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Duelo de Pasiones

(Once Upon a Time #1)

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  5,461 ratings  ·  348 reviews
El valiente Lord Bannor de Elsinore necesitaba con urgencia de una mujer sensata que cuidara de sus hijos huérfanos y le mantuviera alejado de la tentación carnal. Mientras tanto, la joven Willow soñaba con un príncipe encantado que la librara de su mezquina familia. Ambos contraen matrimonio, pero ninguno de los dos encuentra lo que buscaba. Willow se siente como una ...more
Paperback, 381 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Ediciones Urano (first published April 6th 1999)
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Emily Just to be on the safe side I would rate this a new adult. PG-13 would also work if you are more liberal with age restrictions.
There is talk about…more
Just to be on the safe side I would rate this a new adult. PG-13 would also work if you are more liberal with age restrictions.
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book made me feel warm and fuzzy inside and stuff =)



Poor Willow lives in a home with her father, step-mother and her brood. They were all jerks as you can figure and her poor father was worn down. But it was Willow that had to look after all of the brats and take care of everything.

Then we have Lord Bannor who sends out one of his men to find him a wife for his own brood of children. He had two wives that gave him children but they died and people tend to drop children off at the castle
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Ren Puspita
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance fans, fans of re-telling of fairy tale
4.5 stars.

So, I just bought this book from online shop which usually sell many used books. The price is cheap. Just 50000 rupiahs or maybe 4,99 dollars. I decide to read Charming the Prince, first because I really love the blurb, its rare to find character letter for a synopsis. And I'm kinda stuck with UF/PNR books I read lately. So I want to change my usual genre for a little :)

I read this for 4 hours.And of course that a good sign! If I can't stop read it, that's mean the story is good. And
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Andrea
DNF at 38%/ page 133

What I liked:
Well. I suppose I did like the idea of it. Willow is basically Cinderella: after her father remarried, his new wife degraded her to nursery maid for her six children from a previous marriage and all the ones that result from the new marriage. When a man arrives at their castle to tell her that Sir Bannor The Bold wants her as his wife, she immediately jumps at the chance to get away from her family and agrees to the marriage. Once she gets there though, she
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Ginger
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Charming the Prince was blah!

The characters weren’t horrid but they weren’t very engaging either.
Something was lacking for me in the plot, overall relationship and dialogue. Charming the Prince just didn’t work for me at all.

I didn’t like Lord Bannor that much and he seemed like a wimp for being afraid of his kids even though he’s suppose to be this bad ass warrior.
Willow was just okay. I liked her character a bit better but she didn’t blow up my skirt as well. And the chemistry just wasn’t
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Vintage
I just love this book as it has humor, a hunky and befuddled hero, a spunky and honorable heroine, a passel of brats from hell, bad parents, heartbreak, and it’s set in bodice-ripper era of the medieval times without the creepiness of too much, if any, bodice ripping.

There are two stories in addition to the romance that run through the book: the hero’s and the heroine’s. Both have their own backstories that are interesting and sad which funnels back to the very reason they marry and the angst in
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Sarah
This was a buddy read with the always fantastic Unapologetic Romance Readers Group.

24/8 - The historical inaccuracies just killed this for me. Often I don't mind if the characters don't exactly speak the way they should for the era the book is set, or if there is the odd out of a place piece of weaponry or mode of transport, but this book had so many things wrong I was constantly drawn out of the story (not that I was all that 'engrossed' anyway).

At no point did I find myself feeling any
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sraxe
I finished it, y'all.



This book took muuuch longer than expected. After finishing this two months ago, I had neither the desire to write this review nor to pick up another book. I never intended to take a months-long break from reading and Goodreads, but it just kind of happened. I don't know if this book is to blame or not, but one thing's for certain, this book definitely didn't help.

Straight up: I didn't like this book. It wasn't trashfire, but it's not one I'll ever be picking up again. I
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Nissie Lambert
I love books that can make me laugh and I love books that can make me cry. This one did both! It has kind of a Cinderella beginning. A widow with a little girl marries and when she shows up, she has not only 2 wicked step-siblings for the little girl, but a whole carriage full of them. The father doesn't die and leave her alone with this dastardly crowd, he just doesn't defend her against them when they turn her into their slave. Thirteen years later she agrees to marry a man she's never seen to ...more
kris
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Barron has eleventy bajillion children who are wrecking havoc on his peace. So he tells his manslave to fetch him a woman who can mother his children without ~inflaming his boner. TOO BAD HE GETS WILLOW!! SHE'S A STRAIGHT-UP HOTTIE!!!

1. SO CREEPED OUT BY THE SECONDARY ROMANCE OF...THE TWO 13-YEAR OLD CHILDREN??? I DON'T CARE ABOUT HISTORICAL ACCURACY WHEN THEY'RE PREPUBESCENT, SORRY.

2. I was completely disappointed by the handling of the no-babies plotline. IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR A HEROINE
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Zoe
I loved Teresa Medeiros and it pains me to say what I am going to say about one of her books: I read 40% and have to throw in the towel 6 months later. I know I will never pick this up again. There isn’t enough time for nonsense like this.

I didn’t read enough for me to leave a rating, but if I had to it would have been 1 star. What a load of you know what. This entire series is poorly done. Or I am just not much for fairy tales as romance.
Emily
Lord Bannor the Bold is feared throughout the lands, even a whisper of his name has others quivering in their boots, his virility is legendary, his talent with the sword is unmatched, but his children terrify the living daylights out of him. With their knack for conjuring up trouble, Bannor needs a wife with a gentle hand who will treat them as her own and teach them the manners they need desperately. His once condition, make sure she is homely, for Bannor never wants to be tempted to have ...more
Amelia
Sons are a heritage from the Lord
children a reward from Him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are sons born in one's youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
Psalm 127



nemu ni judul pas ubek2 bagian historical romance di amazon...
ratingnya 4,3/5 n dari 121 reviews, 75 kasi 5 bintang ^^
hmmmmmm,, gw lgnsung tertarik (bgt) my 1st Teresa Medeiros book ^^v

Reaksi gw pas bc page 1
ow ow England 1347
oh my, medieval era,,,
hmmm gw gak tlalu demen HR di era ini..
agak ribet ngebayangin
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Dinjolina
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG! I liked this!
At first when I started liking it I felt like I was betraying myself because I,by default ,HATE heroes in HR that have bastards.
This one DID NOT HAVE THEM! He just took what ever kids because he was a bastard. Cute,right?
I know I'm weird because of all this but there is just something that puts me of when it comes to heroes that abhor any kind of prevention.

The book was really cute and lovable.
The only thing I DID mind was when the nanny told the heroine it is not a must do for
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D.G.
I don't now why I picked this book up. After all, I know I don't like totally anachronistic books - I can take feisty heroines and PC heroes that are ahead of their time (people like that existed even if they weren't the majority) - but when the books go all out trying to portray a modern story in past times, they really lose me.

The book is not getting a worse rating because I chuckled at times. The purple prose using "medieval" terms was hysterical - I've never heard a vagina being referred as
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Christine (KizzieReads)
I absolutely loved It! It had me laughing and it was heartwarming. The banter with all the children as well as the relationship and spunk between Bannor and his faithful manservant Hollis make the book that much more enjoyable.
Rachel
Overall rating: 5 "Princess" stars!

Triggers:
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)
OW/OM drama: (view spoiler)

HEA: (view spoiler)

My review:

Okay so when I read the blurb to
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Cyana Scriptora
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story. It is really funny. The situations that the author places the father in and the descriptions of the children had me laughing a lot. There were a few scenes that felt a bit superfluous in my opinion and I am not a fan of the romance scenes. At first, I thought it would be a good one to recommend for a teenage girl, but I quickly realized that the romance scenes exclude many younger readers, which is a shame. It was thoroughly enjoyable. I was having Sound of Music ...more
Elle
Jan 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sir Bannor the Bold, a rough-hewn warrior who battled the French dauntlessly for 14 years. But Bannor's secret is that he is truly terrified of his 12 (count 'em, 12) motherless children who have run wild for years, tormenting all of the residents of his keep. At his wit's end (and barricaded in a tower), the exhausted lord dispatches his man to find a new wife to manage his brood, hopefully without adding to it!!! Bannor seeks a wife who is everything his children are not--quiet, biddable, and ...more
Shae
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Squee book is full of squee. I had so much fun reading this book. It was hilarious and filled with bad parenting and was just so so wonderful. It was a nice change of pace from the other books I've been reading. This is definitely one I will read again when I want to be put in a good mood.
Coyora Dokusho
This was PRECISELY the kind of fluffiness that I was searching for!!! I laughed! I "dawwwwwww"ed! I teared up!!!! YES YES YES YES YES!!!!
A (Is For Awkward)
As a historical novel this book was somewhat disappointing, though as a cinderella retelling it wasn't terrible. I quickly realized the only way for me to read it was to ignore the dates and larger historical details attempted, and instead read it more like a fantasy with medieval inspired setting.

While there were historical facts and settings briefly mentioned, the majority of the book wasn't about those, but about the day to day relationship and journey of the two characters. The problem that
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Lisa
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't the funniest historical romance I've read, or the most romantic, or even the sexiest. But it was hopelessly sweet and full of truly loveable characters. That's where it got me.

It's a little lame sometimes with the somewhat flowery language but pretty much all historical romances are at least a little bit lame in some regard. The sexy scenes are pretty laughable as well but again, they usually are.

It's an adorable story. It really was like a fairytale, with some sex tossed in. It's
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Kathie (katmom)
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathie (katmom) by: Maddux
NOT Disney's Cinderella.

The beginning made ME dislike children too...and evil step-mothers...and weak fathers.

And it made me want to hug Lady Willow.

Bannor is not your usual Prince Charming. His sense of loyalty and humor and his CARING really drew me to him.

Once again, Teresa Medeiros has taken a story that we thought we knew, and tweaked it enough to make it fresh. And hot.

I'd read this again.

ETA: I did just read this again...I loved the seige with the children...and LOVED how he acquires
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Ivana Azap Feješ
Sir Bannor the Bold, a rough-hewn warrior who battled the French dauntlessly for 14 years. But Bannor's secret is that he is truly terrified of his 12 (count 'em, 12) motherless children who have run wild for years, tormenting all of the residents of his keep. At his wit's end (and barricaded in a tower), the exhausted lord dispatches his man to find a new wife to manage his brood, hopefully without adding to it!!! Bannor seeks a wife who is everything his children are not--quiet, biddable, and ...more
Sabina (Whatsername_reads)
Lovely historical romance if you like fairy tales and happy endings. :)
Rhapsody
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
Lord Bannor decides he needs to remarry, so that his new wife can look after his unruly children. His steward selects Willow for him, marrying her in Bannor's stead. Willow was forced to raise all her step siblings when her father remarried. Abused and neglected, she jumps at the chance to escape her father's keep, but Bannor is dismayed when he sees how attractive she is, not wanting to sire anymore children. He decides to drive her away but--of course--slowly falls in love with her instead.

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Robin
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lord Bannor the Bold has valiantly fought in France for the King, but doesn't know what to do with his dozen unruly children when he goes home. Deciding they need a mother, he sends his steward off to find him a bride. But he has one condition. The bride cannot be beautiful and tempt him into her bed just to end up with more babies. Willow had raised 10 step-siblings for the last 14 years. When Bannor's steward came looking for his Lord's bride, she volunteered for the job. She gets a surprise ...more
Leona
Dec 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, regency
A little bit like a lost Cinderella story. Cute, but not always very credible. This was my first venture with this author. Not sure that I will try her again.
Tammy Walton Grant
3 stars. Cute, light-hearted, won't remember it in a week. :)
Pamela Shropshire
This was a very charming, if unrealistic, medieval romance. Lord Bannor has finally returned home after the wars have ended. He has had two wives, both deceased. So there’s no one except a castle servant, Fiona, to help him with his twelves - yes, twelve, children. Gak! I think I’d rather be dead than deal with 12 brats, too, and Lord Bannor’s children are brats from hell! Lord Bannor may have been a fearsome warrior, but he’s no match for his terrifying children, so he charges Sir Hollis, his ...more
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New York Times bestseller Teresa Medeiros wrote her first novel at the age of twenty-one and has since gone on to win the hearts of both readers and critics. All of her books have been national bestsellers, featured on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She currently has over 10 million books in print.

She is a seven-time Rita finalist, two-time PRISM winner, and
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