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Charming the Prince
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 1999
Teresa Medeiros writes excellent books, but unfortunately, this book does not meet her usual standards. Compared with her other books, this one was extremely shallow. There was no tugging on the heartstrings at all. The first half of the book was almost entirely focused on the heroine's relationship with the hero's numerous children. The second half was really the story between the two main characters. I think Medeiros might have gotten a good read out of this, if she really had concentrated on romance and developing the relationship between the two characters, instead of trying to garner laughs. It didn't work too well. Also, Medeiros tried too hard to make the hero look good in the reader's eyes. I really didn't know all that much about his character, except he was a great warrior, a good lover, and had a soft spot for orphans. He had also had two previous wives, whom another character said the hero had loved deeply, even though he wasn't around them most of the time. That made me wonder how the heroine of this story was so special and different to the hero. This is an okay read, I guess, but really doesn't measure up to Medeiro's usual works. P.S. Bannor the Bold, Lord of Elsinore? Can't we think of better names?
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2002
I've read countless romance novels (including hundreds of the historical variety) and can honestly say that I found this book to be refreshingly different. Teresa Medeiros has managed to write a 'fairytale' type story of a handsome prince and his young bride - with a twist! In this case, the Prince sends out his messenger to find a wife who WON'T tempt him into wanting more from her than a mother for his children. Needless to say, Willow is more than a match for him, for as well as being pretty, she's smart enough to know what she wants and sets out to beseige him with hilarious results! Well worth a read if you want more from your romance reading than plotless flowery prose.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 1999
In 1360 England, Lord Bannor the Bold returns to his home after years at war. Bot h his wives have died, leaving him with a dozen children to raise. With no mother, the children have become royal monsters. Bannor, afraid that he'll get another woman with child, sends his steward to find him an ugly wife who will be mother to his children. What he gets instead is Lady Willow, a beautiful young woman whose dreams are of a prince charming.
At first Bannor is horrified! Lady Willow would surely be too tempting for him. He ignores her and sets his children out to terrorize her. He is surprised when she joins forces with the children to make HIS life miserable. Eventually the two find a truce and find that true love always wins.
This was my first book by Teresa Mediros, and I found it to be very charming and sometimes extremely funny! Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2013
I usually start my reviews with any positive commentary I can muster, but in the case of this strangely charmless fantasy tale I am really struggling to think of any.
It has on the surface all the ingredients to please the reader, a feisty put upon heroine, a brave hero and lots of young children. And kids are cute right? Well apparenty not the ones who exist in the fantastical version of medieval England described in this book.
Some writers can throw such elements as kids, handsome hero and hard done heroine together quite haphazardly and still produce a story that has some charm and perhaps Ms Medeiros does pull this off with her other books, but with this novel she fails miserably.
The hero Bannon is a dreadful parent, who (by his own admission) never loved any of his wives and appears to only lust after the heroine who he only married to rear his unbelievably badly behaved children.
His only good quality is that he never abandons any of the numerous illegitimate offspring his lecherous pursuits produce, even when its doubtful they are his, he appears unable to turn an orphan away.
The heroine Willow is in lust with Bannon from the start and, despite plenty of reasons not to, is eager to be his next bed partner, if reluctant to add to his already large brood.
The children are portrayed alternately as victims, bullies or invincible enemies of their helpless parent.
Not a single character or situation is real, with the possible exception of the ancient nursemaid Fiona.
This was a freebie and I still removed it from my library.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 1999
I read fantsy books not romance novels. But I was in a K-Mart shopping for a book and all they had that was even close was this one. And I was never more entertained! I didn't put it down till I reached the end and then took it directly to another friend and they did the same. I'm reformed. I will read all her other books, and if they are even half as good they will be great. Thanks my lady for putting some love with your laughter and showing me not all fantasy has to be blooded to be great! And please write more of Bannor and Willow and their brood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2013
Its a good job that this was a free download, or I would be incensed that I spent money on such dross.

Its not a historical romance, as the historical elements are farcically inaccurate. I found myself being dragged out of the story time and time again by the stupidities committed by both the hero and the heroine. The hero was unlikeable and stupid, the heroine was a boring stereotype, and neither one seemed to me to be true to the time that they were living in.

Do yourself a favour, and don't waste the time even downloading this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 1999
Maybe I am just not into Romance novels. What ever it is I can honestly say I don't think the book deserves raving reviews. At least I wouldn't give it 5 stars. It's not a bad book, it had it's moments. But overall, it's not a book that I would strongly urge someone to read. I gave it 2 stars because that's what I think it deserved.
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on 27 May 1999
This was the first romance novel I have read in all my life and am a little disappointed in it. This book didn't captivate me, it really didn't hold my attention or kept my interest. I mean I wasn't forcing myself to read it, but while I was reading it I couldn't concentrate on it for more than 2 chapters at a time and felt my mind start to wander. It's not a bad book, I've read much, much worse I just wouldn't rave about it and I certainly wouldn't give it 5 stars. I think 3 is fair.
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on 10 June 1999
I've read all of Teresa's books, and this one does not come up to scratch. In writing this, I think she concentrated too much and too hard on the humor and lost a lot of her poignancy and deep feeling. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad book all things considered, but definitely not one of her best.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 1999
This book was so good that I finished the book within a day. Teresa Medeiros is one of my favourite authors todate. I just love books where children are involved with grown up helping them realise their love for one another. Now days there are books with nothing in them but reader's giving them a score of five where they don't deserve it but this is for sure not one of those authors and I recommend this book to those readers who want the story to keep moving and not stay stagnant.
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