Warrior (The Blades of the Rose #1)
IN HOT PURSUIT…
The vicious attack Capt. Gabriel Huntley witnesses in a dark alley sparks a chain of events that will take him to the ends of the Earth and beyond—where what is real and what is imagined become terr ...more
she belongs to a SECRET SOCIETY!
this is a ROMANCE!
but it has a lot of ADVENTURE!
I liked all of that MONGOLIA!
she's no prude she wants to be an ADVENTURESS!
and also his WIFE!
he's your basic decent studly alpha male STEREOTYPE!
his eyes, his skin, his hair are colored in shades of GOLD!
he apparently smells like the WIND!
she is an accomplished ARCHER!
she really knows how to use a GUN!
also, she sure knows how to ride a HORSE!
the story was like a classic fas ...more
WOW! What an extraordinary, freakin’ fun read this was! I loved it! Warrior is one of the most unique, entertaining romances that I’ve read, with an exotic setting, captivating, complex characters that you’ll love, a thrilling combination of Victorian-era historical and paranormal, and an exciting, perfect mix of action, adventure, steampunk, magic, suspense, humor, and blistering hot love scenes.
And if you’re concerned or doubtful about the level of romance, no need ...more
Warrior has a couple that I totally loved. Gabriel is a man's man, and I adored him for it. He's not macho and overbearing. Nope. He's just a rough and tumble guy who's spent his life as a soldier, and it's ...more
Set in 1874 Mongolia, Warrior is an action-packed Victorian romance with a nice dose of paranormal elements along the lines of the best Zoë Archer's trademark, starring a resourceful heroine and a rough-around-the-edges but honourable and charming hero.
When a dying man trusts him with a dangerous secret as soon as he sets foot in England after many years abroad, Captain Gabriel Huntley grasps the last opportunity to slake his thirst for adventure. The prospect of settling down in a Yorkshire to ...more
You know how most romances show the pov's of both the hero and heroine? But even then the focus is on the heroine's pov with the hero's pov sprinkled in occasionally? This book had the reverse and I loved it! We spent most of the book firmly in Gabriel Huntley's head. I'm so glad, because his narrative voice and the innate goodness in him made that the best seat in the house.
I loved bo ...more
Now I realize they can also be like this:
Animals of the Mongolian Steppe
Short legged camels.
Or a link for a closer look at camels and dogs (I love dogs!) with their owners.
Short legged horses.
And a link entitled eagle hunter.
Another link to plain mongole and last, but not least, a good Sheppard and his angora goat.
Going through book, starting with Chapter 5.
(view spoiler)[Chapter title: The True Hamme ...more
“And what are these paragons called, who safeguard the world, and save England from herself?”
Before she even spoke, he knew that everything was about to change. And change forever.
“The Blades of the Rose.”
With the Blades of the Rose series, Zoe Archer has given us a fabulous new world. With characters that captivate and situations that are exciting and action packed, Warrior is a cross between Indiana Jones and The Mummy. Trying to fit this into a single genre is difficult because this story is ...more
To say this is “just a paranormal romance” or “just a adventure romance” would be putting this book to shame, it’s just so much more. While many PNR or series suffer the world-building syn ...more
I need the writing to have a bit more flair. There is too much telling and not enough showing. There are spots when the characters come to some interesti ...more
WARNING: THERE ARE LOTS OF GRAPHIC NAUGHTY SCENES IN THIS. So there. It's definitely a romance book, but I think the plot surpasses the "genrefication". I LOVED this book, and even without the naughty bits I would have really enjoyed it, which is how I like to judge my more "romancy" reads.
This is like a Period Indiana Jones caper set in the corset ag ...more
Note : Kinda look like commercial rather than review. But who's care? Ms Archer can thank me later for this free promotion ;P
Unusual Historical Romance! Victorian Era! Steampunk! An Exotic Place! Magic! Adventure! Action! Romance! And , a steamy read of course.... ;)
I want to go to Mongolia...
and meet a hero like Captain Gabriel Huntley...
Gerard Butler anyone? *wink
a steamy scene at Oasis?
Oh,yes, please!! *quiver*
A series t ...more
I am in love with this book.
I am so in love with this book, I want to marry it, have a honeymoon, give it a dozen roses, and buy it lingerie.
After a rocky beginning to 2011's romance reading--DNFing Touched By An Alien, almost DNFing Beast Behaving Badly, and discovering that Roarke, hero extraordinaire of JD Robb's In Death series, is actually a metrosexual pansy ass--I have discovered a treasure.
Zoë Archer has created a thing of beauty with this novel. It is the perfect ba ...more
Warrior has a lot of things going for it: An original plot, an exotic setting, romance on the go, interesting characters, and magical contraptions.
Set in Mongolia in the 1870’s Warrior offers the rich background textures of the steppes, the desert, the Mongolian people ...more
Gabriel Huntley has just resigned from the army, not quite looking forward to a tame life, but then after witnessing the brutal attack of a man in an alley, Gabriel is tasked with taking a strange message to a foreign land, which will bring him in close proximity to a woman unlike any he has ever met, and magic that he didn’t believe existed.
I enjoyed the romance in this book, although there wasn’t a lot of it. Most of the plot was about the journey Gabriel and Thalia undertook to procure and p...more
On paper (no pun intended), Warrior had all the ingredients for a 5-star read – exotic location, action and adventure, steamy romance, appealing characters. And it did deliver in all these areas. Yet, the overall package still somehow missed its mark for me.
There was plenty to like about Warrior. For a start, I loved both Gabriel and Thalia. Thalia was a strong and capable heroine who remained realistic. Being English born but raised in Mongolia by her father, she doesn’t resemble the g ...more
This book starts out in the thick of an action scene. A fight that our hero, Captain Gabriel Huntly, as jumped into. He doesn't like an unfair fight, you see.
That one heroic action leads him to Outer Mongolia, of all places, to deliver an important message and fulfill a duty to the man who saved his life. Gabriel's like that. Honorable to the end.
Thalia Burgess lives with her father in Outer Mongolia and longs to join the r ...more
Our hero is Gabriel, a returning English Captain, who thought that he wanted a normal life with a normal job and family and all. Of course, just as ...more
The hero and heroine where both wonderful characters. I could feel the love that they felt for each other jumping off of the pages and the love scenes where very well done.
The action was almost non stop which kept the pages turning.
The end battle was out of this world. The use of imagination was fa nominal in this bo ...more
When she needed to, Thalia stepped aside when it was mor ...more
Thalia was a delight to read about. She was strong, but not overly aggressive, and she had a good heart. Gabriel was a heartthrob. (sigh) When they met, it was instant fireworks. When they followed their attraction, it was HOT. My only minor gripe with this book is there weren't ...more
Captain Gabriel Huntley, late of Her Majesty's Thirty-Third of foot, gets a fat, juicy 5+ star thumbs up. Gruff, unpolished, unrefined, he speaks bluntly, fights passionately, makes love wholeheartedly, and loves with his whole self. I loved his honesty and commitment. His lack of pretty words simply meant I knew he would always be a straight shooter and tell the truth of h ...more
The sections from Huntley's POV were hilarious. He is a real guy's guy - blunt, forthright, curses a lot. He also manages to be one of the most noble characters I can recall coming across, without being cheesy or a ...more
I will admit that what first caught my eyes was the cover of this book. I find it gorgeous. (Indiana Jones anyone? lol) I remember seeing it on someone’s sidebar and I had to know more about this book. (see? it sometimes pay to be a cover whore *wink*). I loved the cover but that would not have been enough alone to win me over. The book synopsis promised a mix of adventure and historical romance. I was sold! I can’t thank Zoe Archer enough for sen ...more
I love this book, right from the start it drew me in wit ...more
The opening is strong--fun, adventurous, imaginative. The descriptions of Mongolia are well done, they seem well researched and visually striking. The storyline is pretty standard cross-country adventure to stop the vil ...more
Things I liked:
• I’ve never read a book set in Mongolia so I was enthralled by the descriptions of the people and the places. The author really took some time to get the feeling for the land and their inhabitants and t ...more
The story features one Captain Gabriel Huntley who has just retired from the military after 15 years in His Majesties service. Capt. Huntley is returning home with the intention of finding a job and settling down with a wife and children...but fate had other plans for Mr. Huntley. Upon arriving in England, Mr. Huntley stumbles upon a man being beaten by a gang of men. Mr. Huntley t ...more
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