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The Prize (De Warenne Dynasty) [Mass Market Paperback]

Brenda Joyce
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 585 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (31 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778320898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778320890
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Infamous sea captain Devlin O'Neill is consumed with the need to destroy the man who brutally murdered his father. After years of careful planning, Devlin has nearly ruined the Earl of Eastleigh financially. Then he meets Virginia Hughes, the Earl's niece... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By TBL
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An infamous sea captain of the British Royal Navy, Devlin O'Neill is consumed with the need to destroy the man who brutally murdered his father. Having nearly ruined the Earl of Eastleigh financially, he is waiting for his moment to strike the final blow. And it comes in the form of a spirited young American woman, the earl's niece, who is about to set his cold, calculating world on fire.

Born and raised on a tobacco plantation, Virginia Hughes is determined to rebuild her beloved Sweet Briar. Daringly, she sails to England alone, hoping to convince her uncle to lend her the funds. Instead, she finds herself ruthlessly kidnapped by the notorious Devlin O'Neill. As his hostage, she will soon find her best laid plans thwarted by a passion that could seal their fates forever.

Love conquered them both

Against the backdrop of a turbulent war between England and America, Devlin and Virginia are torn apart by duty, pride and honor. Their private battle is one that Virginia must win-for at stake is Devlin's heart. But as the war rages ever closer to Sweet Briar, each must make the ultimate sacrifice-and surrender to the healing power of their consuming love.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This was a total mess. 11 May 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to agree with so many of the other reviewers. I absolutely started to loath this book and the author for creating such a story. I couldn't believe what a sniveling weakling the "heroine" was. Give me a break...who wants to be treated like a trollop and spit upon at every turn. How could the main character Virginia come off as being so strong upon introduction and become so weak? I was sooooo disappointed in this book. I found myself on more than one occasion just flipping through some of the pages in an attempt to just get it over with. I honestly detested this story.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Prize Here 25 Jan 2009
By paperbackvacation - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Brenda Joyce novel, and as a result I am a little reluctant to read any more of her books. As I see it, there were three main problems with The Prize:
1. Virginia, the heroine, boards a ship from Norfolk, Virginia, to England to beg her uncle for money to save her plantation from being sold off. Adding to the high stakes of this sale are her best friend, Tillie, and her husband and children who are slaves on the estate. With the plantation sold, they would all be separated and subject to any kind of cruelty. On her way to England, Virginia's ship is commandeered by Devlin, who kidnaps her and holds her for ransom to avenge his father's murder. Virginia's people's lives depend on her, and she quickly loses focus. The plantation and it people are forgotten as Virginia falls in love with Devlin, and makes no move to save what she so desperately wanted in the beginning of the book. How can I respect a character who loses sight of the people that need her help?
2. The "hero" was a jerk. Other than his good looks and wealth, he has no redeeming qualities and he treats Virginia abominably. I just couldn't respect Virginia for loving a cold, robotic man who kidnapped her and dismissed what she loved most- her plantation.
3. The hero's brother, Sean, was just as handsome, but a nice guy who shares Virginia's love of the land. After being left in his care for five months, and after he admits he loves her, why wouldn't Virginia fall in love with a man like him?
Again, I can't respect a heroine who willingly walks right into an abusive relationship (with Devlin), forgets the lives that are at stake back on her plantation, and refuses the love of a good man.
Although I enjoyed Brenda Joyce's style of writing, if her other novels have characters as unlikable and amoral, this will be the last one I read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strong female character turns into a wimp. 21 April 2006
By LuckyMom987 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book at first, because the main character, Virginia, was a strong spunky woman. Somewhere along the way she turns into a wimp, and starts taking tons of abuse from the man she loves. She is intent on "saving" him but it's hard to feel any support for her when she keeps taking his rotten behavior toward her. Not for me.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Zero stars, actually. 2 Jan 2009
By Gerwysse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is, seriously, the dumbest historical romance novel I've ever read.

We've got the dumb hero, bent on his revenge. I've only seen similar single-minded persistence in toddlers playing peek-a-boo. Add to this the fact that Joyce gives us absolutely nothing to like in the man/boy. In most (or in well-done) historical novels, we can see what the heroine sees to love in the hero, and we fall in love with him a little, too. None of that, here.

There's the dumb heroine, who falls in 'love' with the hero based on nothing but that he looks really, really good. There is literally nothing else to their relationship other than the physical attraction (and the fact that Love-with-a-Capital-Ell is necessary as a plot device). The heroine starts out promisingly enough, in a Scarlett O'Hara rip-off kind of way, but swiftly becomes a weepy, wilting, pathetic thing, constantly clinging to the hero and (I kid you not) begging him to love her.

This happens throughout the book. Unlike in good historical romances, there is no "turn" in the relationship until maybe the last 50 of the 500-or-so pages. The hero remains determined to be stupid. His mind changes in a miraculous turn of events -- and there are few things more annoying than a completely out-of-the-blue 'miraculous turn of events'. This one is especially baseless and annoying: "Surprahzz! I've decided to give up ALL my evil ways and be the doting husband now!"

Speaking of the Scarlett O'Hara rip-offyness of it: Joyce REALLY should have re-thought Virginia's repeated thoughts of moral superiority over the soldier Devlin ("Oh Em Gee! He KILLS people!"), as she freaking OWNS people without a thought, except when some slaves escape and she thinks what a terrible thing that is, because, you know, the slaves were so very very happy at Sweetbriar. Joyce's see-no-evil, hear-no-evil stance on slavery is very odd here given her careful historical research in all the other areas of the novel -- the one thing the book has going for it. If you'd like to read impeccable research *in conjunction with* beautifully-done characters and brilliant plotting (and super-hot sex!), look at Mary Jo Putney's novels.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Halfway through and I don't think I'll finish 9 Feb 2007
By Krysia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Omigosh, what a boring disappointment. I've read other Brenda Joyce novels and bought "The Prize" based on past good experiences. But this book just plods along with repetitious dialog, unsympathetic characters and truly dull plotting.

What we have is another tale of the girl hating the guy but wanting to have sex with him. The guy hates the girl too but wants to have sex with her as well. In my neighborhood we call that dysfunction, not romance.

I'm halfway through the book and not much has happened other than they hate each other, they have sex, then they hate each other some more, they have sex again and then they think about it for four chapters before they start all over again.

I don't think I can stick with this drivel. I think I'll re-read "A Lady at Last" (also by Brenda Joyce)a true romance novel with characters you can actually like.
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