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Heart of a Lion [Kindle Edition]

Hillary Fields
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She has once been a beautful noblewoman called lady Isabeau, betrothed at birth to the handsome squire Jared de Navarre. But all that changed when the Crusades began, and Isabeau was abducted, transported to the torrid climes of the Mideast, and sold...

Jared had journeyed east, vowing to stay until he found his lady...but there his hopes died and his heart hardened. Now called the Black Lion, he is a fierce mercenary, about to begin a dangerous mission in the empty employ of a mysterious black-veiled renegade warrior...

Jared never guessed that Isabeau had survived, fleeing the erotic realms of a harem to become this legendary desert rebel. Now, face to face, Isabeau believes Jared can never accept the things she has done, the woman she has become. And as death and betrayal swirl around them, their chance for love may be destroyed...unless they learn that fighting for each other is the most important battle of all...


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"Hillary Fields is a fresh new voice that brings fire and sensuality to sizzle your senses."--T"he Nelles and Beaux of Romance"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312979177
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (21 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CNTTE7Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,011,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed thoroughly 2 Mar. 2004
By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lady Isabeau had been betrothed since birth to the squire Jared de Navarre, who was eight years older than her. Jared vowed to her parents to watch over her and protect her. But Isabeau was stubborn and feisty. At age eight, she wanted to go into town to see "the messenger straight from Jesus". When Jared refused, she slipped away to go alone and ended up being abducted. She was transported to the Mideast and sold into a harem.
Jared had been only sixteen, but felt the full weight of his responsibilities. He vowed to Isabeau's mother never to return unless he had found Isabeau. He soon believed her to be dead. Jared became a fierce mercenary called the Black Lion. He and his band of warriors became well known. But the Black Lion used his travels and the money gained from his trade to continue his hopeless search for his lost fiancé.
Isabeau was called simply the Assassin. Very few knew the face of this legendary desert rebel, not even the men who called her their leader. Having escaped the harem, she learned the ways of the Assassins' Cult. Her only thought was to free the one friend she ever had in the harem from her vile "Master". She hired the Black Lion's band for temporary aid, not knowing Jared to be the leader. Once face to face, she believed he could never accept her for what she had to become or the horrible things she had to do for survival.
**** This story begins to simmer from page one and becomes a virtual blaze of wildfire once they meet in the desert! A fast paced book with secondary characters that I could not help but admire. The only thing I found unbelievable was Isabeau being able to keep her virginity. Recommended. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! 8 Feb. 2002
By Huntress Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lady Isabeau had been betrothed since birth to the squire Jared de Navarre, who was eight years older than her. Jared vowed to her parents to watch over her and protect her. But Isabeau was stubborn and feisty. At age eight, she wanted to go into town to see "the messenger straight from Jesus". When Jared refused, she slipped away to go alone and ended up being abducted. She was transported to the Mideast and sold into a harem.
Jared had been only sixteen, but felt the full weight of his responsibilities. He vowed to Isabeau's mother never to return unless he had found Isabeau. He soon believed her to be dead. Jared became a fierce mercenary called the Black Lion. He and his band of warriors became well known. But the Black Lion used his travels and the money gained from his trade to continue his hopeless search for his lost fiancé.
Isabeau was called simply the Assassin. Very few knew the face of this legendary desert rebel, not even the men who called her their leader. Having escaped the harem, she learned the ways of the Assassins' Cult. Her only thought was to free the one friend she ever had in the harem from her vile "Master". She hired the Black Lion's band for temporary aid, not knowing Jared to be the leader. Once face to face, she believed he could never accept her for what she had to become or the horrible things she had to do for survival.
**** This story begins to simmer from page one and becomes a virtual blaze of wildfire once they meet in the desert! A fast paced book with secondary characters that I could not help but admire. The only thing I found unbelievable was Isabeau being able to keep her virginity. Recommended. ****
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I want from a romance 3 Aug. 2003
By Obie's Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having read other reviews of this book, I'm surprised to find anyone wants anything out of a romance except a fun read, but I can't complain as the author produced another interesting, well-researched and entertaining romance. It was well written, but it is still a "bodice-ripper" so don't expect it to teach us any lessons or values! Read it for what it is supposed to be, a ribald, sometimes funny, romantic story that takes place in a different time and place, and gives most of us something we don't have everyday.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Far-Fetched and Annoying 23 April 2002
By Brenda L Shields - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first Hillary Fields book I read was "Marrying Jezebel" in which I didn't really like the main characters, but the exotic locale of Egypt and the fairly fast-paced storyline kept my interest. And I liked it enough to read "The Maiden's Revenge" which is by far Fields best novel to date. Her male character was somewhat typical of romance novels, but Lynette Blackthorne was strong and witty. The action was well-developed and so was the romance. After reading "Heart of a Lion", however, I've come to realize that all of Hillary Fields main characters are attracted to each other for physical looks only. You can counter-act this and say that Jared and Isabeau had been in love since child-hood and blah de blah, but as soon as he saw her naked it was all "his blonde goddess in the glorious buff". It seemed more like he was in love with her simply because of who she had been to him and because she was beautiful. Hint to Miss Fields : Not Everyone in the World is Beautiful. She has talent as a writer and her locales are interesting, but her character developement is severely lacking. Maybe have a plain Jane attract a handsome hero for something, ANYTHING else besides her looks. I don't think I'll be purchasing her next book, but I might check it out of the library to see how she manages with her next batch of characters. However, if the hero and heroine are both beautiful people and the initial attraction is all physical, that puppy is going back! The whole storyline of "Heart of a Lion" was really rather ridiculous, there was no way Isabeau would have been able to keep her virginity in a harem and that just made her a far less interesting character all together, and I saw absolutely no reason for Jared and Isabeau to have fallen in love. Two stars for the more interesting romance novel setting and because the writing style made it slightly superior to most Harlequin-esque novels.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Don't Miss This Fascinating Novel!" 23 Dec. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by: Romance Reviews TodayP>Eight-year-old Isabeau de Lyon simply had to go into town to see the boy who was allegedly a saint. Her betrothed, sixteen-year-old Jared de Navarre would not allow it, since he had been entrusted by Isabeau's parents to watch over her. No pouting, crying, tantrums or other childlike behavior from the coddled beauty would change his mind. Naturally, that left no option but to escape into town, and Isabeau managed that on her own, never fathoming, in her little girl's mind, that she would be assaulted, injured and abducted from her luxurious home and loving family, never to return.
Jared vowed to find Isabeau or die trying, and years of following empty leads eventually deposits him in Persia, where he becomes a famous and ruthless mercenary dubbed the Black Lion. His adolescent dream of finding Isabeau and going back to the life he was supposed to lead died early on, although in the far corners of his mind he has never stopped searching for the Isabeau of the golden locks and bright blue eyes.
Many years later, Jared is asked to meet with a dangerous adversary who has a mission for Jared and his renegade group. The adversary is a mysterious desert warrior, the only one with perhaps a more dangerous reputation than his own. Jared has no idea that Isabeau survived her abduction years earlier, so it never occurs to him that she and his new employer are one and the same. All he knows is that the "Assassin" has bright blue eyes and an almost paranoid penchant for privacy.
Isabeau cannot believe her eyes when she realizes the Black Lion is her betrothed from another lifetime. Still, she needs his assistance to help her accomplish her goals, so she cloaks herself in even greater secrecy than normal in an attempt to hide her true identity from the man she has never forgotten, or forgiven, for not saving her those many years ago. Besides her anger, though, Isabeau feels vulnerable and exposed in front of Jared, believing that if she reveals herself to him he will never be able to move past what she has had to do in order to survive.
HEART OF A LION is a powerfully written, intelligently crafted romance with high intrigue and riveting suspense. Isabeau is the perfect heroine; strong and intelligent. She is a woman way beyond her time, who not only has survived the atrocities committed against her, but risen above them and triumphed like a true heroine. I love strong and independent women in historical romances, and Isabeau ranks right up there with the best of them.
This story is filled with all the elements of a good book, and then some. Interesting characters, beautifully depicted scenes of life in Persia in the 13th century, true blue romance in the face of what appears to be insurmountable odds -- this is just some of what you'll find in HEART OF A LION. Ms. Fields's talent is very apparent in this magnificent tale -- don't miss this fascinating novel!
Astrid Kinn, Reviewer for Romance Reviews Today
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great medieval romance 18 Nov. 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1212, teenager Jared de Navarre is expected keep his preadolescent betrothed Isabeau de Lyon safe, but she sneaks away to watch the Children's Crusade. Somehow Isabeau becomes part of the marchers and vanishes. Feeling guilty for failing at his mission, Jared vows to find Isabeau and bring her home. However, she is sold into slavery in the Middle East and he fails to rescue her.

Years go by and though Jared still sort of seeks out Isabeau he believes she is dead. He has hardened his heart and become the notorious mercenary The Black Lion, willing to do anything for cash. An assassin guild member, the Shadow Hunter, knows of his reputation and hires Jared to steal a jewel from a rival. Neither the Black Lion nor the Shadow Hunter realizes that the identity of the other is their betrothed. Both have done ugly things to mentally survive, but a wall of shame makes a permanent relationship between them seems more impossible than the first meeting between them after all those years.

HEART OF A LION is a strong medieval romance that mostly occurs in the Middle East, which enables the plot to feel quite invigorating in spite of the desert heat. The action-packed story line hooks sub-genre fans because both lead characters obtain empathy from the audience due to their respective plights. Hillary Fields provides an intense historical romance that will surely garner her many new readers.

Harriet Klausner
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