The Champion Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 2007
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Rumors of Simone's sanity surround her. She's not insane, but who would believe that she is visited by the ghost of her dead brother?
While Simone uncovers the secrets her mother left behind, she and Nick have to face magic, ghosts, and the demons of their pasts.
The Champion has a clever plot and many engaging characters, especially the brooding and handsome Nick, courageous and beautiful Simone and sweet and adorable Didier. The pages are full of mystery, romance and magical scenes. The Champion's dramatic and emotional ending held me riveted. It's an enchanting story.
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This is a nice and entertaining novel with some humour. What detracted from it for me was that some of the historical background was badly researched and therefore faulty (e. g. the English court would have spoken French, not English at that time), but it's still enjoyable. It's a follow-up to 'The warrior' and is itself followed by 'The highlander'. I think it can be read on its own, but makes more sense if you know 'The warrior'. Last but not least: If you're looking for eroticism, there's very little in it since the ghost interrupts them every single time. That's not a problem to me, but may be to some readers who prefer a spicy novel.
Marriage to the guarded Nicholas is not easy for Simone who is torn by the passion she feels for him and the secrets that seem to keep them apart. When she learns the truth about her brother's death and the secrets her family has kept buried finally see the light of day, she knows whatever progress she has made in securing the marriage neither of them wanted from the beginning but one that has become very important to her is in jeopardy. Nicholas makes her want things she never thought possible and she will do what she must to make sure he never suffers from being forced to marry her. Will these two people find the love and happiness they both so richly deserve or will evil take it away from them?
This was an amazing follow up to "The Warrior!" Ms. Grothaus has crafted another set of characters the reader will instantly fall in love with. Secondary characters are a fine addition and the reader will love the fact they get to reacquaint themselves with Tristan and Haith. This is a stand alone read so fear not if you have not picked up her previous title although you will find yourself looking for her backlist. The setting, time period, and characters all blend together into a seamless tapestry of romance and magic. Ms. Grothaus is a very talented writer and I can hardly wait for her next effort. I highly recommend you add this to your summer reading list...you won't be sorry.