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Margo Maguire is the author of twenty-one historical romance novels. Formerly a critical care nurse, she worked for many years in a large Detroit trauma center. Margo writes full time and loves to hear from readers. Keep up with news on Margo's latest books by signing up for her newsletter on her website,, and looking her up on Facebook and Twitter.


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Product Details

  • Series: The Warriors (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061256374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061256370
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,355,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a nice, sane break from the drama and fast pace of working as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit, Margo Maguire returned to college to study history, and fell in love. Writing about the historical characters she encountered in her classes was a good way to unwind from a crazy day in the unit. She soon started creating her own fictional characters and putting them into historical settings.

Margo is the author of twenty historical romance novels. Her books have been published in numerous languages, and have even come out in Japan as manga--animated books. She is the mother of three grown children and lives with her scientist husband in southern Michigan.

Margo participates in Romance Writers of America's yearly Literacy Signing, and does local book signings with every new release. She has given talks on writing and research techniques, and is a featured author at, a blog she shares with eleven other romance authors. She is a regular contributor to the Avon Romance forums and sends out bulletins with Fresh Fiction and Eye on Romance. For news on Margo's newest work, visit her website and sign up for her newsletter.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on May 20, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although the spine of this book labels it a 'Historical Romance' it actually has a considerable dollop of paranormal woven through the pages. Merrick Mac Lochlainn has to travel through time to protect his people from a great evil. His journey is from the Isle of Coruain in the year 981 to 19th century England where he seeks a special stone, one of two that exist somewhere in England, with just the prediction that he needs to find 'Keating' on the Carlisle Road. As Merrick arrives on the Carlisle Road he sees a woman being attacked by four men and wades in to help, knowing that he can't use his usual magic in this situation as it will alert his enemies as to his location.

Jenny Keating, the young woman the mysterious man helps, has her own secrets. She's recently left a school where her treatment had been decidedly Jane Eyre-esque with beatings from the Reverend Usher, the Headmaster. Her one item of value, a special pendant left to her by her parents, has been stolen and she's on the train of her erstwhile roommate Harriet whose brother apparently lives in Carlisle. Jenny decides to travel to Carlisle to find the pendant before taking up her new position as governess just north of Carlisle. Her strange abilities to affect objects when she feels emotions strongly have made her keep herself to herself - along with the fact that everyone she has ever trusted has left her.

When the man who helped Jenny against the assailants wakes up from a crack on the head he has amnesia. Jenny names him Matthew and says he is her husband so that a band of Gypsies will help them. But Merrick remembers nothing of his mission and believes that he is Jenny's husband.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 28, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 981 on the Isle of Coruain, High Chieftain Merrick MacLochlainn knows he has no choice but to do the mission in order to keep the Druzai safe from the malevolence of their long time enemy the witch Eilinora, who escaped incarceration, killed Merrick's father, and stole the scepter of power. The first leg of his quest is to retrieve sacred stones that will bring back powers to the Druzai. However to obtain the stones means he must travel forward in time to 1826.

Merrick goes forward over eight centuries, but upon finding himself in Regency Northumbria; he is mentally confused and cannot recall his past let alone his mission. He also has problems with just who is Jenny Keating, whom he rescued from some attackers. They travel together until the reach a Gypsy camp where she claims she is his wife. Merrick knows that is untrue but does not expose her as he wants her safe while his mind heals. As he recovers and falls in love, Merrick believes Jenny is the source for his obtaining the stones. However, both know he must go back in time, but can she accompany her beloved if they retrieve the stones while his known foe and other death sorcerers cause mayhem.

TEMPTATION OF THE WARRIOR is a fascinating romantic fantasy that employs time travel to bring together a Dark Ages Scottish warrior and a Victorian woman. The time travel is especially handled really well as he struggles with effect of the trip. The story line is fast-paced from the opening segue when Merrick tells his courageous female cousin Ana no that he not she will journey and never slows down until the confrontation. Fans will appreciate Margo Maguire's magnificent good vs. evil thriller and want to read Merrick's brother Brogan's tale (see A WARRIOR'S TAKING).

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on April 9, 2008
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As head of his clan, Merrick MacLochlainn feels the tremendous burden of protecting his people from the evil sorceress Elianor. To prevent her from taking over their clan, he and his brother must travel forward some 1000 years into time to the 1820's and collect sacred stones. Merrick finds himself in North England and when he spies a young woman being visciously attacked he comes to her aid.

Jenny Keating has finally secured a position as a governess and is more than ready to escape the horrible conditions of her employment. She had been teaching at a boarding school with a cruel headmaster. When she takes her leave she discovers that her roommate has stolen her locket, the only memento she has from her deceased parents. She is on a quest to retrieve the locket from the runaway girl. Unfortunately, she is waylaid by ruffians.

When Merrick comes to Jenny's aid he is shot and suffers amnesia. Jenny realizes that their situation is dire and when a traveling band of gypsies rescues them she claims he is her husband.

Merrick is attracted to Jenny and fully believes her story. Jenny is confused about her feelings for Merrick. She fears he may have a family back in Scotland. They have a passionate romance but Jenny is in a constant worry over Merrick's past.

Jenny longs for a permanent relationship but she frets about her strange mystical powers and Merrick's reaction when he discovers them. She has never shared her abilities with anyone. Merrick is running out time and when he begins to discover his past, he realizes that his clan desperately needs him but so does Jenny.

Merrick is a wonderful hero, kind of alpha male but never obnoxiously macho. His love for Jenny is powerful but it pulls against his duty to his clan. The ending was a bit rushed for me and there were a lot of characters to remember, good and bad especially in the last chapters. All in all, however, this is an enjoyable read.
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