An Earl for the Archeress Published by Entangled: Select Historical
on July 24th 2017 Pages:
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Desperate for coin, Lady Mariel Crawford enters an archery contest as a boy but despite her unmatched skill she loses in a tie to the intriguing, frustrating, and very handsome Earl of Huntington. Robert of Huntington seems like any other young philanderer and Mariel, fleeing a cruel father, trusts no man. Yet Robert proves to have a softer side that threatens her resolve to remain alone and unattached.
When Robert bests a young woman at a tourney, his curiosity deepens when he realizes she is the daughter of the ruthless Beast of Ayr. And when he learns that Mariel’s father conspires with the Sheriff of Nottingham Robert is compelled to protect her. Even if it means lying. Even if it means the only way he can save her is by marrying her. He’s willing to lose everything to guard the Scottish wildling who has pierced his heart.
This is an excellent retelling of Robin Hood. Mariel is trying to escape her abusive father who promises her to an old Earl who acts the same as he does. She runs away with no money and decides to enter an archery contest as a boy to try to win some. She goes arrow for arrow with Robert, the Earl of Huntington, and the contest is unfairly given to him. Robert is intrigued and becomes even more so when he discovers she isn’t a boy. As their relationship develops, he realizes he will do whatever it will take to keep her safe.
I enjoyed this book for the most part. I got annoyed at Mariel for running away because of every little thing. I understand not trusting men because of what happened with her father but I felt that she also wasn’t standing up for herself by just running away like that. I love that Robert didn’t let her just run away. He had patience enough to slowly break down her walls. I do like the originality in the way this retelling is done and thought it was a nice spin on it.