The Loyal Heart [NOOK Book]

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Lady Aubrey has a problem. Several problems. Her childhood love, Ethan, has returned home from the Crusades, but he’s more interested in winning his land back than wooing her. She has to rescue a pair of nuns who are being held prisoner in Derby Castle’s tower by the sadistic Sheriff Buxton. And to top it all off, she’s developing scandalous feelings for Buxton’s lackey, the dark and devilish Crispin. Faced with all that what’s a girl to do but don her disguise as the Derbywood ...

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The Loyal Heart

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Overview

Lady Aubrey has a problem. Several problems. Her childhood love, Ethan, has returned home from the Crusades, but he’s more interested in winning his land back than wooing her. She has to rescue a pair of nuns who are being held prisoner in Derby Castle’s tower by the sadistic Sheriff Buxton. And to top it all off, she’s developing scandalous feelings for Buxton’s lackey, the dark and devilish Crispin. Faced with all that what’s a girl to do but don her disguise as the Derbywood Bandit and take matters into her own hands?

Sir Crispin is at his wit’s end. Not only does he have his hands full keeping Buxton from killing half the shire, but his arch nemesis, the Derbywood Bandit, has joined forces with his old rival Ethan. And that’s nothing compared to the burning torch he carries for his ex-fiancé, Lady Aubrey. He would do anything to win Aubrey’s love …

… until he suspects that there could be a closer connection between Aubrey and the Derbywood Bandit than anyone knows.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011541537
  • Publisher: Merry Farmer
  • Publication date: 9/30/2011
  • Series: Noble Hearts , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 4,251
  • File size: 425 KB

Meet the Author

Merry Farmer is an award-winning author of Historical Romance and Women’s Sci-Fi. She is passionate about Writing, Blogging, and Cricket and working towards becoming a successful author and an internationally certified Cricket Scorer. Her other hobbies have included knitting, theater, and going back to school to earn more degrees in arguably useless subjects like History and Theater than any sane person should have.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    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 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.

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    good

    Without the smut i give it 5 stars.

    7 out of 7 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 August 1, 2012

    Twist on robin hood

    The story had some unique twists but the in depth descriptions of the sword fights were confusing and dragged the storys speed down considerably

    4 out of 5 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 October 2, 2013

    Not impresed

    Not impressed

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Eh

    Couldn't really get through it...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Not a fan of descriptive sexual scenes

    Good read but too descriptive on thesexual encounters.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Enjoyed

    I enjoyed the book thoughly. There is so many plots and twist to this story. It has love, treachery, and thrown in is a very mad sadistic Lord that makes you cring with his antics.
    I will definately read Merry Farmer's next book also.

    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 November 9, 2013

    Good book

    Enjoyed this book. Would have been afive star if grahic sex had been deleted.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    A romance during Robin Hook times got my interest, especially as

    A romance during Robin Hook times got my interest, especially as the opening scene with the heroine reminds me of "Snow White" on the lam, in the TV series, Once Upon a Time. The characters go beyond the 2D stereotype. The assumed hero has his feet of clay; the villain, not as he seems. It ends with a high stakes of human chess ... not to spoil it. What did I think? I got the sequel. I rated it 4/5 as 5/5 should be reserved for such as Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    My favorite between the first two in the series.

    My favorite between the first two in the series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    August 14 2012

    I debated over the amount of stars to give this one
    Overall a good read, there is a point where it slows down
    I believe this writer has potential and chose to give 4 stars imstead of 3.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    love it

    Really liked this book. Gonna get the next one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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