When Hyatt and his men attack, both lord and castle fall, but the young and newly widowed Aurelie is not so easily conquered. Impassioned by the subjugation of her people, Aurelie pledges to forever honor her late husband. She may be condemned to marry the English bastard, but her heart will never yield! But to Aurelie's surprise, Hyatt proves to be everything her former husband was not. Fearless, wise, and devastatingly handsome, he makes for a highly gifted lord and protector. And try as she might, she simply can’t feign indifference to her virile husband’s passionate embrace. Yet Aurelie is not alone in her emotional torment. Previously robbed of his inheritance and title by a deceitful stepmother, Hyatt can’t bring himself to trust his French wife. But as rivals threaten the welfare of their people, the couple must decide which bond is stronger - allegiance to one's motherland or ties forged from love.
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By K on 01-02-13
Still an enjoyable story
I am very pleased that I did not let some of the reviews put me off buying and listening to this story by Robyn Carr. One of the things I often look for (once I have used all my credits for the month) is value for money. Yes, this story may have dragged just a little at times, however, it still held my attention during many hours of housework.
I laughed, I cried and occasionally grew bored, but over all, it was still an enjoyable story. It was well worth the money spent when compared to other audio books I have listened to in this price bracket that offer a nice long listen.
I have listened to nine other audio books by this author and I agree that the writing style and story does not compare to the Virgin River series, it is blatantly different. But hey, if I wanted to listen to another VR story I would have. (Which is exactly what I am about to do right now as I am addicted to the series) My point is - I purchased this knowing it was not part of the VR series, I read the synopsis and knew what I was getting and then enjoyed it for the Historical styled Romance it is.
There were many characters to get to know yet they all had well developed and believable personalities, even though some of their names were a little difficult to differentiate at times. The female protagonist's strength of character was admirable, although annoying, as she stayed true to her beliefs. Thankfully she eventually adapted to the predicament she was forced into and the love story slowly blossomed. Although it is very cliche, I enjoy when the lure of an admirable woman slowly eats away at the cold, stubborn heart of a strong masculine protagonist and Robyn Carr did this well. It would have been unbelievable and untrue to his nature if he had simply rolled over one day, turned sappy, and proclaimed his endearments of love the moment he began to realise the depth of his feelings. I enjoyed the pace of the love story and the fact that there was much more to this tale than two - country of birth - rivals unwillingly and of course predictably, falling in love.
Nicolas Barber narrated the story well.
Once I get a little more of my VR fix, I will happily purchase another of these well valued, earlier works, by Robyn Carr. They may not go to the top of my list of 'superb' and 'must read', Historical Romance novels, but I will enjoy them all the same. Having said that though, I must admit, I am certainly not the fussiest reader/listener, put the word 'romance' in a synopsis and I will eagerly listen to it :)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Lady M on 09-03-13
Enjoyable Story - Great Narrator
Like another listener, I'm glad I was not put off from listening to "By Right of Arms" by some of the reviews. I guess it's what one expects from a book that makes it enjoyable to the reader/listener.
I personally do not care for books with a lot of violence and gore, nor one half filled with sex scenes. I like books that tell a story, with likeable characters, as well as unlikeable villains. The talent of the narrator makes the story unfold, if the story has substance, as this one. It was written and read in such a way, that you felt you were there viewing everything firsthand.
The violence in the story was tastefully done, as were the love scenes.
Robyn Carr is a very talented author and Nicola Barber gave a great performance.
I would recommend this book to any who like a sweet romance story.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful