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Temptation of the Warrior (The Warriors) Mass Market Paperback – March 25, 2008
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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, www.margomaguire.com, and looking her up on Facebook and Twitter.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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).
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish they was another book for Ana I would have love to read her story, it was a great read.Published 20 months ago by Alicia Sandiford
Here is another writer who is good at bringing the highlands and romance to life. Well worth the reading of it.Published on April 28, 2013 by Marilyn L.
A friend gave me this book, because it was a time travel, which I love. And, I was merrily going along, until I must have fallen asleep during a pivotal plot point. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Amazon customer
Margo Maguire is a brilliant author. I have almost finished all her books and can't put them down. Temptation of the Warrior was awesome reading. Try it and you will be hooked too. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by genine
This was my first Margo Maguire book, and I certainly enjoyed it. The feelings between Merrick and Jenny were so present, unlike some books where you don't understand how the hero... Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by T. Lee
**spoilers** (cos apparently I cant' help it...)
Interesting spin on the Arthurian legend...without actually saying much about it. Read more
SYNOPSIS: Handsome Warrior from Past Travels to Future To Meet His Future
HANDSOME WARRIOR: An evil one has killed my father and now she is out to destroy us! Read more