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An engaging historical romance
 
I could not put this book down, in fact I devoured it in one sitting and then immediately bought the second book too!
 
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Four and a Half Stars
 
This is a really entertaining book with love, lust, action, intrigue, humor, stress, happiness and sadness and is well worth taking the time out of your day to read.
 
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Merry Farmer is an award-winning novelist who lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn't have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always having something to write about. Today she is a giant History nerd and a hopeless romantic waiting for her own love story to start.

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  • File Size: 1708 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R4K75W
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Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn't have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always having something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Women's Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.

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By MJ on March 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
When Ethan returns home from the crusades, he discovers his home has been reclaimed and a new Lord has been appointed in his place. He also discovers that the new adversary in town `the Derbywood bandit' is not a man but is Lady Aubrey; the sister of his old friend and neighbour. Crispin, the man Ethan believes killed his father now lives in his home and acts like he's Lord of the Manor. Much seems to have changed in the two years Ethan has been away!

I think I was expecting a run of the mill romance when I picked up this book but that isn't what I got. `The Loyal Heart' is kind of a reverse adaptation of `Robin hood prince of Thieves'........Our Robin is a tough female who disguises herself as a man and keeps the local Bailiff Crispin on his toes by out manoeuvring him and his men at every turn..... Don't misunderstand me the story quickly moves along and isn't a rehash of this well known legend.

Aubrey our MC has been in love with Ethan for years but it has taken her this long to realise that really he is a selfish ass and not worthy of her attention, on the other hand Crispin who she has spent years thinking is an ass turns out to be rather thoughtful and nice. It takes Aubrey's realisation of this fact for Ethan to finally notice Aubrey as a woman rather than his friends little sister. Definitely a case of not realising what you've got `til it's gone and wanting what you can't have! There were some fairly unpredictable things in this plot........I didn't expect ------ to happen, Well I'm not going to give that away am I! But there were a couple of things that surprised me and I liked that.
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was fun and engaging.

If I was going to offer the author some pointers I'd say

a) Add a little more description to set the scene. I kind of know what medieval England might look like but not everyone would. It would also add to the atmosphere.

b) All the characters need a little more depth, back history, motivation and detail. Why and how is Aubrey so good with a sword? What did Crispin do that was so awful in the past? Why don't the people of Ethan's estates want him back?

c) Find another word for smirk!

OK, so the last one was a bit pedantic but it was used enough that I started to notice it.

In spite of these points and a few other minor quibbles it was a pleasure to read and I should say that the sex scenes are really well written. It all moves along at a good pace. I liked it enough that I'll be reading the sequel.
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I initially waffled over how I should rate this book. I loved the storyline, the characters, and the author's voice as she brought everything to life with a deft touch. There was wicked humor, despicable treachery, and steamy romance. However...if you've watched even one episode of BBCA's Robin Hood then you will understand my perceived dilemma. While the character names are different, the location is Derbyshire and not Sherwood, and the story resolves in a new manner, at first I was constantly reminded of scenes from the TV show as I read. As I continued I slowly realized that I love re-imaginings of classics, and I love new novels that pay homage to previous favorites - exactly what this author was doing. After finishing the book my opinion firmed into one of support for the author. The classic tale of Robin Hood has been adapted by such varied talents as Walt Disney, Mel Brooks, and Ridley Scott. The story has been written of, sung in ballads, retold at faires, and adopted as a native tale in more countries than England (France and Germany stake their claims on the tale). Thus I decided why criticize this author for doing what untold others have already done, that is, give us a new perspective of this timeless story. Especially when she has done such a fantastic job.

Without giving anything away, let me say The Loyal Heart of the title is not Robin Hood, or Ethan, as he is named in this version. And while I will admit that I pictured Richard Armitage in my mind every time Sir Crispin entered a scene, the character is not merely a reincarnation of BBCA's Sir Guy of Gisborne (and who doesn't picture Richard Armitage in their mind every chance they get?!).
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Are you a fan of the BBC series Robin Hood? If so, this book will seem very familiar -- most of this book is lifted directly from the show. So much, in fact, that this book is either fan fiction or plagiarism, I'm not sure which.

On the show, we have Robin of Locksley, recently returned from the Crusades to find his estate given over to Guy of Gisbourne, who works for the eeeeeeeevil Sheriff of Nottingham. Both Robin and Gisbourne court Maid Marian, who, disguised as The Watchman, robs from the rich to give to the poor. Pretty soon, Robin, along with Alan A'Dale, Little John, Much and Will Scarlet (among others) is also robbing/giving.

In the book, we have Ethan of Windale, recently returned from the Crusades to find his estate given over to Crispin Huntingdon, who works for the eeeeeeeevil Sheriff Buxton. Both Ethan and Crispin court Lady Aubry, who, disguised as The Bandit, robs from the rich to give to the poor. Pretty soon, Ethan, along with Jack/Alan, Toby/Much and Tom/Will, is also robbing/giving.

But that's just the beginning.

-- The characters in the book display the very same slangy, anachronistic language as the characters on the show. It works on TV. Not so much in print.

-- The Sheriff of Nottingham keeps little critters in cages and torments them to let us know he's eeeeeevil. He also has a homeoerotic attachment to Gisbourne that he displays by either being way too touchy-feely with him, or torturing him. Same thing with Buxton and Crispin, critters and bad-touching and all.

-- Gisbourne and Marian have a bizarre on-off engagement that's never fully explained. So do Crispin and Aubrey!
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