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    Historical Romance

    Romance set in 1190 with a twist on the Robin Hood theme sees Mariel and Robert tiptoeing around the best way to keep her safe from her abusive father who is not only set on taming her but also desirous of marrying her off to someone that will further his political aspirations. Robert and Mariel seem well matched in more ways than one BUT there are many things against them and the possibility of them spending time together in the future – whether or not they will conquer all is what this story is about. Well, it also introduces Rob’s band of merry men, Mariel’s sister, someone that has a thing for Mariel’s sister, some other women that may or may not show up in future books and a fun story to read set in the medieval time period. I did have a quibble or two about whether or not codpieces and corsets were actually in use in 1190 and even though I googled was not able to find out for sure…but the question did send me hunting for information. What I liked: * Both Mariel and Robert are strong in mind and body and willing to state their minds * Mariel was willing to leave everything to get away from her father * Both, though highborn, saw the needs of those less fortunate * Everything was not easy for the two of them * The side characters were intriguing * I wondered who the next book in the series would be about * The writing style * The villains were heinous and deserved their comeuppance * The camaraderie of Robert and his followers What I didn’t like: * Mariel always haring off like a rabbit when afraid * Mariel’s lack of trust in Robert although it might be reasonable considering her past * Her sister’s choice at the end of the book (unless she stars in the next book and all works out well for her) Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars
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    A Wonderful Adventure

    Mariel Crawford is on the run from her father. He is a powerful and abusive Laird, and Sheriff of Ayr in Scotland. When he said he was betrothing her to a man very much like himself, she ran. She going to win the money to travel to the continent in an archery contest. Robert, the Earl of Huntington is himself an expert archer and can hardly believe that young "Elmer" is so good. He needs someone like him to add to his men that carry out special tasks. He is determined to help the poor who are being robbed by the local sheriff. Once you start reading this you will realize who the story is about, but it's told in a very different way to normal. I was not expecting the way it played out. There is a lot of action and fabulous characters. A wonderful adventure with a strong, brave heroine and a stubborn hero. I loved it.
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    Loved it!

    'An Earl for the Archeress' by E. Elizabeth Watson is the First Book in the New Series called, "The Ladies of Scotland". This is the story of Mariel Crawford and Robert, the Earl of Huntington. Mariel is on the run from her abuse father, Laird, and Sheriff of Ayr in Scotland. As the oldest daughter and child he has been grooming her and trying to beat her strong. Now, Mariel has left her younger sister who doesn't get the raft that she gets alone. But Mariel felt she had no choice. While hiding out she has been earning money in Archery contest. When she is set to compete in Robert's contest she seems to loose to him because of a man in his employee says that Robert won with they actually both tied. Mariel sneaks away from the game after 'losing' to make her way from there but is caught days later by Robert's men who throw her in the dungeon. Robert knows that he needs to find 'Elmer' who is actually lady Mariel. Robert feels guilt over the unjust that was given to Mariel in the game. When he sees his men being cruel to "Elmer" he quickly goes forth and takes control. But what will happen with the truth of Elmer/Mariel comes out. Will Mariel move past the hurt her father caused her and now she feels that Robert is of the same cloth as her father. This book was impossible to put down! Loved it. Can't wait to read more from this author and this sires. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
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    Bullseye!

    This was a great story about strength under pressure. I loved that Mariel was a woman who took matters into her own hands and got out of an abusive situation. I loved Robert's protective nature over Mariel. Between her sass and his wit, there is some very enjoyable and humorous banter between the two of them. This was a great reimagining of a Robin Hood-esque type of romance with interesting characters and a plot line that was engaging and moved along at just the right pace. *I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley & Entangled Publishing, LLC in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
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    Robin Hood retelling

    Well, I completely missed the reference to the Sheriff of Nottingham in the blurb when I picked this one up, probably because I was already too excited about the fact the heroine was an archeress because I freaking LOVE tomboys in historicals! So it came as a very pleasant surprise when I started reading and discovered it was a Robin Hood retelling! ZOMG! Did anyone else absolutely love the Kevin Costner movie as a kid? With the Bryan Adams theme song that was number one in the UK for about a million years? Don't care. Still love it. Still mumble along to it when it comes on the radio. So, the Robin Hood aspect really upped my enjoyment of this book, and also served to make it very unlike any other Scottish Romance I've read so far. And I've read a few. The adventures of Robert's band of merry men took up a little bit of page time instead of it being solely about the romance, which for me was a plus as Scottish Romances can get a bit samey in their historical detailing. I can only read about so many clans, keeps, and chieftains before I'm like yep, yep, and then what happened? Robert and Mariel were both great characters. What made Mariel a particularly great tomboy character was that it was borne of necessity, not brattishness. Her father, the Sheriff of Ayrshire, was such an abusive brute that when he threatened to marry her off to someone just as heinnous and even older than himself, she ran. And to earn some coin and fend for herself, she competed in archery competitions disguised as a young man. Which is where she meets Robert! Hee hee! Robert was great. He's a bit of a rogue with a cheeky smile and, due to his looks and title, he's never been short of female company. So it's awesome to see how besotted he becomes with the one woman who's litterally having none of it. His charm is wasted on her because she's just too wary and too independant at this point to be wowed by his offers of protection as most other ladies would be. The romance was well-orchestrated, with just the right amount of steam - although I could have done without hearing about Robert's codpiece quite so often. The plot was pleasantly entertaining and in good balance to the love story, and all the little Robin Hood touches were the cherry on top. Overall, An Earl for the Archeress is a sweet and merry tale of love, trust and friendship that all readers of Historical and Scottish Romance would enjoy.
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