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Cordina's Crown Jewel (2002)

Cordina's Crown Jewel (2002)
3.96 of 5 Votes: 1
0373244487 (ISBN13: 9780373244485)
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Cordina's Crown Jewel (2002)
Cordina's Crown Jewel (2002)

About book: Her Royal Highness, Camilla de Cordina, also known as Cordina’s Crown Jewel, had been pushed to the breaking point. The eldest princess of her generation, and an incredible beauty just like her mother, she is hounded by the press, talked about, speculated about, and splashed across magazine covers and television screens with scandalizing lies and untrue tid bits about her life, both in and out of the bedroom. She is sick of all of it. She also feels that she has no passions, no drive or purpose in life aside from the duties and work she does as a princess, leaving her feeling empty inside.So, to get away for a few weeks from all of this mayhem that has pushed her too far – and to try and find herself and what she can be when she is not a princess – she disappears in a rental car one night after a benefit thinking she will only be gone for a little while. That is until her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and she is picked up by a tough prickly character named Delaney, an archaeologist who, very begrudgingly, accepts what he thinks is a rich woman in trouble into his home. It isn’t long before she is working her way into his heart, but he still wants to know: just who is she?This book reads like it's fanfiction written about the Cordina Royal Family. Granted it is a romance novel, but the research into the worlds of Camilla and Delaney was perfunctory at best. Camilla making "no-duh" statements about archaeology was lauded by the supposed doctorate in archaeology as being impressively bright observations. She then went on to make those same observations two more times, with slightly changed wording, in the book. Okay. We get it already. Archaeology is great.Her intelligence is often lauded, her forethought, her organizational abilities, all of it. But, then she does stupid things, lots of stupid things. Really stupid things. Like, not thinking and running away without any cash on hand, and then not wanting to use her credit cards because then people would recognize her and the media could track her. Duh!On to the smut. I have nothing against smut in and of itself, I have read very well written of such and a lot of the time the build up alone is worth reading it. Writing a sex scene is an art and when done correctly even the most up tight reader could perceivably enjoy it. Not so here. It was okay. It was not stupendous. It happened a lot.It could have been worse. Trust me.Actually there was one point where it did get worse. During one scene Delaney grabbed Camilla by the neck and lifted her by it to her toes to give her a "fierce possessive kiss". That kind of intimidation, power play move, borderline abuse is not okay. I don't care how angry the person made you, I don't care how cranky you are supposed to be, that is just not okay. Especially when the the whole interaction is painted as a positive one, instead of a negative one. No. A loving act perverted into a physically abusive power struggle by anger is not a turn on, nor is it pleasant to read about.So, aside from that little deviation, the rest of the book I will admit I enjoyed. I actually thought I was reading fanfiction for a bit and it was a bit like walking down memory lane. Thinking that this or that writer could really have something here. I guess I always assumed though that when they entered the publishing market that they would, I don't know, get better. This book has potential. But, the characters were unrealistic, the scenes were overly emotional and obviously written by and for women, and the sex could have been worse, and in some cases it was. It's standard escapist romance fair. The only thing I will say for it is that, for something that had a far fetched plot line on the back cover, the author pulled it off surprisingly well considering that, when it came right down to it, this is a story about a runaway princess cleaning up a grumpy dwarf archaeologist's house, and life.

This is the last book in the Cordina quartet and my first one in the series as well.Camilla de Cordina is fed up with her life as a celebrity and wishes to escape the tabloids, paparazzi and the hectic life.Cropping her hair and taking up her father's surname she decides to escape to Vermont and has a long journey ahead. Fate intervenes and sends Delaney Caine, an archaeologist to her rescue. She ends up becoming the typist and housekeeper to the wounded and ill mannered young professor.As time goes by, the duo fall in love. Things blow out of proportion when her true identity is dicovered one day as Delaney overhears a telephonic conversation between Camilla and her friend.Del confronts her and she leaves Vermont immediately. The rest is as usual- the reunion and proposal.What kinda surprised me was the sudden discovery of Delaney's noble lineage. He happens to be a viscount!This was last minute!Then comes the reunion at the ball hosted by the Cordinas where there is all civility!The story ends with the typical white knight chivalry that leads Del to bruise himself while climbing his way to Camilla's private terrace and he in turn delares his love for her.Fairy tale ending.Typical Nora Roberts. This book is okayish for someone who has read The Bride Quartet and other amazing works of hers.
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Norah Sumner
Love this book so much! ♥I really enjoyed reading this.It was interesting,funny,with great characters and story.The main characters were fantastic,I loved the chemistry between them.Also,how cool are their parents?Loved them! Who can resist the grumpy perfection that is Delaney?♥ He is so funny and smart.I also loved Cordina,her inner-monologues got me laughing out loud!And that,I was laughing so much.Both from happiness and Delaney's ridiculousness.Overall,such a great chick-lit.
2 stars is more for the author than the book. Her books and characters are so formulaic there are next to no surprises once you've read one. Still, the writing itself is not bad and you may well love the characters the first time you read a Roberts book; I know I did. On the other hand, this is the only book of hers I remember and I probably only remember it because I made the mistake of buying it. It's okay for what it is, though. I don't really expect more than a bit of entertainment from a romance novel.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
If one has not read the trilogy to which this is a sequel (found in Cordina's Royal Family and re-released in other forms recently) one might be annoyed at the wealth of secondary characters who clutter up the beginning and the end of the story with little given in the way of characterization. The body of the work is not affected.The characters of the protagonists are beautifully illustrated with humor and depth of feeling. I loved that she had to trick him into the initial seduction.The hero is a typical boneheaded guy whose oblivion was often funny. He didn't even see what an ass he'd been until he ruined it and loss of love kicked him in the stomach. (view spoiler)[He managed even to spoil the grand romantic gesture he'd been trying to make to rectify it in a way that had me laughing. He rapelled down the wall to the heroine's balcony and got caught in the rain and drenched because he didn't wait to check the forecast. Then he found her balcony doors locked and had to bang on them and yell for admittance, highly unromantic to come in with his tux (who rappels in a tux?) drenched. (hide spoiler)]
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