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Saturday, December 13, 2008

What a Scoundrel Wants

Author: Carrie Lofty
Pub Date: December 2008
Genre: Historical/Adventure Romance
My Rating: 3.75/5

In this dazzling, original tale, Carrie Lofty imagines a new chapter in the well-loved Robin Hood fable. Meet Robin's rakish nephew, Will Scarlet, a man whose talents with the sword and the ladies are legendary--until his desire for one woman changes everything.

A Passionate Love...
A swordsman for the Sheriff of Nottingham, Will Scarlet has finally emerged from his famous uncle's shadow. But when he's unwittingly drawn into a bloody battle between the Sheriff and a nobleman, it's impossible to tell friend from foe. A woman's screams lead Will straight into the carnage to save her--but the ravishing young lady is not the helpless maid she appears to be.

An Amorous Lady...
Meg of Keyworth lost her sight to illness years ago, but that hasn't stopped her mission to save her imprisoned sister, who's been arrested by none other than Will Scarlet. Meg wants to hate Will for betraying her family, but he sparks heated desire in her heart--a desire that only he can satisfy. Meg is lovely and loving, and bedding her is sensual bliss. To please her in every way is what he wants most, for Will know he will cherish her heart forever..

My Thoughts:

Legends and tales of adventure always grab my attention, especially Robin Hood and his merry men. Will Scarlett is one character who I think is often overlooked, but Carrie Lofty has definitely brought this character into the spotlight with a great tale. The story opens with an ambush, and from there you are running through the woods, with pit stops at a forest encampment, village, the obligatory castle and dungeons, and a stop at a Loxley Manor, home to Robin Hood. He and Marian are a small part of the story, which gives the reader more insight to Will's back story and character.

Meg for her part is a strong women who is trying to make the best of a situation, getting through life blind. I understand she needs to be tough yet vulnerable, however her stubbornness became tiresome after a while.

With regards to Will, his history and growth into manhood is done nicely. He is vulnerable himself, yet seeks to take care of someone just as vulnerable as himself, Meg. Will and Meg make a great couple and complement one another well, as all great couples do. They are willing to defend each other to the last, and love each other deeply.

I did have a tough time getting into this book in the beginning. Since Meg is blind, the reader does not get the standard description of Will right off the bat. For me that was a little frustrating because, I like to create the mental picture. The one I had of Will and Meg did not fully develop until half way through the book. Once it did however, all was well. It was as if I knew what they looked like from the beginning.

Over all this book was an entertaining and enjoyable read. The characters, descriptions, speech, and the like, definitely transport you back to merry ole England. You could smell the smoke from the fire. The romantic scenes were also very descriptive, so be careful on public transportation (ha-ha). I would recommend reading this book if you are looking for some adventure and romance because it definitely fits the bill. I will be keeping my eye out for Lofty's next book as well.

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And I would like to say thanks to Ann Aguirre for holding the contest in which I won this good book!