Heart of a Lion [NOOK Book]


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 ...

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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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The melodramatic tenor of Fields's (Marrying Jezebel) medieval-era cloak-and-dagger caper is surpassed only by the sheer implausibility of its plot. When 16-year-old Jared de Navarre discovers that Lady Isabeau de Lyon, his eight-year-old charge and betrothed, is missing, he vows never to return until he has found her. Sixteen years later, Jared, now a mercenary named the Black Lion, meets with the Shadow Hunter, a notorious assassin who is none other than Isabeau disguised as a man. Although she recognizes Jared instantly, she keeps him in the dark as to her identity and hires him to aid her in perpetrating a theft from Malik al-Fayed, the man in whose harem she served after being abducted. Isabeau joins Jared and his band as they travel to Baghdad, but their journey is so protracted that only the most earnest of readers will manage to endure it. Although the pace picks up when Isabeau reveals herself to Jared, their romance, despite being reinforced by undying declarations of love, is unconvincing. In addition, Fields's characters have all the subtlety and intelligence of caricatures; at one point, Isabeau sneaks into Malik's palace to offer her own life for Jared's, and when Malik rejects her proposal, she performs a seductive dance for him in the hopes that he'll change his mind. Just as Isabeau's performance fails to sway the all-too-sinister Malik, this outrageous tale doesn't succeed in engaging the reader. (Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Hillary Fields is a fresh new voice that brings fire and sensuality to sizzle your senses."—The Nelles and Beaux of Romance
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466845480
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 336,765
  • File size: 449 KB

Meet the Author

Landlocked in the mountains of New Mexico, but still dreaming of pirates, plunder and mayhem, Hillary Fields earned her degree in Classics and Philosophy from St. John's College in 1997. While concentrating her efforts on completing The Maiden's Revenge, she also had her first short stories and poetry published, and received a nomination for the 1998 Pushcart Prize. She lives in New York City with her obligatory feline companion and is currently working on her second romance for St. Martin's Paperbacks.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    intense historical romance

    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. <P>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. <P>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. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2001

    Romantic Times December Top Pick!

    When eight-year-old Isabeau de Lyon runs off to watch the Children's Crusade pass by, she is caught up in the crowd and swept away. Sixteen-year-old Jared de Navarre vows to bring her home. His search lasts years and leads him to the Middle East, where he becomes the fierce mercenary known as the Black Lion. Isabeau has been taken and sold into slavery. She survives the life she is forced to lead, eventually escaping the harem and claiming a new idnetity, that of the feared assassin called Shadow Hunter. The Black Lion's reputation for taking chances makes him ideal for Isabeau's plot to steal a jewel from her nemesis. When she discovers that the mercenary is none other than her childhood protector, neither can guess what will happen as they meet as man and woman in this passionate game. Hillary Fields takes her place as a true queen of romantic adventure. Readers will be transported to the desert and drawn into the wonderful web of intrigue. In this seductive tale, Ms. Fields creates vivid descriptions and vibrant characters that will keep you engrossed from beginning to end.

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