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Prepare ye for a lark as the Robin Hood legend is turned upside down in the award winning romance PRINCESS ROBIN By Dana Taylor The King’s Secret DaughterThe secret daughter of King Richard the Lion Hearted Princess Robin leads her Merry Men against the tyrannical reign of Prince John Feisty and fearle. I am an enormous fan of Robin Hood–both the original legendspoetry and modern retellings I had previously read a genderbent Robin Hood novel–Robin Lady of Legend by RM ArceJaeger which I really enjoyed and I was hoping to find another adventurous and updated take when I bought Royal Rebel I was sadly disappointedThe following is the blurb on the strength of which I bought this ebookCourageous captivating cunning—the Royal Rebel leads her band of freedom fighters against the tyranny of Prince John Inspired by the classic Errol Flynn film “The Adventures of Robin Hood” “Royal Rebel” twists a beloved legend with humor whimsical imagination and romance Winner of the “Great Expectations” and “Gotcha” contests of the Romance Writers of AmericaThat paragraph is interesting coherent and better edited than this novel Instead of a ‘captiving’ or ‘cunning’ heroine the eponymous Robin is a spoiled hot tempered woman child who never stops to consider the conseuences of her actions It is pounded into our heads time and time again that it is remarkable for her to have assembled her band of youth into a fighting force and indeed it does seem nigh on miraculous; not however because she is a woman as the book takes pains to state every two paragraphs but because she is such a reckless idiot that it’s a wonder her followers didn’t mutiny after one of her many catastrophic decisionsRobin’s love interest Sir Simon of Loxley is even worse When he is introduced the narrative both shows and tells the reader what an arrogant insufferable misogynist he is The reader wonders how Taylor will write his growth as a character such that Robin will actually fall in love with him Short answer She doesn’t Both characters fall in love in spite of their dislike of each other mostly due to their unrestrainable lust which culminates in several rather boring sex scenes which makes them want to bone so much that they can overlook each other’s faults At the end of the novel Sir Simon is pretty much as arrogant and insufferable as ever and he makes it a point to tell Robin at their wedding that ‘a wife obeys her husband’ Charming sentimentThat brings me to my third gripe with this novel despite the sex scenes I looked up halfway through the story and said ‘This is an author who normally writes Christian novels’ It’s not that characters pray to God and have their uestions answered or their fears assuaged; it’s the sudden Complementarianism that rears its head once Robin and Simon start falling in lust I don’t have a problem with Christianity at all but Complementarianism that posits that wives should submit to their husbands and men are appointed by God to be the head of their families bugs the heck out of me and Complementarianism in a book where I was not led to expect it by the cover blurb or any other descriptor makes me all tetchy I was expecting romance and am in fact a semi regular reader of Harleuin novels so I have no problems with it and was prepared for purple prosey sex scenes which happen in better novels but the fact that the sex was so heavily focused on had lead me to expect a secular or at least a less fundamental romantic plot line Taylor skirts the problem of premarital sex despite her characters having it by having them pledge to belong to one another from that night on and thus sort of marry themselves in a way Ultimately the romance in this novel was badly written shoehorned in and felt wildly out of characterTo top it all off one would expect a Robin Hood novel even if billed as a romance to contain compelling scenes of action and many acts of derring do but there are probably less actions than sex scenes and those that are there are uninspiring and lack any actual suspense and consist of full on duels or tumbling down mountains rather than woodland guerilla ambushes or longbows Some of the action is either completely unexplained or isn’t even shown on the page being mentioned by a character later on and what is shown explicitly makes the characters seem like even bigger idiotsOverall despite a few cool ideas and some off the wall humor that works because it’s so bizarre and unexpected this novel fails on pretty much all its fronts as either a romance an adventure novel or a story about Robin Hood I’d encourage any readers to opt for the superior Robin Lady of Legend which is entertaining and doesn’t make you want to drown its characters

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Royal RebelSuch dominating personalities form an alliance Will love overcome stubborn prideFilled with humor adventure color and romance Princess Robin presents delightful twists to the beloved Sherwood tale Any historical accuracy is strictly coincidentalNote Sexual content may be inappropriate for younger readers. This book was not what what I expected The hero continually lusted after 'the fair maiden' and the heroine continually lusted after the oh so swoon worthy hero uite often it reminded me of fan fiction than an actual novel There were the classic I hate you so much speeches just before declarations of love I think perhaps I was expecting adventure and less romance This book is a romance novel Start to finish I was expecting Robin to do heroic rescues and defy death Instead she was repeatedly rescued and nearly killed herself several times

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REVIEW ✓ Royal Rebel À ➽ [Reading] ➿ Royal Rebel By Dana Taylor ➲ – Horticulturetrader.co.uk Prepare ye for a lark as the Robin Hood legend is turned upside down in the award winning romance PRINCESS ROBIN By Dana Taylor The King’s Secret DaughterThe secret daughter of King Richard the Lion Prepare ye for a lark as the Robin HSs Robin fights injustice as she awaits the return of her crusading father Will he acknowledge his rustic bandit daughter The King’s SpyArrogant 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. Barely finished itI came close to giving up on this one several timesbut I did finish it which is the only reason it received 2 stars instead of 1 I thought it was going to be a robin hood retelling with a strong female lead It wasn't She basically ran around getting into trouble because she was hotheaded belligerent stubborn and too stupid to EVER listen to any advice And the love interest was a controlling chauvinistic ass On top of that their love story was basically them making out fighting or having sexnot worth it at all