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The Reiver

by Jackie Barbosa

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There are two characters in this eBook, Duncan and Reva. Duncan is Lord of Lochmorton Castle. Reva is a reiver from across the border.

Duncan capture's Reva but she will not tell him her real name. So Duncan calls her Reva then we jump 2 months into the future. Reva is eating breakfast with Duncan every morning and they are each thinking they have feeling for the other.

Do these characters act on there feeling or let them go?

While the author stated on the Amazon page that this was a short story I just did not know how short. This book can easily be read in under 30 minutes. I enjoyed this book but I did not like how it just jumped into the future with out being able to see the start of the love bloom.

The bunnies and I give this book 3 Carrots. ( )
  kybunnies | Oct 19, 2014 |
Length, laziness and/or problems meeting the deadline killed this short story, originally published as part of The Mammoth Books of Scottish Romance. Quite frankly, it's an embarrassment to the author as I suspect Ms. Barbosa is capable of producing something of much higher quality.

We witness little of the requisite growth of affection between the main characters nor enough endearments to seduce readers into believing in their burgeoning but ultimately contrived relationship. Time spent together on stage is short and therefore gives the impression that any and all relationship progress is insanely rushed.

Poor structure sees us meet the characters after Duncan catches Reva/Jamie during a raid on his homestead and both feel attraction at first sight. He holds her hostage hoping to loosen her tongue with kindness so she'll spill the names of the other raiders. Jump 6 weeks into the future, they have a one night stand with I Love Yous after which the heroine escapes captivity only to be reunited with Duncan two months later, rounded off with a happy ever after.

Strangely, Duncan didn't feel lied to, used and abandoned when Reva distracts him with sex to escape. Being a virgin apparently gave her a Get Out of Jail free card. Her excuse was her heritage. As a member of the family that slaughtered his kin and injuring himself in battle, Reva/Jamie believed he'd never accept her or stop hunting her fellow raiders and family members - his mortal enemies. Understandable.

Duncan claims he'll overcome his grudge for the love of his good woman. I would've loved to have been in his head when faced with those who'd killed his father and stolen his livestock. Swallowing those insults to his honour would be painfully challenging.

Described events between the two families are actually based on real Scottish history, if not these characters or their romance. Normally, this would garner my favour not only for the story but for the author as too many fail to do a little research for their books. It's a shame The Reiver was so underdeveloped as it had the potential to be something more. ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
I received this book for free, like everyone else, and because it was free I wasn't expecting much, truth be told...but I was shocked at the pace that everything went, I was surprised at the quickness of the story, and not pleasantly so. The story seemed to go well enough, a captive in a Scottish castle, but then it begins to just go in a very weird direction where the woman falls in love with her captor out of nothing in particular he did, then he lets her go...and then finds her again. The entire story was just a blink and then done, and not very well explained. It's a quick read, and an adequate way to pass a half hour, but for me the story was just too unbelievable. ( )
  AllCrazyHere | May 7, 2014 |
Duncan Maxwell is in his dungeon to talk to the reiver that his brothers had caught. He tries to get the boy to talk as he really doesn't want to hang him which is the normal punishment. When the reiver doesn't answer him he grabs the boy's shirt and picks him up. Duncan is surprised at how light the boy is but continues holding him up until the boys spits in his face. When Duncan tries to looks at the boy again he realizes that its not a boy at all but a young woman. Duncan knows that he can't hang the woman but he's not quite sure what to do with her. While he decides he gives her the run of his castle and little by little over time he falls in love with her.
This is a very short, but well written love story. I loved the characters and very much enjoyed the story. ( )
  bettysunflower | Mar 18, 2014 |
Cute but short. There needed to be more length for some of the action...

The writing was good and the story was interesting but the ending felt...rushed. ( )
  MrsJoseph | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Duncan Maxwell, laird of Lochmorton Castle, gets the shock of his life when he discovers the reiver captured in a raid on his lands is not a boy, but a young woman. Although she flatly refuses to tell him her name or how she came to be riding with a raiding party, Duncan cannot countenance imprisoning a woman in his dungeon but neither can he release her without compensation. Unable to ransom her back to her family, he treats her as an honored--though exceptionally well-supervised--guest. He takes to calling her Reva and determines to seduce the truth of her identity from her. There's just one problem--the reiver may steal his heart before he can reveal her secrets. This story was originally published in the Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance… (more)

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