Monday, March 5, 2018

Review: A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund

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He’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most?

When Lady Olivia’s castle is besieged, she and her sister are taken captive and held for ransom by her father’s enemy, Lord Pitt. Loyalty to family means everything to Olivia. She’ll save her sister at any cost and do whatever her father asks—even if that means obeying his order to steal a sacred relic from her captor.

As Lord Pitt’s commander, Sir Aldric is in charge of the beautiful but feisty new prisoner. He has his hands full attempting to keep Lady Olivia out of trouble. When Lord Pitt throws her in the dungeon and threatens to hang her for stealing, Aldric conceives a plot to save Olivia’s life—betrothal to him.

Can Olivia give up the prestigious match her father has arranged with a wealthy marquess in order to marry a lowly knight like Aldric? And can Aldric move beyond his past mistakes to embrace love again? When loyalties are tested, they’re thrust into danger that could cost them their love and their lives. 

My Thoughts:

So... where to even begin? Honestly I loved this book so much. I loved this whole series, really, and I was so sad to think that the last book would have been the last in the series. So of course I asked for another one. I wasn't sure anything would come of it, but then she DID IT! Jody Hedlund wrote another. I was ecstatic. I sort of felt like she wrote this book for me even though she said she had multiple people asking for another book*

Now without further ado... let's drool at that cover for the next century because it's just GORGEOUS!

And the story inside is just as good.

First things first, Sir Aldric is Sir Bennet's brother, which can I just say any member of that family is welcome here. I thought Bennet would be a little bit boring (but he completely proved me wrong in For Love and Honor) and so I was super excited when I learned that this would be about his brother. I couldn't remember exactly what happened to Aldric in the last book, but Hedlund quickly cleared that up and I could thoroughly enjoy him as a character. Colin is still my favorite hero, but these guys keep threatening the walls of my heart constructed specifically for him.

Olivia is an awesome character. She's feisty and relentless and lives up to her red hair. But she's also soft and caring. And smart. And man, she and Sabine are duking it out as to who should be my favorite heroine in this series.

What's not to like about knights and castles and sieges and... (probably not torture, though it's in there, too) but did I mention knights and castles and sieges and battles and *flails* I can't even!

This book can be read as a stand alone, though I wouldn't recommend it because the other books are just way too awesome to miss out on.

On a whole, five out of five stars. I totally recommend this book (seriously, go read it) and if you haven't read the other books in this series then read them, too! (I mean it)

*I still want another book even after this one- you're not off the hook, Hedlund.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I also have purchased a paperback copy for my collection. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

Reviewed by Nicki

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