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What a Scoundrel Wants (Zebra Debut) [Kindle Edition]

Carrie Lofty
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Book Description

In this dazzling, original tale, Carrie Lofty imagines a new chapter in the well-loved Robin Hood fable. Meet Robin's rakish nephew, Will Scarlet, a man whose talents with the sword and the ladies are legendary--until his desire for one woman changes everything.

A Passionate Lover...

A swordsman for the Sheriff of Nottingham, Will Scarlet has finally emerged from his famous uncle's shadow. But when he's unwittingly drawn into a bloody battle between the Sheriff and a nobleman, it's impossible to tell friend from foe. A woman's screams lead Will straight into the carnage to save her--but the ravishing young lady is not the helpless maid she appears to be.

An Amorous Lady...

Meg of Keyworth lost her sight to illness years ago, but that hasn't stopped her mission to save her imprisoned sister, who's been arrested by none other than Will Scarlet. Meg wants to hate Will for betraying her family, but he sparks heated desire in her heart--a desire that only he can satisfy. Meg is lovely and loving, and bedding her is sensual bliss. To please her in every way is what he wants most, for Will knows he will cherish her forever....

Editorial Reviews


"The leading man will win readers' hearts as only a bad boy can. Lofty writes adventure romance like a born bard of old." ~ RT Book Reviews

"An intelligent romance... [Lofty] treats the reader as if the reader is intelligent as well. I enjoy and respect that." ~ Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

"Those looking for derring-do will find it, as will people who want raw, searing encounters between two people fighting to find love." ~ Dear Author

"I enjoyed visiting this world, and the emotional payoff at the end was wonderful. B+" ~ All About Romance

"Carrie Lofty has mixed a skillful chemistry of intrigue, action, explosives and suspense with just the right touch of sugar and passion..." ~ Fresh Fiction

From the Author

A person named Robin Hood might have existed, but the extensive legend bearing his name has been forged from bits of fact and centuries' worth of creative license. No matter the truth, I like to think that Will and Meg's story adds to that tradition, blending history and myth.

Will Scarlet first appeared in one of the oldest surviving Robin Hood ballads, "A Gest of Robyn Hode," and no other character in Sherwood has undergone the same radical shifts. From foppish dandy to cruel thug, from trusted sidekick to lovesick paramour, Will has filled the narrative role that writers and moviemakers required of him. Only his stormy loyalty to Robin is a constant.

As always, I look forward to your comments! I welcome you to visit and to follow me on Twitter (@CarrieLofty).

Product Details

  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420104756
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (December 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001J9Q4AG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Will Scarlett Finally Gets His Story (B- Grade) December 29, 2008
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One of my favorite heroes in literature is Robin Hood. My love for this character goes way back to when Errol Flynn played Robin Hood on the big screen. There was just something so dashing about the man who would fight for those who couldn't defend themselves, and sacrificed so much for those around him. His undying love for Maid Marian, and hers for Robin, is one of the best romances in literature.

The book I have reviewed here is not about Robin Hood directly, but one of Robin's fellow outlaws. Carrie Lofty has decided to write about Will Scarlett, who was a member of Robin's band of merry thieves. If you have seen the 1991 movie, Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner playing Robin, then you remember Christian Slater as Will Scarlet. In that movie we find out Will is Robin's long lost half-brother. In Carrie's What a Scoundrel Wants, Robin is Will's uncle, and Will has turned his back on everything Robin believed in. Will works for a new evil Sheriff of Nottingham. What a Scoundrel Wants takes place a few years later, after Robin became an outlaw. He is now off fighting with King Richard, and his wife, Marian, and their young son are all alone at Locksley Manor, waiting for Robin's safe return. Will was supposed to stay and watch over Marian, but he left because he feels he did something so horrible, where he destroyed the trust Robin has placed in him.

Will needs to survive and he aligns himself with the Sheriff for reasons some readers may think is a very selfish one. But Will is all alone. He has no where else to turn to. He hates what he has to do, but sucks it up and makes the best of it, just like he always has. Will is responsible for arresting a young woman buy the name of Ada, who was trying to use some counterfeit emeralds while she was in Nottingham.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Scoundrel Wants December 17, 2008
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Carrie Lofty is an author that I will be watching in the future. Her debut novel What A Scoundrel Wants is a delightfully unique Robin Hood tale that really keeps you on your toes. This book was adventurous and intriguing, a real page turner. The way she wrote her characters made the story seem so real. I found this delightful story to be very engrossing. This is a very exciting book. I recommend it highly if you like a great romantic adventure story.
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Haunted by thoughts of Sherwood Forest, Will Scarlett journeys through Charnwood Forest. Separated from Robin Hood and Marian, the forest is a reminder of happier days and the longtime rift between Robin Hood and his nephew. When a battle between Lord Whitstowe and Roger Carlisle, representative of the Sheriff of Nottingham and Will's superior, breaks out, Will hardly knows which way to turn until he hears the screams of a woman in the background. Protecting her by instinct from Carlisle's men's plans, Will knows not where to go amidst all the plots and double crosses. Will Scarlet turns to the woman as the only witness to the truth, the only witness who might stand in the way of his hanging. For Meg of Kentworth, the lie is easy. She needs protection and if Will Scarlett can help her get there faster, all the better. Blind from an illness, she is determined to save her imprisoned sister Ada. Arrested by Will Scarlett himself, Meg has every reason to hate Will but the closeness brought on by their uneasy pairing sets off sparks of desire in both Meg and Scarlett. Can Will and Meg's growing passion for one another be enough to see them through the dangers of their journeys and even more, set the past aright?

Carrie Lofty's debut medieval romance WHAT A SCOUNDREL WANTS blazes onto the scene with a new chapter of the Robin Hood tale, a tale that makes this classic come alive like never before with emotion, passionate romance, and suspenseful adventure. With a hero and heroine at cross purposes, the tension between them is palpable in priceless dialogue as the two banter, each standing up to the other. Despite her blindness, Meg is a defiant and brave woman, just the woman to tame the man known as a scoundrel, the man who betrayed Robin Hood.
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A absolutely loved this story. My only problem was that it ended when I wasn't quite ready to let the characters go.
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Since 2008, RITA-nominated and RT Reviewers' Choice-winning author Carrie Lofty has over twenty books to her name--or four names, to be precise. Her historical and paranormal romances from Pocket have been described as "nuanced and superbly realized" (The Chicago Tribune) and "sexy, brutal and somehow innocent" (All About Romance). Now Carrie is celebrating her first New Adult romance, BLUE NOTES featuring a shy piano prodigy and a New Orleans playboy shouldering his family''s crumbling empire.

With Lorelie Brown, the Katie Porter co-writing team has been honored with a Reviewers' Choice award for Best Erotic Ebook, and the first m/m nomination for RT's Book of the Year. Back-to-back releases of their La Femme Nakita-inspired "Boston Boys" series will begin in May from Samhain.

During her junior year abroad, Carrie lured an unsuspecting Englishman to the Midwest, where she's kept him a happy ex-pat for sixteen years. With two pre-teen daughters and a master's degree specializing in the Old West, Carrie is a movie buff, a former ballroom and bellydancer, and a woman in desperate need of a maid service.

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