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Her Irish Warrior (Harlequin Historical #850)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2007

    Her Irish Warrior---a medieval reading delight!

    Her Irish Warrior, set in 12th century Ireland, is a heart-warming Medieval historical romance with excellent characterization, a scene setting made alive to the senses, a suspenseful plot and authenticity to the Medieval literature. Her Irish warrior is a medieval reading delight! Genevieve de Renalt is engaged to Sir Hugh Marstowe. Although her father supports this marriage, Genevieve cannot allow herself to marry such a man now that she knows him and his true character. When her father cannot rescue her, she escapes. She comes across Bevan MacEgan, an Irish warrior, in the woods and pleads for his help and protection. Pulled between his duties as a warrior and the feelings she inspires, as well as his desire to recapture Rionallis, the land taken from him and now part of Genevieve's dowry, will he choose her and will his choice be made from a desire for her or the land? Will Bevan and Genevieve's past secrets come back to haunt them or can they find true love despite all the obstacles others pose? Can they open their hearts amidst or will oaths and duty win over love? In the Middle Ages and in the background of this romance, marriage was a political alliance. Add to this the fact that both Genevieve de Renalt and Bevan MacEgan have been hurt if not abused by previous partners. The heroine and hero are respectively a Norman lady and a Irish warrior who hates the Normans. Add all that together and more and the chances of these mixing pleasure with any possible marriage alliance seem pretty close to nil....but can hearts win out over both force and vulnerability? Characterization is one of the strengths of this romance. Genevieve de Renalt's betrothed is a power hunger man who thinks love is dominating a woman. Genevieve is an excellent heroine, determined and clever, full of passion and tenderness and a wonderful contrast to Hugh. Michelle Willingham allows the reader to see both the warrior and the man in Bevan MacEgan, his strength and loyalty plus the scars from battle and in his heart. A suspenseful plot with some interesting turns and conflicts makes Her Irish Warrior a fast paced page turner. Hugh, her betrothed will stop at nothing to kill Bevan and take back his possession. In a world where marriage can be a political alliance, even King Henry has a say in Genevieve's marriage on account of her dowry, land that used to belong to Bevan! So many conflicts, so many secrets, so many hurts and past wrongs....will Genevieve and Bevan be able to find real love when all conflicts, inner and outer, seek to prevent their union? Michelle Willingham has a gift for creating a scene and details that are both faithful to the Medieval tradition and which also make this romance accessible to modern readers. One bedroom scene in particular takes a custom fairly commonly seen in Medieval stories and adds a nice heart-warming, romantic twist. Her Irish Warrior has several echoes from Medieval literature, but each time, Michelle Willingham adds details and context that heighten the tension and romance between the hero and heroine. Michelle Willingham's writing of the snow adds a tactile landscape into the scenes in a manner that makes the historical background feel alive. The vocabulary is authentic and yet accessible to the modern reader.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Question ????

    Does anyone have problems with buying a book and than it says "You reached the end of your sample"? I buy a book and than I can't read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Note to Author.............................................................

    Its hard to like the book if the hero is an idiot. Make no mistake Brevan is a total idiot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Ok

    Bevan takes to long to come around and started to get on my nerves. He was kind of an ass. Gen needed to push back realize her own self worth, the whole martyr thing is a little played out.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    I rather liked this historical romance. The plot was good. It never seemed to slide into the typical "everything's great now that we're in love" romance. The hero fights his love and attraction for his new wife until the bitter end. And I love that she actually has some balls at the end of the story. The main characters are flawed and scarred, still struggling with their baggage that doesn't miraculously go away because they fell in love. His loving touch does not automatically chase away her demons either. On top of that, they didn't fall in love overnight. It's nice to see an author put some thought into a romance like this.

    The historical references were wonderful, as well as, use of Irish Gaelic. I particulary enjoyed that the characters remained true to themselves, instead of turning over a new leaf and changing who they are because of the love of a good woman or a good man. My only real complaint about this book isn't directed at the author but at the publisher. The editing needs some work. Haha! But it wasn't bad enough to detract from the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2007

    Wonderful read

    I don't usually like historical. However I brought this one and read it. It was the most wonderful book. I loved the characters, the tension and the plot. I've read it twice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2007

    A Romantic Historical Must Read!!!

    This book was a great read. It takes the reader back in time to Ireland during the Norman invasions. I enjoyed reading this book and will read her future books. The romance was unique and interesting. The hero was fascinating and the heroine inspiring. I suggest this book if you love a good romance and historical, especially if you love Ireland. Ms. Willingham does a wonderful job with her plot set in Ireland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    Being an avid reader of all genres of romance, I've never been real partial to historicals. That is until I brought, Her Irish Warrior. I enjoyed reading every single word, so much that I've read the book twice. A wonderfully, great read. A must.

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