Prince Charming

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Bestselling author Julie Garwood's classic love story is filled with "the humor, the sweetness, and the sensuality" (Publishers Weekly) that have made her "a trusted brand name in romantic fiction" (People).

Only her beloved grandmother, Lady Esther, knew how devastated Taylor Stapleton had been when her fiancé eloped with Taylor's cousin. Now dear Esther -- one of London's richest and most formidable matriarchs -- lies dying. But first she was...

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Overview

Bestselling author Julie Garwood's classic love story is filled with "the humor, the sweetness, and the sensuality" (Publishers Weekly) that have made her "a trusted brand name in romantic fiction" (People).

Only her beloved grandmother, Lady Esther, knew how devastated Taylor Stapleton had been when her fiancé eloped with Taylor's cousin. Now dear Esther -- one of London's richest and most formidable matriarchs -- lies dying. But first she was going to help Taylor pull off the scam of the season.

To escape becoming a ward of her unscrupulous uncle, Taylor would wed Lucas Ross, a rugged American rancher. Lady Esther's money would enable Ross to return home to Montana. Taylor had her own urgent reason to go to America...a precious legacy she hadn't revealed to Ross, for they had agreed to part ways once they reached Boston. But as her handsome new husband spoke of life in Montana, Taylor began planning a new future. To Taylor, the wide-open spaces of Montana sounded like paradise....

A family matriarch schemes to avenge the wrongdoing against her granddaughterby the young women's former fiance--a plot which, unfortunately, backfires. 2cassettes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The opening line of Garwood's ( Saving Grace ) latest novel, ``The vultures were gathering in the vestibule,'' aptly sets the tone for the machinations to follow. These ``vultures'' (of 1868 vintage) are the greedy relatives of Lady Esther Stapleton awaiting the death of their wealthy kin. Worst of the lot is Esther's son, Malcolm, a devious and demented gentleman who is unaware that his vigil is useless: his mother has already transferred her wealth from England to a Boston bank in the name of her favorite granddaughter, Taylor. To shield Taylor from Malcolm's wrath, Esther arranges for the girl to marry Lucas Ross, a Montana rancher itching to end his visit to England. The couple readily agree to the plan: Lucas needs the money to bring his younger brother to America, and Taylor knows Lucas's protection is the only way she can safeguard her tiny orphaned nieces from Malcolm, whose sexual appetite runs to the very young. The marriage is to be annulled as soon as they reach the States, but love has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans. Garwood pads her story with pages of intricate detail (bathing, shopping, decor, traveling, etc.) that ultimately slow the pace to a crawl. Readers can enjoy this book for the humor, the sweetness and the sensuality. (June)
Library Journal
Compelled to action by the death of her adored grandmother, unconventional Lady Taylor Stapleton agrees to marry Lucas Ross, a man she has never met, and accompany him to America temporarily, all in an effort to save her two young nieces from their greedy and lecherous uncle. But all does not go as planned, and when the girls are kidnapped, Taylor and Lucas are forced to continue their matrimonial charade. Despite the thread of child abuse, sexual and otherwise, woven throughout the story, Garwood's latest offering (following Saving Grace, Pocket Bks., 1993) is light and funny, featuring lively dialog, swift-moving action, and a wonderfully outspoken heroine. Garwood readers might also enjoy books by Amanda Quick and Judith McNaught.
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Booklist Memorable....Guaranteed to keep the pages turning.

Rendezvous The power of Garwood's storytelling will enthrall and enchant you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792728412
  • Publisher: Sound Library
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: UNABRIDGED
  • Pages: 16

Meet the Author

Julie Garwood

Julie Garwood's New York Times bestselling romance and suspense novels include Mercy, Heartbreaker, Ransom, Come the Spring, The Wedding, and The Bride. There are more than thirty million copies of her books in print.

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From Chapter One

The clapping was suddenly, inexplicably cut off. Couples still lingering on the dance floor turned to the entrance. A hush fell over the guests. Lucas was intrigued by the behavior of the crowd. He turned to see what attraction held eve

"Not everything in England is tainted," Morris announced. "Have a look, Lucas. The proof of England's superiority stands at the entrance."

From the enthusiasm in his voice, Lucas didn't think he would be surprised to find the queen of England standing there.

"Hampton, get out of his way so he can see," Morris ordered.

"Lucas is a good head taller than every other man here," Hampton muttered. "He can see well enough. Besides, I can't take my gaze off the vision long enough to even consider moving anywhere. God love her, she showed up," he added in a whisper, the adoration in his voice unmistakable. "She's got courage, I'd say. Oh, yes, courage, indeed."

"There's your maverick, Lucas," Morris announced in a voice thick with pride.

The young lady under discussion stood on the top of the steps leading down into the ballroom. The Englishmen hadn't exaggerated. She really was an incredibly beautiful woman. She wore a royal blue evening gown with a scooped neck that was neither overly revealing nor overly concealing. The dress wasn't molded to her figure, yet it was impossible not to notice her softly rounded curves and her creamy white skin.

She was all alone, and from the faint smile on her face, she didn't seem to be the least bothered by the stir she was causing. She didn't seem to care that her clothing wasn't considered fashionable either. Her skirt wasn't all poofed out at odd angles, and it was apparent she wasn't wearing one of those wire contraptions underneath. Her hair wasn't bound up tight in a braid. The long, goldencolored curls fell in soft waves around her slender shoulders.

No, she wasn't dressed in the uniform of the other women at the ball, and perhaps that was one reason she held every man's rapt attention. She was a refreshing diversion in perfection.

Lucas was certainly affected by the sight of such loveliness. He instinctively blinked. She didn't disappear. He couldn't see the color of her eyes, but he already knew they were blue...candlelight blue. They had to be.

He was suddenly having difficulty drawing a breath. A tightness settled inside his chest, and his heart started slamming a wild beat. Hell, he was acting like a schoolboy. It was humiliating.

"She really is a maverick," Hampton agreed. "Will you look at the marquess? He's standing directly across the ballroom. I declare I can see the lust in his eyes even from this considerable distance. I imagine his new wife sees it, too. Look how she's glaring at him. Lord, this really is quite delightful. I do believe justice is finally being served to the blackheart. He's getting his due now. God, I'm sorry, Lucas. I shouldn't be talking about your half brother with such disrespect."

"I don't consider him family," Lucas replied in a hard, unbending voice. "He disowned the rest of us years ago. And you're right, Hampton," he added. "Justice has been served in more ways than even you realize."

Hampton gave him a quizzical look. "You've made me mighty curious, Lucas. What is it you know that we don't?"

"He probably heard all about the humiliation," Morris speculated. He didn't wait for Lucas to confirm or deny his statement but hurried on to give the full report just in case he hadn't heard every single little detail.

"The beautiful vision in blue smiling so sweetly was engaged to your half brother, but I'm certain you already knew that much of the story," he began. "William could have had it all. He was quite smooth while he courted her, and she, so young and innocent, surely found him attractive. Then, just two weeks before the wedding was scheduled to take place, William eloped with his fiancee's cousin, Jane. Over five hundred people had been invited to the celebration, and of course, all had to be notified of the cancellation. It was going to be the bash of the season all right. Can you imagine the disgrace of having to call the thing off at such a late hour?"

Hampton nodded. "Do you see how Jane is clinging to William now? Oh, this is priceless. It really is. William isn't even trying to hide his lustful thoughts. I wouldn't be surprised if he started drooling. Jane's a pale shadow next to what he gave up, isn't she?"

Lucas wasn't amused. "He's a fool," he muttered.

Hampton agreed with a nod. "I despise William Merritt. He's a crook and a manipulator. He duped my father, then publicly boasted of his cleverness. My father was humiliated."

"Look what William did to his own brothers," Morris said.

"He almost destroyed Jordan and Douglas, didn't he?" Hampton asked.

"He did," Morris answered. "William's getting his just reward, all right. He's going to be miserable the rest of his life. Jane's every bit as vile as he is. They make a frightening couple, don't they? Rumor has it she's carrying his child. I pity the babe if that gossip is true."

"She could be carrying," Hampton agreed. "The two were blatantly carrying on while he was engaged. Jane's going to be sorry, too. She thinks William has quite an inheritance left."

"Doesn't he?" Lucas asked the question.

Hampton shook his head. "It will soon come out with the wash. He's as destitute as a beggar. The fool speculated and lost every pound he had. The bankers own his land now. He's probably counting on Jane getting a fat inheritance when old Lady Stapleton dies. She was ailing, but I understand she made another miraculous recovery."

Copyright © 1994 by Julie Garwood

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    Julie Garwood is the best

    This is a really good book, but I am getting tired of Barnes and Noble misrepresenting books. This book was published in 1994, but they sell it like it is brand new. Original publication date should be included. They also like to make novellas look like full novels. Enough guys!

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Classic Romance!

    I LOVED this book! Julie Garwood in my opinion is one of the BEST romance writers out there! This is a great example of her weaving a story that makes me sad when it is done! Loved it and I love her main characters! They are more than just a barley fleshed out hero or heroine! She is the best and this book is a testament to that!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

    Great book! But not new!

    Excellent book by Julie Garwood, but B & N is representing as a new publication when it was published in the 90's. Wish you would only put actual new releases in the "new" category!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Liked it.

    Not as good as Ransom or The Bride.. but a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2011

    Great book first time I read it...in the 90s

    Like another reviewer I don't appreciate having older books represented as being "published" in 2011. Just tell us when it was first published. We can handle it. I liked this book so much the first time I considered buying it again in ebook format but am disappointed with the way it was represented so I may not. Also, let us know if something is not full length.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    One of her best

    Good plot with charactors that you can enjoy. A great summer read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

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    Captivating, exciting and with believable children

    I usually don't read romances but this book is a winner! Now I will read romances again! Julie Garwood is truly gifted in her character developement. I am adding this book to my permanent library as one of those books I will reread and I look forward to reading her new mysteries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

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    WONDERFUL,WONDERFUL ROMANCE!!

    THIS IS one of Julie Garwood's best romances, I've read it over and over. The story line is solid, everything you could want in a romance novel - two very likable leading characters with plenty of steamy chemistry between them. Her hero's are fantastic, they are reliable, protective and sooo romantic, this one lives up to the title. Her heroine is fiesty and strong, yet feminine. I like how this one connects her English stories with the wild west of America. I didn't want it to end, I wish she'd write a sequel. A keeper!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2000

    Enjoyable!

    I enjoyed this book - but I did not think it was a great romance! I did not get hooked! I enjoy her medieval books more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    I completely loved it!!! One of my favorites!! :)

    I completely loved it!!! One of my favorites!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Julie Garwood never fails to produce with her historical romance

    Julie Garwood never fails to produce with her historical romances. This one was a well-told story, characters I ended up caring about, and some yummy sex.  This book is also great in audio book format.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Garwood does it again!

    I love boks that are not so predictable, this is one of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Loved this book...

    This is the first Julie Garwood and it definitely won't be my last... (just purchased 'Ransom' and I can't wait to start reading it). The author does an excellent job in taking the reader into the place and time intended.
    A great love story... I absolutely loved every single page and every character!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Good Read

    Always a fan of Julie Garwood, this one was not disappointing. Although not my favorite, it had a humorous edge with romance. It tended to drag a bit while they were looking for her nieces, thus why I only gave 4 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Must read!

    This is my all time favorite book! I have read it over 10 times! It will make you laugh, cry, and short of breath!

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Surprise Plot!

    A total twist on rescue and saving the innocent. I loved to twist and switch in scene from London and the jilted at the altar to American shores. So very much action and old grandmother's intuition, to bring us to the lovely West and a great finish.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    I would highly recommend this book

    Julie Garwood is an incredible writer. Prince Charming happens to be one of my favorites. I love the sense of humor that is very apparent in this novel along with the romance between the male and female. I find myself laughing out loud at some of the antics between them. Leaves me with a good feeling even after having read this one a few times. This is one that is guaranteed to lift your spirits time and time again. I find myself wishing Julie Garwood could write faster just because she is that good!

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Womnderful read

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    I LIKED THIS BOOK SO MUCH I HAVE THE HARD COVER AND I HAVE IT ON MY NOOK. JULIE GARWOOD IS MY FAVORITE AUTHOR. I HAVE READ ALL HER BOOKS AND HAVE ENJOYED THEM ALL.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Predictable ...But Good!

    A standard romance novel. But with just enough twists and turns to make an enjoyable read.

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