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Arrow to the Heart (Louisiana Plantation Collection) by [Blake, Jennifer]
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From Publishers Weekly

Blake ( Wildest Dreams ) is at her best in this historical romance, a fine piece of unashamed escapism set in antebellum Louisiana. Katrine Castlereagh is dutiful wife to the mysteriously incapacitated Giles, whose mad desire for an heir leads to a dastardly scheme to mate her with the victor of his yearly medieval-style tournament. True-hearted Rowan de Blanc comes to the tourney for reasons of his own: believing Katrine to be responsible for his half-brother's death, he wants to learn more about her. Although attracted to each other, the pair refuse to fulfill Giles's plan--so he imprisons them, naked, in a tower on the grounds of his estate. They decide to cheat Giles by becoming lovers but avoiding pregnancy, thanks to Rowan's training in Arabian techniques of "self-control." True love and sensuality are awakened, only to be threatened by a fire in the tower. Blake's language is as lush and sensual as her protagonists' affair, although there are too many porcelain-edged teeth and coral-rose nipples, and the sex is so prodigious and frequent that it begins to bore. However, the intriguing combination of passion and intellect in both Katrine and Rowan gives some edge to a story satisfyingly capped by several neat plot twists.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Blake's latest clanking steam calliope of a period romance takes place in 19th-century Louisiana--familiar territory to the author of Love and Smoke (Blake's 1989 hardcover debut), Joy and Anger, Wildest Dreams and many paperback palpitations. Here, the cosmic coupling of a reluctant (married) virgin and the hero is brought about in the trappings of a medieval estate, complete with tournaments, a Court of Love, and a tower. Katrina has been wed five years to older, colder Giles Castlereigh; the marriage has not been consummated, but Giles desperately wants an heir. (What is the problem? Gay? Sterile? Incomplete? Nope. But the tell-all won't occur until the last few crowded pages.) Meanwhile, Giles enjoys playing the lord of the manor with a staging of medieval games and Court of Love discussions at dinner; he is also choosing a champion to sire his child with Katrina. Then arrives Rowan de Blanc--the great swordsman, archer, etc.--essentially to find the murderer of his brother. Katrina is appalled at Giles's plan, and after pages of talk about it all (a battle of wits with very dull blades), Giles, growing impatient, seals the pair, naked, in a tower room. Still, there are yards of doubt to go before the two do their Blakean soaring. At the close, there'll also be: a strangled young girl; a dual killing; a spate of confessions; and a final elopement. Compared with Amanda Quick's Deception (see below), this is sluggish and shows all its gears--on autopilot for the fans, then, who are legion. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (July 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IKA5AO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Katrine Castlereagh was married; Rowan de Blanc wanted to avenge his younger brother's death. Sparks of attraction immediately flew between Katrine and Rowan the moment they met. Would they consumate their attraction and have an affair?

Jennifer Blake brought her readers to the Louisiana plantations for this historical romance that actually was quite interesting and brings a different point of view on romance novels heroes and heroines. With the female protagonist married and it was actually mentioned on the first page, Ms. Blake had to create a situation that would bring them to their HEA without being salacious.

It was the medieval court of love transplanted to the first half of 18th century America. The concept was great and it actually helped build the tension between Katrine and Rowan. Yet, it also dragged the storyline and quite frankly, it is not until you are on 2/3 of the story that it picks up speed.

I almost did not finish the book. All the intellectual questions are supposed to make you think. But somehow, if I want to read philosophy, I will read Jean Paul Sarte and Voltaire, not a romance novel.

Don't get me wrong. I like Jennifer Blake. I have read many of her books and I did enjoy them. But "Arrow to the Heart", is not my cup of tea. The court of love questions were supposed to be a tool to explain how and why Rowan and Katrine would be together in the end. After all, this is a romance novel, and happily-ever-after is a given.

But, as it turned out, it became a double-edged sword for the author. It made Katrine stand-offish, in fact, sometimes I felt that she is a cold fish.
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"There are ways of being certain that a reluctant filly stands still for the stallion's mount. You might strive to remember that."

19C Louisiana. Katrine Castlereagh's lot in life is to be wife to a wealthy plantation owner. Problem is, her husband is older and impotent, and what do you do when you want your wife to produce an heir? Why hold a medieval tournament with the champion getting the very best prize of all - although Katrine's not too fond of the whole idea. Into this muddle comes Rowan de Blanc, who believes Katrine is responsible for his half brother's death, and he aims to make her pay.

This being a romance novel and all you can pretty much guess where the story is going, although Blake does manage to slip a few twists and turns in to keep you guessing until the end. There's a fair bit of sex included, although IMHO Blake is classy enough to keep it from feeling smutty. While this wasn't an OMG best book ever, I did enjoy it and would pick it up again when I'm in the mood for a lighter read.
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I give kudos to any writer.... it's very difficult to put your ideas & imagination on paper. But Blake makes what I've found to be a common mistake among many writers..... longer DOES NOT mean better. This was a solid story w/a lot of twists & turns but it was about 100 pages too long. Before the end, I was losing interest. There wasn't any "action" between the main characters until almost the end so I found myself "skipping" pages to find out the conclusion which was a shame b/c it was a good story. I agree w/another reviewer for the amount of pages this story took, the ending was rushed & incomplete. If you're looking for a descriptive tale w/little heat but solid story telling, this is it.
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Katrine is married to an older man Giles who can not perform his marriage duties and get an heir upon his wife. So he arranges a tournament in which, unbeknownst to the all, the winner will be the man to produce an heir with Katrine. Enter Rowan. Handsome and skilled, destined to be the winner. But he is here for other reasons. The year before his brother was found dead. He believes that Katrine knows why. In the midst of Rowan trying to find out the mystery of his brother's death, Giles tries frantically to push Katrine and Rowan together so he can have his long awaited heir. This story is a marvelous whodunit with enough romance, suspense, and sexual tension to keep any reader hooked. I liked Rowan right off, but Katrine seemed too cool at first, until I realized that she wasn't being difficult. She was merely trying to protect a friend. Very enjoyable.
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I always enjoy Jennifer Blake novels, and I liked ARROW TO THE HEART, but not as much as some of her other books. I found the pace very slow for most of the book and then the ending was rushed. Also, the sex scenes, when Rowan and Katrine FINALLY got going, were too drawn out and the language was so flowery that I just skimmed through them. The mysterious murderer and the plot twists were very intriguing and really surprised me when they were revealed. The Court of Love was way too philosophical for me but that is a matter of personal taste and it doesn't surprise me that many people liked it. This was a very nice book to read if you like historical romances so I do recommend it if you like that genre.
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Great story. I was actually torn between rating 4 or 5 stars, however the latter won since I found it difficult to put it down. The only issue I had was that halfway through storyline the plot became almost comical, in that it was so far fetching. But keeping in mind a wild imagination makes for a great book I gave it the 5 it deserves. Lastly, I must address the sexual tension between the main characters.... can we say hot! Almost...ALMOST had me missing my ex. Somebody slap me please.
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