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The Loyal Heart

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Overall story: This is definitely not your average Robin Hood ta

Overall story: This is definitely not your average Robin Hood tale. Although it has similar characters and circumstances: a bandit stealing money from a noble on the road in the middle of the woods, Prince John, the sheriff. But I think that’s the extent of simila...
Overall story: This is definitely not your average Robin Hood tale. Although it has similar characters and circumstances: a bandit stealing money from a noble on the road in the middle of the woods, Prince John, the sheriff. But I think that’s the extent of similarities.

The story revolves around loyalty, while the title is only scratching the surface. It has several layers intricately woven throughout the whole book. Loyalty to the crown, loyalty to the master, loyalty to the family, loyalty to the childhood sweetheart, and loyalty to your true heart. It will keep you guessing, plotting, and wanting.

I love a deep, psychological, in your head type of book. Books that make you think. Go deeper than the surface. The story and characters all have many layers and Merry Farmer gives it a good show.

Grammar/Editing: I would have LOVED to have been able to do a line-by-line critique/edit of this while it was still in beta. I truly enjoy helping writers become better writers, while they do the same for me. There are a few grammatical errors and POV confusions throughout the book. (“Glancing” is definitely an overused word that left me groaning by the end.) While tripping me up every now and again, they are still easy to overlook because of the story as a whole.

When you are the author and so close to the story, it’s easy to miss errors. Even having a single copy-editor, I could understand some slip through. Heck, even traditional published books still have their own grammatical/spelling errors. But if the author has a couple of really good people, betas, critique partners, that are willing to go over it line-by-line, fewer errors will ever get through. The more eyes the better, right?

Characters: Merry Farmer makes me become, fall in love, despise, loathe, cringe, want, and fall in love all over again. Her characters are not just three-dimensional, they are real--each having a distinct personality all their own. Whether you want to love them, hate them, or both, you will find that you will question, you will want to reach through and strangle them, slap them, or shake them until they wake up. No person is perfect, and nor are her characters. Some even have redeeming qualities, while others are pure evil.

I am not a very fast reader due to my real life situation. I read when I can. I also write when I can. So when the voices in my head tell me to write, I write. When I’m stuck, I read. This book was really engaging, riveting at points. I didn’t want to put it down, even when life made me. I am pleasantly surprised that I found a self-published book, worthy to stand the ground against a traditional published one.

I still fear, though, the self-published world is inundated with bad books. Since everyone can publish, everyone thinks they can write. I hope to find more quality, self-published books out there, like Merry Farmer. This is the first self-published book I actually enjoyed and recommend. If you like historical romance, a strong female main character, a bit of sword play, chess, settings in the medieval era, Robin Hood, and lord/peasant society, secrets, spies and plots, you will enjoy this book. However, be warned, there are a couple of very detailed, intimate scenes that are rather necessary for plot progression. This is not something you want your teenager reading.

posted by LadyJai on May 29, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

good

Without the smut i give it 5 stars.

posted by bm54 on November 11, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Romance, humor, adventure--what's not to like?

    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

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Very Good

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It kept me sucked in til all hours of the night. I wanted to find out what happened to the characters as I read more about them. The sex scenes weren't over the top but they were very well written. I can't wait to read the next book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Great historical read

    What a great 700+ page story that surrounds Aubrey as she struggles through emotional rollercoaster between the two men, Crispin and Ethan, who love her and the dangerous political nature of the day. Book 2 sounds like it will be just as great as this one. If you love knights and castles....then this read is for you.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    The Loyal Heart

    Loved it!!!!! Not a huge fan of historical romances at all, but I really enjoy this one! It was written in modern English, which is why I think I enjoy it so much; it was easier to follow along and understand.. There was a gre at storyline and a lot of well written action scenes. The fact that Aubrey disguises herself as a man and can fight like one too is awesome; I do wish the author would have drawn out her Derbywood Bandit disguise a bit longer. Both Aubrey and Crispin were amazing, well-developed main characters. I can't wait to read Jack's story!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Reminded me a little of the Robin Hood story!

    I loved this story! It kept me going from beginning to end. However, I would have liked it to have at least one more chapter allowing Crispin & Aubrey to have a child! I highly recommend this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    WOW

    What a twist and suprising tale-love the rich characters and plot. Excellent read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Wow

    What a great story. A unique twist on Robin Hood.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

    What A Discovery!!! I bought this thinking, the story line was

    What A Discovery!!! I bought this thinking, the story line was interesting, it was only $.99 for 274 Nook pages, what do I have to lose? OMG - what an awesome, totally entertaining book. There is every thing in this story, betrayal, twists, love, you name it, it is in this book. There is love making, that doesn't happen until page 210, and I didn't find it too descriptive. If you are a Romance Reader, this is not the erotica type, but is pretty darn good. You will use up all your emotions. I first felt awful that Ethan was working out for her and was yelling at the Nook, because he was becoming such an ass. But all works out, and I went ahead and bought the other 2 books in the trilogy even though they were $4.99 each. I just couldn't wait to see if they would be released in a bundle format. I now have a new author and hopefully, you will enjoy her writings as much as I did. I only rated on the story, not the edit part. (ljb)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    HIGHLY RECOMENED !

    Keeps you reading . Hard yo put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Bianaca post!!!!

    Here

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Loved it

    Loved this book. So good and well written. I usually find type-os in free books but not here. The story wraps up well too. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    AWESOME

    Couldnt put it down ....loved it !!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Very good read

    historical romance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Enjoyable

    This is a great book. Lots of adventure, love and action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Anonymous

    I loved the story. Well written, so the story was easy to read. It did however have a few editing issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Awesome read!!!

    Awesome read this has been on of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time! ;) Thus book is totally Highly Recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Loved it

    A lot of times I forget to write reviews but this book was too good not to share. A lot of action right from the start along with romance and turmoil and a happy ending. 700+ pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    very good read

    I really enjoyed this book, and am ready to read the next in the series.

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    Posted November 5, 2013

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    Posted November 11, 2013

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