Title: Royal Rebel
Author: Dana Taylor
Review: Royal Rebel is a new take on the old story of Robin Hood. Princess Robin is the secret child of King Richard and she is known throughout the land as Princess Robin whom steals from the Rich and Gives to the Poor with her band of merry boys.
Princess Robin is raised as a wild child and has no desires to fulfill her duties as a woman of her time. Sir Simon takes every opportunity to teaser her, bate her and make her as angry as possible. Sir Simon is a Knight of King Richard and is trying to save King Richards true love from marring the fat Prince John. Robin and Simon are thrown together into a light and fun adventures that takes them from the Sherwood forest, though swampy mash lands, mountains so high and back down to Nottingham, looking for an artifact that will keep Lady Marion from marrying Prince John. Robin falls in love with Simon over the course of their adventures because she realizes that he isn't what he seems. Their romance blossoms and the author gives the reader a reminder of their first love, however there are several sex scenes in the book while not graphic I wouldn't want my young teen or teen reading the book. I wish the author had created more of an adventure and less romance throughout the book, but that is only my opinion because I enjoy a good adventure and less romance. I will however admit I did giggle like a school girl while reading the book several times.
I also wish the author made Robin more physically strong and able to take care of herself and less I fallen and I can't get up. Several times Robin talks about being able to take care of herself or knowing where she was going but instead she is lost or falling into quicksand or off the side of a mountain. I feel it would have made Robin a bit more believable as a thief, the leader of robbers, if she was able to take care of herself. I read this book remembering it is a self -published young adult novel and while it isn't going to win Pulitzer prize I think the author gave a fun take on a very old story. It is a love story for the young adult who might not be ready for a strong adult romance but do not want to be stuck reading Disney romance story either.
The author took lot of liberty in her choices of history, landscape and language used but at the same time it was an enjoyable teen\twenty something novel. If you are looking for a quick summer romance with an adventure this book Royal Rebel is for you.
Thanks Heidi for this review.
Publisher: Published August 4th 2011 by SupernalFriends Publishing (first published 2009)
Pages: ebook -272 pages
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)-
Why I Read It: Purchased on my Kindle.
Synopsis: Prepare ye for a lark as the Robin Hood legend is turned upside down in the award winning romance,
The King’s Secret Daughter
The secret daughter of King Richard the Lion-Hearted, Princess Robin leads her Merry Men against the tyrannical reign of Prince John. Feisty and fearless, Robin fights injustice as she awaits the return of her crusading father. Will he acknowledge his rustic, bandit daughter?
The King’s Spy
Arrogant knight extraordinaire, Sir Simon of Loxley returns to England as King Richard’s spy. Posing as a court jester, he encounters the formidable Princess Robin. Can such dominating personalities form an alliance? Will love overcome stubborn pride?
Filled with humor, adventure, color and romance, Princess Robin presents delightful twists to the beloved Sherwood tale. (Any historical accuracy is strictly coincidental.)
Note: Sexual content may be inappropriate for younger readers.
Author Biography: Dana Taylor writes stories to uplift the spirit. Her work as an energy healer influences her tales of flawed humans seeking spiritual and emotional healing. Believing laughter is the best medicine, her books include a good dose of humor. Born and raised in California, she graduated from the University of Redlands. She has been published in various magazines, including the Ladies Home Journal. She hosted the Internet radio program Definitely Dana! at HealthyLife.net. and won various contests with the Romance Writers of America, including Best First Book from the Desert Quill Awards. Her published works include JAGUAR JACK, AIN'T LOVE GRAND?, DEVIL MOON: A MYSTIC ROMANCE, HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS and ROYAL REBEL. She's also published a non-fiction book entitled EVER-FLOWING STREAMS. a Finalist in the 2012 eFestival of Words Awards for Religion & Spirituality. She manages two blogs-- www.SupernalLiving.com and www.BookLuvinBabes.com. Find her on twitter @bookluvinbabes @supernaldana