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Prisoner (Orphan #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  202 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Filled with charm and humor, The Prisoner is Karyn Monk's passionate new romance of a proud Scottish nobleman, an unconventional beauty, and a love that defies allodds.
He was a fugitive from justice...
Once a powerful laird, now a convicted murderer, Haydon Kent, Marquess of Redmond, had no hope of eluding the hangman's noose- until a mysterious beauty appeared in the dar
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Published June 13th 2006 by Bantam Books (first published May 29th 2001)
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The Prisoner - VG+
Monk, Karyn

Once a powerful laird, now a convicted murderer, Haydon Kent, Marquess of Redmond, had no hope of eluding the hangman's noose — until a mysterious beauty appeared in the dark shadows of his cell.

Escaping in the dead of night, he sought only to reclaim his life and prove his innocence. Instead he finds himself imprisoned once again — by an exquisite woman with red-gold hair who soothes his fevered body and tormented soul ... and stirs in him a passion unlike any he ha
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was, in a word, phenomenal. Fantastic themes, fabulous writing, great characterization. If I had any complaint it's that character monologues longer than a few lines tend a bit too much toward soliloquy-ish.

This is the first Karyn Monk I've read, but it most definitely won't be the last.

Although the cover is terrible. And the back copy is pretty bad, too.

#2 in my read-through-the-bookshelf challenge.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully charming story

This story was just the right amount of suspense and romance. an endearing cast of characters. It hit the spot!
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars I really enjoyed this book which is the start of a series. Haydon, Lord Redmond is awaiting hanging after being found guilty of murder, a crime he didn't commit. After a visit to another prisoner by an angel of mercy - he manages to escape and makes his way to her house. Genevieve MacPhail makes a habit of rescuing children who have been abandoned in jail. She has just rescued Jack, a boy of fifteen who was jailed alongside Haydon and helped him to escape. He joins her household of orp ...more
Nov 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Haydon Kent, Marquess of Redmond, languishes in prison accused of murder and sentenced to hang. He is rescued by a street urchin whom he saved from a severe beating and is hidden in the house of Genevieve MacPhail. Genevieve is a gentlewoman who saves children from imprisonment and raises them in her modest household. Haydon doesn’t want to endanger her with his presence, but once he heals from his injuries, he is loath to leave. He’s become fond of the children and their benefactress, and wants ...more
This one started out great - a daring rescue out of a dark, damp prison cell, a tortured hero and a nursemaid heroine with a washcloth, the full Monty (ahem) - and then things started going downhill. Fast. And stayed there. For most of the rest of the book I felt like I was reading some cross between Oliver Twist and The Railway Children. Our intrepid heroes made a few appearances, but they seemed brought on only by the domestic necessity that our accused murderer hero is hiding out in plain sig ...more
A good read with some nice erotic bedroom scenes set in a tale of forgiveness. Genevieve is an ostracized daughter of a Duke who finds herself in the uncomfortable position of helping a soon-to-be-hanged convicted murderer. Their road to HEA is not an easy one, and his path to forgiveness is particularly difficult, but get there they do. Eminently readable and unusual.
i really love it ♥ first, because virginia henley commented on this book (and i also love books of ms. virginia) and second is the story perse... i love the adventure of the family of genevieve :) i also like the love story of genevieve and harlon as well as the story of jack and charlotte. moreover, i love all the adopted children of genevieve and the three helpers ♥ i am just sad about what happened to the daughter of harlon and to vincent... but overall, its really a great story :) ♥
The first in the Orphan series by Karyn Monk. Lord Haydon Redmond is in prison waiting to hang for a murder he didn't commit. He manages to escape and goes to the home of Genevieve MacPhail. Genevieve is a woman who rescues the children from the prison.

Overall, I did like it. It moved nicely and kept me drawn into the story. I will seek more by this author.
Kristi Thompson
Not much to say about this. It's a romance, and very, um, romancey. (But not particularly romantic.) It was a quick read, but only vaguely amusing. I did like the children.

The woman was a bit too goody-good and too stupid about money.
Except for the stupid rescue, this would have been a four.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
Not bad, but not exactly noteworthy.
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May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This one was easy to read, and funny at times, the hero was ok and so was the heroine, but the best were the children. I liked them the most.
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“Genevieve has a secret admirer waiting for her outside reported Annabelle.
We think he's a prince Grace added.
Or maybe a cutthroat finished Charlotte.”
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