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Arrow to the Heart (Louisiana Plantation Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Blake
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Temptation too powerful to resist...

In steamy nineteenth century Louisiana, a Southern version of the medieval court of love flourishes. It's Katrine's creation, her refuge from an arranged marriage that has left her untouched in heart and body. But her husband is using it to gain the child he can never sire.

Rowan de Blanc seeks out Katrine to unmask a heartless siren, but discovers instead a gallant and beleaguered lady. Caught up in the tournament arranged by her husband, he becomes the champion -- and wins Katrine as his prize.

Katrine and Rowan refuse to couple at her husband's command, and yet love and desire are strong beyond imagining, and time is running out...

National Best Seller and Doubleday Book Club Selection
Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, Best Historical 1992 - 1993



Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Blake ( Wildest Dreams ) is at her best in this historical romance, a fine piece of unashamed escapism set in antebellum Louisiana. Katrine Castlereagh is dutiful wife to the mysteriously incapacitated Giles, whose mad desire for an heir leads to a dastardly scheme to mate her with the victor of his yearly medieval-style tournament. True-hearted Rowan de Blanc comes to the tourney for reasons of his own: believing Katrine to be responsible for his half-brother's death, he wants to learn more about her. Although attracted to each other, the pair refuse to fulfill Giles's plan--so he imprisons them, naked, in a tower on the grounds of his estate. They decide to cheat Giles by becoming lovers but avoiding pregnancy, thanks to Rowan's training in Arabian techniques of "self-control." True love and sensuality are awakened, only to be threatened by a fire in the tower. Blake's language is as lush and sensual as her protagonists' affair, although there are too many porcelain-edged teeth and coral-rose nipples, and the sex is so prodigious and frequent that it begins to bore. However, the intriguing combination of passion and intellect in both Katrine and Rowan gives some edge to a story satisfyingly capped by several neat plot twists.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Blake's latest clanking steam calliope of a period romance takes place in 19th-century Louisiana--familiar territory to the author of Love and Smoke (Blake's 1989 hardcover debut), Joy and Anger, Wildest Dreams and many paperback palpitations. Here, the cosmic coupling of a reluctant (married) virgin and the hero is brought about in the trappings of a medieval estate, complete with tournaments, a Court of Love, and a tower. Katrina has been wed five years to older, colder Giles Castlereigh; the marriage has not been consummated, but Giles desperately wants an heir. (What is the problem? Gay? Sterile? Incomplete? Nope. But the tell-all won't occur until the last few crowded pages.) Meanwhile, Giles enjoys playing the lord of the manor with a staging of medieval games and Court of Love discussions at dinner; he is also choosing a champion to sire his child with Katrina. Then arrives Rowan de Blanc--the great swordsman, archer, etc.--essentially to find the murderer of his brother. Katrina is appalled at Giles's plan, and after pages of talk about it all (a battle of wits with very dull blades), Giles, growing impatient, seals the pair, naked, in a tower room. Still, there are yards of doubt to go before the two do their Blakean soaring. At the close, there'll also be: a strangled young girl; a dual killing; a spate of confessions; and a final elopement. Compared with Amanda Quick's Deception (see below), this is sluggish and shows all its gears--on autopilot for the fans, then, who are legion. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (July 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IKA5AO
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jennifer Blake August 6, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Katrine is married to an older man Giles who can not perform his marriage duties and get an heir upon his wife. So he arranges a tournament in which, unbeknownst to the all, the winner will be the man to produce an heir with Katrine. Enter Rowan. Handsome and skilled, destined to be the winner. But he is here for other reasons. The year before his brother was found dead. He believes that Katrine knows why. In the midst of Rowan trying to find out the mystery of his brother's death, Giles tries frantically to push Katrine and Rowan together so he can have his long awaited heir. This story is a marvelous whodunit with enough romance, suspense, and sexual tension to keep any reader hooked. I liked Rowan right off, but Katrine seemed too cool at first, until I realized that she wasn't being difficult. She was merely trying to protect a friend. Very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Reading April 26, 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Arrow to the Heart is a wonderfully written book. It had suspense, romance, and betrayal. Katrine makes a wonderful change from a passive wife to a woman with a mind of her own due to the fact that she is pushed into something she doesn't want to do, but finding she likes it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Different View on Romance July 19, 2012
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Katrine Castlereagh was married; Rowan de Blanc wanted to avenge his younger brother's death. Sparks of attraction immediately flew between Katrine and Rowan the moment they met. Would they consumate their attraction and have an affair?

Jennifer Blake brought her readers to the Louisiana plantations for this historical romance that actually was quite interesting and brings a different point of view on romance novels heroes and heroines. With the female protagonist married and it was actually mentioned on the first page, Ms. Blake had to create a situation that would bring them to their HEA without being salacious.

It was the medieval court of love transplanted to the first half of 18th century America. The concept was great and it actually helped build the tension between Katrine and Rowan. Yet, it also dragged the storyline and quite frankly, it is not until you are on 2/3 of the story that it picks up speed.

I almost did not finish the book. All the intellectual questions are supposed to make you think. But somehow, if I want to read philosophy, I will read Jean Paul Sarte and Voltaire, not a romance novel.

Don't get me wrong. I like Jennifer Blake. I have read many of her books and I did enjoy them. But "Arrow to the Heart", is not my cup of tea. The court of love questions were supposed to be a tool to explain how and why Rowan and Katrine would be together in the end. After all, this is a romance novel, and happily-ever-after is a given.

But, as it turned out, it became a double-edged sword for the author. It made Katrine stand-offish, in fact, sometimes I felt that she is a cold fish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pirate's passion, a gentleman's love November 1, 2013
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When Katrine's older, sickly husband, Giles, needs an heir and is unable to produce one, he strikes an unusual arrangement with Rowan de Blanc. A former pirate and excellent swordsman, Rowan easily becomes Katrine's champion in a Southern version of the medieval court of love. With Katrine as his prize, the pirate in Rowan prefers passion. The gentleman in him longs for love. Giles simply wants to see an heir before he dies while Katrine refuses to be used as a "brood mare."

Rowan possesses his own motives for agreeing to Giles' terms of their deal. He desires to know what really happened to his younger brother, Terence, before he died. Is the plantation, Arcadia, cursed or from behind the scenes, does an unknown killer control the lives, loves and fate of each victim in the house?

ARROW TO THE HEART by Jennifer Blake is a page-turner from start to finish. This story with its irresistible hero, Rowan, certainly shot arrows into my own heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read May 28, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It had everything that keeps me interested, great characters, suspense, intrigue(I never guessed the Villian till the end), and a story that fringed the edge of erotica without being vulgar or trite. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finished in 2 days! February 28, 2013
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Great story. I was actually torn between rating 4 or 5 stars, however the latter won since I found it difficult to put it down. The only issue I had was that halfway through storyline the plot became almost comical, in that it was so far fetching. But keeping in mind a wild imagination makes for a great book I gave it the 5 it deserves. Lastly, I must address the sexual tension between the main characters.... can we say hot! Almost...ALMOST had me missing my ex. Somebody slap me please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable historical romance December 8, 2012
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I love historical romance, and loved this book. It was a very nice, light read...perfect for relaxation and entertainment... My only "complaint", was the supposed Louisiana setting seemed much more like old England. I felt like I was in an ancient castle somewhere in Europe...though that was a very minor detail. Overall, a very good book! I'll be purchasing more of her work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Blake's best but nice anyway; 3 1/2 stars October 23, 2012
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I always enjoy Jennifer Blake novels, and I liked ARROW TO THE HEART, but not as much as some of her other books. I found the pace very slow for most of the book and then the ending was rushed. Also, the sex scenes, when Rowan and Katrine FINALLY got going, were too drawn out and the language was so flowery that I just skimmed through them. The mysterious murderer and the plot twists were very intriguing and really surprised me when they were revealed. The Court of Love was way too philosophical for me but that is a matter of personal taste and it doesn't surprise me that many people liked it. This was a very nice book to read if you like historical romances so I do recommend it if you like that genre.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ARROW IN THE HEART
YES I AM HOOKED ON THE LA. PLANTATION BOOKS. THIS IS THE THIRD I HAVE READ LOVED THEM ALL. WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE THERE WITH THEM LIKE I DO YOU CAN GET INTO THEM . Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Arrow to the heart
I enjoyed the book. I love historical romances, this was great and I loved the very interesting ending. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sandy
1.0 out of 5 stars Arrow to the Heart
Wish I had not purchased this book. Unbelievable scenario.
Also, Writer seems to be unfamiliar with the real Louisiana or at least failed to describe it.
Published 19 months ago by cassandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrow to the Heart
Enjoy reading Lousiana Plantation books. Didn't want to put this book down. Would recommend and will read all of the other books in this series. A++++
Published 19 months ago by Martha Ewell
3.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 stars) Enjoyable Southern romance
"There are ways of being certain that a reluctant filly stands still for the stallion's mount. You might strive to remember that."

19C Louisiana. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Misfit
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this unusual story.
I thought this story was original and well plotted. I, like another reviewer, wasn't particularly fond of the philosophical love question sessions, but there were only a few so... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Loree
2.0 out of 5 stars older story not to my liking
This is my first time reading this author and if all of her books are like this one, it will be my last. Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by Kasmuch19
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Jennifer Blake has been called "the steel magnolia of women's fiction" for her enduring career as an author. She has also been lauded as a "pioneer of the romance genre" and an "icon of the romance industry." A New York Times and international best selling author from the publication of "Love's Wild Desire" in 1977, she is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, member of the RWA and Affaire de Coeur Halls of Fame, and recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Rita. She holds numerous other honors, including two Maggies, two Holt Medallions, multiple Reviewer's Choice awards, the Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times BookReviews Magazine, and the Frank Waters Award for literary excellence. She has written 65 books with translations in 20 languages and more than 30 million copies in print. Jennifer and her husband live on a lake in northern Louisiana.

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