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Arrow to the Heart

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To the winner of the annual tournament of champions--a re-creation of the medieval games--goes the prize of bedding the lovely Katrina, wife of a wealthy plantation owner who cannot sire his own heir. But the winner, Rowan de Blanc, has his own reasons for getting close to Katrina--reasons of revenge, and before long, true passion. From the author of Shameless.
Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published July 7th 2012 by Steel Magnolia Press (first published 1993)
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Misfit
3.5 stars

“There are ways of being certain that a reluctant filly stands still for the stallion’s mount. You might strive to remember that.”

19C Louisiana. Katrine Castlereagh's lot in life is to be wife to a wealthy plantation owner. Problem is, her husband is older and impotent, and what do you do when you want your wife to produce an heir? Why, hold a medieval tournament with the champion getting the very best prize of all - although Katrine's not too fond of the whole idea. Into this muddle co
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Disha Acharya
Mar 06, 2012 Disha Acharya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Once in a while when I feel like doing some light - reading, then I pick up some romances, which I playfully term as 'Trashy Romances’, novels which are all about love, romance, sex, thrills, mystery, intrigues, the works. They serve their purpose well, as in they distract me, make me escape in a world which is rosy and everything is candy floss and glitter. At the same time, I cannot forget the ‘trashy’ part of such romances, as they are extremely patriarchal and seem to be written by male chau ...more
Laura
Aug 09, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 - 4 stars

Jennifer Blake can write a romance. She paints such a beautiful picture with her words. Not just of the hero and heroine and their romance, but of the background setting as well. But don't let that fool you. Her writing is a little on the dark side. I'd say gothic would be a term that aptly describes it.

Like the previous book I read by this author, I was kept guessing with the twists and turns it took. When I thought things were one way, Jennifer Blake proved me wrong by making it
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Adetia
Jul 16, 2012 Adetia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Arrow to the Heart is the first book I've read by Jennifer Blake, but I am eager to read some of her other stories. Arrow to the Heart, set in 19th century Louisiana, complete with Southern take on the Court of Love, had an intriguing storyline that while predictable, still managed to throw in a few surprises along the way. The very premise of the book was almost unbelievable until the very end when everything clicked neatly into place. While I would certainly put this in the "trashy" romance ge ...more
Amy
Jun 01, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really sure why I rated this book has five stars. I'm not saying that I didn't like the book, not by a longshot that. I enjoyed the plot characters and in the spirit of the novel. I guess it surprises me that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Maybe I was just in the mood for a good romance a good plot. And it wasn't just a fluffy fly either. I thought it had reasonable substance. It was also an easy read. To be honest this is probably more of a 4.5 star book than a five star but it was wort ...more
Falina
Mar 18, 2013 Falina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy Arrow to the Heart as much as the other historical romances I've read by Jennifer Blake. I've though hard about why that might be, and I've come to the conclusion that the power structure customary in Blake's novels is out of balance in this novel. Usually, the heroine is initially dominated by the man (i.e. kidnapped, held captive, forced into marriage) and a major joy of reading is taking in the situation, in which superficially the hero holds all the cards, all the while knowin ...more
Camryn Shannon
Nov 01, 2013 Camryn Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Katrine's older, sickly husband, Giles, needs an heir and is unable to produce one, he strikes an unusual arrangement with Rowan de Blanc. A former pirate and excellent swordsman, Rowan easily becomes Katrine's champion in a Southern version of the medieval court of love. With Katrine as his prize, the pirate in Rowan prefers passion. The gentleman in him longs for love. Giles simply wants to see an heir before he dies while Katrine refuses to be used as a "brood mare."

Rowan possesses his o
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DA4Pups
Jan 09, 2016 DA4Pups marked it as own-under-another-title
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Sandra Dagg
Feb 15, 2014 Sandra Dagg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this one last night, and have to say I enjoyed it very much. I had no idea who the 'bad guy' was, so as a mystery, it was well written. I found the characters all to be believable...some pretty extreme situations, but in 1800s Louisiana, women didn't have a lot of say in their lives, so the situations described could have happened. I was never bored, and really have nothing bad to say about this book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in antebellum historical romance, with a mys ...more
Sarah
Aug 03, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good. Blake is one of the few historical romance authors I can stomach as she tends to be fairly historically accurate and tell a fresh story. This novel was no different although I had to keep reminding myself that it was taking place in Louisiana and not Britain. Also, the premise was so odd - that the his and was more or less pimping out his wife for an heir and the love story was between said wife and pimp - it was pretty unbelievable. Fortunately, convenient deaths allo ...more
Ty
Aug 03, 2010 Ty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just didn't understand the book until the last. Why... was the question that kept going through my brain. I probably would have liked it more if the situations where explained more in the first but hey that's what keeps you reading right? I thought it would be a quick read but it had some thinking to do and the emotions were out for grabs. It was a better book then I thought it was going to be. For future reference...One read was enough.
Steph Arndt
Jun 07, 2013 Steph Arndt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book in the Jennifer Blake Kindle 4 pack that I could not put down. I found the story line an interesting twist that kept me guessing through out. I loved the main characters, Rowan and Katrine, and found it hard to put it down. This book has changed my opinion of Jennifer Blake and am interested to see how the last book in my collection hold up. I have not given up on this author yet!
Helm Ehmy Ilarde
Story very well composed. Though there are some little confusions but the overall is that I really like how things turned out for the characters. The plot and outcome is unique and I very well like it. This is the second book I've read of Jennifer Blake and hope to read more. 5 out of 5 from me!
Barri Bryan
Aug 14, 2012 Barri Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nineteenth century romance set on a plantation in Louisiana. The plot is interesting and different.The author tell the tale of an unusual love affair, with constraint and a great deal of finesse.
Raquel
Por fin termine de leer este libro. Lo termine de leer porque aunque no me guste un libro, aunque me tarde mucho, lo tengo que terminar de leer.
Huertaslaura
Light read, nothing special, but as it is really cheap on kindle (collection of four books 2.99) it was OK.
Heather
OMG! I never would've guessed who was behind the murder attempts and murders that occurred.
BonnieJ
Apr 25, 2013 BonnieJ rated it really liked it
Decent love story with a few twists; sometimes confusing to follow.
Emily
May 14, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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another fun read! would be awesome for a beach book!
Melissa Marie
This was good.
Susan Laine
Aug 18, 2009 Susan Laine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer Blake has been called a “pioneer of the romance genre”, and an “icon of the romance industry.” A New York Times and international best selling author since 1977, she is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, member of the RWA Hall of Fame, and recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Rita. She holds numerous other honors, including two “Maggi
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