Her Heart’s Liege
by Olivia Fields
Tomboy Alex Bonham has fought her male peers tooth and nail to prove herself worthy to become captain of the king’s guard. When her country is invaded by Danes, she is ordered to take the king’s younger son, a charming but irresponsible rake, away from the front lines for safekeeping.
Alex walks a difficult line, trying to balance her growing attraction to Prince Holden with her dedication to duty and her responsibility to keep him safe from robbers, Danes...and even himself. But when they are drawn into the struggle to defend East Anglia from occupation, both the prince and his captain must grow. Can spoiled Prince Holden evolve into a good man who could lead the kingdom--one Alex can trust with her heart?
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4/5 (Very Good)
*I received a copy of this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange of a fair and honest review.*
This was quite the interesting book. The first and foremost thing that I absolutely adored was that Alex, a female, was captain of the Kings Guard, normally a position for a male. She was a force to be reckoned with. She was charged with the keeping the King’s son, Prince Holden, safe and away from danger and death. She was a spitfire in her own right and didn’t let anyone push her around. It’s always fun reading characters like her! On the other hand, it’s equally as exciting reading about characters such as Prince Holden. He was a spoiled boy, never having to work for anything, until the night he gets sent away for his protection. He was a tough character and boy was he determined! He is one of those characters that doesn’t quite know what to do when he is told no. So his relationship with Alex was exciting and fun to read.
One thing I did find kind of strange was the double standard that Alex seemed to hold toward Prince Holden and sleeping with people easily. She did the same with a gentleman she met in a small town during their journey. That part seemed slightly unbelievable towards Alex’s character as it was simply for pleasure and no feelings were there.
The detail! Oh boy, the detail. This story involves war with the Dane’s, and it’s the more exciting type of war, if there is such a thing. They had to be creative with their weaponry, their attack, and their plans. It was more of a hand to hand fighting than we have today. There was a castle and a moat. The author did an incredible job writing the scenery and used great detail in her descriptions. During some of the fighting scenes it was incredible reading as it was so easy to picture what was really going on. That made the book 10 times more exciting!
As with any story that involves war and fighting, there is death, which equates sadness and heartache. There were times when I would giggle and smile and others where my heart hurt. It’s the nature of the beast but the way that this story was written, these emotions were expanded upon instead of just having the assumption the reader feels them.
This was an exciting story and a story that I would suggest that you read.
"I make you nervous." The corner of Prince Holden’s mouth quirked up, self-deprecating.
Alexandra didn't try to deny the truth. "You do. Any time someone treats me like prey, I get uneasy."
He didn't attempt denial. "I don't usually pursue women."
"No, they jump into your bed all by themselves." She gave him a wry stare.
He shrugged, equally off-hand. "Near enough."
"Then all you have to do is find a bed and wait. I want no part of it."
"I'm tired of prey that doesn't put up a struggle." She could see something almost weary in the set of his shoulders.
She raised a brow at him. She'd believe him on a cold day in Hell.
He shrugged and shifted uncomfortably. "Serving girls and barmaids are all very well and good for a night's pleasure, but they have nothing to offer afterward. All the ladies at court are shallow and dull." He pulled a wry face. "I'd rather court a girl with something to her. Like you."
Alex resisted the desire to squirm uncomfortably under his warm regard. "The problem with me," his brow furrowed, "is that everything has always been too easy." He leaned toward her, intent. She could sense how important this was to him.
He reached out and touched her cheek lightly with his fingertips. "But you aren't easy at all, and I find I quite like it."
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Beware the Procrastination Demons
Luckily, writing is one of my procrastination demons. Writing frequently distracts me from keeping perfectly up to date on my day job (or at least forces me to get up early the next morning to catch up on less interesting work I didn't do yet because I was up until all hours writing the night before).
I say luckily because I believe good writers usually find writing to be a strong motivating force in their lives. The act of composition is such a passion for me, it's something I usually put other things off for. I need to have that kind of fire in my belly, that love of writing that keeps me going through the discouraging times, such as when I'm worn out by my day job or when I'm trying to write a challenging scene.
Sometimes difficult scenes do crop up, and the drive can get hard to maintain. It's important for me to write anyway when that happens instead of delaying indefinitely. I find putting off a challenge isn't going to make it any easier! In that case procrastination only serves to increase difficulty and suffering. If I can put something down on paper, it doesn't matter if it isn't quite what I wanted. Once I actually have something to work on, I can get past those little demons that whisper "Do it later!" and start making it better.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
For years, college professor Olivia Fields has been writing romantic tales to pacify her muse and entertain her friends. She believes in making her characters work for their happy endings.
When not at her keyboard, Olivia enjoys nature hikes, photography, and the constant companionship of several rather irregularly trimmed Shih Tzu dogs. Olivia’s first published novel, Her Heart’s Liege, will be released in March 2015 by Rogue Phoenix Press.
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