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

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,580 Ratings  ·  115 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
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published (first published December 2008)
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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
Ever finish a book and go "what the fuck just happened?" Yeah thats what happened here. I'll admit although i love johansen when i saw this was historical i was skeptical. then i was more skeptical when this seemed to be a tad supernatural-y. turns out i was right to be skeptical because this was awful. Not writing wise because johansen is brilliant but literally nothing else about this was good. Let's start with the blurb...Selene was not a harem slave. I didn't read the first book but I can pr ...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
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.
May 24, 2009 Lisarenee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 23, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Jun 30, 2014 DemetraP rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 20, 2009 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 999-challenge
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
Apr 04, 2013 Maxine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2010 Leslie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 23, 2009 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 11, 2016 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have absolutely loved Iris Johansen's historical romances, so I was thrilled to discover another historical romance by her. Unfortunately, "The Treasure" was a much weaker novel with characters whom I didn't connect emotionally. Her previous romances were rich with detail and wonderful characters, this book had neither. There wasn't much about this book to recommend it. I would highly recommend her other books, but encourage readers to skip this one. Contains moderate sexual content.
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
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
Jun 05, 2012 Monique rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ruthann Figlestahler
Mar 15, 2015 Ruthann Figlestahler rated it really liked it
Interesting story....

This was a good conclusion to the story. I liked all the characters in this book. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded. It was a good follow up to the previous book. I enjoyed reading about this time period.
Shaye Lowe
May 03, 2016 Shaye Lowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love Kadar. He is amazing! Selene was nerve wrecking but really enjoy this couple. Glad to see their story continue from Lion's Bride. My only problem was Haroun. WHY?!?! I was outraged!
Jan 25, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jul 31, 2013 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
suprise...I really liked it...not my usual style but definitely glad I tried it. a historical romance with a twist!
Jan 13, 2011 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Mar 28, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Masyaf castle, assassins, quest to find a great treasure, the Holy Grail. Seems very interesting and intriguing. But this book was so boring too read. Romance part was very long and awful, characters just talking about nonsenses. Not my cup of tea. Romance in early medieval seetings can give a try.
S Miller
Used - Very good
Aug 10, 2011 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical romance? Me?? Oh yeah, 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.......
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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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