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Surrender to a Stranger Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 1994
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"What a riveting and passionate story!"
"Newcomer Karyn Monk, stand up and take a bow.This talented author has gifted readers with a first-rate historical romance that will not soon be forgotten.Surrender to a Stranger is one of those rare gems that will have'addicted' readers gong back time and time again for yet another heady dose of fantaastic reading."
"Such a fascinating tale, it kept me mesemerized from beginning to end.A wonderful reading experience."
"You will relish this historical romance."
--"Affaire de Coeur"
Don't miss Karyn Monk's other spellbinding romances:
The Witch and the Warrior
"Monk spins a fascinating, readable story of passion and magic that will charm readers who like their historicals laced with humor and appealing characters."
"An enchanting and delightful read."
--"Rocky Mountain News"
Once a Warrior
"Monk grips the reader with her powerful images of Scotland and of war, witty dialogue, strong characters and Arthurian undertones."
The Rebel and the Redcoat
"Karyn Monk...lives up to her promise as a strong, vibrant, versatile voice in romance. The Rebel and the Redcoat is not only a fascinating portrait of the Revolution, but a marvelous love story and a pulse-pounding adventure that will win readers' hearts."
And look for The Rose and the Warrior in spring 2000"
"What a riveting and passionate story!"
--The Talisman "Such a fascinating tale, it kept me mesemerized from beginning to end. A wonderful reading experience."
--Rendezvous "You will relish this historical romance."
--Affaire de Coeur Don't miss Karyn Monk's other spellbinding romances: The Witch and the Warrior "Monk spins a fascinating, readable story of passion and magic that will charm readers who like their historicals laced with humor and appealing characters."
--Library Journal "An enchanting and delightful read."
--Rocky Mountain News Once a Warrior "Monk grips the reader with her powerful images of Scotland and of war, witty dialogue, strong characters and Arthurian undertones."
--Publishers Weekly The Rebel and the Redcoat "Karyn Monk...lives up to her promise as a strong, vibrant, versatile voice in romance. The Rebel and the Redcoat is not only a fascinating portrait of the Revolution, but a marvelous love story and a pulse-pounding adventure that will win readers' hearts."
--Romantic Times And look for The Rose and the Warrior in spring 2000
From the Inside Flap
From Karyn Monk, author of The Witch and the Warrior and Once a Warrior, comes an enthralling love story that is as passionate as it is suspenseful....
She trusted him with her life....
Sentenced to death, Jacqueline never expected to be rescued from her filthy cell by an unlikely visitor--a man whose disguise hid a devastatingly handsome British agent. Now the two were on the run--and for as long as he was there to protect her, she felt strangely safe....
But could she trust him with her heart?
They called him the Black Prince, and to save the unjustly condemned he took hair-raising risks, slipping in and out of courtrooms and prisons, brazenly defying the threat of capture and death. The reckless spy tried to tell himself that Jacqueline was just another prisoner to be spirited away to safety. Yet there was something about her fierce dignity, her unrelenting sense of honor, her unbreakable spirit that made him never want to let her go....
HE RISKED HIS LIFE TO SAVE HERS....
She thought she was about to die when her family's farm came under attack. Instead, a handsome stranger rode to her rescue and took a bullet to save her. But when the bloodshed and terror were over, Josephine Armstrong discovered that the man she owed her life to was a British soldier. She could not betray Lt. Col. Damien Powell -- not after what he'd done for her. But she would pay dearly for harboring the enemy, forced to prove her patriotism by becoming the rebels' most beautiful spy....
BUT WOULD SHE GIVE HIM HER HEART IN RETURN?
When he saw the lovely young woman struggling with her captor, Damien didn't care which side of the bloody war she was on. He only knew that he hadnever seen such an incredible mixture of extraordinary beauty and raw courage in his life. Yet Damien couldn't know that one day this innocent farm girl was destined to betray him. She would become Charles Town's most irresistible spy, dazzling officers with her charms even as she stripped them of strategic secrets. But when a twist of fate brings Josephine back into his life again, Damien will gamble everything on the chance that he can make this exquisite rebel surrender...if only in his arms. -->
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Ok, you'll have to read the book to find what happens and let me tell you all 485 pages are totally worth it. I wanted more. This fast paced book kept me up late at night and had me gripping the book throughout. Ms. Monk developed a wonderful heroine and a devastatingly sexy hero that merges from ashes of the revolution to be triumphant. With intricate plots that jump back and forth from France to England. And of course, I learned more about the French Revolution, from an aristocrat's perspective.
I did have a few questions after reading the book, however. Like, what ever happened to Marquis de Biret? Did Seraphine ever speak again? Did Antoine really die?
Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely and can't wait to read rest of her books.
I loved this book so much I loaned it to a friend and didn't get it back. This may be one of those books I have to keep buying over and over. Definitely a keeper.
Jacqueline is a spoiled elitist, who nevertheless learns and grows throughout the story. I always find character development to be key in any good book, and Jacqueline definitely develops. One might not agree with her thoughts and views, but is given the opportunity to see why she thinks like she does and how she rises above her beliefs to truly be "noble". Armand, our "Scarlet Pimpernel" is motivated by his own demons (as most of our romantic heroes are), but this doesn't detract from his character. He is a master at disguise and uses his various "counterrevolutionary" contacts (which are convenient though never truly explained) to help him rescue the unfortunate victims.
The secondary characters, Jacqueline's sisters, Philippe, Nicolas, and various others, add even more depth and interest to the book. I have but a few criticisms. First, the amount of times, and with seeming ease our hero and heroine escape prisons and France. If it were so "easy" more people would have done it. Ms. Monk gives a great description of a prison wardens thoughts and worries with overcrowding and rushed paperwork. This is terrific insight on how tired and over-worked the bearocrats were, but doesn't allow for such ease of escape for two such wanted people. I also didn't like how characters seemed to appear and then we hear nothing about them. What happens to Jacqueline's ex-fiancé, to Justin and others we meet along the way? This is a great book so don't miss reading it!
As a fan of her work, it's sad to see this labeled as one of her "new" works because she has truly developed as a writer since its original publication---it's evident in comparing this to her more recent published novels.
There is no doubt in my mind that Karyn Monk is a good writer, however Surrender to a Stranger lacks the excitement and drama of her other novels: The Witch and Warrior, Once a Warrior. If this is your introduction to Ms. Monk's work, try her other novels to see if you'll like her style and characters.