
This book. Castles by Julie Garwood is one of my favorite historical romances. I've read it a zillion times, and I'll probably read it another zillion times during my lifetime. I never, ever get sick of it. But I decided to switch things up and listen to this via Audio, and it was super fun, although I prefer reading the print version the best.

Castles features a princess, you guys. A princess! Did I ever tell you that I was obsessed with princesses as a kid (okay I still am). So anyway, Alesandr
Susie Brooks
Castles by Julie Garwood is a story about innocent, orphaned Princess Alessandra who has grown up in a convent. She receives a letter from the Evil General Ivan who wants to marry her for political reasons and to get his hands on her very well endowed inheritance. To save herself from the horrible fate of marrying the evil general, she travels to England in search of a husband. She only has three weeks to find him. She meets Collin, the hardworking, independent second son of her guardian, the Du ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Castles is a lovely romantic story with a little mystery and a quietly sassy heroine. Alesandra keeps tries to act with decorum and it's not always easy, but she is very smart and figures out ways to get what she wants. I enjoyed reading about a heroine who wasn't too outspoken or confident, but was not a pushover and could hold her own against the forceful personality of Colin.

Colin was a total alpha male, and a great match for Alesandra, even though I sometimes felt like Colin could be a littl
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Other Books in the Series

Crown's Spies (4 books)
  • The Lion's Lady (Crown's Spies, #1)
  • Guardian Angel (Crown's Spies, #2)
  • The Gift (Crown's Spies, #3)

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“Damn, you're good,' he said and rolled onto his back. The man wasn't much for flowery speech, Alesandra thought with a smile. It didn't matter. She was arrogantly proud of herself because she'd pleased him. Perhaps she should give him a little praise too. She rolled onto her side to face him, put her hand on his chest directly over his pounded heart, and whispered. 'You're good, too. 'Tis the truth, you're the best I've ever had.'
He opened his eyes to look at her. 'I'm the only one you've ever had, remember?' His voice was gruff with affection.
'I remember,' she said.
'No other man is ever going to touch you, Alesandra. You're mine.”
“colin was certain he would feel better once he had gotten some sleep. At one o-clock in the morning he was wishing he could close his eyes and die. By 3 oclock, he thought he had. Colin sprawled out on the bed, face down, with his arms spread wide. Oh yes, death would have been a treat.” 4 likes
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