The Loyal Heart

The Loyal Heart

3.9 78
by Merry Farmer
     
 
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

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 to 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, now 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481972970
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/27/2013
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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Meet the Author

Merry Farmer is an award-winning novelist who lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn't have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always having something to write about. Today she is a giant History nerd and a hopeless romantic waiting for her own love story to start.

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The Loyal Heart 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without the smut i give it 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Sunny10foot More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story had some unique twists but the in depth descriptions of the sword fights were confusing and dragged the storys speed down considerably
LadyJai More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a twist and suprising tale-love the rich characters and plot. Excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't really get through it...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read but too descriptive on thesexual encounters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story. A unique twist on Robin Hood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And not diggin' this one. Have BIG problem with main character/heroine. Yuck. She is terribly inconsistent, as well as unreasonble. Her love interest in the beginning tries so hard to please her while struggling to regain his lands. He's just back from the war and learns he has lost EVERYTHING while serving his king and his country (HER king and country, too, come to think of it!!) She shows him no consideration nor understanding. At all. She's embarrassingly egocentric, showing zero tolerance toward the poor guy. There's just no pleasing some people. Enter the nuns. Somehow she manages to muck even that up and blame it on him (you had to "be there.") Soon we see her "playing" her two love interests agaist each other. I don't like her or her tactics. Debating wether to finiah this one or not. Will update post at later date if I do continue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. Would have been afive star if grahic sex had been deleted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story but the editing was bad and the author struggled in the beginning. A chapter or two in everything smoothes out. I think that the book was just not ready. That's the only reason i gave it four instead of five. I do look forward to reading more from this author as i think she has very creative characters and plots. I just hope more time goes into working out kinks before the story is released to the readers. I hate that it draws attention from the story. I almost quit after chapter one but am so glad i hung in long enough for everything to smooth out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not impressed
smithsk More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaing and enjoyablee. I would read again and again for a delightful lift to my day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting twist on the Robin Hood story. A good story nonetheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated this book from start to finish. I kept reading it, hoping that it would get better, but it just never did. I was expecting a new twist on Robin Hood, but what I got was a poor rip off with very little imagination and completely unlikable characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you reading . Hard yo put down!