Friday, June 10, 2011

Review: Loved by a Warrior

Reviewed by Jen
Tara doesn't believe she has a chance for love in her life. She is what's called a Death Bride. She was cursed, long ago, by a witch. If any man loves her --if any marries her-- he dies. She's been ostracized by her clan and sent away by her father to try to marry again. But she is accosted by thieves, hoping to steal her bride price, along the way. Stalwart Highland warrior, Reeve, steps in to save her. She offers him all of her money and jewels to help her find a safe and secluded place to live, so she can make a new start.

Reeve doesn't believe in curses. And despite himself, he starts falling for the selfless and beautiful woman who he rescued. He decides to bring her to his own clan to make a life. Tara feels an attraction toward Reeve, but she fights it with all she has... sure that if something develops between them, it will mean his death. So the book basically goes like this: Reeve wants Tara. Tara wants Reeve. They start to come together. She pulls away. Rinse and repeat. Over and over. And over. Tara believes she is sacrificing her happiness for Reeve's life. He loves her all the more. She retreats further away... and so on.

It's a sweet & innocuous Highlander love story. Typical clich├ęs, about how they fit together, were made for each other. A lot of pining, talk of honor, and whatnot. There's a little bit of a political backdrop --It seems that either Reeve or one of his three "brothers" is the True King of Scotland. Apparently, each brother gets a book and the secret is revealed at the end. But it almost felt like an afterthought, instead of the plot thread designed to weave a series together. 3 stars.

*ARC Provided by NetGalley

Loved by a Warrior
by Donna Fletcher
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Avon

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At Friday, June 10, 2011 at 2:28:00 PM CDT , Blogger AP said...

It does sound pretty typical, but I do like a highlander. LOL!

-Amanda P

At Friday, June 10, 2011 at 2:29:00 PM CDT , Blogger Alleged Author said...

Ooooh...a man in a kilt! Yes, please. :P

At Friday, June 10, 2011 at 2:40:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

Generally, I'm all over a Highlander story, but I have to admit... I prefer mine a little less sweet and a bit more on the dirty side.

Not only that, I want some brogue in the dialogue! I need "aye" "och" and "verra" in every story or I feel cheated.

At Friday, June 10, 2011 at 7:50:00 PM CDT , Blogger Book of Secrets said...

"Rinse and repeat." Hee, hee. That's good! It does have a beautiful cover.

At Friday, June 10, 2011 at 7:56:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

Diana: It really does! But the book itself just didn't make a big impression.

Nothing like Karen Marie Moning's Highlanders, that's for sure.

At Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 2:43:00 AM CDT , Blogger Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

I know what you mean about the brogue! I read a Highlander novella recently that only had lass in it 1 bonnie. Nothing else! I felt cheated!


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