Friday, July 16, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Tempted By A Warrior by Amanda Scott

Title: Tempted By A Warrior
Author: Amanda Scott
Release Date: 7/1/2010
Publisher: Forever
Number of pages: 432
Reading Level: Adult (Historical Romance)

3 out of 5 Stars

Description from publisher’s website:

Lady Fiona, wed in haste, has never known marital peace. When last she'd seen her cruel husband Will, he'd struck her - and she has no memory of what she did next - only that she woke later alone in her bedchamber. Will has gone missing, and Fiona fears that in her rage and terror she might somehow have killed him. When her husband's cousin Sir Richard comes to search for Will, Fiona is touched by his warm nature. A knight and warrior, Richard is drawn to Fiona's brave manner, quickly seeing in her an equal measure of inner courage.

My thoughts:

Lady Fiona is basically a prisoner in her own home. She is treated similar to the servants that work in the home she shares with her husband, Will, and good-father (aka father-in-law). When her husband goes missing, rumors circulate that blame the very pregnant Fiona for his disappearance. With her good-father on his death bed he sends for his nephew, Sir Richard, to take over the estate at the time of his passing. Lady Fiona is not quick to instill faith in any man after the abuse she has incurred at the hand of her husband. Sir Richard sets out to gain Fiona’s trust and just happens to fall for her along the way.

Tempted By A Warrior is the final book in Amanda Scott’s Dunwythie Trilogy. I had no confusion while reading even though I haven’t read the first two books.  I was intrigued by Will’s mysterious disappearance. Wondering who was responsible kept me reading, but the pace of the novel was on the slow side.  I prefer my romance novels to have the relationship progression take center stage, and it seemed the war between Scotland and England overshadowed the developing relationship between Fiona and Richard. 

I’m sure some will enjoy this book. I just went in expecting a light, romantic read and wasn’t prepared for some of the scenes that took place. I admit I was a little put off by the amount of violence this book contained. The first scene involved Will beating Fiona who happens to be well into her pregnancy at the time. I’m fully aware that the mindset of most of the male characters in Tempted By A Warrior was the norm during the time period in which it takes place. Even the hero, Richard, had his less than virtuous moments. Considering his anger when he learned Will had beat Fiona, you would think he wouldn’t be so quick to dole out spankings to grown women. I guess I prefer my heroines to be less damaged, and my heroes less prone to physical violence towards women. It did feature an excellent writing style and a well thought out plot. Unfortunately the tempestuous tone didn’t sit well with me.

Amanda Scott on the web:

This Giveaway is now CLOSED!

I also have 5 copies of Tempted By A Warrior up for grabs thanks to Anna with Hachette.

Open to U.S or Canadian residents
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Book will ship directly from the publisher
Ends @ 11:59 CST on August 1st
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*Received from publisher in exchange for my review and participation in the Tempted  By A Warrior Blog Tour.


  1. Thanks for the honest review. It's good to know that sort of thing going in.
    (not an entry)

  2. What a very honest review. You did a great job! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
    Hope you have a great weekend!