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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Extremely funny and very fairy-tale-like.
A village named Markesew in medieval England is besieged by a hungry dragon who demands sheep on a daily basis and a sacrificial virgin once a year to stop him from coming ashore and wiping the farmers out. What can they do but keep picking young women each summer solstice in a 'lottery' to sate the dragon's hunger...until a young virgin sent to the dragon was too tough for the dragon's teeth...her name? Alizon...
Twelve years later, a Dragonslayer arrives unexpectedly to slay the infamous dragon...except he isn't really a dragonslayer and he isn't from Markesew...or medieval England for that matter. He's just your average run-of-the-mill professional wrestler from the CUW known to his fans as St. George the Dragonslayer...
What he stumbles upon can't be just a dream he is having or some weird fantasy of truly being a Dragonslayer...or can it?
Who is the mysterious mistress at Devil's Mount? And why is she denying him access to her fortress? Doesn't she fear the dragon?
Dream or not, George is determined to slay the dragon and save the mistress trapped in the castle...until he realizes the dream is no dream and the mistress is far more tough than the dragon...What is the secret she harbors? He must find out the truth before he is sent back to the future...and away from his heart...
Extremely funny and very sexy. My first book from Ms. Cach and definately not my last. Set amid myth and legend and a little fairytale, this story is filled with adventure and romance. So much that it will keep you flipping the pages until you find out what happens with George and the dragon.
I am a HUGE wrestling fan and I was very impressed with Ms. Cach's accuracy and with the way she explained how tough and real professional wrestling is. It's always dangerous and always exciting, but the men and women who do it on a daily basis for our entertainment, risk life and limb to make us cheer and smile. George was definately not 'cartoonish' or fake by any means. Bravo Ms. Cach!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I was (and probably still am) pretty much burned out on romantic comedies when I picked up this book for my local romance readers group. Though it sounded funny and the reviews were positive I figured I'd end up disappointed by the end. Boy, was I wrong!

George & The Virgin is a time travel/fantasy that begins somewhere in the Middle Ages (the period remains sketchy) in a small village filled with superstitious weaklings who sacrifice one of their virgin daughters to the local dragon once each year (because they're apparently too pathetic and spineless to face him down themselves). As the story begins Alizon (a 14 yr old virgin) is desperately trying to rid herself of her virginity with a loathsome and clueless boy in order to avoid becoming the dragon's next dinner. The scene is quite bawdy and funny and shows that Alizon is strong willed and very mouthy.
George, the hero of the story, lives in modern times. He's a professional wrestler for a foundation similar to the WWE (or whatever they're calling themselves these days) and is sent back to Alizon's time by his new age sister. George has always fantasized about slaying a dragon and now his dreams are coming true. Unfortunately, poor George isn't quite up to task and faces quite a few mishaps during his adventure.
I turned the pages eagerly but must admit that midway the author began to lose me a bit and the story seemed to drag (too much padding, maybe?). Still, I give this one a high recommendation. George was a great guy possessing lots of heart, self-doubt and he even had a conscience! Alizon was a bit on the prickly side but she had plenty of reasons. I can easily recommend this to someone looking for a break from the same-old plotlines filling the bookshelves. It's over-the-top fun and sexy too. What more do you need on a boring snowy night?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2002
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I'm not a professional reviewer and my views are entirely my own; that said, could I please give GEORGE AND THE VIRGIN more than five stars? This is a charming, very clever little book. The protagonists are likeable, the plot is simple but fun, and the humor often unexpected. This is one for my keeper list. It's for those days when the carpool has run late and my mother-in-law drops in for supper. But can we PLEASE do something about the dumb cover?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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A scenario that I intially thought was quite odd, that of a modern-day American professional wrestler magically transported to medieval England, surprisingly works quite well. This is due to the fact that the author has made the characters totally human and realistic, rather than caricatures. The dialogue is sharp and funny, the situations both humorous and heart-breaking, the romance sexy and amusing, the writing deft. These are characters you take to your heart: George, a man who is so much more than the cartoonish image of a professional wrestler; Alizon, a girl forced to take charge of her life earlier than anyone should; Pippa, who's death would have been a sorry loss; Reyne, a living lesson of the results of superstition. George's initial belief that what was happening to him was just a dream induced by a hypnotherapy session with his sister, and his subsequent attempts to psychoanalyze the meaning of it all was hilarious. Be prepared to keep reading once you start this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A professional wrestler travels back to medieval times to slay a dragon and save a virgin?
When I heard that concept, I just had to pick up a copy of this book, and I'm so glad I did. I love humorous romances, and this one kept me laughing out loud. George is a unique and endearing hero, Alizon is a feisty heroine worth slaying a dragon for, and Lisa Cach is an author who definitely has my attention. If you're looking for a book that's pure enjoyment, don't miss this one. It just might be the most entertaining book I've read this year!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2003
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I rarely pick up a book on the basis of a back cover blurb, but this one got me. My husband and two sons are wrestling fans (ick <g>), and I had to see what a romance author did with a wrestling hero. Well, she did just fine!
From beginning to end GEORGE AND THE VIRGIN is both humorous and emotional on the part of both the hero and heroine. The "virgins" are a welcome addition to this enchanting tale, as is the dragon. The author was even able to make me sympathize with the darned over-grown lizard!
I love time travel/fantasy romance and this book fits the bill perfectly. I highly recommend this as a fast-paced, funny, heartwarming, and charming tale about two insecure people who work through their insecurities side by side.
Lisa Cach is a welcome addition to the world of sub-genre romance fiction, and I'll be looking for her other books!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2002
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Most of the time when I'm reading a book, even if I love it, I get a bit impatient around the last chapter of the book. By then I'm ready for it to end so I can move on to the next book. This is not the case with George and the Virgin. I loved it from being to end, and said ending is one of the best I've ever read.
The book starts out with one of the funniest opening scenes ever. Alizon is trying to get a young lustiful oaf to deflower her so she will not have to take place in the annual lottery. The unlucky winner will be sacraficed to Belch, a dragon who's BO alone is enough to fell a mighty warrior, so the beast doesn't harm the villagers' precious sheep. Of course, Alizon is the unlucky winner, because the afore mentioned oaf proved too dirty for even a desperate girl to bear.
Twelve years alater, 'Saint' George is summoned from the future. George happens to a professional wrestler and is more than happy to volunteer as dragon-slayer becuase he thinks this is an excircise in creative visualization.
Alizon didn't die in Belch's jaws all those many years ago and has built a secret world on the dragon's mountain where she and virgins sent after her live in peace. She gives George three chances to slay Belch, but she wants him to fail suprisingly. (Trust me the reasons are sound.)
This book is witty and fun. Alizon and George really shine as two well suited characters who learn and grow over the course of the story. I highly recommend it for people who are looking for a light, laugh-out-loud adventure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2006
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There were some pretty funny moments in this book but it was bordering on stupid rather than funny some of the time. I did laugh out loud 3 or 4 times but when it came to the romance part of the book it was hard to switch off that mood to really care if they got together or not. The many, many interrupted love scenes got very, very annoying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Athena employs a special crystal to help her unhappy brother professional wrestler "Saint" George Arlington finds a modicum of contentment. George is not only recovering from an injury, but frets over learning children have been injured copying his vaunted finishing move. Instead of just hypnotizing George into some sort of harmonic trance, Athena sends her sibling back to medieval England. George believes his sibling has mesmerized him so when he meets Emoni it is easy for him to pledge that he will slay the local dragon so that the villagers won't annually sacrifice the virgin to keep the beast satiated.

He travels to the dragon's island where the caretaker knocks George out, which leads to his incarceration by the old crone who feeds the dragon. As a professional wrestler, George can tell the crone is a beautiful young woman in disguise. George fails on his first two attempts to slay the dragon even as he fantasizes about his hostess. To her chagrin Alizon is very attracted to the weird outsider. Still if George survives his fight with the dragon, will he convince Alizon that this is his fantasy and in it they belong together?

Lisa Cach ingeniously takes a contemporary professional wrestler and sends him back in time to fight a virgin eating dragon. Anyone who reads the tale will know that Ms. Cach is a brilliant innovator as this humorous time travel tale succeeds because the story line never deviates from not taking itself too seriously. Readers will relish the professional wrestler seeking a "script" to fight the dragon in this comedic romantic romp.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2002
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Markesew was a medieval village with its own resident dragon! Once a year, the villagers sacrificed one of their virgin females.
Alizon was chosen twelve years before "St. George the Dragonslayer" appeared - from the twenty-first century - to kill the dragon. Unknown by those in Markesew, Alizon was the mysterious crone to whom they delivered their drugged virgin to yearly. However, no female since Alizon had been fed to "Belch". The virgins lived on Devil's Mount, surviving on the sheep the villagers often sent to feed the dragon daily.
George was a professional wrestler. His stage name was St. George. He was staying with his sister and niece while an injury from a match healed. His sister convinced George to let her hypnotize him, in an attempt to help George relax. Never before had it worked on him. This time, though, he "awakened" to find himself dubbed "St. George the Dragonslayer" and sent to Devil's Mount.
George met the crone with mixed feelings. Even though she wore a concealing cloak, he knew she was not as old as she tried to make him believe. She granted George three chances to kill Belch. If he failed the third time, he must leave Devil's Mount. Her only companion seemed to be one male servant and several ghosts of the virgins sacrificed before. George was supposed to slay the dragon. But the crone held all the cards and was winning his heart.
***** Be warned, books by Lisa Cach are very addictive! This story DEMANDED my attention from the first page. The pages flew by quickly. I lost much sleep because I HAD to see what was going to happen next when I should have been in bed. Highly recommended. *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch.
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