ebook, 200 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Loose Id
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.
The Greenwood series can be read in any order.
Lord of the Forest blends fantasy, the legend of Robin Hood and romance in an interesting adventure. I thought the pacing was good, there was enough action and angst to keep the story moving along, but at times I was a bit overwhelmed with the various plot lines -the Greenwood fairies and Robin and Cal's magical backgrounds, their romance and the political mess Cal found himself in. That said, this was a good read.
Robin: We meet Robin Hood as an older man, he's probably around forty by his reckoning, and his merry band of outlaws has broken up by this point. He misses his friends, misses the comfort of lovers and is longing for a man to not only have a good roll in the hay with, but to really love and spend his life with. Robin doesn't think this is really possible, and then he meets Cal. I disliked the push and pull between him and Cal as a couple, but I understood Robin's reasoning, and I thought his character was well fleshed out, honest and honourable. Everything you'd expect Robin Hood to be.
Cal: Cal is a royal spy who often has to play the part of a whore to get his missions accomplished. He's used to it, and considers it all he's really good for. I felt sorry for his character at times because, as Robin comes to realize, Cal has never had anyone to love him or anyone whose ever been his friend. He doesn't think highly of himself, and he desperately wants Robin to like him, to be his friend. And more. But of course, he's also not sure he should trust Robin. I love how Robin teaches Cal about friendship, but in the end it's Cal who sacrifices everything for Robin and teaches Robin about loyalty and love.
In the end, I was touched by how Robin and Cal choose each other over everything else, and decided not only to spend their lives together, but to take a chance and trust the fairy magic to give them a child too. It was a surprising twist, but it was an act of complete trust on the part of Robin and Cal, trust in each other, and it really showed how much these two loved one another. I would like to thank the publisher, Loose-Id for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
3 glittering stars