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Castles

(Crown's Spies #4)

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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  13,727 ratings  ·  393 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 Caineswood, the bold raven-haired beauty instantly captivated London society. But when Alesandra was nearly abducted by her unscrupulous countrymen, ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 354 pages
Published November 4th 1996 by Pocket Books (first published 1993)
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Dina
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Zoe
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a reread.

I read this book at an impressionable age of 15. This was when I read most of my old Garwood favorites. This book is one of the two oldies that I still find enjoyable to read in my dotage. lol It isn’t a real 5 stars read but I am giving it a 5 star rating for old time’s sake.

The story is about a princess Alessandra, who had been living in a convent first with her ailing mother and later just by herself with the sisters. Her father abdicated the throne to marry Alessandra's Eng
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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 cra ...more
Heather
Oct 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Lakshmi C
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Oh thank God this series has redeemed itself. Though I admit,the plot was really a chaos... There are so many plotting points to be considered. Too many things going on. There are more than one antagonist...But the cleverness and wittiness of the characters made up the plot's flaw. :) I am so in love with Colin and Alessandra... Though Colin can be a misogynist pig, his sweetness and possessiveness over Allesandra made him still lovable.. :)
Nithu
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful story from Julie Garwood
KatieV
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/
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Esra Cevahir
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serinin en güzel kitabıydı. Colin beni hayal kırıklığına uğratmadı. Alesandra'yı da sevdim. Yazarın araya sıkıştırdığı gizemli olay da güzel bir ayrıntıydı.
Saly
I think compared to her other books in this series the romance is slow to start but I liked that. The heroine is one I love, intelligent and smart!
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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Cheesecake
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
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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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KJ
Mar 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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Eristina
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, novels
Ovaj roman još jednom spada pod onaj prosjek.
Interesantan, glavni junaci su dovoljno zanimljivi, radnja je dovoljno napeta.
Nije me se previše dojmilo, ali godilo mi je čitati ga.
Glavna junakinja je samostalna, ali nije iritantna i umjetna kao što je većinom slučaj u ljubavnim romanima s radnjom u prošlosti gdje uguraju modernu djevojku u prošlu radnju pa djevojka na kraju samo ostavlja dojam nezrelosti, glupavosti i neodgojenosti. Ovog puta to nije bio slučaj i mogu reći da mi je glavna junakinj
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ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. COLIN yaaa.
Eşşoğlueşek. <3

Kusursuzdu.
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!
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Muhteşem bir serinin sonu da ancak böyle güzel bir şekilde olabilirdi.Bu serinin kadın karakterlerini erkeklerden daha çok seviyorum.
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.
Gamruk
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Min Li Li
Jun 06, 2016 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
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Reisha Ritchie
Jul 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF 41%. This was such a frustrating read. I sneered, screamed, and rolled my eyes so much while reading this. I hated Colin. I despised how he spoke to Alesandra as if she was a child. He spoke to her very rudely. He demanded things of her, as if his word was law. He made her do things she didn't want to do and what made me more upset was that Alexandra allowed it. She wants to come off as a strong and independent woman. However, she stops when he says stops, and backs down when he says back do ...more
Laura V.
2018: ¿Y su reino? Bien, con salud.
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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 ni Alesandra ni ninguna otra mujer está en sus planes. Hay barreras de confianza que atraves
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Jessica Grogan
May 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
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
Sandra
Mar 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: squicky, romance
Given that this novel has a high average rating of 4.11, I seem to be in the minority, but in addition to the fact that there were several aspects of the story that reminded me why I avoid most historical romances, this book was also very poorly written. The editing was bad too. The use of the adjective "sexy" once (yeah, it was that kind of book) is an embarrassing mistake, but I would have let it pass. Sure, the setting was 1820 and that term wasn't used (at least in the way you mean) until a ...more
Valentina "TinchyB"
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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...
Jill R
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 30% I couldn't do it, and a Julie Garwood no less. However, the plot was so out of the era from everything I have learned from historical romances primarily. First, I dislike romances that feature royalty from made-up countries. Not my thing. So this was an issue from the start.

Second, so the Duke and the Marquess were indisposed so she had to stay at the bachelor son's house? That is highly improper from what I understand and he was unprepared for her. Also, aren't these homes kind of l
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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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Kathie (katmom)
Jun 16, 2011 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
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Crown's Spies (4 books)
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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.” 4 likes
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