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Mystique
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on 8 September 2007
Sir Hugh, known as the Relentless, is in some ways a very untypical hero: he has no winning ways to appeal to women, he seems at first to be totally devoid of humour, on the other hand he is thoroughly strong and intelligent, which he proves every time he opens his mouth - he rather reminds one of a sword blade made of steel. As his opponent, there is Lady Alice, with a very cutting intelligence herself. Often when there is a very strong male protagonist, the female counterpart seems to pale in comparison. This does not happen with Lady Alice. She does not fall into any of the classical heroine types. In fact, the person she most resembles is Sir Hugh, although he is a mysterious person who doesn't reveal his character or inner feelings at all easily, whereas she is blunt, straightforward, energetic, and warm. There is something of a guillotine blade in her way of speaking and reacting.

This is a very promising beginning, and indeed I find that the promises are fulfilled. In the course of the book I start liking these persons more and more, and I am delighted that they see in each other the qualities that I like but that would make them difficult spouses to anybody but each other: only a woman of Alice'c character could survive with a man of Hugh's dominant personality, and Alice would no doubt sweep the latrine floor with a lesser man than Hugh.

Humour is not the first word that leaps to mind when thinking about Hugh and Alice, and still the book makes one laugh once and again. The book contains some of Ms. Quick's funniest dialogue, which is one of the main reasons for me to like it. The humour is less a question of wittiness of the lines themselves than the timing of those lines, and that in my opinion is quite a difficult genre of writing comedy. Congratulations, Ms. Quick. Hugh and Alice are both matter-of-fact people who tend to cut directly into the practical heart of the matter, which I find very funny and refreshing, as it is hard for me to tolerate sentimentalism and people's feelings getting hurt and them being miserable all the time for no reason.

The romantic / erotic side of the book is believable in spite of (or maybe because of) the totally un-romantic characters of both the main figures. The suspense plot, that Ms Quick always seems to have as a sub-plot to the romantic development, is in this case rather natural and even interesting (which it not always is in her books).

This is a very entertaining book to be enjoyed on the couch in a rainy day. Be sure to start early enough, because you are not going to stop reading before you come to the finish.
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on 14 June 2014
This was just my kind of romance. Tough hero with a soft heart underneath and courageous heroine who knew and understood her hero. She pushed him a little but never too far and their love was beautiful. Their relationship was almost perfect to me and I hated to see the end of the story. Would highly recommend.
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on 10 November 2015
I like historical novels as long as the history is well researched and the era is identified clearly. This is British history according to Disney and about as accurate as the average fairy tale,which, when added to the diabolical English grammar puts me off completely.
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on 15 April 2018
tutto ok
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on 10 July 2015
Bought this on my kindle. I love the author and other titles she has written. This book is all you'd expect and more. fantasy, romance, bit of action and twists and turns! Will definAtley continue to buy her books.
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on 24 April 2013
Brilliant read it captivated me from start to finish, witty, serious and adventurous I will be reading more of Amanda Quicks
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on 12 February 2014
Good book ,as usual I've not had a bad Amanda quick book, brought on kindle and was a great story.
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on 15 October 2014
Very good
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VINE VOICEon 26 October 2002
Well, Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick has basically one formula for her stories. But what a formula. She is light, she is witty, but the Quicks are just her JAKs in period costume. But that does not stop her from giving you a winner tale. If you like JAK/Quick, you will LOVE her only medieval. If you are not her fan...your tough luck..lol...you are missing one great time!!
The one of two medievals (Desire being the other) from the talented Ms. Krentz/Quick. With her usual charm and wit, she creates lovable, endearing characters and as with all Quick/Krentz novels, the emphasis is on fun and hi-jinx and romance.
This time Lady Alice joins forces with Sir Hugh the Relentless,on a hunt for a long lost stone, which could cost them their lives. The tale is so endearing! Lady Alice will Capture your heart!!
When Lady Alice plucks up her nerve and approaches Hugh the Relentless, is its a dark and stormy night (lol). He is black haired, with amber eyes (with JAK you get amber, green or grey!). The first impression, he is every bit the fearsome warrior of his reputation, but to Lady Alice he is her knight in shining armour. She thinks she can control this man, after all she has been driving away fortune-seeking suitors for years, along with managing her interfering family.
Lady Alice has deliberately lured him to this man with the promise of a green crystal belong to him. But Lady Alice is using it as a bargaining chips (also she does not have it!!). She is hoping to find it, and her dowry to free herself and her brother from her uncle's clutches. Hugh agrees to her terms, only, he has terms of his own: that Lady Alice must agree to a temporary betrothal and spend the winter in Hugh's great stone fortress, Scarcliffe Keep.
The adventure begins, but Sir Hugh's lifelong enemy is plotting against them.
One of the few authors I keep in hardback and there is a reason for it!!
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VINE VOICEon 3 March 2003
Well, Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick has basically one formula for her stories. But what a formula. She is light, she is witty, but the Quicks are just her JAKs in period costume. But that does not stop her from giving you a winner tale. If you like JAK/Quick, you will LOVE her only medieval. If you are not her fan...your tough luck..lol...you are missing one great time!!
The one of two mediaevals (Desire being the other) from the talented Ms. Krentz/Quick. With her usual charm and wit, she creates lovable, endearing characters and as with all Quick/Krentz novels, the emphasis is on fun and hi-jinx and romance.
This time Lady Alice joins forces with Sir Hugh the Relentless,on a hunt for a long lost stone, which could cost them their lives. The tale is so endearing! Lady Alice will Capture your heart!!
When Lady Alice plucks up her nerve and approaches Hugh the Relentless, is its a dark and stormy night (lol). He is black haired, with amber eyes (with JAK you get amber, green or grey!). The first impression, he is every bit the fearsome warrior of his reputation, but to Lady Alice he is her knight in shining armour. She thinks she can control this man, after all she has been driving away fortune-seeking suitors for years, along with managing her interfering family.
Lady Alice has deliberately lured him to this man with the promise of a green crystal belong to him. But Lady Alice is using it as a bargaining chips (also she does not have it!!). She is hoping to find it, and her dowry to free herself and her brother from her uncle's clutches. Hugh agrees to her terms, only, he has terms of his own: that Lady Alice must agree to a temporary betrothal and spend the winter in Hugh's great stone fortress, Scarcliffe Keep.
The adventure begins, but Sir Hugh's lifelong enemy is plotting against them.
One of the few authors I keep in hardback and there is a reason for it!!
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