After falling out of a tree in CT, Petir Capota, a 19 year old computer geek, finds himself back in Robin Hood’s time surrounded by a band of young British scavengers. Confused by their presence in the CT woods, Petir decides it's a dream, which rapidly escalates in potential with the appearance of Maid Rianne, a captivating girl with a penchant for the bow and arrow. To his delight and her dismay, the elders allow him to join the outlaw camp.
Maid Rianne is tasked with tending to the newcomer’s injuries. She finds herself conflicted with her interest in Lord Petir because she doesn’t trust him; and she has an intended of her own, the handsome and loyal knight, Lord Robert Gisbourne. Unfortunately, he sympathizes with Prince John, and is angry she has sided with the outlaws.
"Are you injured, m'lord?" She inspected his battered cheek.
Petir stopped breathing and stared at her blankly. This was different. In the last two years, the only females who ever touched him were related to him. Or cleaning his teeth. They certainly weren’t cute British girls garbed like a female Robin Hood.
Even though it hurt when she touched him, the simple act of running her fingers along his arm was reducing him to stupid, leaving him with all the capabilities of a puddle, including a puddle’s ability to hold a conversation. He had nothing to say. Absolutely nothing.
What was there to say anyway? Come here often?
She shifted to his collarbone. “M’lord?” This time she spoke louder and slower as if talking to a simpleton. “Were you in a fight?” Her prodding fingers moved to his ribs as he grimaced.
Yeah. You should see what I did to the other guy. “No,” he managed to mutter. He didn’t want to appear to be an actual idiot, but… “I fell out of a tree.”
“Pardon, m’lord? I did not hear you.”
“I fell out of a tree, okay?” Petir’s face heated.
A moment of silence greeted his confession, followed by a burst of laughter from the boys. The girl by his side ducked her head, hiding her own grin.
Embarrassed, he snapped, “And who are you supposed to be? Robin Hood and her Merry Men?”
With the boys snickering behind her, she chuckled as she reached across his body to examine the other side. “Not likely! You may address me as Maid Rianne. And your name, sir?”
Squirming, Petir grabbed her wrist. “Look, I really appreciate the exam and all, but it’s my leg. Okay? My leg needs help.”
Startled, her eyes swung toward his, and whoosh! All the air left his lungs.
Brown eyes. Very brown eyes. Very brown eyes with—
Her very brown eyes narrowed.
Uh oh. Petir released her like she was a hot potato. “No, honest. I can’t stand. Watch!” He rolled to his side but she restrained him.
“That will not be necessary, m’lord.” She assumed a position closer to his leg. Her skilled fingertips resumed their examination.
Whoa! This is way worse. Computer jockeys hardly ever got hot babes checking out their ribs, however, they absolutely did not get them feeling up their legs. Wish I had my cell phone so I could take a selfie. Hey there, Mistress Hottie, would you mind posing for a picture so I can prove you groped my leg?
Whoops! Her fingers drifted a little too high. Okay, this could end up being a problem. He needed a distraction.
"Hey, uh, you really know—Yowww!" His attempt to chat her up ended with a yelp as she located his injury.
About the Author
Twelve years after their first kiss, she reunited with, and married her childhood sweetheart. Together they coached their daughter's AAU Basketball Team, which swept States two years in a row. (Yay!) Then, for several years, their daughter and their money went to college.
During a particularly nasty bout of Lyme disease, Deborah turned to Fitness to boost her Health, and to Writing to boost her Happiness. Currently, she is a healthy and happy Educational Speaker and a Certified Personal Trainer who loves to write.
They presently reside on a lovely lake in Connecticut. When she's not writing novels for her Love of Fairs series, she enjoys dabbling with living a sustainable life, dancing, playing outside, and laughing really hard every day. Her alter-ego, Wiggle Writer, also promotes increasing movement throughout your day in her Merry Meddling blog at http://deborahanndavis.com/merry-meddling/.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a whimsical tale of Robin Hood turned upside down when Petir, the geek, meets Rianne, the archer. While geodashing, Petir falls out of a tree, and is injured. He's rescued by a group of LARPers (Live Action Role Players), who appear to Petir, as Robin Hood's Merry Men, sort of. While Petir can make no sense of what's happening to him, which includes falling for the beautiful Rianne, he concludes he's dreaming. After a hospital visit, his friends drag him to a Renaissance Fair, where he meets some folks from his dream. I'm Fairly Certain this story will entertain you!
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Petir Rojo Caputa is a likable 21st Century computer geek cast into the roll of a Connecticut Yankee in Sherwood Forest. Petir receives a nasty bump on the head. He awakens to find himself surrounded by a band of boys speaking British English and dressed in Medieval clothing. Then a girl appears with a bow and arrow. At Maid Rianne’s instruction, he is brought back to their camp. Maid Rainne is part of a band of outlaws fighting against Prince John for King Richard. To complicate matters, she is betrothed to Lord Robert Gisborne who works with the Sherif of Nottingham. As Petir and Maid Rianne’s feeling for each other grow, she is torn by her feelings for this new comer and her fidelity to a betrothed who may only desire her rather than love her. When she is captured on a trip to compete in an archery contest, Petir set’s out to save her. Review: Deborah Ann Davis has blended A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court with the legend of Robin Hood. She also throws in a bit of literary license. Thus is the tale blended. The band in the camp was all likable with many humorous situations. For instance, Petir believes this to be a dream and thus is a little bolder than he might otherwise be. While a pleasurable story to read, the pace tends to drag. The ending it self was satisfying. However, the explanation of the events of the story at the end proved to be less-than-satisfying. In the end analysis, the book has weaknesses, but is none-the-less enjoyable to read. Those familiar with both Robin Hood and a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court will enjoy the dichotomy.
*Copy obtained through Netgalley. Review originally posted on A Bibliophile's Reverie* This is any geek’s dream come true, and that’s exactly Petir thought it was. Suddenly he is cast back in time, living during the reign of King John in merry England. He finds himself in the midst of Robin Hood’s gang, falling in love with Maid Rianne who is betrothed to the evil Gisborne. I found this to be a great modern twist on the original tale of Robin Hood. The main character, Petir, was pretty good but I thought he was a little bit static in that all he thought about was Maid Rianne, but never much beyond that. I wish he grew a little bit more and there was more dynamic than that. I loved Maid Rianne as she had more depth and had to figure who were really the good and bad guys throughout the story. All in all, I give this story a 4/5, as Petir could have had more depth, but recommend it to anyone who love this era in history or Robin Hood!
Free book for honest review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com Fairly Certain is a rather delightful YA fantasy re-telling of the story of Robin Hood with a couple of new characters and slightly different twist and turns. It kind of reminded me of Mark Twain’s, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. But, with a flair of romance… Don’t ask me why! It’s been a long time since I read that. The humour and character developments, though somewhat distinct are first class. Overall, and without giving anything away, this is a very nice, easy, and pleasant read from a very talented writer… even for someone who is not into Romance, per se. Four Stars! Kevin
Petir Capota is a computer geek, rooming with two childhood friends off the campus of the University of Connecticut, where they attend, and facing the usual concerns of a young college student: money, homework, classes, money, hobbies, part-time work, and money. Everything about his life, in fact, is perfectly normal ... until he falls out of a tree while on a solo geocaching mission, hits his head, and wakes up surrounded by a band of British-sounding outlaws wielding staffs and archery equipment. The group is led by a young woman named Maid Rianne, whose talent with bow and arrows appears to be legendary. Before long, due to an injury in his leg, Petir finds himself spirited away into the wilds of a forest inhabited by a whole host of outlaws, all in rebellion against Prince John, who fights to win the throne from the absent King Richard. He learns how the forest people live, how to defend himself, and more, and finds himself increasingly attracted to Maid Rianne, despite her flustered rebuffs. Some kind of dream. How hard, exactly, did he hit his head? And how long does he have in the dream world to win Maid Rianne's hand before he wakes up back in reality? Author Deborah Ann Davis presents the first novel in her "Love of Fairs" series, FAIRLY CERTAIN, which manages to simultaneously span the divide between two different genres: Young Adult (YA) and New Adult (NA). Part coming-of-age, part romance, part time-travel adventure, Davis's story is a modern-day rendering of the story of Robin Hood, the outlaw from Sherwood Forest. Davis's outlaw is the beautiful young woman and talented archer, Maid Rianne, whose band of merry men turns out to be a motley collection of teenagers. Many of the other characters from the traditional Robin Hood tales are similarly accounted for, though often in different guises than might be expected. With protagonists Petir and Maid Rianne in their late teens, respectively, the story does, indeed, straddle the line between YA fiction and NA fiction, a result of Davis's admirable skill in its writing. It turns out that teen rebellion and learning opportunities are just as applicable in Sherwood Forest as they are in contemporary Connecticut. Rarely do I read a novel in any genre that makes me laugh out loud by myself. (Try it sometime, in fact, in a public place: take a book along and, at random, break out into laughter, with nothing in evidence to have brought on such hilarity other than the book you're reading. I dare you. Reactions will be priceless.) FAIRLY CERTAIN, though, is written with such droll, unexpected, witty, tongue-in-cheek humor that I couldn't help but delight in the funny dialogue and entertaining inner monologues throughout. For a tremendously amusing, lighthearted, and well-written story, I encourage you very highly to seek out a copy of Davis's work. You'll be kept guessing all the way through! # # # Author: Deborah Ann Davis Title: FAIRLY CERTAIN Series: Love of Fairs Series (#1) ISBN: 978-1-94200-901-6 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Deborah Ann Davis' "Fairly Certain" is the first tale in the Love of Fairs series. Sort of a cross between Robin Hood and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," with a splash of "The Phantom Tollbooth." It's a fanciful read. I don't usually read new adult, but this one was really a page turner. The characters and story are well-written and very detailed. I love that Petir refers to Maid Rianne as Maid Hottie! Too cute! I want to see what happens in #2, "Fairly Safe."
Petir is on his way to play Ping Pong, gets lost, and falls out of a tree. When he wakes up he's surprised by a band of travelers who appear to be out of place in his world. He must have fallen asleep…or maybe hit his head…maybe he's in a coma and his brain is making this stuff up. When he meets a beautiful maiden, Rianne, he decides to let his "dream" play out. A self proclaimed geek, he's never met anyone like Maid Rianne and since this is just a dream, he may just have to be a little bold... An absolutely fun, adorable, romantic read that will thoroughly entertain you, no ifs, ands, or buts! I had a smile on my face the whole way through Fairly Certain and that's the kind of book I love. If it doesn't make me happy, what's the point?! The characters were amazing and Petir was so easygoing, going with the flow of whatever happened in such a really cute way. He was a delight, along with all the other characters too. The plot was extremely unique and I l-o-v-e-d just how unusual it was. It was thoughtfully planned out and written with a smooth glide, seemingly effortless on the author's part. The three-legged dog named Trio? Perfect! The ending was surprisingly unexpected and I'm thinking I really, really like this new-to-me-author, Ms. Deborah Ann Davis! I'm already anxiously awaiting her next book. Don't miss Fairly Certain or I'm completely certain you'll be upset you did! 5 Stars!
“Fairly Certain” by Deborah Ann Davis. Fairly Certain! There’s nothing fairly about it: I certainly enjoyed this book. The quality of the writing is excellent and if any editorial errors exist I’m afraid I failed to detect them. Or, being totally honest, I was so enthralled by the storyline, not to mention the characters, I quite forgot to look. The book lives, it is amusing, it is quirky, it is vibrant; it has a heartbeat all of its own. In no time at all, or at least in the space of a couple pages, disbelief is suspended and the reader – or at least this reader – finds himself out of his chair and out of his home in a world that is way remote. Romance is in the air, an enchanting romance, an amusing romance; a romance that lifted my spirits and set me chortling with laughter. As well as romance there’s adventure and mystery and danger, or so it would seem. There’s also a considerable amount of deceit. Deceit for the heroine, deceit for the hero, and deceit for the reader as well. In respect of this last there can be no blame on the author. In the foreword she gives fair warning that: “nothing is as it appears.” But I was so carried away with the world of the book that I forgot all about the warning, and when the revelation finally came, when the deceit was finally unveiled I found myself laughing all over again at being so hopelessly taken in. So what’s it about? I will only say than an American youth, a bit of a geek, falls asleep in a wood and wakes up to find himself in what appears to be mediaeval England surrounded by a set of characters with names decidedly similar to the followers of Robin Hood. He thinks it’s a dream, but it isn’t. That’s it. No spoilers. But for readers from early teens up to infinity I can certainly recommend this book. Five Stars ***** D. A. Barker. Author of “Killing for Christmas.”