Friday, 3 July 2009

Temptation of the Warrior by Margo Maguire - review

This author is one of the nicest persons I had contact with. I won her book Wild at The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills blog (great blog btw, check it out) and when she contacted me she decided to give me one more book (my choice). After her parcel had arrived I discovered that she didn't send me two books but three (third was her choice and the one I'm reviewing today) with bunch of promo stuff and signed bookplates of the other Jaunty authors.
The first I've read was Temptation of the Warrior (it's paranormal historical) because I prefer paranormal over normal historical (which were the other two books). So here goes the blurb:

A new land, a new time . . .

To protect his people from a great evil, Merrick Mac Lochlainn, newly crowned high chieftain of his clan, must travel forward in time nearly 1,000 years. But when he awakens in nineteenth-century England, he has no memory of his mission to save his race, nor can he recognize Jenny Keating, the spirited young beauty who calls herself his wife.
A new love . . .
Orphaned and on the run from a cruel headmaster, vulnerable and alone, Jenny never dreamed of being rescued by any man, much less a chivalrous and handsome warrior like Merrick. Drawn to his powerful physique and mysterious ways, she begins a dangerous deception and poses as his beloved. But her feelings of desire are all too real. Together they will battle a dark threat that jeopardizes their very lives, all the while tempting each other with a passion too powerful to resist.

Margo Maguire is the author of twelve historical novels, mostly of the medieval era. This one is historical with paranormal elements, but most of the story is set in 19th century. Of course this is a second book in the series (I usually read series backwards :)), so I had difficulties following the story at first (I haven't read the first one A Warrior's Taking, of course) but after a chapter or two I did catch up and enjoyed the story.
Merrick and Jenny are believable characters and the whole story is well written. I've read it in two days, and the second day I stayed up until 2:30 a.m. because I wanted to find out what happens at the end. Great part of the story involves trip with a Clan of Gypsies so you get to meet them and you are given an insight into their way of life. The story line is fast-paced from the opening and never slows down until the confrontation. It's a story about evil vs. good and love vs. destiny.
I give it four feathers because the end feels a little bit rushed and I would love to know a little bit more about what happened with Merrick and Jenny's lives after the confrontation with the evil forces :) I will buy A Warrior's Taking to find out how did the story begin at the first place :)

Book information:
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (March 25, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061256374
ISBN-13: 978-0061256370
Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches

For more information about other books and author herself please visit her website


  1. Great Review Host!

    Don't you love it when a book is so good you can't put it down... Trouble is you suffer from sleep deprivation the next day! lol

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!


  2. Thanks Lea! I've read several really good books in a last few days and I've been feeling sleepy the whole week (hence my moodiness).
    Have a great weekend!

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