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The Treasure: A Novel (Lion's Bride #2)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  1,381 ratings  ·  103 reviews
An ex-harem slave...

A reformed assassin...

A race to find the most powerful
religious artifact of all time...


New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen returns with her first historical romance in a decade, a new novel of passion and exotic adventure that leads two unlikely and unforgettable treasure hunters on a perilous journey—and into the heart of one of the most c
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Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published (first published December 2008)
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MelissaB
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Susan J.
This is a poor sequel to the historical romance novel Lion's Bride. It's been a while since I read Lion's Bride, but I remember it being rich with historical detail--the first book I read that included the Knights Templar--and character development. The Treasure reads just like Johansen's contemporary suspense books...chapter after chapter of clipped dialogue. She can get by with that style in contemporary books, but that is not the way to write historical books, particularly if you're going for ...more
Jenna Skarzenski
For me, this book was literally an ehhhhh kind of book. It's not difficult to read at all. In fact, the story is a bit annoying at times. I wanted to say to the book, "I get it, Selene is willful and bold and Kadar is distant and mysterious. Please get on with it!". But unfortunately, that's what most of the novel is about. Other than that the story was a bit much at times. It just seems so forced and awkwardly connected that it's almost unbelievable, but not in the good way.
Lisarenee
Steamy historical Romance. Two lovers are tricked into a deadly quest to find and retrieve an ancient artifact that could be the holy grail which contains the power of immortality. Ex-assassin Kadar Ben Arnaud thinks he is being summoned by his old master to collect on a promise he made years earlier. When his love, Selena Ware is kidnapped, Arnaud finds himself forced to once again don the cloak of his former life as an assasin to save her.
Susan
What a pleasure to find that this book followed along with characters from another Johansen book I read long ago. It is a real page turner! As always, this author uses strong women, clever dialogue, constant action, and a sprinkling of the mystical. It was nice to see a return to a setting in the past after many contemporary novels.
DemetraP
A too-stupid-to-live heroine who sneaks into the enemy's camp so they'll take her prisoner, so she can force the hero to do something.

Then he tells her it didn't go like she planned and she's not even sorry! She's like you should have listened to me then I wouldn't have had to get myself taken prisoner.

It was so stupid I couldn't believe it.

The sex scenes were not detailed. Literally, it was closed door at least in the first parts of the book. The first sex scene is described in 2 sentences. Th
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Amanda Sheila
3.5 stars, I liked it but it's not exactly my favorite.

I loved the first book but this one's not really. Mostly because I feel the chemistry between Kadar and Selene's a bit off. I don't like this book's Selene. As a kid, she was amazing. Bold and brave, but in this book she's a bit annoying and too eager to 'chase' Kadar.

And Kadar, he's kind of annoying too. I want to read him on fire, like Ware towards Thea. But in this one he's meek and think only to protect Selene. It's good but I just wan
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Becky
Definately not my favorite. It was okay, and I didn't have a problem finishing this book. I'm actually having a harder time trying to write my review.

This was much different that I expected. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. Selene and Kadar are interesting characters, but the whole plot was just hard to digest. The being safe at their home castle, but not safe outside the castle walls, and then Selene's bravery in the face of danger didn't really work. Considering her upbri
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Maxine
This book managed to be fairly enjoyable, in spite of its thoroughly unlikable heroine. Surprisingly, I don't think the author intended this, but Selene's continuous obstinacy and general churlishness leave one wondering how anyone could stand to be around her, much less love her.

Unbearable heroines aside, the story itself was entertaining enough, with an interesting premise involving a mystical grail. The Holy Grail of legend? Possibly. Does it have great powers? Possibly. Those possibilities
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Leslie
I recall enjoying Iris Johansen books when I was really into historical romance novels. She then took a turn to writing contemporary romantic suspense which isn't a genre I've ever really latched on to. Having tried both her recent efforts, contemporary romantic suspense and historical romance, it's safe to say I'm done reading her novels.

In Treasure, which I picked up solely because it was a historical romance and I recall Johansan's historicals to be good, the dialogue is horrible and stilted.
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Jodi
Johansen got her start as a romance writer and her historical romances were very well remembered. This isn't in their class but it was a very pleasurable way to spend some hours. Kadar always knew that Selene would be his. He was just hoping that she would trust him first. But when an old enemy demands that Kadar returns to honor an old promise, he doesn't feel that he has a choice. Kadar values his honor and word above all else. But his enemy takes Selene as a hostage just to be sure. The relat ...more
Elizabeth Noah Astle
I love all the Eve Duncan series so when I got this one, I did not realize that it was actually a love story based in the past. I personally did not care that much for this book--though I am not one who really likes to sit down and read a harlequin-like book. This story did have some action/adventure like the Eve series and it more of a romance book than any other I have read from her. A bit of a different change. I wanted to put it down but, I did not as I kept hoping that it would get better f ...more
Kristen
Best-selling thriller author Iris Johansen took a break from thrillers and returned to historical romance. In The Treasure, the sequel to the Lion's Bride, she told us an exotic and wild tale in the Middle East. Lady Selene Ware was an ex-slave from Scotland on a quest to find a precious treasure. An assassin named Kadar Ben Arnaud helped her escape from her harem to return her back home. Between the both of them, sparks fly between Selene and the dangerous Kadar on their journey. But she wasn't ...more
Monique
I haven't read every single Iris Johansen book, but I do like this author. However this particular book...not so good. I finished it, but it made me sad, because the writing felt like someone nagged Johansen to go back and do "just one more" historical romance and her heart just wasn't in it. I was completely lost at first, having never read the first book. I never got a real sense of knowing Kadar's character, whether he was an indulgent uncle-type who fell in love with his charge, or a smolder ...more
Jenny Rebecca
I'm not sure why it took me so long to finish this. It was a book I would pick up, read for a bit, set down. Forget about. Then remember and pick it up again. I wanted to finish it, I just took my time about it.

One of my favorite books it "Lion's Bride" so I was excited to see Kadar's story. It was o.k. though I think the thing that bothered me the most is that we never had Kadar and Sabine to ourselves. They were always in iminent danger, which made it hard to get into their love story. Plus, t
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Karen  Boruff
Far fetched story, that isn't always logical. I really got bored in places. I also kept loosing empathy for the characters. I took forever to finish this book. I would not recommend it, unless you don't mind complete fantasy.
Sharon
This was a departure from Johansen's usual modern-day suspense/romance genre. In this particular tale, we find ourselves in medieval (1196) Scotland, Turkey, Italy and other locales, chasing down the Grail.

I have to tell you that I have issue with the heroine, Selene, who is 17 years old. She is far too advanced emotionally and mentally to be believable at that age ... although her occasional sulking temper-fits definitely fit the category.

Overall, this is a well-constructed and entertaining "be
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Maria Longoria
I love Iris Johansen but this book was disappointing compared to the rest of her books. The characters were slightly odd and not very lovable. The language and manners of the characters were not what I am used to, they were stiff and boring. The plot was also not very believable. I would not read this particular book again.
Megan
The description on the back cover of the book sounded OK, but I didn't like it at all. If the story would've been about the quest, it would've been better. Instead, she wrote it half about the quest and half about the romance between Selene and Kadar. Selene was intolerable. I'm surprised one of the other characters didn't push her off a cliff about 10 pages in because she seemed like such a horrible person. Many times I felt like quitting, but then it would get interesting, so I'd hang in there ...more
Alison
A run of the mill love story set in 1196 which improved the intrigue. A young girl cast into the role of harem slave, rescued by a man trained in the black arts of death. The story involves kidnappings, assasinations, the Holy Grail, eternal life, love, and the search and desire to be able to trust another person. There are always lessons that can be learned from reading; for me the lessons centered on examing who I trust and who I can safely share with. If you have no other books on your readin ...more
Susan
I found Johansen's departure from mystery novels rather refreshing. Set in a time when there is still a strong belief in magic and in the extreme power of religious objects, Kadar sets out against his wishes to repay a debt. The woman he loves, Selene, makes rash decisions and moves which means he now has to deal with her in addition to the loan repayment. Nasim, with power over a gang of assasins, wants a relegious object held by Tarik, a man with powers of his own. Kadar and Selene get caught ...more
Sara
I wasn't sure what to expect from a book set in the dark ages of Europe--but this was interesting. Kadar, a former assassin returns to the leader to pay a debt that will keep his friends and love safe. In doing so, he ends up taking her with him and making more bargains in order to keep her safe. Finally, he's given the task of taking a golden box that contains a grail back to the evil leader of the assassins. Instead, he and his love engage in a remarkable journey that results in them becoming ...more
Terri
Historical romance? Me?? Oh yeah, baby...at least now. :) Never did I think I'd enjoy a historical romance, particularly one set in the 1100s but, oh boy howdy! At the beginning, I didn't feel like I'd be able to get into to this but it only took about 5 pages before I couldn't put it down. How in the world is Iris Johansen able to build such depth of character and so many believeable details from a time over 900 years ago? Captivating and remarkable.

I just want to know what happens next.......
Renee
I gave this 3 stars because Kedar (the hero) is so dang fabulous. Iris Johansen seriously knows how to write a male character that appeals to me. I don't usually care for historical type things, but this was good. Kind of a throw back to some of the books Iris Johansen wrote for Loveswept.

Only complaint is that it slowed down at the end. But it was a fun book to read. I just hope she does a follow up book on Vaden. Hmmmm . . . . I'm very interested to find out more about him.
Joyce
Set in the twelfth century this a romance (and not really a bodice ripper) and mystery with a secret that some really evil people are searching for and is being protected by the protagonists. He is dark and mysterious and she is high spirited and volatile. It sounds formulaic, but Johansen is talented enough to take it beyond that. There are lots of characters and all are well-developed. I wouldn't even mind reading a follow up.

Julia
A huge genre divergence for prolific author, Iris Johansen, but an interesting mix of historical romance and legend of the grail makes the premise intriguing . . . Full of good vs. evil notes and memorable characters that are well developed -- Lady Selene is a strong heroine to pull for and Kadar, a memorable "knight" with a strong sense of honor. I enjoyed it, although I wondered if I would finish it for the first several chapters.
Pat
I usually like Johansen's writing: and I was interested in reading this sequel to her "The Lion's Bride"....but this is not one of her better books. Plot is kind of hard to follow or even care about. It was like she wrote the outline of this book years ago when maybe she hadn't honed her skills as a writer......then picked up the outline now to whip out a new book quickly.
Jackie
I have always been a fan of Iris Johansen but this was not one of my favorites. I liked it and it was entertaining but it was not my favorite of her series. The lead female character was just frustrating and was annoying by the end of the book. She was too stubborn for her own good and wasn't really like her other books. Again not my favorite but she is a good writer.
Richella
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as a departure from what I normally read. It is set in early 1100s in Scotland, Italy and Europe but still felt natural and up to date. The language was of a time gone by but still very easily read. I liked the plot line and the characters. She took the basic good vs evil plot and really kept twisting it to keep it fast paced.
Amethyst Shadow
I'm done with Iris. I've got her formula down pat and I can make up my own stories for my own amusement. Although with the same formula in every book... I did like this one alright. I'm just tired of reading the same thing in different settings.

Goodbye Iris. It's been kind of fun... kind of a waste of time... and it became extremely predictable.
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Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great su ...more
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