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Champion Of The Heart (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821768859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821768853
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,804,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurel O'Donnell has won numerous awards for her works, including the Holt Medallion for A Knight of Honor, the Happily Ever After contest for Angel's Assassin, and the Indiana's Golden Opportunity contest for Immortal Death. The Angel and the Prince was nominated by the Romance Writers of America for their prestigious Golden Heart award. O'Donnell lives in Illinois with her four cherished children, her beloved husband and her five cats. She finds precious time every day to escape into the medieval world and bring her characters to life in her writing.

Laurel loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at:

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Penn on June 30, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In fourteenth century England, Lord Mercer gives up everything, including his lands and title, to protect the identity of a murderer. His lands were forfeited to Lord Vaughn, whetting a desire for revenge in his son Fox, because Lord Vaughn is the father of his best friend Evan. Indeed, Fox believes his friends, both Evan and Jordan Ruvane, have turned their backs on him.
Ten years later, Fox becomes known as the Black Fox, in the tradition of Robin Hood, robbing the neighborhood to feed his people. His antics are specifically aimed at annoying his former friend Evan. Despite the fact that he's perceived to be an outlaw, a thief, and an outcast, Fox disguises himself and enters a tournament for Lady Jordan's hand. Fox's unexpected win results in his capture and imprisonment. When he escapes, he takes Jordan hostage, promising her release only in return for his family's title and lands.
Jordan's unexpected courage and compassion, especially for children, touches Fox's heart. While he wants to harden his heart against her, he can't the resist the temptation she presents. Unfortunately, Fox refuses to believe her protestations that she never turned her back on him. As they fall in love, however, they both must face the past and devastating truths of betrayal, greed, and cruelty. As dark secret comes to light, Fox must forget revenge if he wants Jordans.
CHAMPION OF THE HEART captures the reader's heart from the first page and never lets go. With rich characterization and motivation carefully revealed, the novel recreates an era of passion and cruelty, of vengeance and turmoil, and of secrets exposed. While the plot echoes traditional formulas, the fresh details and depth of characterization present a unique twist resulting in a memorable tale. A keeper, CHAMPION OF THE HEART is very highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 6, 2009
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It was a fast read for me. The reason it is not a 5 star is because I feel that the hero and heroine could have been alittle steamier and there were parts that really needed a bit of a reality check. All in all though, it was a good storyline and I'd probably read it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roslynn on June 30, 2014
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I have read several of Ms. Laurel O’Donnell’s books and really enjoy how she is able to tell such an action-packed fascinating story and with this book there is quite a story but some of the characters really irritated me! I guess in a sense I did get tired of Fox’s surly acerbic attitude towards everyone and wanted him to wake up not by being so mean to Jordan and sleeping with her I didn’t really know what that was about? So he just wanted to play with Jordan’s feelings by being intimate with her? I just kept thinking that maybe sense he was still so angry with her to take her virginity was just a way to get back at Evan and her family? Plus, the way Fox took her virginity seemed almost cold and callous in a way. Okay yes he physically desired her but I don’t see any true feelings of love and affection for Jordan except at the very beginning and when they were kids. That I didn’t really see Fox as a charming lovable hero I could swoon over. In a sense I was rooting for Evan to wound him at least Evan despite being the villain stayed true to who he was plus he was handsome and mysterious. Yes, he hated and was jealous of Fox but he didn’t start out so bad. Jordan irritated me a little as well I didn’t understand why Jordan would take care of all these perfect kids. Yes, the kids were just a little too perfect to even be misbegotten and orphans. Their behavior was just so simpering and all-praising of Jordan that it was just unbelieving at times. I just wanted the kids to act well like regular kids. There were also a lot of nicknames well at least to me it seemed like these were nicknames for instance Fox’s ragtag group of followers who all seemed to have nicknames as well Pick, Beau, Scout and Doom.Read more ›
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Condit on November 1, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I though this book was easy to read and finish in just one afternoon. The story starts when the hero and the heroine are both children (13 or so) and Fox Mercer's father is dishonored and looses his title, his money and his lands because he will not tell who really killed a baron who was a close friend of the kings. The h/h are best friends but are torn from each other only to meet up again 10 years later when she is to be the prize for a tournament and he shows up even though he has now become the outlaw known as the Black Fox. He wins but is thrown in the dungeon but escapes and takes Jordan, the heroine, with him. He tries to keep his anger at her betrayal 10 years before but he finds he still cares for her as she does for him.
The characters don't really stand up and impress the reader but the secondary characters are quite amusing.All in all a good book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Forthman on February 3, 2014
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I love all Laurel O'Donnells books. They are unique stories, but of course with the happy ending I crave. This story was just a treasure to read. I can imagine being with the characters each step of their journey, the sights, sounds, and smells. I felt as though I were there and could feel what the characters feel.
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