Mathilde needs a champion.
Her father has been accused of stealing from the king, an allegation that has reduced her family to poverty. She has one chance to find and marry a man who can help her prove her father's innocence. Lord Therri, heir to a rich barony, has the wealth and connections Mathilde needs to delve into the mysteries of her father's past. Furthermore, Therri embodies all her romantic dreams.
Etienne, the younger son of a disgraced family, has neither wealth nor connections, but is smitten with Mathilde at a glance. She finds the knight intriguing, but believes he is only out to seduce her. While she seeks for a way to win Therri's attention, Etienne tricks her into granting him her favor, an embroidered white ribbon, for a tournament, setting in motion a dangerous chain reaction of events. Can Etienne save Mathilde from a nightmare from her past and prove himself the true hero of her dreams?
Poitevin Hearts, Book 3: Men and women living and loving amidst the political intrigues of medieval Poitou (a region of France once ruled by the Kings of England.)
Dangerous Favor is a PG rated historical romance.
The Poitevin Hearts romance series is linked together by recurring characters, but each title is written as a stand-alone novel. They can therefore be read and enjoyed in any order.
Additionally, some characters in this series appear in titles not listed as a Poitevin Hearts romance. If you wish to read about the characters chronologically, the titles in order would be as follows:
Loyalty’s Web (Poitevin Hearts, Book 1)
Illuminations of the Heart (Poitevin Hearts, Book 2)
Loving Lucianna (Hearts in Autumn, Book 1)
Dangerous Favor (Poitevin Hearts, Book 3)
The Lady and the Minstrel
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Joyce has done it again with this book. I love her writing and the medieval romance gets me every time. Another gripping book like Loyalty's Web. The research is wonderful you feel like you are in France along with everyone else. I read a lot of romance novels here lately and I like them , but when I want clean romance I turn to Joyce. She has a way of brining her characters to life to grip you through out the book. A page turner. Mathilde is my favorite character. Even though she is our damsel in distress she tries her hardest to help herself. The relationship she has with Etienne is a remarkable one full of love. A must read for everyone.
I really enjoyed this book! There were a few slow parts for me, but I loved the characters so much that it didn't bother me too much. There are two main characters, Mathilde and Etienne, and the story was told from both perspectives. It was great to hear from both sides of the story. It helped me like them more. Mathilde was a little star struck with a handsome man, Lord Therri, when she first came to the tournament with her brother. She even referred to him as The Vision. Silly, silly girl. She drove me a little crazy thinking Lord Therri, aka The Vision, was the perfect man when she didn't even know him. I liked Etienne all throughout the book. He seemed kind, loyal, and fun to be around. I loved how the story was wrapped around the tradition of giving favors to knights. Women chose their champion knight before the tournaments and gave them something they had on them like a handkerchief or ribbon from their hair. To see all that entailed and the consequences that came was very entertaining. This is a wonderful love story that might appeal more to older teens and adults since their ages are: Mathilde, 18, and Etienne, 24.
DiPastena has done it again! I can't get enough of this series. The rich world of medieval France continues in it's tangled web of loyalties of love. I was sucked in once again and simply couldn't put it down. Building on two side characters in previous books, Etienne and Therri have their own adventures of finding love and testing priorities. Their wonderful characters are complimented by Mathilde and Lady Violette. Mathilde is a brave character that you just have to love. She plays the damsel who, though in distress, is determined to try to help herself. Lady Violette is slightly volitile but still a fun side character. Mathilde and Etienne have a sweet romance that makes you smile and curl your toes. Overall a great tale of romance and mystery - a great book in a fabulous series!