Start reading The Key on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books – even without a Kindle device-with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones and tablets.
The Key

The Key [Kindle Edition]

Lynsay Sands
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £6.99
Kindle Price: £3.59 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £3.40 (49%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.59  
Mass Market Paperback £5.59  
Kid's and Teen books from £0.99 on Kindle
Browse our selection of top children's and teen title in our one week sale, with top titles from only £0.99.Browse the sale here

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Description

Product Description

Return to the wild beauty of Scotland in The Key, a classic historical romance novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands. Married to a barbaric laird in order to escape a worse fate, Iliana Wildwood is determined to remain a chaste wife...until her warrior husband plunders the marriage bed, awakening her to pleasures she's never known before! If you love the quirky, loveable heroines of Julie Garwood's historical romances, then you’re going to love award-winning author Lynsay Sands. Featuring Sands's trademark humor and sexy alpha hero, The Key is a sensual historical romance you won't want to miss!


Iliana Wildwood would do anything to escape from the depraved baron who sought her lands - she would eve n marry a barbarian. Fleeing to the Highlands, Iliana wedded to Duncan, laird of Dunbar Castle. '

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 084394482X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (20 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P2W3GE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

Born in Southern Ontario, Lynsay Sands is the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series. She has written more than 34 books and anthologies since her first novel was published in 1997. Her romantic comedies span three genres--historical, contemporary, and paranormal--and have made the Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, USA Today, and New York Times bestseller lists.

Lynsay's books are read in more than twelve countries and have been translated into at least six languages. She's been a nominee for both the Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award and the Romantic Times Best Paranormal Romance Award, was nominated and placed three times in the RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Awards of Excellence, and has several books on All About Romance's Favorite Funnies list.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She holds the key to his 17 Mar 2004
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What would you do if the handsome Highlander you married refused to bathe and lived in a near pigsty? Hit him where it hurt. Put on the chastity belt and hide the Key!...
Iliana escapes her wicked stepfathers plans, by agreeing to marry a wild Handsome Scots Laird. But she never dreamt what she would have to deal with. When she arrives she finds it is a bachelor keep, and since the death of Duncan's mothers some two decades before, that he and his father and been living in horrid conditions and not sure when they last bathed. Iliana refuses to consummate their marriage, and Duncan is furious, not understanding why she should object to a couple decades of grime. So she does the only thing a thinking woman can do, put on the chastity belt, hide the key, and set about to cleaning the castle. Duncan fails to appreciate all her hard work, so the key says hidden, but his father is slowly appreciating the positive side to having a female in the household.
The humour is laugh out loud in the battle of will. Iliana is a strong character, surviving abuse and imprisonment and yet not broken in spirit.
It is a wonderful warm and funny tale, from the talented mind of Lynsay Sands, the Queen of the Hysterical Historicals.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL-- Laugh Out Loud 24 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first book by Ms. Sands, but by no means at al, my last. hilarious misunderstandings, exilherating, touching, a page turner, filled with unexpected twists and turns. . . i don't have enough space to praise this book enough! Ms. sands is truly a master at this craft.I am dying to read THE DEED, which is out of print. i can't wait to read it when it comes out again!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Iliana escapes her evil stepfather by agreeing to a marriage with a Scottish laird, but she never dreamed she'd have to deal with a pigsty of a castle and a husband who smells like a pig and refuses to bathe more than twice a year! Duncan Dunbar and his father Angus have lived in a filthy bachelor household since Duncan's mother's death twenty years ago. Having never known anything else, Duncan is outraged when Iliana refuses to consummate the marriage until he takes a bath. Fortunately, she has brought with her a chastity belt (a gift from her dead father after a trip to Italy) which effectively discourages her husband's advances. Then she rolls up sleeves and sets the entire household to work scrubbing and cleaning a castle which has become an abomination after 20 years of neglect.
Although her stubborn husband fails to appreciate her efforts, her father-in-law--remembering the way things used to be when his late wife was around--becomes her staunch defender and ally, advising his son that having a woman in the house has its advantages. Nevertheless, Iliana and Duncan have a great deal to learn about life and love before discovering the key leading to their own happiness.
Iliana is a strong-willed, determined young woman who has survived abuse and imprisonment, and, in spite of being "only a female," she stands up for her beliefs in the face of her husband's disapproval. Surely the woman who cleverly masterminds the defense of the besieged fortress in the absence of her husband will eventually find a way to persuade him to bathe regularly!
The humor in this book kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Although I'm not sure I believed the chastity belt premise too much--surely he could have snatched it away any time she had to answer nature's call--the humorous characters and situations made this one of the most original and enjoyable reads in a long time. I will definitely look for more books from this author.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Key.... To A Bloody Good Read 17 May 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was given to me by a friend who thinks my addiction to historical romance simply hilarious, and always endeavours to make her derision know by buying me the books that have the cheesiest covers (think Hint Of Heather) Anyway the last laugh was on her as I spent the a whole day ignoring her as I was so wrapped up in the book. I was initially annoyed when i read this as the cover is misleading and the characters dont look like the ones on the front(thank goodness)
Anyway, I was initially put off by said cover and the book spent a good two weeks lounging by my shelf, until I decided to (finally) pick it up, I was hooked immediatly, I completely forgot to eat for the whole day as is often the case when i find a good book! I digress... Iliana is just the perfect heroine, strong and kind natured, with a little bit of a wily streak, (think flying soup cauldrons) who stands up for what she believes in. And in this book, she believes in cleanliness, (well not a hovel anyway) and brings this around in everyway she can. Unfortunatly, one area where she seems to fail, is her new husband, Duncan Dunbar. who smells like a pig and acts like a tramp, so she retaliates in the only method concievable... A chastity belt, (yes my eyebrows shot up at this point too) which brings about some very amusing escapades. Anyway, too say much more would give away the plot, but I do hope you enjoy this wonderful romp of a novel.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Key 27 July 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Iliana has been compelled to marry Duncan, a Scottish laird, and while not overly happy, is determined to make the best of things. However, her new husbands' personal hygiene leaves something to be desired, and she refuses to allow him to go to bed with her until he changes.
Obviously, there is some element of suspension of disbelief here, and I'm not entirely sure I approve of the sexual politics, but this is a romance novel - if I wanted to read politically correct stuff, I'd read Erica Jong or something.
This is a very funny story, with lots of mishaps and misunderstandings, but true love & cleanliness win the day.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love Lynsay Sands
Loved this book !!
Sometime I find historical romances to be oppressive however the comedy in the book and the way in witch it keeps you guessing till the minuet is great
Published 1 month ago by charlotte hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
it was very relaxing funny at times and you can get yourself right into it.It was also very easy reading
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Sharon L. Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I liked the characters and their humour made me laugh out loud. Enjoyed the storyline as well. Will definitely put it in my favourites and enjoy reading it again.
Published 4 months ago by Jangler
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Humorous and vivid animated characters. What more could you ask for...and it is a full length book! A pleasant bit of escapism
Published 4 months ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Another great book from Lynsay Sands, loads of adventure, treachery, steamy romance and laughter. Nobody does funny quite like this author.
Published 7 months ago by maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Lynsay Sands Has the Key to Historical Romance
The Key by Lynsay Sands is a wealth of humor, romance, and danger. The tale engulfs readers in a world that is beautiful, but wild. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. M. Truxler
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Really funny exciting and well worth the purchase ..... these two characters interaction was highly amusing the second instalment of historical romance is well worth a shot
Published 11 months ago by K. Wragg
5.0 out of 5 stars love
love the story and caricters. will get my mother and frinds to read this. then we can chat about it
Published 13 months ago by Mizz Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars funny and romantic
i am a great fan of Julie Garwood and having exhausted her stock of historical books i saw a review of one of sands books and they compared her to Garwood. Read more
Published on 13 April 2009 by Ga Bronsdon
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Popular Highlights

 (What's this?)
“I am an ignorant man at times, wife. ’Tis not that I am stupid, but sometimes I seem to get all wrapped up in concerns about safety and such and forget such gentle concerns as comfort and carin’. I suspect that may be a problem with most men. Mayhap ’tis why God made women. To supply the softer needs.” &quote;
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users
“Da is mad at me because he kens why I brought ye here.” Iliana opened her eyes slowly at his amused words, confusion plain on her face. “Why did you bring me here?” “To make ye scream. With pleasure.” &quote;
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users
Iliana knew she was moaning, and embarrassment made her pause briefly until she realized that her husband was not silent either. He was muttering words of appreciation and grunts of pleasure as he suckled at her. Those sounds only managed to enflame her more &quote;
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Customers Who Highlighted This Item Also Highlighted

Look for similar items by category