Monday, April 15, 2013

The Baron by Juliana Garnett + Featured Freebie

The Baron: A Loveswept Historical RomanceIn Juliana Garnett’s enchanting romance of medieval England, a dashing nobleman and a seductive aristocrat on opposite sides of the law discover that the heart knows no boundaries.
Tré Devaux, Third Baron of Brayeton, has just been appointed Sheriff of Nottingham. His first task: to rid the land of the Saxon outlaws who undermine the Norman rule . . . or face the wrath of his vengeful king. Tré is determined to let no one stand in his way, not even the captivating Lady Jane Neville, a known sympathizer to the Saxon cause whose unbridled spirit evokes feelings in Tré he thought were long buried.

Although she seems to be the very definition of the perfect English lady, Jane Neville is much more than an elegant noblewoman. She is the niece of the infamous outlaw Robin Hood, and has inherited her uncle’s fierce courage. But even with her warrior’s blood, Jane cannot resist the broad-shouldered, strong-willed Tré, a man whose love comes with harsh consequences. By surrendering to passion, Jane and Tré put themselves in the middle of a civil war that may cost both their hearts—and their lives.

My Rating: 4/5

Started off slow, but ended up great! The Baron was a sweet romance that blended in the beloved tale of Robin Hood.

I loved how the author incorporated Robin Hood. It wasn't a retelling. Rather, it was a continuation to show what happened to him, his family, and his friends long after his bandit days were over. And amid that was a romance between his niece and a Norman baron. I loved how it was done.

Jane was a brilliant heroine. She was very strong and didn't let anyone push her around-though sometimes that had some consequences. She was very devoted to her people and was willing to do whatever she had to do in order to help them. I really liked her, and I think other readers will as well.

Tre was just as great. He was not a man to be messed with, especially since, at the beginning of the book, he was a man with nothing to lose. With the loss of his wife and daughter, then the king's seizure of his land, he was willing to do anything. Of course, that changed when Jane came into the picture. But, despite his ruthlessness, he was also very sweet when he wanted to be, very loyal to his loved ones, and with a frustrating tendency to self sacrifice in order to protect those he loved. 

Jane and Tre were a great couple. Sparks were flying immediately and they could turn HOT. But they were also sweet together. Both were very strong and were each other's perfect match. Though their romance took a while to actually begin since they were at odds, I though they were lovely together. 

The plot was slow for about the first half of the book. No boring slow, but skimming-occasionally slow. But, during the second half, the pace picked up and I got hooked. There were betrayals, secrets, and thrills in store. And the ending was perfect. I loved it.

The Baron was a wonderful medieval romance! Though it got off to a slow start, I ending up really enjoying it. Lovers of romance, you'll want to give this book a read.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Loveswept for a copy!
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Ella Olsen is only certain of two things: She was born to be an aerialist in the circus, and she’s in love with the boy who stole her memories. 
Unable to remember anything about herself, her past, or her telekinetic ability, Ella’s determined to uncover the truths that have been hidden from her by the boy who can read her thoughts. But forcing out secrets as dark as hers could crack the seal of her mind completely.

Ella isn’t only remembering the past… she’s reliving it.

And some memories are best left hidden...

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