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Once Upon a Hero: Tales of Love Throughout History

by C.N. Bird

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Once Upon A Hero: Tales of Love Throughout History
Melissa Cushing's review

4 of 5 stars

I give this set of 4 short stories 4 of 5 stars! I loved them! I actually began reading the Historical Romance genre within the last year or so and I have fallen in love with it. This collection of short stories is awesome because you have 4 amazing Historical Romance stories all wrapped into one. Let me start by saying that each story is uniquely it's own and amazingly written with great character development and a fabulous storyline for each. The fabulous writing made me love these books even more. You have the feisty, strong willed female characters in each as well as the stubborn, proud, and loving male characters (well most anyway :)as well. Add to that the fabulous talent and writing style of each these authors who have created 4 different stories, all from specific periods in history, and it is like you are taking a romantic, sensual trip through time. Here is a synopsis of each book for you from Goodreads...

Pompeii by C.N. Bird

69 A.D.
Following the loss of her father and her mother years later, Hadriana is saved from a life of prostitution by her closest friend Victus. Through rebuilding and many loves, one night finds them unable to resist their feelings for one another any longer. With their new found affection and moving forward in their lives, the city of Pompeii seemingly doesn't have a happy ending in store.

Hunting His Highland Lass by Samantha Holt

Scotland, 1292
Rory MacPherson has returned home to find his castle overrun by the English and his timid wife missing. So when he hears of her tales of bravery, he's just a little surprised. But his main concern is whether she is still alive or has been captured. Upon discovering her intention to run to her father's and to leave their affectionless marriage for good, Rory realises just how much sweet Isla means to him. Can the warrior get past his fears of being too rough for her?

Though fear of capture drove Isla out, it's the fear of returning to her marriage that keeps her travelling across the unforgiving Highlands. Not that she doesn't care for her husband, but she can no longer bear desiring a man who clearly doesn't want her. Believing that he must be sharing his bed with another lass, Isla plans to beg her father for refuge from the English...and her husband. But the journey is dangerous and Rory is a determined man. Will he even let her go?

A Love Remembered by Em Taylor

England, 1811
When Lord Benedict Mallory is lost at sea while fighting in His Majesty's Navy, Lady Cassandra Strong knows her happy ever after with the handsome duke's son will never be. That is until she spots her friend's footman. He bears a striking resemblance to the Lord who was presumed drowned.

A chance encounter with the newly restored Earl leaves Cassy with no option but to marry Lord Benedict. Can they overcome his loss of memory and forge a marriage for themselves?

An Honourable Enemy by Lily Magee

Russia, 1812
War has been kind to Capitaine Amaury de Poitiers. With every victory over the Russians, Napoleon's Grande Army brings ever greater glory to France. Highly regarded by both his superiors and his men, his career looks set to soar.

When he is tasked with guarding a prisoner of war critical to the war effort, an archduchess no less, Amaury finds himself enchanted by her. The only surviving member of her family, the proud Katinka of Viasma is overwhelmed by grief and the desire for revenge upon the French for her family's death. Despite her initial hostility, Amaury finds himself becoming ever more drawn to this feisty, angry yet fragile young woman and is overcome by the need to protect her.

Katinka in turn finds herself confused by her increasing attraction to the witty, chivalrous capitaine who refuses to give up on her despite her temper.

Their longing for each other is undeniable but both of them know that the barriers between them are great. Amaury finds himself torn between his mission, his love and his honour. Katinka is a noblewoman and he is but a common soldier. To be together could cost Katinka everything.

Can Amaury and Katinka ever overcome the barriers of war and class that separate them?

Is that enough of a sneak peek for you? Now get to Amazon and purchase this one and get set to be entertained! ( )
  mcushing7 | Mar 3, 2014 |
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