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Castles (Crown's Spies #4)

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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  10,132 ratings  ·  256 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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Dina
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
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Cheryl
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
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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 crazy ab ...more
Caz
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
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Kathleen
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
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Heather
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
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Valentina
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...
Pamela(AllHoney)
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.
Andrea
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
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Michelle
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
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KJ
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
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Kathie (katmom)
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
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Susan (susayq ~)
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
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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!
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
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Tash
This was such a pleasant read and I'm so glad I didn't rush. After reading New Adults and Contemporary Romances then picking up a Julie Garwood historical romance, I can definitely tell the difference in the style of writing. It was refreshing to have read this and meet these characters and be thrown into their world...

Alesandra was like no other character I've come across. She's smart, witty, clever and whole lot more. I instantly took a liking to her. Her mischievious ways were not intentional
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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
Melanie Donovan
Julie Garwood started my reading obsession with this one book, Castles.....**sentimental smile** I will always remember Collin and Alesandra, their wit and snarky remarks floored me and then there was that touch of mystery and danger, my gosh this book was awesome. I loved it, it is and will forever be a classic in my heart and this is why Julie Garwood would remain one of my all time favorite authors.
Holly
After Rowena reviewed this I kept thinking about it and decided I had to re-read. While I enjoyed parts of it, I'd forgotten that this is one of my least favorite books.

Colin acts like such a condescending jerk to Alesandra most of the time I found I was just annoyed with him. He doesn't give her the credit she deserves for anything. While that was cute in the beginning, the longer his attitude wore on the less I enjoyed the book. By the time he realizes his mistakes and apologizes, I'd had enou
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Jasbell76
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I read this book for the first time in 2009. I have to re-read it. However I remember it was sweet and entertaining story, it wasn't very angsty and the hero wasn't too ass**** with the heroine, he was protective and kind. I liked it ñ_ñ
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Lisarenee
Good. Had a murderer in it which made it suspenseful, but really didn't want to know what was going on in the mind of the murderer. Princess Alesandra's uncle has died. She is now the last of the families heirs. Her father abdicated his throne to marry her mother (of English descent). She poses no threat to taking the country over, but a general looking to fill the spot of ruler feels by wedding her the people will be more accepting of him. She leaves the convent she has lived at since her paren ...more
Katherine
Jan 17, 2013 Katherine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance novel ethusiasts, people who have nothing to do for an afternoon
Recommended to Katherine by: Kelly
Shelves: romance
I was recommended this book by one of my girlfriends (she's an avid reader of romance novels.) She said that this was her FAVORITE romance novel of all time--so I had to get my hands on it.

I was disappointed, but not by the author or the writing itself. The main character--our heroine--Alesandra is the most annoying character I have ever read in my life. Garwood tries to fit her into the "beautiful, proper, yet stubborn and fiery" stereotype of romance novel heroines. And she succeeds with great
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~Leslie~
This is the fourth in a series and I read the others awhile ago. It is fine as a stand alone. I love Julie Garwood, and this is a sweet story of a princess who comes to London. She is an orphan and ends up staying with the son of her guardian. The humor is light, the characters well drawn, and the story moves along quickly. Alesandra, is an endearing heroine, with a head for business. Colin is a hard headed gruff man who has worked as a spy and has suffered an injury. He is very involved in his ...more
Allie Mudge
I read this book a couple years ago, and the like a year ago, the story line kept popping into my head, and but I couldn't remember the title. It took me a while of going through titles and my brain to find it again. I've read it 6 times since then. And I also went out an bought my own copy. This book is just one of those few that you'll remember for a while, you know, the type you don't just forget.
The character were awesome, the personalities hilarious, the romantic scenes romance, and the st
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Cindy
Regency romance with sex. #4 in the Crown's Spies series.

Have you ever read a romance series & liked one of the secondary characters? He's nice & funny, but the minute he gets his own book, he changes. He becomes the same cookie cutter hero JG uses in all her romance novels. He's arrogant, pig headed & sexist.

Alesandra is a dispossessed princess of a small European country. There's a long story of how she comes to England & her numerous problems. She's a typical JG heroine (d
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Angela Noviana
I really like this book..


Percakapan kedua karakter utamanya sangat mengundang tawa dan senyum. Sifat Collin yang selalu curiga dan Alesandra yang sangat logis dan teratur. Bener-bener kocak =)

Buku ini cocok banget untuk sebagai penutup walaupun satu kekurangannya yaitu keterkaitan ketiga buku terakhir ini dengan buku pertamanya >,<
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Brooke
Of course I liked this, but I didn't love it as much as some of her others... I enjoyed the characters, it was clear that the background stories had stories of their own and I had read out of order again... I liked the transformation of Colin from broody asshole to loving husband, and more than anything I liked that Alesandra didn't cower and conform, that she was smart and he recognized her intelligence, and she was very clever...
Eileen
I loved it. Alesandra was one of my favorites heroines in this series as she thought things out with her lists. Colin had his 5 year plan and getting married wasn't part of it yet. She came into his life and turned it sideways. The mystery of the killer was interesting to figure out and I am glad that Alesandra stayed on it. Even in the end she got her way with her gift for the new baby.
Ivylee
i have to admit that i didn't finish this book, so it would be reasonable to object to the fact that i am writing a review on something i haven't even bothered reading. but the sad fact is that nobody bothers reading these reviews so i can bloody well write whatever i want.
so. castles.
i can't really find any faults in julie garwood's style, but the characters are another thing altogether.
alesandra won't stop crying and colin won't stop being an ass. the sad thing is i quite like everyone else in
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Danette Steward
The prologue of this book is quite chilling. After that, you'll almost forget there is a villein until the end of the book. What a fun read. This was the best of the series IMO.
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With more than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America's favorite fiction writers.

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. "The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the fa
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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.”
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“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.” 5 likes
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