Score another Hit for Lynsay Sands,
This review is from: What She Wants (Mass Market Paperback)Lynsay Sands is a master at dialog - I almost think she must have been a stand up comic in a former life as the dialog in this book will have you on the floor laughing hilariously.
Earl Hugh Dulonget of Hillcrest, warrior and knight extraordinaire has just inherited an Earldom. Nothing for nothing, being the case there was one minor caveat - that being that he must marry. Not that the would be bride wasn't pretty enough - Lady Willa was beautiful - but dressed as she was - he assumed she was a peasant and had just insulted her by calling her one! Now, if you could picture in your mind, Larry, Moe and Curly (the three stooges) giving advice on how to win back her esteem, you can just imagine the attempts Hugh has been going through to get back in her good graces! Hugh's men-at-arms, his cousin and Willa's uncle were almost as clueless as Hugh in how to court a Lady!
The old witch who was Willa's guardian, told Willa that the only way she could accept Hugh for her husband and live happily ever after would be for him to crawl on his belly - seriously - Willa was not to accept his suit until he performed this task. Hugh being the stalwart warrior that he was would find this to be a difficult task - of course, he was not aware that this was what would get Willa to say yes either! As it so happens, through a series of mishaps, Hugh does end up crawling through the mud and Willa does agree to marry him.
One would think that this knight would then know what to do next other than the fact that through some misguided attempts by both the parish priest and the old witch with their instructions for the marriage bed - one wonders that the deed was ever done. In a more serious vein, there is also woven into this story, the mystery of the many attempts on Willa's life, and the prediction that Hugh and Willa would have a long and happy life - once Hugh solves a puzzle.
There were numerous secondary characters that added a full body lushness to this very funny, medieval mystery. Between the witch, the men at arms, the gay cousin, etc. the double entendres and extremely witty conversations will keep you laughing out loud and turning the pages well into the night to finish the tale. The one exception I had, to giving this an overall 5 rating was the fact that Hugh was too often made to look like a complete buffoon and I really like my heros to be more herolike! This is, of course, just my opinion. Other than that - I really do recommend this book for anyone looking for a lot of laughs and a light and entertaining read.