The Loyal Heart

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Lady Aubrey has a choice: pursue her childhood love, Ethan, or give in to Ethan’s bitter enemy, the dark and devilish Crispin. Ethan is more interested in regaining his land than wooing her. Crispin loves her, but will that be enough to save her when he discovers she is, in fact, his arch-nemesis, the Derbywood Bandit? What happens when the heroine chooses the villain over the hero? More
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About Merry Farmer

Merry Farmer is an award-winning author of Historical Romance and Women’s Sci-Fi. She is passionate about Writing, Blogging, and Cricket and working towards becoming a successful author and an internationally certified Cricket Scorer. Her other hobbies have included knitting, theater, and going back to school to earn more degrees in arguably useless subjects like History and Theater than any sane person should have.

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Reviews

Review by: lalilu on Jan. 22, 2013 : star star star
So Mrs.Farmer has got a degree in history! Maybee somebody should tell her that nobody in the time of Richard Lionhart and John Lackland has eaten any potatos in Europe! Please reread your own book again with the eye of the historian and you will find more of those errors!
(review of free book)

Review by: Katharina Gerlach on Dec. 11, 2011 : star star star star star
I do not know the author and have never visited her website. Also, I'm a history geek and not a romance reader. That said, I loved the book and will definitely buy the next volume.

When I began reading, I thought "not another Robin Hood ripoff", but it wasn't one. Although set in the same time, there are hardly any references to that story. The history is well researched (for all I can tell, my specialty is Germany not GB), the characters likable, the sex surprisingly modest (although I found the word "raked" used a little too often), and the plot swashbuckling and adventurous. Well worth the money I spend for it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: cracl56 on Oct. 25, 2011 : star star star star
I really enjoyed this book--so much, in fact, that I went back to reread the second half almost immediately after finishing it. Farmer takes the Robin Hood legend and turns it on its head, with an engaging cast of characters. I appreciate a romance that doesn't take itself too seriously, so I enjoyed the puns and other humor, as well as the overall tone of the novel. My one complaint is the overabundance of characters "smirking". But overall this is a quick and enjoyable read. Some of my favorite parts, where the author really shines, are the scenes where the heroine struggles with her growing attraction for the hero
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laura Kent on Oct. 07, 2011 : star star star star star
First, I wish to qualify my review. I hear many e-books are subject to "friend review" suspicion when 5 stars are involved. I only met Miss Farmer online in recent months, and while we've had friendly exchanges, I am not in the circle of friends and contacts involved in the making of this book. We met and talked primarily because I found her website and loved the posts she put up. I gave her a few blog awards and though this book, as "historical romance," was out of my preferred genre, my enjoyment of her posts led me to sample it on Smashwords.

I had an easy excuse to pass on reviewing and rating this if I didn't like it (not my genre) and I wasn't obligated to either. Am I biased? Possibly, but only because I loved Merry's blog before picking up her book. I'm a fan first.

I hit the end of 20% and thought, what, already?! I dished out the $3 that same day to read the rest. I spent all day reading (not all that unusual for me with a good book) and finished it up the same day I got it. That is unusual for me. I usually take my time with books (sometimes reading more than one at a time). There are only two reasons I read a book all in one day. It is either a fairly easy read (ie fluff) or I just can't put it down.

I couldn't put The Loyal Heart down for long. Merry taps into my childhood love for swashbuckling adventure but inserts a character I always wanted in the fray. A swashbuckling woman without a crutch. She's not Robin Hood's girl, or his daughter, or "The love interest." She's not defined by a better/more well-known man. She's Aubrey and her story may share common threads with the Robin Hood legend, but it stands on its own and turns it on its head.

What Maguire did for Oz, Merry does for the Robin Hood story. The only difference is that Merry draws on research and real places during the times surrounding the legend and turns Loyal Heart into its own story with hints of the legend. This is not a rehash of an old story, it stands on its own.

Only one part of the text gave me pause, but I don't want to give it away. I'll only say I found it odd for the character near the end and wasn't sure I "bought" that they'd make a certain assumption about a certain death without making sure. I also only found about 10 typos max and they were easily read over with the intended words. This is the only reason I wavered between 4 and 5 stars. It was really only enough to make a 1/4 of a star difference, so I rounded up.

I can't wait for book 2, it moves on to the not a nun, nun as the main character and her comic relief (in book 1) love interest. Yes, non-nun nuns have love interests. And no, it's not something out of Sister Act!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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