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  • Mass Market Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (5 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451413040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451413048
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 600,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 2014, Christina is publishing the Lost Hearts series in e-book, all enhanced with extra material:
-- JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
-- ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE
-- CLOSE TO YOU
And Christina's all-new series, Virtue Falls, starts with:
-- THE LISTENER: A Virtue Falls e-Short Story (July 1)
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Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best. A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. When Christina's first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published to great acclaim. In the years since, she has enjoyed writing witty, emotional novels for every reader: suspense, historical romances, paranormal romances, romantic suspense. Her stories have been translated into 25 languages, won the prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Publishers Weekly praises her style that 'showcases Dodd's easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling.' With more than fifteen million of her books in print, her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they know they've found a story "For the wild at heart!"

Christina Dodd is married to a man with all his hair and no Corvette, but many Craftsman tools.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on 10 April 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Victoria Cardiff is the English governess for the Johnson family who are temporarily in the country of Moricadia. She is also the only outsider who knows the truth about Raul Lawrence. He is a renegade prince plotting a revolution to take back control of Moricadia from the de Guignards. To ensure her silence, he kidnaps Victoria and carries her to his castle deep in the woods.

Raul Lawrence may be the name his English father demanded he use, but no matter how cruel the Englishman had been, Raul never forgot that he was actually Prince Saber of Moricadia. Soon, within the next two months, Raul would rescue his people from oppression. But with one innocent remark Victoria could ruin everything he and his people are so close to accomplishing; therefore, the lovely governess will remain with him until the revolution has succeeded.

Victoria is well cared for during her sojourn in Raul's castle. Needing to do something, anything, Victoria agrees to spend her days teaching the children. In return, the children begin teaching her their Moricadian language. Victoria spends time with the adults as well, teaching them about decorum and etiquette. They need to know how to properly conduct themselves once the fighting has ended, how to speak and act once they are part of a king's household staff. At night Victoria is locked within Raul's bed chamber. Refusing to be his lover, Victoria sleeps on the couch. Raul vows to vanquish her reserves. Each night he seduces her a little more, intending to imprint himself on her. Eventually he will possess her heart and soul.

***** FIVE STARS! I just cannot help loving a heroine who refuses to be swayed by a hero's debonairness and a hero equally determined to woo her.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Monkeypoppet on 26 Aug. 2011
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As an avid reader of Feenhan, Cole, Harris etc I thought I would buy this book to fill in the empty period before their latest books come out, as I have read other books by this author. Sadly, this book did not fill in the void. Where was the plot? How stupid could the heroine be? Kidnapped and taken to a remote castle, does she fight back and try to escape? No, she turns teacher and accepts everything the supposed hero gives her. Took three painful days to read...would not recommend. Perhaps I am too much in love with vampires; I should have just re-read my own books while waiting.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookgirl on 26 Nov. 2011
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she's a joke. I would rather pull my nails. Mind you the scene with Saber as a child did have me wiping tears...of laughter...
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Or may be 2 and 1/2 I cannot decide 7 April 2011
By romancecritic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I too, like another reviewer, like Dodd, but this book was just not even that OK. The first half of the book was tolerable; the events flowed and one could follow almost with predictable interest. However, the second half of the book was just horrible. I skimmed through a bunch of it, but got the story anyway.
Our H and H's characters are well developed; the reader understands them and what motivates them. The storyline is also developed with a climax and all that is expected. The romance aspect is there, a bit too brown at the end with the proclamation of love in front of the Queen of England, and is also fully developed. I say all this because even though all the aspects of the book are developed, it still feels hastily contrived, formulaic, and not to mention absolutely lacking in originality. I guess usurping a throne should seem as an original plot for a romance, but Dodd does not pull it off.
The book left me shaking my head, thinking why on earth did I spend the money.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Worth the Money! 9 April 2011
By Mirabelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a very good read! It's a wonderful romance story involving a young woman whose circumstances have led her to desire to epitomize a "gracefully aging spinster." However, Victoria Cardiff's plans of safety and comfortable stability are shaken to the core when she has a chance encounter with the only man who has ever made her lose control. Raul Lawrence is a king without a country, fighting to reclaim his ancestral title. He has thus far remained incognito, but Victoria could ruin years of subterfuge with one stray word. In order to protect his plans for revolution and for another chance to further his acquaintance with the beautiful Victoria, Raul steals her away from a ball. The supporting characters in this book were extremely likeable and made the book that much more awesome. Danel, Prospero, Hada, and Amya were personal favorites! I would give this book 10 stars if I could, just because it was a good romance without being too much. Victoria was a sensible, strong woman who didn't take any crap. From anyone. Raul was a wonderful hero, but he wouldn't have been half so wonderful without Victoria, so really, read this book so you can read their repartee'!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Dodd is shrewd in her writing. 10 April 2011
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Victoria Cardiff is the English governess for the Johnson family who are temporarily in the country of Moricadia. She is also the only outsider who knows the truth about Raul Lawrence. He is a renegade prince plotting a revolution to take back control of Moricadia from the de Guignards. To ensure her silence, he kidnaps Victoria and carries her to his castle deep in the woods.

Raul Lawrence may be the name his English father demanded he use, but no matter how cruel the Englishman had been, Raul never forgot that he was actually Prince Saber of Moricadia. Soon, within the next two months, Raul would rescue his people from oppression. But with one innocent remark Victoria could ruin everything he and his people are so close to accomplishing; therefore, the lovely governess will remain with him until the revolution has succeeded.

Victoria is well cared for during her sojourn in Raul's castle. Needing to do something, anything, Victoria agrees to spend her days teaching the children. In return, the children begin teaching her their Moricadian language. Victoria spends time with the adults as well, teaching them about decorum and etiquette. They need to know how to properly conduct themselves once the fighting has ended, how to speak and act once they are part of a king's household staff. At night Victoria is locked within Raul's bed chamber. Refusing to be his lover, Victoria sleeps on the couch. Raul vows to vanquish her reserves. Each night he seduces her a little more, intending to imprint himself on her. Eventually he will possess her heart and soul.

***** FIVE STARS! I just cannot help loving a heroine who refuses to be swayed by a hero's debonairness and a hero equally determined to woo her. Though with other authors this may be mundane and cliché, Christina Dodd never fails to make it breathtaking. The secondary characters in this tale are no less interesting. They actually seem to radiate stoic resilience (against their government) from their pores. At times, their unwavering loyalty to Raul made me proud. I tell all this to help explain how incredible the writing style of Dodd is. Character backgrounds are detailed and each person seems to have his/her own personality. The plot line is solid with not a crack to mar it. Christina Dodd has shrewdly written a subtle, yet somehow bold, romance that may prove lethal to your heart strings. Highly recommended. *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful Love Story! 5 April 2011
By L. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the story of Lady Victoria Cardiff and the Renegade Rebel Leader Saber Lawrence.

Saber is on quest to seize control of his country. He will let nothing stand in his way, especially not the "Prim and Proper" Lady Victoria. But after he saves her life and the two kiss - things get a bit complicated. Lady Victoria figures out that Saber is actually Raul - the rightful Prince of Moricadia.

Saber then kidnaps Lady Victoria to ensure she keep quiet with this knowledge and to keep her safe from his enemies. Saber finds himself struggling to stay on task. He knows what he must do --- but will he have the strength???? Will he lose all that he holds dear???

If you are a fan of Historical Romances --- "Taken by the Prince" is a MUST HAVE!!!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This was a highly entertaining Regency which was a little slow to start but well worth it. 24 April 2011
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Taken by the Prince by Christina Dodd
Historical Romance -April 1st, 2011
4 stars

Lovers of Regency romance will be highly entertained by Christina Dodd's latest romance Taken by the Prince.

Saber Lawrence is the rightful heir to the small country of Moricadia. However, treacherous interlopers betrayed his family's generosity and mounted a hostile takeover. His mother sends him to his real father for safety and an education. But Saber is his father's illegitimate son and his father is a cold a brutal English lord. Only his half sisters make his life bearable. Saber lives to return to Moricadia with his new skills and take back his throne. But on the eve of his departure to return to Moricadia he meets the beautiful, poor and oh-so-proper Victoria Cardiff. They share a passionate kiss that neither will forget.

Many years later, Victoria finds herself in Moricadia as a governess to an accountant and his family. There she recognizes Saber and mentions that he is the rightful heir. These fateful words prove her undoing as she finds herself kidnapped! Soon it is a war of words and heated looks as Saber and Victoria share a tempestuous courtship. But Saber's need to regain his throne proves dangerous. Will love between a poor English lady and a dashing rebel king really work?

This was an enjoyable read. The hero is dark, deadly and sinfully handsome. As the rightful heir trying to retake his throne Saber was very believable and very sympathetic. His life has been a series of struggles but the most important goal to him is freeing his people and giving them a better life. He cleverly masquerades as a careless gambler that reminded me of the fun and whimsical hero the Scarlet Pimpernel.

The heroine took me a little more time to warm up to. Victoria has a wild heart but hides it deeply until she is captured by the infamous rogue Saber. I liked how she bested him on occasion so their relationship was not all one sided. My favorite sections were the mischievous people of Moricadia and how they changed Victoria and her views of them and Saber. Once Victoria lets go, the fun in the story really starts. I would say 4 stars for the slower first half and 4 1/2 stars for the second half of this delightful story.

This was a highly entertaining Regency which was a little slow to start but well worth it. I loved how the strong heroine turns the country of Moricadia upside down.

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
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