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Her father has been accused of stealing from the king, an allegation that has reduced her family to poverty. She has one chance to find and marry a man who can help her prove her father's innocence. Lord Therri, heir to a rich barony, has the wealth and connections Mathilde needs to delve into the mysteries of her father's past. Furthermore, Therri embodies all her romanti ...more
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Published January 17th 2012 by Walnut Springs Press
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Donna Hatch
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, flawlessly researched, this book immersed me into the romantic, yet often dangerous, world of Medieval England complete with knights' jousts and court intrigue. The heroine was a delightful combination of innocence and determination who incorrectly labels one knight as "The Vision" and another knight "The Seducer." I laughed, I sighed, and at times, almost cried. This book is firmly on my "keeper shelf" and I will probably read it again, which is unusual for me. Because it's ...more
Lisa Swinton
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. DiPastena's third installment of this series takes no prisoners. In her beautiful medieval style she plunks your mind and heart into the era and tangles you up in the love and intrigues relative to marriage and honor.

The characters and tale are well crafted and bid you to continuously turn the page to see how she will untangle the web of deceit and innocence to a sigh worthy romantic and life threatening conclusion.

My only wish was that I'd read the previous books to remember better certai
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Julie
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I finished another book, it was late at night and I had that let-down feeling, wishing I had something else just as captivating to read. There, just staring up at me was Dangerous Favor by Joyce DiPastena. It was already late, but I thought to myself, I'll just read one chapter. Wow, was I ever sucked in. Reading until 2 a.m. sort of sucked in. The next day I carried that book with me everywhere, desperate enough to read even a paragraph or two while I was at a red light, just so I could se ...more
Kathryn Cooper
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! There were a few slow parts for me, but I loved the characters so much that it didn't bother me too much.

There are two main characters, Mathilde and Etienne, and the story was told from both perspectives. It was great to hear from both sides of the story. It helped me like them more. Mathilde was a little star struck with a handsome man, Lord Therri, when she first came to the tournament with her brother. She even referred to him as The Vision. Silly, silly girl. She
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Englishrose
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
DiPastena has done it again! I can't get enough of this series. The rich world of medieval France continues in it's tangled web of loyalties of love. I was sucked in once again and simply couldn't put it down. Building on two side characters in previous books, Etienne and Therri have their own adventures of finding love and testing priorities. Their wonderful characters are complimented by Mathilde and Lady Violette. Mathilde is a brave character that you just have to love. She plays the damsel ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this latest installment of DiPastena’s medieval series quite a bit. I wasn’t sure I would, I didn’t really like Etienne that much in the first book, but it’s been five years since the events of that book and his character has grown a lot. Plus he’s a shameless flirt, which is always fun. I really liked him this time around. I also liked Mathilde, they had good chemistry together. Her “dreaming” tendencies were endearing. The overall story felt a little more lighthearted than the previo ...more
Jennie
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is by far the best romance I've read in a long time, yet it's more than romance. It's a well-researched historical novel. DiPastena knows the Medievel period as intimately as if she lived there.
Darla
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
(Genre:Fiction/historical romance/middle ages) Despite a cheesy cover, I really did enjoy this book. I feel that DiPastena's strength lies in her ability to bring to life the political setting and intrigues present during King Henry II's reign (the 1100's, I believe). She totally shows how precarious court life can be and how the rulers schemed for more power, authority, and riches. This is her 3rd book in the series, and while it helps to have read the previous ones, it is not a must. Each stor ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Not long ago, Joyce was holding an online release party for this book, Dangerous Favor. She had some awesome giveaways going on and they all included books and chocolate! I'm telling you, Joyce totally rocked the house with this one. I'm a fan of Joyce DiPastena. I love her books and I was chopping at the bit to read her latest. I entered the contest and guess what?! I won! Well, I didn't win Dangerous Favor. I actually won a different book (one that I already own) but Joyce was so kind. She sen ...more
Andrea
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I recently learned about Dangerous Favor on LDSWBR. Their review and the sample chapter online grabbed my attention. It's a story with lords, knights, queens, mistaken identity, plots to overthrow kings, traitors, and mysterious "favors".

I didn't love the cover, but if you feel the same way, don't let that stop you from giving the book a try. The story is quite engaging.

I really enjoyed the interaction between Mathilde and Etienne. Mathilde is young and naive, but she is extremely loyal to her
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Melissa
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Joyce is very good at taking a mystery, a romance and a piece of history and mixing it all together for a fun book. I wish I knew a little more about this part of England. I always feel a little lost but now that I have read all three of her books I feel like I know a little more. We even got a little glimpse of the characters from past books. This love story was fun to read and I really had no idea where this book was all going. You know the two will end up together you just don't know how. The ...more
Heidi
I thoroughly enjoyed Dangerous Favor!! I was completely swept into the medieval time period with Joyce's beautiful description and thorough research! I was so excited to hear Etienne's story and was shocked by how much I loved his character by the end of the story. It was also such a treat to be able to have another glimpse into the lives of so many of the other characters of Ms. DiSpastena's that I have loved. All 3 books of this series were excellent and I can't wait to read more from this aut ...more
Charissa
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, medieval
I always like these medieval romances by Dipastena. They are full of intrigue, lots of action and suspense, mystery, and love, of course. Mathilde is our heroine in this book. She was innocent, yet spunky. I loved her character. And the knights—Therri (The Vision) and Etienne (The Seducer) as Mathilde has come to call them—are awesome. The villain is chilling and the action never ending. Another great book that was incredibly difficult to stop reading.
Valerie Steimle
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love knights in shining armor and maidens in waiting then you will love this story. Joyce DiPastena doesn't disappoint. The incredible authenticity of this medieval adventure is outstanding. The story is a continuation of the original book of Loyalty's Web which is very intriguing and you are held to read to the very end of what will happen. A great read!
Toni
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh Joyce, you did it again! I totally loved it. The detail to character and settings make it such a wonderful read. It was fun to see more of some of my other favorite characters from the other books. It is so great to find good clean wonderful romances to read. Thanks again , Joyce.
Rose
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot has a slow start and the intruige was hard to follow. The romance finished better than it started and ended nicely which made up for the hard start.
Jordan Erika
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, won, e-copy
Wow. Just...Wow. I truly tend to dislike outright romances, but there's so much mystery and intrigue in this! I absolutely adored it! It's my first of her novels, but I'm going to have to read more now.

I have to caution anyone unfamiliar with the language of medieval literature. I'm used to it since it is my favorite genre, and there is of course a helpful glossary to explain things, but it can be unnerving and I daresay annoying to those not versed in it, as a friend explained. Still, it's mig
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Sheila
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Every story I read, written by Joyce DiPastena, makes me fall in love with this time period more and more. Medieval France is brought to life again, in this story about the fair maiden, Mathilde, and her handsome knight, Etienne. Both Etienne and Mathilde come from imperfect families and backgrounds. Neither were looking for love, but end up falling for each other amongst danger, surrounded by those in King Henry's court. This great tale in woven so brilliantly, with rich and accurate history, a ...more
Shellie
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Lisa M
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mathilde, a lady whose father has been accused of stealing from the king and is now impoverished, needs a champion to clear her father's name. She accompanies her brother to a tournament to look for one. While there she meets Etienne, a younger son who doesn't have the means to help her. Etienne,charmed at first sight, begs to wear Mathilde's favor in the tournament. The only thing Mathilde has is a ribbon in her hair, which she is keeping safe for her brother. Before she knows it, Etienne takes ...more
Wanda Luce
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Joyce DiPastena has lived true to her reputation and written another outstanding historical romance set in the tumultuous backdrop of France in the Middle Ages. With extraordinary skill, she has woven intrigue and danger around the exquisitely delicious romance between Etienne and Mathilde.

Joyce has masterfully shrouded the origin of Matilde's favor to Etienne in a mystery that is unraveled one perilous strand at a time. As the attraction between Etienne and Mathhilde heightens, they slide stead
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Nellie
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was fun, clean, exciting, and romantic. It had a lot a dialog about solving the mystery/puzzle. I would read more from this author. From the book: Her father has been accused of stealing from the king, an allegation that has reduced her family to poverty. She has one chance to find and marry a man who can help her prove her father's innocence. Lord Therri, heir to a rich barony, has the wealth and connections Mathilde needs to delve into the mysteries of her father's past. Furthermore, Ther ...more
Larry Hammersley
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dangerous-favor
Joyce continues her prowess with sweet medieval romance. Dangerous Favor takes us into a world of knights, castles, customs, clothing, sword fights, tournaments, treachery, lovely clothed women, history and the list goes on. All this serves as a backdrop for the love between Etienne and Mathilde, the hero and heroine.
I appreciated the purity of Etienne and Matilde and the value of marriage. The obstacles in their path, preventing them from being together, kept me turning the pages. The passion,
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Babs
Joyce has done it again with this book. I love her writing and the medieval romance gets me every time. Another gripping book like Loyalty's Web. The research is wonderful you feel like you are in France along with everyone else. I read a lot of romance novels here lately and I like them , but when I want clean romance I turn to Joyce. She has a way of brining her characters to life to grip you through out the book. A page turner.

Mathilde is my favorite character. Even though she is our damsel
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Gayle
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Probably more like 3.5 stars, but I'm bumping it up to 4 because I'm always so impressed with the research that the author puts into these medieval stories. This book wasn't my favorite of the three I've read -- I just didn't like the main character that well. I also got a bit lost at times with all the characters (who often are called by different names), although having the character reference chart certainly helped. It's interesting to get a bit of political history from the 12th century and ...more
Dawn
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a cute quick read with many endearing qualities. The time period was well researched and the author was very articulate. I liked the characters and enjoyed being re-united with characters from previous adventures.

However, there were parts of the story that were a little laughable. For instance, it's a little far-fetched to believe that a girl could masquerade as a knight's squire without having to do any of a squire's work (ie. undressing and dressing the knight). If you can get past si
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Tamera Westhoff
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although I'm not a huge fan of medieval literature, I really enjoyed this book! The characters were real, without being modern. I would have loved a pronunciation guide at the beginning, so I knew how to pronounce things in my head, and a prologue connecting the books (a reminder of sorts) would have been fantastic! Either way, I enjoyed watching this romance develop and seon the edge of my seat at seeing how things turned out! I was absolutely on the edge of my seat at several points in the boo ...more
Julie
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story has twists and turns all along the way. Just when all is about to be revealed something else bad happens. The story had true history mixed with a lovely tale that put you right in the middle ages. I didn’t want it to end and come back to my time. If you ever wanted to time travel this book is as close as it gets, you really feel you are there. It's a tale of knights, tournaments, betrayal, murder, treason, unrequited love, sacrifice, and true love... What more can you ask for in a boo ...more
Betty Pearson
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Great Book!". I almost didn't want to read this book because of the cover design. I thought it was a book about a princess in a castle. What a great surprise it was to me that it was a great read! It was suspenseful, unpredictable, and kept me on my toes! Great, believable characters, and no, it wasn't about a spoiled princess. The author is a great writer, and I will definitely read more of her books. This is a clean read, and you won't be disappointed!
Kelly Nelson
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed Dangerous Favor, especially the studly Etienne. What a great character. I just loved him! The twists and turns that bring Mathilde and Etienne together keep you guessing. Okay, I’ll confess . . . Part of the book was so intense I couldn’t put it down. Had my Kindle on my lap during my daughter’s high school graduation and yes, I strategically glanced down more than once to read what was happening next. Thanks for a delightful read!
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Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also ...more