Nicholaa is trying to protect her home from the invading Normans. Hers is one of the last holdouts of Saxon families to surrender. Her one brother is lying is the local nunnery after having lost a hand in battle. Her other brother is presumed dead. She is responsible for protecting her baby nepher. Sher personally has been responsible for turning back three groups of Normans trying to invade her castle and take her back to King William, the conquering Norman king.
Baron Royce is the fourth Norman knight sent to capture Nicholaa. He is King William's best knight and trainer of men. He quickly learns of her cunning. But he will complete his mission and return the lovely girl to the king. He doesn't know how he is about to upset his orderly life completely and irevcably.
Garwood excels at writing strong characters who do not act stupidly as found in many romances. Nicholaa and Royce hold true to their characters throughout The Prize. After she is captured she is able to innocently charm the King and his queen. When given a choice of husbands, she chooses Royce because she can see his humanity under his stiff manor and scarred face.
This is enjoyable fluff, with enough conflict and mystery touches thrown in the keep the reader occupied through it. This is purely a romance novel with few pretensions to be anything else. Have a nice afternoon of diversion with it.
Notice: Explicit sexual situations
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