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The Rose and the Shield

(Medieval #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  140 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews

Beautiful Lady Rose, the fiercely independent mistress of Somerford, reluctantly agrees to hire a bold Viking warrior, Gunnar Olafson, and his mercenaries to protect her undefended lands. But although Gunnar takes her breath away --- with his steel-hard muscles and eyes afire with undisguised yearning --- she dares not trust him.

But Gunnar is not what he
Unknown Binding, 378 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by Avon (first published 2002)
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I loved how alpha and strong H was and how strong-willed, yet vulnerable h was. Their physical attraction was lightening striking dynamite. Love scenes were extraordinarily well done. The backdrop had an air of suspense but I found the path chosen to resolve it a bit boring. Yet it was a well done book following up on the series' first one. I loved both the heroes who exuded strength and raw masculinity and yet struggled to deal with their emotions for the heroines. I also prefer the author bein ...more
Lady Rose is besieged on all sides and doesn't know who to trust. On the advise of her advisor, she sends for a group of mercenaries to help her protect her people and land. What she doesn't know is that Gunnar Olafson, captain of the mercenaries, has his own agenda.

I started this in paperback form, but soon got so involved in it that I had to get the ebook version so I could highlight passages. It's set in a time when women were nothing more than pawns and were deemed to be unfit to be in charg
Ana T.
Apr 20, 2008 rated it liked it
"It was a nice read but nothing new and this is a plot I've read several times already and sometimes better done.
Heroine is chatelaine of her own castle and her overlord send a mercenary to see if she is betraying him or not and take the castle if needed. H/h fall in love and after overcoming several dangerous situations end up together.
Elisa Vangelisti
Aug 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abbandonato
Le prime duecento pagine sono tutte un “Omioddio quanto sono attratta da lui”, “Omioddio quanto sono attratto da lei”, “Quanto sono sodi i suoi seni”, “Quanto sono ampie le sue spalle”, “Cosa sarà mai questo desiderio che sento per lui”, “Perché non riesco a stare lontano da lei”… insomma, una noia mostruosa. Ho proseguito a leggere solo perché volevo vedere dove andava a parare, ma dopo che l’evento biblico ha avuto luogo credo di aver letto più che abbastanza. Complice un aspetto mistery della ...more
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Trudy Miner
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Widowed Lady Rose of Somerford was worried about being attacked and sent for mercenaries to protect her castle from invaders. What she got was a group of armed knights led by ferocious looking Viking warrior Gunnar Olafson who isn't intimidated by her independent demeanor. Attracted to this bold warrior in spite of herself, Lady Rose is still reluctant to Gunnar. If she only knew the truth about Gunnar, who is actually there to take Somerford from Rose and turn her over to their liege lord for p ...more
Beautifully done story of a Norman widow struggling to keep her manor after the death of her husband. The mercenary Gunnar Olafson is sent in the guise of answering her bid to hire men-at-arms, but really he is to determine if she is planning treason against her lord. Sara Bennett is definitely on my list of authors to read.
I really enjoyed this medieval/historical romance. This era is one of my favorites. There was nothing extraordinary, but its uncomplicated plot involving brave and beautiful characters was moving. It was like watching a twisted fairytale. I really love classics like these.
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The build up was greater than the ending. Could've been better.
Jul 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Sara Bennett does it again...loved the sotry line and the romance.
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