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The Champion by Heather Grothaus
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AUTHOR: Heather Grothaus’ writing style is more about adventure, action, and mystery in medieval days. She is a writer that does not seem to get into the tasteful but detailed, passionate, romantic side of events in the story. While a few small hints of the passion are there, you are truly turning to the pages that will answer the medieval mystery.

NICHOLAS (Nick) FitzTodd is the Baron of Crane. His home is Hartmoore in England. He travels to Obny to propose marriage to his childhood best friend EVELYN. She has run away to a convent leaving him feeling betrayed.
HANDAAR, Lord of Obny, Evelyn’s father unfortunately has to deliver the bad news to Nicholas. Handaar advises that Evelyn’s leaving to join a convent were the last wishes of her mother before she passed away. Feeling betrayed and humiliated, Nicholas goes to the English King’s court where he spends his time drinking and debauchery. Also, the place where he will meet Simone.
SIMONE du Roche also grew up with a best friend CHARLES Beauville in France. He broke their engagement. She is considered to be not in her right mind. That reputation has forced she and her family to leave France to try and get a new start in England.
DIDIER, Simone’s 8 year old brother, is her ever constant companion. Being very protective of his sister has made it such that wherever she is, so is he. He is recognized by a “white feather” that had been gifted to him. He carries it around everywhere he goes.
ARMAND is on a mission to find a treasure. With the family fortune now gone he pushes his daughter Simone to marry someone rich. Due to an indiscretion on the part of Nicholas, Armand uses that as an opportunity to force a marriage between Simone and Nicholas.
TRISTAN and HAITH are Nicholas’s brother and sister-in-law. Tristan is his Nicholas’ voice of reason. His wife Haith has magical powers and can make unexpected things happen.
GENEVIEVE FitzTodd is Nicholas’ gracious mother living at Hartmoore. Her life is in danger and is connected to the treasure that Armand seeks. Simone reaches out to protect her.
MINERVA, Haith’s great aunt from Scotland is a healer and possessor of many magical powers. She arrives at Hartmoore and immediately attends to Handaar. He had been mortally wounded during an attack on Obny. Evelyn is summoned to Hartmoore and arrives to be with her father as he lies on his death bed. Minerva not only has her hands full with trying to save a man’s life, she also has a special connection to Didier. Later she will give Evelyn a means to trade in her old life for a new life.
JEHAN RENAULT has been denied the pleasure of enjoying a life with his children. As much as life would allow, he tries to correct the injustices that had been done by others.

Two people are dead. A mystery surrounds parents Portia, Genevieve, Armand, Robert and Jehan. Also their siblings Nicholas, Tristan, Simone and Didier.

SEX SCALE: Of the following five options: 1) NOT very descriptive and requires imagination' 2) WILL make you wiggle a little) 3) WISH it was me; 4) OH boy, do not have to use my imagination at all; 5) EROTICA and well over the top
******THIS BOOK GETS A ONE for " NOT very descriptive and requires imagination". *****

FAVORITE PART: Didier acting up on Simone’s wedding night.

LEAST FAVORITE PART: Armand’s bad moods

YOU WILL LIKE THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE: Mystery behind parents and their siblings. Greed. Ghost. Vengeance, Special Powers, Jealousy. If you prefer plenty of heart racing action (yes heart racing) during medieval days, you will like this book. If you prefer yummy passion, this book probably is not for you.

This book gets FOUR STARS. This book was honestly heart racing regardless of the lack tasteful and detailed passion that I usually prefer to read about in a books. ( )
  Chandra-of-Red | Apr 25, 2011 |
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PROLOGUE. February 1077, near the Welsh border, England
"She'll saddle me like a horse." "My Lord?" Nicholas FitzTodd, Barron of Crane, glanced at his riding companion, the bright moonlight allowing him to easily see the curious frown on his first man's face.
September 1077, London, England
Simone du Roche perched upon her gilded stool in the king's grand ballroom, her rich velvet kirtle puddling in deep, green pools at her feet. Her black mane was intricately braided and twined around her headpiece, held at a lofty angle, and her cat-green eyes beheld the other guest with barely concealed disdain as they pranced about to the twanging music.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0821780077, Mass Market Paperback)

Nicholas FitzTodd, Baron of Crane, has little interest in marriage - the privileges of rank are too many and too pleasurable. But when the bride he finally chooses refuses him, he takes out his frustration in wine and women. Simone DuRoche is but another lovely temptation, until a moment of indiscretion results in a hasty wedding. Nick is furious - Simone may be beautiful, but she is nearly penniless and rumoured to be mad...Simone hardly expects her reluctant husband to believe that her young brother's ghost has followed her to England - or that she suspects his death was murder. Marriage to the fierce, guarded Nicholas is difficult enough. But when she learns the truth behind her brother's death, a dangerous family secret threatens the fragile peace she and Nicholas have achieved, and she must risk everything she holds dear to prove that her love is worth fighting for...

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:06 -0400)

England, 1077. An era of kings and their loyal knights, of grand castles and courts, and of passions too bold to be denied. Brought to life with power and grace, this is the story of a nobleman in need of a wife ... and the woman who offers him the love of a lifetime. Nicholas FitzTodd, Baron of Crane, has little interest in marriage--the privileges of rank are too many and too pleasurable. But when the bride he finally chooses refuses him, he takes out his frustration in wine and women. Simone DuRoche is but another lovely temptation, until a moment of indiscretion results in a hasty wedding. Nick is furious--Simone may be beautiful, but she is nearly penniless and rumored to be mad ...… (more)

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