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Things Medieval !
debut medieval romance and a new, passionate insight
into the world surrounding Robin Hood!
Kensington Zebra (December 2008)
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. Clever and creative, Meg has the power to
heal not only physical wounds but deeper injuries. Torn between
families and their love, the passion between them has the power to heal
Carrie Lofty has a gift for both the action scenes and also vivid
descriptive detail that makes one feel the passions and thoughts of her
characters. The physical landscape captures the imagination not only by
placing the reader right there but also as part of the inner lives of
her characters as can be seen in Will Scarlet's relationship to the
forest and Meg's relationship to fire. WHAT A SCOUNDREL WANTS is a
sensuous romance, with a passionate, emotional romance as well as
sensuous in the action scenes. The sights, the smells, the touch come
alive in vivid detail.
One scene in particular towards the
end, blew me away with a riveting tension-filled moment, a moment so
close to heart-breaking. Carrie Lofty takes the reader right to the
edge and then, at just the right moment, with the perfect twist, the
romance expands into such a passionate, joyous moment. In the midst of
that dynamic edge moment, the author reaches deeper with such insight
into her characters and love itself that I fell in love with both Will
Scarlet and Meg. WHAT A SCOUNDREL
WANTS is a fine mix of intrigue, action and emotional depth. The
transformation in the hero and the heroine as they love one another is
just beautiful. Carrie Lofty captures in fiction and precise imagery
the essence of a good man. Even though Will Scarlet is very much a
scoundrel bad boy, in some ways, in love, he has a self-presence to put
Meg's interest above what is expedient, to trust her and protect her
without diminishing her. Although set in distant times, WHAT A SCOUNDREL WANTS captures in
imagery, psychological depth and imagination, a timeless truth in the
way only fiction can. WHAT A
SCOUNDREL WANTS is an exciting book --- a book to read slowly in
order to savor in all its details. Keep a hanky for the ending --- not
for tears of pain but joyful tears.
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
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..