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The Key (Deed #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,255 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Iliana Wildwood would do anything to escape from the depraved baron who sought her lands - including marrying a barbarian. Fleeing the highlands, Iliana was wedded to Duncan, laird to Dunbar Castle. Certainly, there was something about the virile warrior that made her weak in the knees - but something stank in the state of Scotland, and Iliana would not trust anyone until ...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Leisure Books (first published 1999)
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
I haven't read anything by this author before,and lucked out that all 3(it's a trilogy but each book could stand alone)were at a library sale. The first book in the trilogy "The Deed" was great.Good story line,characters,and had me laughing.So...thinking book two "The Key" would be just as good. Well we all know sometimes that just dosent happen lovely cover and all.In this book the reason the Heroine wore the chasity belt and wouldn't give the key to her husband(Duncan) was because he..stunk. D ...more
Amelia Fransisca
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Deed series resmi jadi salah satu series favoritqu...

The chase tetap numero uno, dan mnyusul the key trus the deed...
Abis baca ini nvl, aq lgsung inget kata2 Seonaid ttg Duncan yg jd demen mandi setelah married ma Iliana ;D

Pfiuuuuuh, kesimpulan abis baca trilogy the deed, medieval versi Lynsay Sands trnyata seruuu, rameee, n lumayan horor... Alesannya:

1. Bride di jaman ini mesti vi ;) krna abis wedding night seprei yg ada bukti vi nya si cwe mo di pamer di kastil spy org2 tau si cwe msh suci
BJ Rose
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
'Begin as you mean to go on', Iliana's mother had always told her. So when Ileana's new husband refused to bathe until the end of July (after all, he'd just bathed in January!), she donned her chastity belt and hid the key.

This was a cute premise, and Sands handled it with her trademark humor, but this one just didn't have the same punch as Love Is Blind or The Perfect Wife. The humor didn't flow quite as well here, and I just couldn't accept the idea that Iliana would have been able to wear th
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*
Iliana Wildwood would do anything to escape from the depraved baron who sought her lands - including marrying a barbarian. Fleeing the highlands, Iliana was wedded to Duncan, laird to Dunbar Castle. Certainly, there was something about the virile warrior that made her weak in the knees - but something stank in the state of Scotland, and Iliana would not trust anyone until she'd discovered the source.

Determined therefore to resist her handsome husband, Iliana found a way to keep her secrets safe
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Very good book and lots of fun. Iliana knew she had to marry Duncan in order to keep herself and her mother safe. But she was dismayed and disgusted by the condition of the keep and the people. The keep was filthy, the people dirty and dressed in rags and her new husband was the worst of the lot. The first thing she did was to put on the chastity belt she had brought along as a curiosity to protect herself until she could convince her husband to bathe. Then she rolled up her sleeves and got to w ...more
Lover of Romance
Iliana is desperate to find a way of escape for herself and her mother from a vile baron who desires her lands for himself. So she agrees to marry a stranger and a Scot. When she first arrives she is shocked to discover the place is a disaster zone, and her future husband stinks like he hasn't bathed in six months. She wonders if she has made a mistake but knows for her mothers sake she must stay true to the course that she has set, and must marry this man that seems to live in a pigsty and is ...more
Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)
This book was so much fun and exceeded my expectations. I've been reading Lynsay Sands since high school and have come to find myself enjoying her historical more after her vampire series exploded. The Key was hilarious and I blazed through it in an overcast evening.

Illiana Westwood through some odd circumstances must find herself a husband as far away as possible from a nefarious lord who has enslaved her mother. She finds herself wed into Clan Dunbar as mistress of the keep. The place is a pig
Maureen Feeney
When was the last time you read a book where the Hero smelled not of cedar,cheroots,fine scents,expensive brandy etc.But of sweat ,horses,manure and plain old body odour????Well grab this book.
This is the second book following "The Deed" and "The Chase" is next.
This is the story of a lovely English Lady Iliana Wildwood who is forced by the King to marry the Scotsman Duncan laird of Dunbar Castle in order to remove her from a wicked step-father ,and thereby clear the way for the eventual annullme
I've not read many historical romances by Miss Sands since she has been more well known for her vampire romances. I readily admit to loving her luscious vamps though. This Scottish romance of hers did not live up to its paranormal cousins, and left something to be desired. Maybe my expectations were too high coming from my previous experiences of her other romances? The hero and heroine did not inspire real passion. Maybe that's because I had just as hard a time as the heroine in finding any att ...more
Apr 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Cute, funny. Hero was a bit Shrekish, but overall good story.
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
This was just okay. Spent the majority of the book wishing he would take a bath.
Elisa Vangelisti
Fresco e originale, racconta di un aspetto dei tempi andati piuttosto importante: l’odore. È spesso trascurato nei romance storici, secondo me. Sarà che sono particolarmente sensibile agli odori sgradevoli, ma è innegabile che per la società attuale la cura di sé sia fondamentale. La chiave non è altro che quella di una cintura di castità, che pare sia stata inventata da un italiano (sempre che Lynsay abbia fatto studi approfonditi). Tra i due protagonisti, dopo le prime diffidenze, si instaura ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Deed #2
The Key (Deed, #2) by Lynsay Sands The Key by Lynsay Sands is the second book in this trilogy in which each book is tied together by one small thread… At least the first and second books are tied together by one small thread. I suppose there's a bit more to the connection between the second and third one as the main characters of both of those books are siblings. Regardless, Lynsay Sands has done it again. Her unique writing style and sense of humor shine through in this second book. A most enjoyable read!

Serena Miles
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado un monton, me he reido muchisimo... pero pedazo que cochino que es Duncan jajajaja

Y la prota tambien me ha parecido estupenda... cuando se sienta en el banco nada mas llegar al castillo casi me muero jajajja

Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: medieval
Seperti biasa, komedi situasinya Lyndsay Sands selalu bisa bikin geli.

Cerita dimulai ketika Iliana Wildwood dan Duncan Dunbar dinikahkan demi melindungi keselamatan Iliana dan ibunya dari ayah tirinya yang kejam dan bully. Duncan bisa dibilang tipikal Hero yang kita kenal--gagah, ganteng, sensual, dan smart. Kekurangannya cuma satu--bau badan. Yup, si Duncan cuma mandi setahun dua kali, tepatnya di bulan Januari dan Juni. Yaiks! Tentu aja Iliana jadi ilfil dan ogah tidur bareng suaminya ini. Cer
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very entertaining book from Lynsay Sands and right on par with what I'm used to from reading other books of hers.

There's quite a few enjoyable characters from our hero and heroine (Duncan and Iliana) to the wonderful secondary characters Angus (Duncan's father), Elgin (the cook), Ebba (Iliana's maid) and Lady Wildwood (Iliana's mother).

The gist of the story is that an evil English Lord Greenweld had kidnapped Iliana's mother and forced her into a marriage to take over their home. He t
C.M. Truxler
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lynsay Sands Has the Key to Historical Romance

The Key by Lynsay Sands is a wealth of humor, romance, and danger. The tale engulfs readers in a world that is beautiful, but wild. Life is a matter of traditional form and death is mourned, but moreover seen as an annoying part of life that cannot be avoided.

Sands breathed the breath of life into each character and the spark not only took, but expanded, creating characters that leap from the page. Each is a full-out personality with pride, strength
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Engländerin Iliana Wildwood muss heiraten um ihre Mutter aus einer Notlage zu befreien. Ihr zukünftiger Mann ist Schotte und Iliana ist entsetzt, als sie auf seine Burg kommt: Nicht nur die Burg selbst starrt vor Dreck - auch ihr Bräutigam Duncan stinkt zum Himmel! Er versteht hingegen überhaupt nicht ihr Problem; schließlich ist es erst Juni und das nächste Bad steht erst wieder im Juli an. Und schließlich hat er ja im Januar zuletzt gebadet, wo ist also das Problem. Als er nach der vollzog ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since finding the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands she has been on my auto-buy list. I've yet to be disappointed. Even her historicals are fantastic.

Iliana Wildwood was wedded to Duncan, laird of Dunbar Castle to save her from being used as hostage for her mother’s behavior when her mother was forced into marriage to the evil Baron Greenweld. With Iliana safely away and married to the Scot her mother can apply to the king to have her marriage to the Baron annulled. Iliana is happy to help till s
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
i liked this, but didn't love it. it was an amusing (and original - i had not seen this brought up in quite this way before) concept - our heroine is put off by her handsome husband's ... smell. she's attracted to him, he's a good man as well, but every time he gets to wooing her, she's taken out of the passion by... his smell. he only bathes twice a year, you see. that's how it has always been, and he sees no reason to change things now just because his wife has delicate sensibilities! i liked ...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
I am sad to say, that this is the first book I have read by Lynsay Sands that actually bored me. For the first half of this exceptionally long for her book, 400 pages, that until the point that Iliana's mother came to her castle, this was a boring, don't touch me cause you stink book. Then after page 200, the action started.

Within the forst 200 pages, what kept me going was the incinuation by the Laird (Angus) that his son was wearing his wife out with way to much sex when they hadn't even done
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Iliana is in an arranged marriage to a stranger in Scotland in order for her mother to be able to, with the king's help, escape her brutally abusive husband. Duncan agrees to this arranged marriage so he'll finally be able to do some major renovations on his keep with Iliana's dowry. There is an instant attraction between them, but since his mother's death over 20 years ago Duncan and the whole keep are not dilligent on cleanliness in any aspect of their lives. As a result, she wears an chastity ...more
Nov 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-reads
Crazy chastity-belt plot aside, a very engaging romance plot. Iliana is a character you really want to root for.

I will say that this suffers from being not-nearly as well-written as her previous book The Deed. That one has accurate dialogue and slang but this book uses phrases like "stick to her guns" that really stand out as anachronistic (also has plot element that is recycled and put to much better use in The Hellion and the Highlander.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love historical romances from Lynsay Sands mostly because I’m guaranteed to get humor. I love that sometimes the characters and the story lines don’t take themselves too seriously and interject some much needed humor in to a genre that can sometimes get a little too stuffy. I found that Iliana was a fun heroine who knew exactly what she wanted and wouldn’t bend even for her stubborn Scottish husband, Duncan. But both of them had to do some real soul searching to discover why they were s ...more
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading "The Deed" earlier this week I was expecting a very funny book. Wow, talk about a disappointment. Although there were some amusing bits (can you figure out what the key was for?), it did not compare to the first book in the series in terms of amusement.

However, the book itself was nicely done. Although the hero was a typical romance hero (i.e. macho, arrogant, etc.) he was indicative of the era that the book is set it.

The heroine was strong enough that she didn't come across as wi
Megan Altorfer
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ilana was fleeing with the help of the English king to the Scottish highlands. The king arraigned the marriage between her and Duncan to save herself and her mother who had been forced into marriage by a traitor to the crown and a their neighbor. Only when she got to her new home she wasn't happy to see what her new life would hold. The keep was a disaster and smelled and her betrothed was worse, he stank and when she complained he announced he only bathed once a year. But what else could she do ...more
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lady Iliana is married to Duncan, the son and heir of a Scottish laird, in order to protect her and her mother from a brutal usurper. Iliana is horrified upon arriving to her new home at the filth and stench, especially of her husband. Donning a chastity belt, she vows not to consummate her marriage until all is right.

This was actually a reread for me, and I highly enjoyed it this time around,a s I had done the first time. Lynsay Sands's historicals are usually quite entertaining, with enough na
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-archive
The book started with a pretty standard plot of a castle in need of a spring clean, the winning over of the retainers, and the gradual thawing of relations between the hero and the heroine. It would have been a pleasant enough read if it stayed at that level but the return of the villain made the second half of the story more interesting. However, the interweaving of the plot for the follow-up book was not entirely seamless and jarred at a couple of points. An enjoyable follow up to The Deed bu ...more
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LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to ...more
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Deed (3 books)
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