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Nowhere in medieval England are three women so powerful or adored as the heiresses of Fallstowe Castle Sybilla #the ruthless beau Never Kiss a Stranger by Heather GothausHistorical Romance March 1st 20114 stars #ruthless beau Never Kiss a Stranger by Heather GothausHistorical Romance March 1st 20114 stars Kiss a Stranger is a Kiss a Stranger by Heather GothausHistorical Romance March 1st 20114 stars Kiss a Stranger is a romance which features a tortured and noble hero that romance fans will adore Alys Foxe is young and impetuous noble woman who is somewhat spoiled Alys rebels when her overbearing older sister tries to tame her by arranging a marriage for her Alys is determined to find another suitable husband of her own choosing But Alys is a bit romantic and believes in the magic of the Foxe ruins where her parents met and found love She visits the site in hopes of finding her own true love there too There she meets a stranger named Piers Piers wants nothing to do with Alys He was nearly illed by his murderous step mother and step brother Piers is the true heir to his father s small estate and is on a journey to see King Edward and plead for his lands returned However Alys sees her chance in Piers and blackmails him into taking her as his traveling companion to London But their journey has not gone unnoticed by Piers s enemies or Alys overprotective and powerful sister Although this story starts with Alys I really became involved with Piers journey to reclaim his rightful birthright Alys was initially difficult for me to warm up to because she was sometime hard headed and seemed spoiled and immature at times But as the book progressed I admired her backbone and support in Piers Not just how she could use him to avoid her arranged marriage Piers is the perfect hero He has a high sense of honor even though he has been treated poorly which only made him worthy He is a highly sympathetic hero who will tug on any romantic reader s heart strings I was also fascinated by Alys s powerful sister Sybilla Although Sybilla was initially cast as a villain for arranging Alys s arranged marriage I really began to admire her spirit and strong character as she tried to do what was best for her lands and the sisters she cared for She and Piers were my favorite characters Now that Piers has found love I cross my fingers that the author s next book will feature the indomitable Sybilla Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club NEVER KISS A STRANGER by Heather Grothaus is an exciting historical romance Set In 1276 England It Is Fast in 1276 England It is fast of adventuredangerand witty banter between the hero and heroineThis is the story of a commoner Piers who is actually a noblemanHe has been betrayedhis bettershis stepmother stepbrother after his father s death attempt to A Ved Mehta Reader kill himtry to discredit him and hunt him down when they find out they did notill himFor he is headed to see King Edward to claim his rightful place as the Lord of GillwickIn route he meets youngbeautiful innocent Lady Alysthe youngest sister of the Fallstowe Castle sistersShe is determined to undermine her eldest sister who is the ueen of the Fallstowe Castlesince their mother s deathFor Sybilla has betrothed Alys to someone Alys hates So Alys nows the legend of Foxe Ring ruinsIf a unmarried man and woman meet at midnight within the ancient ruinsthey are married Rather by fatelegend or destiny Piers comes upon Alys sleeping within the ruinsyes with none other than an excited Monkeywho Alys rescued from her soon to be betroths motherWho by the is rather hatefulAlthoughAlys and Piers have an usual adventure through the woods of Englandbeing pursued by not only Alyssisterwho fears Alys is in dangerbut also by the very people who tried to ill PiersTogether they find lovehappiness and a great adventurePiersnot only finds a family member he didn t Hometown Honey know he hadhis destinyhis rightful place as the Lord of Gillwick but he also finds his true loveAlys finds not only her true loveher place in the worldat her husband s side but also that her sisterSibillahas only been looking out for her best interestIf you enjoy reading a story with witty banter betw. Nowhere in medieval England are three women so powerful or adored as the heiresses of Fallstowe Castle Sybilla the ruthless beauty Cecily the pure hearted innocentand Alys the youngest sister whose wild spirit has yet to be matchedLady Alys thinks everyonenows the leg. Ogy to read and I couldn t remember all the nuances of this story I m glad I took the time to re read this book I enjoyed it much the second time and even changed my rating from a 3 to a 4 This is a typical historical romance you have a headstrong girl a commoner who is being denied his birthrite as a Lord and even a cute little sidekick in the form of a Monkey I love stories with Monkeys in them They always lend a little humor to the story and I was not disappointed in this book Once again there was sarcastic humor that I enjoyed and I enjoyed the relationship between Piers Mallory and Alys Foxe I feel the relationship moved along at a believable pace that the love between the two characters didn t come too easy or too difficult I like the simplicity in the story so that you could focus on Alys and Piers I also enjoyed meeting Ira and I like the fact that he wasn t Alys biggest fan and again I felt their relationship evolved at good pace I look forward to reading the next installment in this trilogy which deals with another of the three Foxe sisters What I LikedI liked the humor in this book I liked how we saw Alys row up before our eyes and take ownership of her actions and start to act out of The Prince in the Royal Suite (Chatsfield Novella, knowledge and strength instead of childishness and selfishnessWhat I DislikedI disliked how the author in a couple tiny spots eluded to magic or witchcraft I don t think that was developed really well and probably should have been left out of the book as it didn t add anything I also disliked how the book is a cliffhanger If you want tonow the story of why the ing and Sybilla are having a battle of wills you have to read on Perhaps as I read on I will find out about this elusive magic but I don t think that will change how I feel about its presentation in this book2011 reviewA little slow in the beginning but then I got caught up in the story of a young woman finding herself and her love on a journey to right wrongs done to all I will definitely read the next book in the series to find out what happens next More like 15 stars but I thought the overall rating way overestimated and the other comments too lenient with this bookI cannot say it is poorly written but neither is it nicely so Some sentences ringed out of time to me I never liked ANY of the characters and could not care for them Alys is a childish brat who finally realizes how she s been and hopefully will redeem herself in the future after the ending of the book however she s rather stupid and it s uite painful to hear her whinge The so called hero does not have much for himself the only words that come to my mind thinking does not have much for himself the only words that come to my mind thinking him are plainer than plain boring and lonely loner The overall story does not hold much and to my opinion is rather poor I never understood where the blooming love between the Hh came from The feelings of the characters are never described which does not allow for a lot of emotions bonding What irritated me the most however were the regular inconsistencies stupidities done by the characters First Alys whinged she could not go home on her own as she truly did not now the way the author justified that However two days later when they were #further away from her home castle she still new the village where #away from her home castle she still new the village where go to get food Secondly in this village she begged for food and told a tale that having food would help her get back to her Mom and be forgiven however a few minutes later she asked the woman the way to London and thought herself so witty for having misled her into thinking she would be on the road to London Last one when Alys was rescued from the villains just before Piers was to see the King to get his rightful title and property she reluctantly agreed to leave but did NOT tell the information she learnt that would make the difference for Piers despite her claiming she loved him and would do anything for his wellbeing and happiness And the hero was not wiser than the stupid chit he also did something really stupid which obviously turned ba. Llory to the Fallstowe lands But now that fate has attached the alluring and curiously insistent Alys to his side it may work to his advantage to play by her rules at least for a time Yet the danger Piers courts is no game and the passion he and Alys share is all too re.

Review Never Kiss a Stranger

Een the hero and heroine from the beginning to the end and where the characters not only grow but also find themselves right in front of your eyes #than this is definitely the story for you This book was received for the purpose of review from the #this is definitely the story for you This book was received for the purpose of review from the and details can be find at Kensington Publishing Corp and My Book Addiction and More lady Alys nows the legend of the ancient Foxe Rings a place where a man and a woman meet at midnight within the rings they are as good as married She runs into a captivating stranger lucking there has no nowledge of the rings It stranger lucking there has no Chosen by the Lieutenant (Regency Brides of Convenience knowledge of the rings It a deadly pursuit that bring Piers Mallory to Fallstowe Lands and the Foxe Rings and Lady Alys The fates has paired Alys to Piers They will share the danger that courts them both Ending with the love and passion that will make the both of them whole DNF p190I m counting this trash book because I m over halfway through it But honestly I m 190 pages in and the only thing that s happened is that Alys and Piers are STILL RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME overit My major beef with this story was the use of the F word Now I have no problem with using that word myself but then again I don t live in 1276 where I can only imagine such a word wasn t used According to Wikipedia the firstnown usage of this curse was in 1475 200 years after this story took place The overuse of this word by the hero and I use that word loosely just seemed wrong and inconsistent with the times Since superstition was alive and well in medieval times I understand the allure of the Foxe Ring and believe that true love would happen to those found together in the ring at midnight of the full moon So the fact that Alys Foxe fell in love with our anti hero Piers Mallory didn t surprise me What did though was Piers attitude towards Alys and her continued begging and pleading to go with her husband His continued acrimony and plain old nastiness towards Alys should have had her running back to her sister regardless of said sisters behavior It was 1276 after all when women just weren t safe outside the home and honestly Piers looking like a homesless bum could have been anyone intent on harming Alys but did she give a single thought to her own safety Nope She clung to Piers like a darn barnacleWhen Alys found out who Bevan s father was why did she not tell Ira Piers grandfather when he rescued her before Piers saw the King This is information that would have been invaluable to Piers in his time of need So why did someone who loved him to pieces not turn over this vital information especially since she was leaving with her sister I just didn t understand this behavior towards someone she l o v e dNow I do own the other books in this series but honestly I hated Sybilla and can t imagine enjoying her story and the other sister is so preachy and God fearing and headed to a nunnery that I can t even imagine reading her story never mind enjoying it So this being the best sister of the lot and her story was just so so I won t be continuing this series It s a shame since I ve loved every other Heather Grothaus book I ve read I ll definitely read this author again just not this series The story takes place in England in 1276 I think the story only spans about a month or so The heroine is eighteen year old Alys Foxe She s got pale blond hair and brown eyes She s the youngest of three sisters Her parents are deceased and her older sister Sybilla runs everything Alys runs away because Sybilla is making her marry someone whom she doesn t want to marryThe hero is thirty year This was incredibly well written At first I thought like Piers that Alys was a spoiled selfish girl She wasn t she was smart and as Piers see that so do weLikewise Sybilla seemed like a total bitch and yet despite her many flaws Grothaus shows us that she is strict and harsh and mean but she means well and deep down she is a good person Sy 2013 reviewThis was the second time I read this book I re read it because I have the second book in the tril. End If a man and a woman meet at midnight within the ancient Foxe Ring ruins they are as good as married But when she finds a captivating stranger lurking there in the middle of the night she discovers the one man who is unawareIt's a deadly pursuit that brings Piers Ma. Never Kiss a Stranger