Some Enchanted Evening (Lost Princess Series #1)

Some Enchanted Evening (Lost Princess Series #1)

by Christina Dodd

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Once upon a time . . .

in a kingdom high in the Pyrenees, three young princesses were forced to flee the chaos in their land—vanishing without a trace and lost to their people . . . until the day a courageous prince can bring the princesses home.

One of Scotland's most dangerous men, Robert MacKenzie is dazzled by the enchanting beauty who rides into the town he is sworn to defend. Though he is wary of the exquisite stranger, Clarice stirs emotions within him that Robert buried deeply years before. And now he must have her at any cost, vowing to gain her trust through the powers of his sensuous seduction.

Torn between her need to protect her secrets and her aching desire for the dark, tormented earl of Hepburn, Clarice is pulled into Robert's glamorous world . . . and into his perilous plan for justice and revenge. And with the winds of treachery swirling around them, a runaway princess must draw Robert's heart from the shadows and make him believe in happily-ever-after.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060560980
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2005
Series: Lost Princess Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author CHRISTINA DODD builds worlds filled with suspense, romance, and adventure, and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. Her fifty novels have been translated into twenty-five languages, featured by Doubleday Book Club, recorded on Books on Tape for the Blind, won Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart and RITA Awards, and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle.

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Some Enchanted Evening

Chapter One

Never call attention to yourself. A princess's reason for existence is to
fulfill her duty as a representative of the royal family. Nothing more.

-- The Dowager Queen of Beaumontagne

Scotland, 1808

The valley was his, the village was his, yet the woman rode into the town square of Freya Crags as if she owned it.

Robert MacKenzie, earl of Hepburn, frowned at the stranger who cantered over the stone bridge and into the bustling crowd. It was market day, and booths of brown canvas were set up along the perimeter of the town square. The place rang with the sound of a hundred voices calling out their wares, but the stranger dominated the crowd, towering above them on a fractious two-yearold colt. The chestnut stepped high, as if proud to carry her, and the quality of the horse alone would have turned heads.

The lady in the saddle attracted even more attention -- first fleeting looks, then open stares.

Robert glanced around at the small circle of old men gathered in the sunshine in front of the alehouse. Their wrinkled mouths sagged open as they gawked, the table and checkerboard before them forgotten. Around them the sounds of shoppers and merchants haggling turned into a buzz of speculation as every eye turned to view the stranger.

Her riding costume swathed her from neck to toe with black wool, preserving the illusion of propriety yet outlining every curve of her trim figure. Her black hat was tall, with a broad brim, and black veiling floated behind. The red trim on her sleeves matched the red scarf at her neck, and those small bits of vivid color shocked and pleasured the eye. Her bosom was generous, her waist narrow, her black boots shiny, and her face ...

Good God, her face.

Robert couldn't look away. If she'd been born in the Renaissance, painters would have flocked to her door, begging that she pose for them. They would have painted her as an angel, for her wavy, golden hair glowed with a light of its own, giving her a nimbus like a halo. Copper glints in the curls seemed to possess a power to warm the hands, and Robert's fingers itched to sink into the waves and discover the heat and the texture. Her softly rounded cheeks and large amber eyes under darkened brows made a man think of heaven, yet the stubborn set of her chin saved her face from a cloying sweetness. Her nose was slight, her chin too broad to be truly attractive, but her lips were wide, lush, and red. Too red. She rouged them, he was sure of it. She looked like an Englishwoman of good quality -- except, of course, no woman of good quality ever rouged her lips, and certainly never traveled alone.

She smiled, giving him a glimpse of straight white teeth -- and that mouth he planned to explore.

Robert straightened away from the wall of the alehouse.

Where in blazes had that thought come from?

Hamish MacQueen was boisterous and amusing, his one arm gone in a long-ago accident in His Majesty's Royal Navy. "Who do ye suppose she is?"

A good question, and Robert intended to get an answer.

"I dunna know, but I'd like t' part her beard," said Gilbert Wilson, his sly wit taking a wicked turn.

"I'd like t' give her a live sausage fer supper." Tomas MacTavish slapped his skinny knee and cackled.

Henry MacCulloch joined in the pastime. "I'd like t' play dog in the doublet wi' her."

All the old men cackled, remembering the days when they would have had a chance to woo a beautiful visitor. Now they were content to sit in the sun in front of the alehouse, comment on the doings of the town, and play checkers -- or they had been, until she rode into town.

Robert's gaze narrowed on the female. He was smart enough, and in his travels had seen enough, to recognize trouble when he saw it. On the surface he appeared to be mildly interested in the doings in the square, but his every sense was alert for a trick. Indeed, he anticipated a trick. After all, the world was not so secure a place as anyone in this small village imagined. The world was full of liars and cheats, murderers, and worse. It was men like him, like Robert, who kept this place safe, and through his vigilance he would continue to do so.

"Ye damned auld fools." The alewife, Hughina Gray, stood with her apron wrapped around her hands and glanced between Robert and the stranger. "Canna ye see she's na guid?"

"I'd wager she's verra guid," said Tomas's brother Benneit, and the old men laughed until they wheezed.

"Ye shouldn't talk so in front o' the laird," Hughina reproved with a sideways peep at Robert. Hughina was Robert's age, attractive, and a widow, and she'd made it clear she had room in her bed for him.

He hadn't accepted the invitation. When the laird slept with the women of his lands, trouble was sure to follow, so when the urge was on him, he traveled over the hills into Trevor and visited with Lady Edmundson. She enjoyed his body and his driving sexuality without caring a crumb whether he loved her, and that made a very satisfactory arrangement for them both.

Lately he hadn't suffered from the urge.

His hand crinkled the much-read letter in his pocket. He'd been too busy making plans, desperate plans, vengeful plans, and now those schemes had been set to naught because one woman failed to fulfill her promise. Damn her. Damn her to hell.

But for the moment he was distracted as the exotic stranger circled the booths, giving everyone a chance to see her, and Robert watched his people watch her. Their expressions were suspicious or inquisitive, but she beamed them a friendly smile as if she had not a speck of intelligence ...

Some Enchanted Evening. Copyright © by Christina Dodd. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The end of this book was so disappointing it ruined the whole book for me. How could Clarice ride off with a prince from her country to bear sons that would inherit the throne when she had already given herself to the man she loved? Wouldn't her "prince" husband wonder that she wasn't a virgin on their wedding night? What if she was already pregnant by Robert? Back then, a woman not a virgin on her wedding night was considered ruined espeically a princess. The book was ridiculous and I hated the ending. A waste of time and money.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The three princesses of Beaumontagne have been lost for years. People are after them, wishing both harm and rescue, and they are trying to stay one step ahead. Clarice and Amy have been running a racket selling "royal secret" creams and unguents to make the less than fair townsfolk beautiful. But Clarice gets more than she bargains for when they ride into Freya Crags. The Earl of Hepburn is as handsome as he is tortured. Yeah, they're totally going to fall in love.The main plot, as well as a couple of subplots involving a Colonel who tortured Hepburn while in his regiment and a magistrate Clarice is on run from, are compelling and suspenseful. The sexual tension between to two crackles, but when they actually get down to it, the descriptions are laughable. Seriously, I had to skip those parts as I would chuckle aloud, then my husband would ask what was funny and I'd read it to him, and neither of us could go back to reading soon because we were laughing too hard. However, besides that it was a delightful novel and I'm looking forward to Amy's story next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the 1st 30 pages before I knew it. By the end I was so invested in the characters that I was dying to know what happened to the sisters.
kk_71556 More than 1 year ago
I was just going through what books are to be released and this story line caught my attention. Lucky for me I already had the other 2 books in this series. All 3 books about the lost princesses had pages that were rehashed;encase someone had not read the other 2. I found all three books to be cute and easy to read. While not the best I have read they did the job to entertain me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters. Fun story
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
My Synopsis: Some Enchanted Evening (Lost Princess Series - Book 1) by Christina Dodd Princess Clarice of Beaumontagne finds herself in quite a predicament. She and her sister Amy must fend for themselves when they are forced to go into hiding as their home is swept into a revolution. Clarice uses her knowledge of herbs and beauty secrets to make living for them as a charlatan, peddling her wares and sometimes running away in the middle of the night when her customers become less than satisfied. When the princess enters the town on Freya Crags in Scotland, she meets the handsome earl of Hepburn, Robert McKenzie and fears that she may have met her match. The earl of Hepburn is more than what he seems and he has plans for Clarice. Will Clarice lose her heart to the earl? Who is the stranger who lurks in the night? What scheme has Robert conceived to save a friend? My Thoughts: This is the first book in the Lost Princess series by Christina Dodd. I had often heard the author was one of the best in Historical Fiction and I would have to agree. The story had the air of a fairy tale, with princesses and balls and heroes and villains. The characters were very likable. Clarice as the protective sister who must provide for herself and her sister in any way she can and Robert the unknown hero. Two very opposite characters who seem to fit together in all the right ways. There is a bit of love making in this one that probably isn't suitable for some readers so be advised of this. It's definitely steamy! I liked the way the author was able to keep up the suspense of the story. I was on pins and needles to see what was to happen next. The supporting characters like the earls sisters and the old men of the town add color to the novel and comic relief.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a good book, i read it in about 3 days and at the end i had to get the 2nd book in the series. now i can't wait to find out what's going to happen with that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina Dodd takes your basic fantasy - princess in exile loved by a dashing lord- and adds mystery, danger, and intrigue. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second novel by Christina Dodd that I have read in the past year. I also read, ¿My Fair Enchantress¿. I gave that book four plus stars ¿ it was an excellent read and I really enjoyed the story line and characters. In this next book, ¿Some Enchanted Evening, I would not rate it near that of the first book I had chosen. I found too many inconsistencies in this story that prevented me from liking it better. For instance¿you would think lots of time elapsed between Clarice first coming to town, meeting the villagers, staying with Robert and his sister Millicent at the castle, the ball occurring and she outwitting the magistrate who tries to arrest her. But¿in reality, only a handful of days go by for all this to occur. During this time, Clarice and Robert manage to be highly attracted to one another, have many sexual outings and fall head over heals in love with each other. This time frame didn¿t work for me at all. Another thing¿Clarice is supposedly on the run from not only bad guys trying to kill her and sister Amy for the crown but, also for horse theft. So¿what should a girl do to stay hidden in obscurity? Well, for starters, ride into town after town, manage to make everyone notice her due to her beauty and outspokenness and proclaim loudly each time that she is a princess adrift from her country but, she is there to help everyone nonetheless. I would say that¿s keeping a low profile, don¿t you? And is it safe to be out riding alone like that ¿ wouldn¿t someone try to rob or steal from her or worse? In addition¿Robert, Millicent and Clarice all seem to undergo great personality changes in only a few days ¿ they go from darkness to light, sad to happy, unattractive to beautiful and more in the snap of a finger. That just isn¿t realistic so¿it doesn¿t work for me. Plus¿I didn¿t care for the way Clarice and Millicent treated their servants. For some reason, it was not appealing that the two main female leads would snap their voices for service to happen, talk down to their staff and act as if they were low class people. I am not sure why this book is titled, ¿Some Enchanted Evening¿ (just because she¿s a princess in exile doesn¿t support ¿enchanting¿). I do not remember any special night outing that would support such a title. Rainger, the forgotten prince, actually seemed like one of the most interesting characters but, we only got to see snippets of him as a child at court and then once or twice as an adult as he searched for and found Clarice at the end. I think a story with him might be great. Even though I would not consider this one of the best or better books I have read, it still had enough going on to be decent. Do consider her and other books though.
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