Lord of the Forest
By Kay Berrisford
Part of the Greenwood Series
Loose-idM/M, BDSM & Fetish, Fantasy & Paranormal, Historical
Series: The Greenwood. (The Greenwood series can be read in any order. Other titles in the series are Bound for the Forest and Bound to the Beast.)
Purchase Link: Loose-id
England, 1217. Dark forces are rising. In the Greenwood, foul spirits grow powerful, and greedy barons plunder the lands. Only one man dares fight back--Robin Hood.
Robin's band of brothers is broken. Now a lone warrior, he denies his famous name and laments the friends and lovers he's lost. When the fair folk capture Cal, a beautiful young forester descended from the Greenwood's ancient protectors, Robin rescues him and forges a new alliance.
Despite a sizzling attraction, Robin senses Cal isn't like his old comrades, and he's right. Cal's been raised as a royal spy. He plans to seduce and betray Robin, but can't harm the man he's falling hard for. Mistrust and arguments spill into passionate lovemaking, as Cal learns the meaning of loyalty, fighting beside Robin, the only friend he's ever known. Even the enchanted forest seeks to bind Robin and the returned protector ever tighter.
Their connection will be tested by nature's wildest forces, Robin's past, Cal's lies, and in a baron's darkest dungeon. To survive, Robin and Cal must admit their love and embrace their true destinies. Only then can they save England and each other--and win their happiness ever after.
I adore anything to do with Robin Hood, so when I saw this book by Kay Berrisford, how could I resist? Not only Robin Hood, but mystical forces of the Greenwood, the Green Man and Herne the Hunter - I was in reading Heaven.
The writing is as lush as the forests our characters find themselves in and despite there being elementals, spirits and fairies, everything seemed so real. With descriptions so vivid you could almost imagine yourself there among the Greenwood yourself. The writing is very lyrical, almost like poetry and never once did you feel you were being lectured on History, everything just flowed within the plot.
The love scenes between Robin and Cal are scorching hot, but as well as the physical connection, there is also the emotional one between them. Both are damaged characters but you hope that finally they have found someone to share their life with.
Cal and Robin's road to love does not run smoothly and I think it worked so much better for it - you know they'd been through a lot to get their happy ending. There were lies, manipulations, betrayals mixed in with a good dose of lust and lust for revenge. Not only do they have to contend with the odious Baron Odo, the sheriff of Nottingham here, but also the truth about Robin's old flame, Daniel. The book is wonderful and I don't really know what else to say about it except - go, read and enjoy!
Reviewed by Annette Gisby
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