The Game

The Game

by Brenda Joyce

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The Players: Released from the sanctuary of a French convent, highborn, tempestuous Katherine FitzGerald sets sail for her beloved Ireland—only to find herself prisoner of the infamous pirate known to the Elizabethans as the Master of the Seas.

The Moves: The pirate captain is Liam O'Neill, favored by Elizabeth the Queen. A hardened court player, he is determined to win the willful Katherine while advancing his own secret causes. But now he must risk everything he cherishes in order to triumph at a very treacherous game—through heartbreaking deception...and by breaking all the rules.

The Game: has begun . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380775736
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/26/2008
Series: de Warenne Dynasty Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Brenda Joyce is the bestselling, award-winning author of Promise of the Rose,Scandalous Love and The Fires of Paradise. All nine of her historical romances have been highly acclaimed, and four of them, including the first three novels in the "Bragg" saga Innpocent Fire, Firestorm, and Violet Fire have won six awards from Romantic Times and Affaire de Coeur. She has also won three industry awards for her trendsetting promotional bookmarks from Affaire de Coeur. Brenda Joyce is currently working on her next novel.

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The Pawn

Normandie, January 1571

She had been forgotten.

Katherine knew that there was no other possible explanation for her having languished for almost six long years in the Abbé Saint Pierre-Eglise. Beneath her knees, the stone floor of the chapel was hard and as cold as ice. She murmured the prayers which she knew by heart but thought instead of the fact that none of the letters she had sent home to her father in Munster had been answered, not one. Finally, in despair, last summer she had sent a missive to her stepmother, Eleanor. That, too, had failed to elicit a response.

Katherine choked on both fear and despair. It was prim, the beginning of a new day, and although she prayed with the other sisters of the convent, today was the day that her life must begin anew. Today was the day that she must gather up all of her courage -- today she would confront the abbess about her situation

She had no choice. She was eighteen, and growing older with every passing moment. Another year had concluded, and in a few more months Katherine would be nineteen. She could not grow old in this secluded convent. She could not! She wanted to live. She wanted a husband, a home of her own, children. She was of the age when by now, she should have already had one or two or even three sturdy babes tumbling about her skirts . Oh, God. How had they forgotten her very existence?

Six years ago she, had been too numb with grief to care when Eleanor suggested, no, insisted, that she enter a convent. Her family had been in disarray after suffering tremendous losses in the Battle of Áffane back home in southernIreland. Three hundred of her father's most loyal troops had been massacred by the forces of Tom Butler, the earl of Ormond, on the banks of the Blackwater River, and her father, the earl of Desmond himself, had been wounded and captured by Butler. But Katherine suffered more than just the defeat of her kinsmen and the capture of her father. For she had lost her betrothed that day.

Hugh Barry had been fatally wounded in the ghastly fray. Katherine had been betrothed to Hugh from the cradle. The Barrys were kinsmen, and she and Hugh had grown up together, Hugh being but a year older than she. He had been her childhood friend, her childhood sweetheart; he had bestowed her very first kiss on her. His death had destroyed her dreams, and with them, it seemed, her future.

Numb with grief, Katherine had obeyed her stepmother, glad to have a reprieve in a far away convent before another marriage could Be arranged. Losing Hugh had been especially difficult for Katherine to bear because the year before Affane, her own dear mother had died. The earl of Desmond had been Joan FitzGerald's third husband, and Katherine was their first and only child. Mother and daughter had been close. Katherine had yet to cease missing her.

But she had thought that a new marriage would be swiftly arranged, that she would spend but a year or two in the nunnery, and that she could be wed on her fifteenth birthday as planned. Yet Eleanor had only written to her once, later that first year, explaining that she was with the earl, who was imprisoned in the Tower and awaiting the queen's pardon. She had received no other word from her father or her stepmother in five and a half endless years.

And the truth of the matter was that Katherine was afraid.

The prayers were finished. Katherine crossed herself, murmured "Amen," and rose. She hung back, allowing the other ladies to file out ahead of her. They were all noblewomen like herself. Some were widowed, others were too poor to make marriages, or were one daughter too many for the family to bear. Silk and brocade gowns rustled as the ladies left the chapel. Outside it was frigidly cold, and Katherine gripped her worn, fur-lined mantle more closely to herself. She paused in the courtyard as the noblewomen entered the dining hall, where fresh breads and warm cakes, meats and cheese, and ale and wine were being served.

"Will you do it?"

Katherine tumed, shivering, more from her nervousness about what she had to do than from the cold. She faced her dear friend and only confidante, Juliet, who would leave the convent in February, in spite of the winter weather, for her guardian had ordered her home to Cornwall."Yes."

Juliet, startlingly fair of skin but dark-haned with a full, rosebud mouth, looked Katherine directly in the eye, "Surely the abbess will give you permission to leave now. How can she refuse you yet another time?"

Katherine's heart pounded harder. Immediately she took Juliet's hand. "I am afraid she will refuse my plea again,"she admitted. Katherine had already petitioned the abbess twice before for permission to go home. The abbess had refused, explaining that not only did Katherine not have her father's permission, she had no escort, either.

Juliet smiled. "It would be, wonderous, to travel together. Oh, how I hope the abbess listens to your plea and judges fairly!"

Katherine flinched. She was very desperate, but she was not hopeful. Although the abbess was kind and well intentioned, and generally of a soft nature, she was a firm administrator, as she must be to oversee a nunnery fined with ladies entrusted to her care by rich and powerful families. But Katherine's will had never been stronger. She must convince the abbess that she should return home now, even without her father's permission. She had prepared her arguments. It was 1571. A new year. A time for new beginnings.

The two girls crossed the courtyard, Katherine too preoccupied to, speak or even notice the bitter winter chill, while Juliet chatted about how happy she was ...

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Game 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great story...characters are interesting and the story always has you asking for more.. loved it!
mazda502001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book by Brenda Joyce. Haven't read many by her.Back Cover Blurb:Released from the sanctuary of a French convent, highborn, tempestuous Katherine FitzGerald sets sail for her beloved Ireland - only to find herself prisoner of the infamous pirate, Liam O'Neill, known to the Elizabethans as the Master of the Seas.
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I generally like Mrs. Joyce. I didn't like this so much. The writing was done well but I wasn't much into the main characters. Neither was I drawn to other secondary characters as well. Perhaps the only one I geniunely liked was Guy and Mcgregor, minor characters that they are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Brenda Joyce books I can't put them down once I start reading them. The Game is a great book to read.
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I love this series and I love my nook, but I get annoyed that I still have to buy paperbacks to read an entire series!
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I enjoyed the story very much from the beginning to the end. The attraction between Katherine and Liam was so great. The story line was well developed. The various situations kept me guessing and made want to reach out and help these two people who were made for each other, and the outcome was what I had hoped. Readers will love this book!!!!!(this book rocks)!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has everything you're looking for in a good romance novel! I could not put this one down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm still in the process of reading 'The Game' but I am almost finished. It has been incredibly catching and believable. To me, a believable book and a great plot is a good book. Not to mention good sex between the characters. That is just an added bonus. I hope every Brenda Joyce Fan has the chance to read 'The Game.' If you have read her new book 'The Prize,' you will for sure love this one!! I can't not wait to see what happens!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Katherine is kidnapped by a handsom pirate, Liam, and is full of fear. She fights for her freedom. He fights his lust for the smart firey girl. I was taken back in time. Brenda's descriptions of the characters and the landscape made me feel like I was right there. I couldn't put this book down!! It made me wish someone would kidnap me. Of coarse he would have to be as handsome, heroic and in love me with me as Liam is with Catherine. It is a lusty, fast pass book and worth every penny! The best part is that Brenda's books aren't series, which you find so many romance novels these days.