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Never Kiss A Stranger

Heather Grothaus

ISBN 9781420112429
Publish Date 3/1/2011
Format Paperback
Categories Zebra, Historical, Romance
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Nowhere in medieval England are three women so powerful—or adored—as the heiresses of Fallstowe Castle: Sybilla, the ruthless beauty, Cecily, the pure-hearted innocent… And Alys, the youngest sister, whose wild spirit has yet to be matched…

Lady Alys thinks everyone knows the legend: If a man and a woman meet at midnight within the ancient Foxe Ring ruins, they are as good as married. But when she finds a captivating stranger lurking there in the middle of the night, she discovers the one man who is unaware.

It’s a deadly pursuit that brings Piers Mallory to the Fallstowe lands. But now that fate has attached the alluring, and curiously insistent, Alys to his side, it may work to his advantage to play by her rules, at least for a time. Yet the danger Piers courts is no game—and the passion he and Alys share is all too real…

Praise for The Warrior…

“A spirited tale rich in intrigue, betrayal, ancient magic, and a love destined to overcome all odds.” —Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author

“Grothaus definitely has talent and a true feel for the era.” —Romantic Times

About Heather Grothaus:

Before writing historical romance, Heather Grothaus worked as a successful freelance journalist, short story writer and magazine writer. Her work has been featured in such publications as Kentucky Living, Countryside & Small Stock Journal, and The Recorder Newspaper's Creative Living magazine.

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NEVER KISS A STRANGER (Tuesday, March 8, 2011)
Reviewer: AprilR

NEVER KISS A STRANGER by Heather Grothaus is an exciting historical romance set in 1276 England. It is fast paced,full of adventure,danger,and witty banter between the hero and heroine.This is the story of a commoner, Piers, who is actually a nobleman.He has been betrayed,his betters(his stepmother & stepbrother) after his father's death attempt to kill him,try to discredit him and hunt him down when they find out they did not kill him.For he is headed to see King Edward to claim his rightful place as the Lord of Gillwick.In route he meets young,beautiful, innocent Lady Alys,the youngest sister of the Fallstowe Castle sisters.She is determined to undermine her eldest sister who is the Queen of the Fallstowe Castle,since their mother's death.For Sybilla, has betrothed Alys to someone Alys hates. So Alys knows the legend of Foxe Ring ruins:If a unmarried man and woman meet at midnight within the ancient ruins,they are married. Rather by fate,legend or destiny Piers comes upon Alys sleeping within the ruins,yes with none other than an excited Monkey,who Alys rescued from her soon to be betroths mother.Who by the is rather hateful.Although,Alys and Piers have an usual adventure through the woods of England,being pursued by not only Alys,sister,who fears Alys is in danger,but also by the very people who tried to kill Piers.If you enjoy reading a story with witty banter between the hero and heroine from the beginning to the end and where the characters not only grow but also find themselves right in front of your eyes than this is definitely the story for you. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Kensington Publishing Corp and My Book Addiction and More.

Fantastic Detail! (Monday, March 7, 2011)
Reviewer: Amy Lignor

Very rarely, in the romance genre set in Medieval England, does a book come along that offers a story not only filled with interesting characters from various backgrounds that readers will love, but also amazing locations that are written with such detail and beauty.

In this book readers meet three sisters. They are the last of the Foxe family whose parents have gone to Heaven and have left behind a huge plantation to run - a plantation/castle that King Edward wants to get his hands on. The oldest sister who does all the work is named Sybilla. Smarter then most men, Sybilla lives a life that is full of responsibilities - one being that she is trying desperately to marry off her younger sister, Lady Alys. She wants with all her heart to join forces with a family of wealth and nobility to help her family stay on “top of the food chain” and to make sure that the King can not take their birthright away from them. Strong and unyielding, Sybilla decides to throw a winter party at Fallstowe Castle and try to “hook up” her youngest sister with a young man who has title to lands.

Alys doesn’t want to get married to anyone her sister has thrown at her. So she strikes a bargain the night of the party that she has one month to find her own beau that Sybilla will accept. To do this, Alys walks through the large Foxe property to the Ancient Foxe Ring. This location is a legend - that whatever woman stands in the center of the ring, a man will appear in the moonlight and that’s the man who is her soul mate…the man she will marry. Sybilla doesn’t believe in this ancient tradition, but Alys does - seeing as that their own parents met and fell in love inside the Ring.

Off into the woods she goes with a monkey (yes, a monkey) who becomes her friend and ally throughout the story. Out of the blue, Alys is woken up by the sound of a monkey attack and sees a man - beaten, bruised and swollen - beside her in the Ring. The man’s name is Piers Mallory, and is on his way to London to unveil his family secret to the King.

Piers is the son of a landowner who fell in love and impregnated a commoner - Piers was the result. Unfortunately, his father married a horrific woman named Judith Angwedd and they had a son named Bevan. Judith wants nothing more than to track down Piers and wipe him from the face of the earth before he reaches the King and tries to take her son’s supposed birthright away.

The adventure that Piers and Alys go on is one of extreme fun. The people that they meet along the way - including the “wood people” who live far up in the trees away from man’s world - are just one part of the riddle that was left behind by Piers‘ father on his deathbed, when he tried to convince his son that HE is the rightful heir of his property.

Heartbreak laughter, romance, and an intriguing mystery is offered by this fantastic writer who stepped away from the run-o-the-mill English romance, and added fire to her remarkable story that will keep you interested to the very end.

Until Next Time,
Amy Lignor

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