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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (27 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062019716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062019714
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

The Key
Dear Readers;

When I started to write "The Key" I wanted to write a book with a chastity belt in it. Of course, then I had to come up with a reason why a woman would be wearing one. Nasty husbands and controlling fathers didn't sound like much fun. Besides, I'm not the cruel sort who would leave a girl in a chastity belt for days, weeks, or months on end with no chance to take it off every once in a while to relieve herself, or just let her poor skin breathe. So, she had to have control of the key to the belt and be wearing it by choice.

Which brings me back to the question of why?

I didn't have long to wonder before Duncan came sauntering into my mind. Tall, strong, handsome, and ambitious, he is every girl's dream...So long as you don't need to breathe...Through your nose. Are you getting the picture yet? As the saying goes, "nobody's perfect" and our Duncan's imperfection is in the hygiene area. He's lived the "grand bachelor's life" with his father since his early childhood when his mother died. Cleaning is an alien concept, and bathing is a chore to be suffered twice a year "every January and July". Well, Iliana just isn't the type of girl to put up with that kind of behavior. Especially not in the marriage bed. So, she dons the belt, and boots "hubby" out of bed. Not the best way to start a marriage. But it only gets worse - or better, depending on how you look at it - from there. I rather pictured Duncan as a healthy, randy, bull of a man, chasing our more refined Iliana around the castle, trying everything to get into her belt. Everything but a bath that is.

I hope you enjoy their shenanigans.

Lynsay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Iliana Wildwood would do anything to escape the depraved attentions of the unscrupulous baron who covets her lands . . . including marrying a barbarian. Fleeing to the Scottish Highlands, she weds Duncan, laird to Dunbar Castle. Certainly, there is something about the virile warrior that makes her weak in the knees, but she refuses to allow him into her bed until he agrees to become more civilized.

And Iliana has the perfect device to help her resist the temptations of her powerful, handsome husband: a belt of chastity. With it firmly in place, she can successfully thwart his determined advances. Still, Duncan is not one to easily accept defeat—and, with a brilliant change in tactics, he launches a bold assault on her virtue designed to make her willingly, breathlessly, give up . . . The Key.

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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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