The Lady and the Unicorn: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance [NOOK Book]

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen gives readers a scintillating story of captivity and freedom, love and longing.
 
Rafe Santine is under doctor’s orders: He needs to stay put in his coastal California mansion for two months to recuperate from the pneumonia that nearly killed him. Despite a retinue of mistresses to keep the powerful tycoon occupied, Rafe struggles against boredom—until a stunning woman literally drops onto...
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The Lady and the Unicorn: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance

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Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen gives readers a scintillating story of captivity and freedom, love and longing.
 
Rafe Santine is under doctor’s orders: He needs to stay put in his coastal California mansion for two months to recuperate from the pneumonia that nearly killed him. Despite a retinue of mistresses to keep the powerful tycoon occupied, Rafe struggles against boredom—until a stunning woman literally drops onto his estate. She has high demands of him, but Rafe has even greater demands of her. He knows instantly that he must possess every facet of the enigmatic Janna. But the only thing she’ll give him is her body—and for the first time in his life, that is not enough for Rafe.
 
Janna Cannon is willing to risk it all to save the endangered animals of the wild animal reserve where she works as a game warden. With the land they depend on pulled out from under them, Janna must take a gambit to convince billionaire Santine to give the reserve the real estate they need to keep the animals free. And she’ll need to sneak onto the man’s vast, highly protected property to do it. Much to her surprise, Santine agrees to grant her the land—if Janna agrees to give him herself in exchange. And what begins as luxurious captivity soon turns into an emotional awakening she never expected.
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Taking Shots, Along Came Trouble, and Hell on Wheels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345546111
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/13/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 92,394
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Iris Johansen
Iris Johansen is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including Killer Dreams, On the Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, and No One to Trust. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

Biography

After her two children left home for college, Iris Johansen decided to devote her new found free time to writing. Since she loved reading romance novels, she penned a love story, and found to her surprise that "I was just as voracious a writer as I was a reader." During the 1980s, her name was emblazoned on dozens of slender volumes featuring spirited adventuresses, passionate mystery men, and smoldering love scenes. These days, Johansen is one of a posse of former romance writers dominating the New York Times bestseller lists.

Early on in her career, Johansen developed the habit of following characters from book to book, sometimes introducing minor characters in one novel who then become major figures in another. She developed families, relationships, and even fictional countries in her romance novels, which "stretched the boundaries of the standard formulas," according to Barbara E. Kemp in Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers. In 1991, Johansen broke out of category romance (a term for short books written to conform to the length, style and subject matter guidelines for a publisher's series) with The Wind Dancer, a romantic-suspense novel set in 16th-century Italy. She followed it with two sequels, Storm Winds and Reap the Wind, to form a trilogy, then wrote several more stand-alone romance novels before The Ugly Duckling was published in 1996.

The Ugly Duckling was her first book to be released in hardcover -- and the first to significantly broaden her readership beyond her romance fan base. Since then, Johansen's plots have gotten tighter and more suspense-driven; critics have praised her "flesh-and-blood characters, crackling dialogue and lean, suspenseful plotting" (Publishers Weekly). Some of her most popular books feature forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, who first appeared in The Face of Deception in 1998. But Johansen seems equally comfortable with male protagonists, and her books have crossed the gender division that often characterizes popular fiction. Indeed, Publishers Weekly called The Search "that rarity: a woman's novel for men."

Good To Know

Johansen rewrote the ending of Reap the Wind for its reissue in 2002. "I couldn't resist tightening and changing the climax to correspond with my changed ideas on plot structure but the story is basically the same," she explained in a Q&A on her publisher's web site.

Many of her early novels were written for the Loveswept series from Bantam Books; bestselling authors Sandra Brown and Kay Hooper also wrote for the series.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

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    Janna Cannon is passionate about saving endangered animals. When

    Janna Cannon is passionate about saving endangered animals. When the reserve lease is in jeopardy, Janna devises a plan to enlist Rafe Santine’s help.

    Rafe Santine is a self made billionaire. Driven toward success in everything that he does, Rafe is not use to the word no. He was enamored by the gumption displayed by Janna so Rafe decides Janna is his newest conquest. He didn’t intend for the tables to be turned on him and soon discovers he doesn’t want to live without Janna.

    The only problem, Janna won’t give her heart over to Rafe, who treats people as a disposable commodity. Fitting to hold on to her heart, Janna discovers her assigned captivity with Rafe stimulates feelings she never knew she had.

    I really enjoyed reading this story. The characters have obvious personal flaws, baggage that keeps them from discovering true happiness. Watching them work through their issues, struggling with emotions and trying to alter unfavorable behaviors created a wonderful storyline. The passion is fierce between Janna and Rafe, but boy do they need to work on their communication skills. 

    I did wish that there was more exploration into Janna’s inherit animal magnetism, I thought it would be an extremely interesting expansion to their story.

    I found The Lady and the Unicorn a quick, easy, fun and pleasurable read and I couldn’t help but get emotionally drawn into the plot.

    This ARC copy of The Lady and The Unicorn was given to me by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review. This book was set for republication May 13, 2013.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

    Enjoyable

    Touching story

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    3 STARS I remember reading The Lady and the Unicorn when it fi

    3 STARS

    I remember reading The Lady and the Unicorn when it first came out years ago as a Loveswept book #29. In fact I still may have it in a box in the attic. I still like it. The plot is still good. I still like the characters. Their is still too much sex in it.

    Janna Cannon is a very caring person. She works at a wildlife that has just lost it's lease. If they don't find a big enough land for the animals they will have to be sent to different zoos. They found some land but they can't get a hold of the owner Rafe Santine to see if he would donate the land for a new wildlife park.

    Rafe is a rich businessman. He has women that stay with him that he buys them expensive jewelry and clothes. He has a temper. A A personality, always wanting to go. Now he is stuck at his mansion while he recuperates for 2 months. He is bored.

    Janna decides to scale his 12 foot wall to get the chance to talk to Rafe. The estate has guard dogs at night and they will attack strangers on the property. Janna has the dogs under her control and stops them from going after their handlers.

    Rafe is curious that Janna wants to meet him so badly that he has her escorted to him. He thinks she is a hooker.
    Rafe decides if she will stay their for the rest of his time their he will give the land worth over 2 million dollars. Janna agrees.

    One thing I learned about was tigers and how many tigers it would take to make a fur coat. It really brought it too my attention. How we need to take care of wild animals.

    I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
    05/13/2013 PUB. Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept 284 pages ISBN 9780345546111

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    Rafe Santine is a self made billionare. He came from a rough ch


    Rafe Santine is a self made billionare. He came from a rough childhood and worked his way up from construction at sixteen to a driven, hard bitten businessman. Janna Cannon is his polar opposite. She is dedicated to saving endangered animals and desperately wants him to donate some of his vast property to be used as a reserve. While I found Janna to be a totally likable and an interesting character, I had a little more difficulty with Rafe. He is abrasive, rude and abrupt and in some scenes, borderline abusive. However, taking into account his childhood and his struggle to the top, he gradually grew on me. Especially when he began to show how truly vulnerable he was as he began to fall in love with Janna. Sometimes, opposites do attract.

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