The Crimson Outlaw

The Crimson Outlaw

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by Alex Beecroft
     
 
Vali Florescu, heir to a powerful local boyar, flees his father's cruelty to seek his fortune in the untamed Carpathian forests. There he expects to fight ferocious bandits and woo fair maidens to prove himself worthy of returning to depose his tyrannical father. But when he is ambushed by Mihai Roscat, the fearsome Crimson Outlaw, he discovers that he's surprisingly

Overview

Vali Florescu, heir to a powerful local boyar, flees his father's cruelty to seek his fortune in the untamed Carpathian forests. There he expects to fight ferocious bandits and woo fair maidens to prove himself worthy of returning to depose his tyrannical father. But when he is ambushed by Mihai Roscat, the fearsome Crimson Outlaw, he discovers that he's surprisingly happy to be captured and debauched instead.

Mihai, once an honoured knight, has long sought revenge against Vali's father, Wadim, who killed his lord and forced him into a life of banditry. Expecting his hostage to be a resentful, spoiled brat, Mihai is unprepared for the boy to switch loyalties, saving the lives of villagers and of Mihai himself during one of Wadim's raids. Mihai is equally unprepared for the attraction between them to deepen into love.

Vali soon learns that life outside the castle is not the fairy tale he thought, and happy endings must be earned. To free themselves and their people from Wadim's oppression, Vali and Mihai must forge their love into the spear-point of a revolution and fight for a better world for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148556640
Publisher:
Riptide Publishing
Publication date:
08/10/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
824,919
File size:
899 KB

Meet the Author

Alex Beecroft is an English author best known for historical fiction, notably Age of Sail, featuring gay characters and romantic storylines. Her novels and shorter works include paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary fiction.

Beecroft won Linden Bay Romance’s (now Samhain Publishing) Starlight Writing Competition in 2007 with her first novel, Captain’s Surrender, making it her first published book. On the subject of writing gay romance, Beecroft has appeared in the Charleston City Paper, LA Weekly, the New Haven Advocate, the Baltimore City Paper, and The Other Paper. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association of the UK and an occasional reviewer for the blog Speak Its Name, which highlights historical gay fiction.

Alex was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and grew up in the wild countryside of the English Peak District. She lives with her husband and two children in a little village near Cambridge and tries to avoid being mistaken for a tourist.

Alex is only intermittently present in the real world. She has led a Saxon shield wall into battle, toiled as a Georgian kitchen maid, and recently taken up an 800-year-old form of English folk dance, but she still hasn’t learned to operate a mobile phone.

She is represented by Louise Fury of the L. Perkins Literary Agency.

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The Crimson Outlaw 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NaughtyBookSnitch More than 1 year ago
Vali is the son of a powerful and ruthless lord. Vali made and attempt to save his sister from an arranged marriage to a man with a mangled face and the same age as their father. When things didn't turn out the way he had planned, Vali's father beat him near death and threw him in the dungeon. Vali then escaped and went out to find his own path. It was then he befriended the some of the towns people and really found out how cruel and merciless his father really is.  The book started out very interesting and hooked me right out of the gate. There was a purpose and self discovery and charting your own course and then... nothing really. Actually, after Vali and Mihai's first encounter together (which was pretty good) that is when the story just dwindled downhill. It was interesting enough that I finished the book but I found myself nodding off occasionally. The relationship between Vali and Mihai could have been so much greater and I personally wanted more interaction between them. I didn't feel any real emotions between them and the little bit of sex they did have was just ok, but not great.  The book isn't bad and the story is interesting but I just needed more. I'm not exactly sure what "more" is though. Maybe I needed more action? More sex? More of a believable relationship between Vali and Mihai? I don't know. I will say that the book is well written and I really like the fact that its unique and takes place in Romania. However, I really don't like the cover and I think that it will turn a lot of people away. I am a cover whore and I decided to give this book a chance because the blurb sounded interesting. I'm happy I did, but would recommend a cover change. This is really a 2.5 star read for me.