Prince of Dreams

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The most dangerous and desirable man in all of England, Nikolas burns to possess Emma Stokehurst, but the proud, headstrong beauty is promised to another. Still, there are no limits to how far the wealthy, bitter exile will go to win her exquisite hand – though owning Emma’s body, but not her love, will do nothing to fill the empty spaces in his heart.

But Nikolas’s destiny awaits him elsewhere, as passion’s magic transports him to a different place – a land of splendor and ...

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Overview

The most dangerous and desirable man in all of England, Nikolas burns to possess Emma Stokehurst, but the proud, headstrong beauty is promised to another. Still, there are no limits to how far the wealthy, bitter exile will go to win her exquisite hand – though owning Emma’s body, but not her love, will do nothing to fill the empty spaces in his heart.

But Nikolas’s destiny awaits him elsewhere, as passion’s magic transports him to a different place – a land of splendor and romantic dreams. For only there can he experience true ecstasy in one remarkable woman’s tender touch – achingly familiar yet gloriously new – and learn, at last, to love.

The bitter Prince Nicolas falls in love with the strong-willed Emma, who is secretly promised to another. Although he manipulates her into marriage, their conflicted relationship fails to fill the empty places in their hearts. Until a mysterious ancestor takes the Prince to another time and place--and a remarkable woman teaches him the power of compassion and forgiveness. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In English exile from his Russian homeland and his family, Prince Nikolas Angelovsky is a wonderfully romantic, dark and brooding hero complete with a haunted past. One of his occupations in exile has been watching Emma Stokehurst and waiting for her to reach marriageable age. But Emma nearly slips from his grasp when she makes marriage plans of her own to a fortune-hunting scoundrel. Nikki puts the fear of God into her intended, sending him off to marry another heiress. Unaware of the intrigue surrounding her suitor's desertion, the devastated Emma agrees to a marriage of convenience with Nikki, who promises her personal freedom, access to his vast wealth and a lasting sanctuary for her menagerie of abused animals. But once they're married, Nikki steers clear of his bewildered bride, eventually turning ruthlessly cold and hard. This is where the haunted past comes in, one that gives readers a clue as to Nikki's horrid behavior. But readers have no clue that Nikki's about to be zapped back 170 years to 1707, into the character of one of his ancestors. For some 100 pages-practically a novella-Kleypas deserts the main point to plague us with this ancestor's tragic love story, which is intended to teach Nikki a lesson. Kleypas's (Only with Your Love) style is clear and uncomplicated. If one can forgive the flashback (most easily done by skipping it), then the rest of the book is a treat. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441852335
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Kleypas is the RITA Award-winning author of twenty-one novels. Her books have been published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.

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Chapter One

1877 London

"WAITING FOR SOMEONE?" A man's voice cut through the rustling quiet of the garden. The Russian accent was soft and guttural, falling pleasantly on Emma's ears. Turning with a wry smile, Emma watched as Prince Nikolas Angelovsky stepped out of the shadows.

With his golden skin, his sun-streaked hair, and his unpredictable cruelty, Nikolas was more like a tiger than a human being. Emma had never seen such a perfect blend of beauty and menace in any other man. She knew from personal experience that there was good reason to fear him. But she was an expert at handling dangerous creatures. The only sure way to be hurt was to show her fear.

Emma relaxed her spine and settled more comfortably on the stone bench, located in the most secluded section of the formal estate garden. "I'm certainly not waiting for you," she replied briskly. "Why are you out here?"

He smiled at that, his white teeth gleaming in the darkness. "I felt like taking a walk."

"I'll thank you to walk somewhere else. I'm trying to meet someone in private."

"Who is it?" He slid his hands into his pockets, walking around her.

"Go away, Nikolas."

"Tell me."

"Go away!"

"You can't order me about on my own estate, child." Nikolas stopped a few feet away from her. He was a tall man, one of the few in London whom Emma didn't tower over. He had big hands and feet, and a spare, powerful build. A shadow fell across his face, obscuring all but the piercing yellow gleam of his eyes.

"I'm not a child. I'm a full-grown woman."

"So you are," Nikolas said softly. His gaze swept over her, taking note of herslender figure wrapped in a simple white gown. Emma's face, as always, was unpowdered and unpainted. Her hair had been pinned into a tight chignon, but exuberant curls sprang around her face and neck. Her hair was a sublime shade of red, burning with bronze and cinnamon lights.

"You look beautiful tonight," he said.

Emma laughed. "Don't flatter me. 'Attractive' is the best I can do, and I know it. It's hardly worth having my head stuck with hairpins and my ribs crushed with tight lacing until I can't breathe. I'd much rather go 'round wearing boots and breeches and be comfortable, as men are. If one can't be beautiful, one shouldn't have to try at all."

Nikolas didn't argue, though he had his own opinion on the matter. Emma's unique attractiveness had always fascinated him. She was a strong, resilient woman, with the grace of a tall-masted ship. Her face was a composition of delicate angled cheekbones, a lush mouth, a scattering of golden freckles across the bridge of her nose. Long-limbed and slender, she reached a height of nearly six feet, even in her flat slippers. Nikolas topped her by a scant two inches. He had often imagined her body matched exactly to his, her legs and arms wrapped around him.

They were right for each other. Strange that no one else could see it, but it had been clear to Nikolas for years, ever since he had first met her. She had been a devil-child, an explosive bundle of gangly limbs and wild red hair. Now she was a young woman of twenty, with a ruthless honesty that was a perfect foil for his own secretive nature. She reminded him of the women he had known in Russia, women with fire in their souls . . . so unlike the tepid European creatures he had known for the past seven years.

Aware of his inspection, Emma made a face at him. "I don't mind being plain," she said. "As far as I can tell, beauty is a terrible inconvenience. Now you really must go, Nikolas. With you hovering around, no man will dare come near me."

"Whomever you're waiting for, he won't last any longer than the others."

Emma scowled in sudden defiance. "This one will."

"They never stay," he continued idly. "You send them all away, in the exact order they come to you. Why is that?"

Emma's vivid flush clashed with her hair. She clamped her lips together. His arrow had found its mark. This was her third Season after having been presented. If she didn't marry soon, she would be considered a failure in the marriage market and on a rapid road to spinsterhood.

"I don't see why I need a husband," she said. "I don't like the idea of being owned by someone. You probably think that makes me unwomanly."

"I consider you very much a woman."

Her auburn brows inched upward. "Is that a compliment or mockery? With you, it's hard to tell."

"I never mock you, Emma. Other people, yes. You, no."

She gave a disbelieving snort.

Nikolas came forward then, stepping into the light that spilled gently from a garden lantern. "You will accompany me back inside now. As your host--and a distant cousin--I can't allow you to stay out here unchaperoned."

"Don't try to claim any kinship between us. You're my stepmother's relative, and you have no ties to me whatsoever."

"We're cousins by marriage," he insisted.

Emma smiled at that, knowing that as cousins, they could have a far more informal relationship, calling each other by first names and talking privately without the need of a chaperone. "Whatever you say, Your Highness."

"Perhaps you would like a tour of my art collection," Nikolas suggested. "I have an icon wall that might interest you. Many of them are works from thirteenth-century Novgorod."

"I don't care for art, and I certainly don't want to look at any gloomy old icons." Emma gave him a skeptical glance. "Why do you keep them?

Prince of Dreams. Copyright © by Lisa Kleypas. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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First Chapter

Prince of Dreams

Chapter One

1877 London

"WAITING FOR SOMEONE?" A man's voice cut through the rustling quiet of the garden. The Russian accent was soft and guttural, falling pleasantly on Emma's ears. Turning with a wry smile, Emma watched as Prince Nikolas Angelovsky stepped out of the shadows.

With his golden skin, his sun-streaked hair, and his unpredictable cruelty, Nikolas was more like a tiger than a human being. Emma had never seen such a perfect blend of beauty and menace in any other man. She knew from personal experience that there was good reason to fear him. But she was an expert at handling dangerous creatures. The only sure way to be hurt was to show her fear.

Emma relaxed her spine and settled more comfortably on the stone bench, located in the most secluded section of the formal estate garden. "I'm certainly not waiting for you," she replied briskly. "Why are you out here?"

He smiled at that, his white teeth gleaming in the darkness. "I felt like taking a walk."

"I'll thank you to walk somewhere else. I'm trying to meet someone in private."

"Who is it?" He slid his hands into his pockets, walking around her.

"Go away, Nikolas."

"Tell me."

"Go away!"

"You can't order me about on my own estate, child." Nikolas stopped a few feet away from her. He was a tall man, one of the few in London whom Emma didn't tower over. He had big hands and feet, and a spare, powerful build. A shadow fell across his face, obscuring all but the piercing yellow gleam of his eyes.

"I'm not a child. I'm a full-grown woman."

"So you are," Nikolas said softly. His gaze swept over her, taking note of her slender figure wrapped in a simple white gown. Emma's face, as always, was unpowdered and unpainted. Her hair had been pinned into a tight chignon, but exuberant curls sprang around her face and neck. Her hair was a sublime shade of red, burning with bronze and cinnamon lights.

"You look beautiful tonight," he said.

Emma laughed. "Don't flatter me. 'Attractive' is the best I can do, and I know it. It's hardly worth having my head stuck with hairpins and my ribs crushed with tight lacing until I can't breathe. I'd much rather go 'round wearing boots and breeches and be comfortable, as men are. If one can't be beautiful, one shouldn't have to try at all."

Nikolas didn't argue, though he had his own opinion on the matter. Emma's unique attractiveness had always fascinated him. She was a strong, resilient woman, with the grace of a tall-masted ship. Her face was a composition of delicate angled cheekbones, a lush mouth, a scattering of golden freckles across the bridge of her nose. Long-limbed and slender, she reached a height of nearly six feet, even in her flat slippers. Nikolas topped her by a scant two inches. He had often imagined her body matched exactly to his, her legs and arms wrapped around him.

They were right for each other. Strange that no one else could see it, but it had been clear to Nikolas for years, ever since he had first met her. She had been a devil-child, an explosive bundle of gangly limbs and wild red hair. Now she was a young woman of twenty, with a ruthless honesty that was a perfect foil for his own secretive nature. She reminded him of the women he had known in Russia, women with fire in their souls . . . so unlike the tepid European creatures he had known for the past seven years.

Aware of his inspection, Emma made a face at him. "I don't mind being plain," she said. "As far as I can tell, beauty is a terrible inconvenience. Now you really must go, Nikolas. With you hovering around, no man will dare come near me."

"Whomever you're waiting for, he won't last any longer than the others."

Emma scowled in sudden defiance. "This one will."

"They never stay," he continued idly. "You send them all away, in the exact order they come to you. Why is that?"

Emma's vivid flush clashed with her hair. She clamped her lips together. His arrow had found its mark. This was her third Season after having been presented. If she didn't marry soon, she would be considered a failure in the marriage market and on a rapid road to spinsterhood.

"I don't see why I need a husband," she said. "I don't like the idea of being owned by someone. You probably think that makes me unwomanly."

"I consider you very much a woman."

Her auburn brows inched upward. "Is that a compliment or mockery? With you, it's hard to tell."

"I never mock you, Emma. Other people, yes. You, no."

She gave a disbelieving snort.

Nikolas came forward then, stepping into the light that spilled gently from a garden lantern. "You will accompany me back inside now. As your host--and a distant cousin--I can't allow you to stay out here unchaperoned."

"Don't try to claim any kinship between us. You're my stepmother's relative, and you have no ties to me whatsoever."

"We're cousins by marriage," he insisted.

Emma smiled at that, knowing that as cousins, they could have a far more informal relationship, calling each other by first names and talking privately without the need of a chaperone. "Whatever you say, Your Highness."

"Perhaps you would like a tour of my art collection," Nikolas suggested. "I have an icon wall that might interest you. Many of them are works from thirteenth-century Novgorod."

"I don't care for art, and I certainly don't want to look at any gloomy old icons." Emma gave him a skeptical glance. "Why do you keep them?

Prince of Dreams. Copyright © by Lisa Kleypas. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    I love this book. It's full of magic, fantasy and romance. The m

    I love this book. It's full of magic, fantasy and romance. The main character also quite different from others that i've read before. Maybe sometime it's disturbing for how Nikolas treated Emma before, specially when it comes with betrayal with other women, but in the end it's just like Madam Miracle said before (i dont know the original words, because i only read the translation one) : "...with your patience and forgiveness you will unite the opposite forces of you two..." It's clear that Emma will face many obstacles before she can reunite with her foreign husband and gain the happy ending. Well, this is just my opinion ^____^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    not for me

    This is not the author's best work.

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

    I loved Midnight Angel and this book I have to say was better th

    I loved Midnight Angel and this book I have to say was better than the first. Prince of Dreams takes you to a place that you can't believe and leaves your heart full.

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  • Posted June 26, 2014

    WOW! What a read! I love it. No, surprise... as I LOVE all her n

    WOW! What a read! I love it. No, surprise... as I LOVE all her novels. The look into the life of Prince Nicholas was wonderful! And, the
    storyline including so much explanation about his homeland of Russia. I loved it! I could not put the book down & wanted so much from
    the beginning for them to end up happy together. His character had interested me since the novel with his distant cousin. Emma's
    stepmother. YOU WON'T REGRET THIE BUY!

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    I don't understand all the bad reviews, but it was a wonderful b

    I don't understand all the bad reviews, but it was a wonderful books. The characters are very realistic and you fall in love with them. Lovely =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Good read

    It is different from Lisa's usual storyline but still greatly told. It is filled with strong characters & a great love story.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Amazing!

    This book was quite spiritual. A lot of the bad reviews come from people who don't understad what it's like to be married to someone like Nikolas. I loved the story and this was better than Midnight Angel. Nikolas is a hero that you love to hate. You won't regret buying this book.

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

    Alittle disappointed..

    I absolutely loved Midnight Angel and I was so looking forward to the follow up Prince of Dreams..I have to say that I was really disappointed with this book..It started off pretty good but somewhere in the middle (i will not give it away)...the reader gets thrown back in time..the main character awakens to find himself as another and living someone else's past...I like a good story but I like it alittle realistic too..this book wasn't my favorite

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

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    English Tea with some Russian Flavor - A Good Combination!

    While I'd say most of the time I'm only 70% in love with Lisa Kleypas, this one is definatly on the up side. It may have been that I was reading too many titles of similar plot that month, but this one stood out in my mind as fresh and interesting. I especially like to read romances about England that involve characters from other cultures because I think it is refreshing in a sea of the same gowns, carraiges, and calling cards. This one added some nice Russian flavor. The main male character also had a nice dark side; always a plus. If you aren't a lover of anything fantastical, however, you may want to look at another title, since this is a "redemption of two literally star-crossed lovers" tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    Just..WOW!

    i thought this book was just ok in the beginning but after the first 20 pages i just couldn't put it down! Sooo romantic and more like a real romance, not so dreamy there's no way it could ever happen. love love love it. read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2007

    not a great read

    I love Lisa Kleypas books, but I did not enjoy this book. Emma seemed like such a strong woman in Midnight Angel, but she took all the abuse Nikolas heaped on her. This book is the only Lisa Kleypas book that is a disappointment to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2007

    Perfect

    I thought this book was perfect. It was great how Lisa showed that Nicholas and Emma's love went so far back. I don't understand the reviews claiming that he was more intrested in Emelie than Emma. The whole point is that Emelie is basically Emma. I understand that Nicholas was at first a complete idiot, but the reason why he was such an idiot was because of the pain he had to deal with in his life. His journey helped him go past that pain. I absolutely loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2005

    A Matter of Taste!!

    After seeing what others thought about this book, I just had to give my own opinion. Personally, I loved it. It was a sequel to Midnight Angel in which Prince Nikolas first met Emma when she was only 13 years old. I thought it was a beautiful story and very well told. I guess it is all a matter of personal taste and everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    Prince of Dreams

    I've read nearly all of Lisa Kleypas's books and mostly enjoyed them. This one however, is gravely disappointing. I am disgusted of how Nickolas betrayed Emma repeatedly and the way he treated her, he seemed more in love with Emeila than Emma. It is ironic of how jealous he was with Emma's relationship with Adam; after all Nickolas did to her. Nickolas was not at all honorable the way some of the characters, were in Lisa Kleypas's other books. He didn't seem to 'love' Emma and just wanted to further the illusion of what he had with Emeila to Emma. I also hold Emma to fault in how she refused to understand her family's protectiveness by only causing them pain in return for all their love. Until later in the book when she smoothen things out with them. The only thing that I appreciated in this book was Emma's kindness to animals. Prince of Dreams is certainly much different than Lisa Kleypas's other respected books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    um, weird

    This would have been a good book, if the whole time-travel part was taken out. It made it seem like Nicolas wasn't really in love with Emma, but was instead in love with his like, great-great-great-great grandma or something. But if you don't count that whole weird part, it was a good story that included the characters from Midnight Angel, which I would definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2004

    NOT ONE OF HER BEST

    Set in 1707, Moscow & 1877 London. This book was definitely different from Ms Kleypas' other books. I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. Jake was adorable, glad to see Nikolas' change towards the boy and his wife. Book was ok, read it and see for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

    Didn't Like This One

    Didn't like this one. The relationship between the main characters, Emma and Nikki, is not fully fleshed out. The time travel portion is too short a part of the book to have created the miraculous change that happens when Nikki 'comes back'. Both characters seem shallow, selfish and stupid. Not a good read. Avoid it

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