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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Classic & Loveswept (Mm) (Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553445995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553445992
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,287,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amazon Customer on 21 April 2014
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One of the best books I've read. It was lovely,scary and intense. Would read any book written by this author
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4 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 1998
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Deeply moving romance 18 Mar 2008
By Tracy Vest - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's been five years since journalist Liam Bartlett returned from a harrowing two year captivity in San Salustiano. When an old friends asks him to look out for his niece who will be attending college in Boston and who also happens to be one of the freedom fighters who fought to keep him alive, old ghosts and a passion for the young girl (now a woman) return. As she is more comfortable with a gun than high heels, her uncle also asks Liam to help Marisela to act more like a lady. A mix up with her college housing forces the two to share close quarters. Liam, clearly uncomfortable in his role as Henry Higgins, fights his attraction while Marisala challenges him, as she feels the same. Will the journalist keep a cool head or lose himself over the only person who can probably understand what haunts him?

A follow up to "Forbidden," there is virtually nothing to link the two stories together (no update on Liam's brother Cal and wife Kayla either), other than the main two characters appearing in both books, making it a stand alone novel. This could have been a pretty topical and brief story (as many older Brockmann novels tended to be). Instead, she pulls out all stops, adding intense emotions and fears to the mix, really delving deep into Liam's psych. This is one of Brockmann's better stories and unlike some authors who re-release material, hers is worthy of the paper it's printed on.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice. - Nora Roberts 2 Mar 2008
By Cherise Everhard - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
7 years ago Liam met Marisala at when he was invited as an investigative reporter by her uncle Santiago, to chase down the story of political corruption in the country of San Sulistiano. She was only 15 at the time, but even then there was an undeniable attraction between the two. Marisala wasn't your typical 15 year old, she was fighting alongside the freedom fighters. But Liam kept his distance because of her age and they became great friends.

Liam was eventually taken as a prisoner where he endured torture for 18 long months until Marisala and a group she organized rescued him and helped him heal, physically. Eventually Liam's brother Cal, and friend, Kayla, came to take him home to Boston. It's now 5 years later and Marisala is in Boston to start her freshman year of college, her uncle has asked Liam to take charge of her care and to help her become more refined.

Well with a small mistake with her college housing application, Marisala is forced to live under Liam's roof where they discover the tension they experienced years ago, hasn't mellowed.

Ever since reading about Liam and Marisala in Kayla and Cal's story, Forbidden, I have been dying to read their story. They kind of remind me of Max and Gina from her Troubleshooters series; the older man with all those pesky morals and codes, the younger woman ruled with her heart and feelings. I loved it. I started reading it with my Sunday morning coffee and had it finished before lunch.

My only problem with this story is that we get absolutely no update at all, beyond the mention of a wedding photo, about Kayla and Cal; apparently the brothers aren't too close anymore. ;) Freedom's Price was a very emotional and sexy read, a fantastic way to spend the morning.

Cherise Everhard, March 2008
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This Was A Very Difficult Review to Write... 28 Jun 2008
By S. Woods - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Suzanne Brockmann is my FAVORITE author. Hands Down. She has been for the last several years, ever since Linda Howard knocked herself off the throne she'd held for about 10 years. However, after reading several of her re-published contemporaries, I've discovered a horrible trend.

If it's not part of her "Troubleshooters" or "Seal Team 10" series, it's probably not worth reading. I've realized this after reading a number of re-published duds, "Freedom's Price" being one of them. I'm beginning to realize that I'm going to have to leave these earlier published contemporaries in the bookstore.

Still, a boring Brockmann is definitely better than any of the current offers. That's why she still gets 4 stars. But...I'll just wait and get my Brockmann fix from the next Troubleshooters book that's released. (Should be soon!) They NEVER disappoint.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Formulaic and Predictable 30 May 2008
By Katherine E. Ramsay - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Brockman is re-releasing a short romantic novel about Liam and Marisala, who have shared experiences during a civil war in a small South American country. Years later, Marisala's uncle sends her to America to attend college and learn to be "civilized". Liam is asked to help her make the adjustment. It's a light read with "hot" sex scenes, if you need that sort of thing to enjoy your book, but the plot lacks depth. Both characters struggle with their traumatic memories from the war; their gap in age causes some self-doubt about whether they would be right together. Age gap is overcome . . . Misunderstanding = precipitous breakup. Man has revelation, breaks through trauma to win the girl. Light, easy reading,completely devoid of challenge.
By Buggy - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is another great Brockmann quickie that although originally published in 1998 and just 229 pages still feels fresh and complete. I'm just loving her older, stand-alone romances which can be finished in an afternoon and give you everything you're looking for in a contemporary romance.

FREEDOM'S PRICE is the companion book to FORBIDDEN (which is also great) and here we get the other Bartlett brothers story. We first met Liam when his older (sexy cowboy) brother Cal went all trouble-shooterish and rescued him out of a third world prison. Since then I've been very curious about how Liam's story would unfold. Plus I have a thing for complicated, tortured heroes and after years in prison I knew he was going to be one of those fabulous heroes. I also knew that it would take a very special woman to reach him and in former freedom fighter Marisala, he gets his match.

Because of the first book I'd expected Liam's story to be a romantic suspense. So I was a little surprised when Brockmann set this up as a somewhat comedic, category romance with our heroes meeting in Boston and Liam posing as guardian to Marisala while she attends college. Liam and Marisala shared a past in war torn San Salustiano and she was partly responsible for keeping him alive however at the time she was a teenager. I guess I expected their story to revolve around Liam rescuing Marisala from the jungle and in-between dodging bullets and bad guys he'd realize that she was a woman and he loved her--or something like that. Instead they order pizza, go shopping and apartment hunting all the while pretending that they're not attracted to other. What about the war I wondered? What about my tortured hero? Anyways once I came to terms with what this story was going to be about I really enjoyed it (and I still got a tortured hero).

Five years have passed since Liam's rescue form the jungle and although his injuries have healed he is still scarred and tormented on the inside. Suffering from nightmares, claustrophobia and writers block this is one journalist on the edge. The last thing he needs is to have the past forced back on him and of all the people to be entrusted with it just had to be Marisala. He's never forgotten the beautiful solider and its all he can do to keep his hands to himself. Of course she's not helping matters, determined that they would make fabulous lovers.

Marisala is a fantastic alpha heroine; she's spunky, aggressive and feels that life is worth yelling about unlike Liam who is suffering in silence. Between all the angst there is also a great comedic undertone with Marisala bringing stray dogs and misplaced people into Liam's once tranquil home. The sexual attraction between our couple is palpable however we of course get several misunderstandings before they can find their HEA including a couple of sigh and oh no she/he didn't moments. A recommended read. Cheers
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