Book Review-The Prize

Book Review-The PrizeThe Prize by Brenda Joyce
Also in this series: The Conqueror, The Game
Series: De Warenne Dynasty #6
Published by Mira Books on October 1st 2004
Genres: Historical Romance, Pirates, Regency Era
Pages: 575
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 0778320898
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Vengeance Ruled His Days and Nights, Pride Inflamed Her Spirit, Love Conquered Them BothAn 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 to strike the final blow. And his opportunity 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, orphan 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...


Virginia Hughes, was raised on a plantation, the “Sweet Briar” a place that she treasures greatly. But then her parents die, and her guardian, a uncle that lives in England, has her go to a girls school until she is eighteen. Now she has recently turned eighteen and is eager to return to her home, however she is then informed that her uncle wants her to stay there another three years, so Virginia decides to leave the place and go to her uncle in England for help in getting her plantation back for her, since it is her inheritance and she knows everything in order to run it. However on the way to England, she gets taken prisoner by Captain Devlin O’Neill, who is bent on revenge against her uncle and is determined to use her in the process. However what neither Virginia or Devlin realized was how strong the desire that they feel for each other grows into a consuming passion, one that could very well change their lives forever…

The Hero (Devlin O Neill)
Devlin has been consumed all of his life with the need to bring revenge against the man that murdered his father right in front of his own eyes. And even though he has been able to ruin him financially so far, when he finds out that Virginia is his niece, he is determined to make sure that the revenge is even sweeter and uses her for his own uses against her uncle, but there will come a time when he will have to choose between the revenge and hatred he has felt all of these years or to claim Virginia and the love and joy that being with her offers him.

The Heroine (Virginia Hughes)
Virginia Hughes, grew up knowing how to run a tobacco plantation, and when her parents died she was devastated, and was forced to attend a Girls School, one where she feels more along than ever, for she is far different than the other girls. Virginia has a passionate nature with everything in her life. But inside her heart is tender, and when she comes into the hands of the rogue Devlin O Neill, she knows that he could easily steal his way into her heart and break it, however she also knows that she may be the only one to break through the ice shell that has surrounded him for so long.

My Thoughts 
The Prize is the sixth installment in the de Warrene Dynasty series that Brenda Joyce has created. I have recently fallen in love with this author and her stories, and The Prize was no different, and I fell in love with the characters from the very beginning. Both were endearing and so likable throughout the whole of the story. There were parts of the story where I felt that Devlin was a bit too hard of a character, however the emotions that were portrayed by the characters felt so vividly real, and made the story come alive even more. The Prize is such a emotionally charged story that will pull at your heartstrings with every chapter. I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of this series, and The Prize definitely was filled with everything that I just adore in a historical romance….passion, adventure, intrigue and a powerful love….FANTASTICALLY WRITTEN!!!

My Favorite Quote 
“I don’t think so,” Virginia said boldly, barely able to believe her courage, and she moved into his armes. “We seal it with a kiss,” She turned up her face and closed her eyes, the last things she saw being his silver gaze, suddenly hot, suddenly bright. He wanted this, too. And then she moved her mouth firmly over his. 

About Brenda Joyce

Brenda Joyce is the bestselling author of forty-one novels and five novellas. She has won many awards, and her debut novel, Innocent Fire, won a Best Western Romance award. She has also won the highly coveted Best Historical Romance award for Splendor and Two Lifetime Achievement Awards from Romantic Times BOOKreviews. There are over 14 million copies of her novels in print and she is published in over a dozen foreign countries.

A native New Yorker, she now lives in southern Arizona with her son, dogs, and her Arabian and half-Arabian reining horses. Brenda divides her time between her twin passions—writing powerful love stories and competing with her horses at regional and national levels

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