Her Warrior King by Michelle Willingham
Series: Book #2 in the MacEgan Brothers series (this is actually book #1, but they were published out of order)
Published: January 2008
288 pages (paperback)
Genre: Medieval Historical Romance
Acquired this book: Personal library
Warning: May contain spoilers
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My Rating: 2 Stars
I found this book incredibly... frustrating. The plot was impressive and it lured me in, but the male protagonist, Patrick MacEgan, came across as a man in dire need of some cojones. He was far too worried about what his people thought (peer pressure, anyone?) that it clouded his judgment and also caused problems in the bed chamber. The character Patrick was, in my personal opinion, not thoroughly planned out. He possessed the typical brutality and vigor seen commonly amongst male protagonists in romance novels, but he lacked any real depth. Therefore causing his character to come across as being dense.
Despite the negatives, I did thoroughly enjoy the female protagonist, Isabel de Godred. Her character was strong and brave, yet deeply desired to be a good wife and queen. She possessed the traits of a Pagan Celtic goddess and yet she was not ashamed to bake bread all day long. I really enjoyed her character and she was probably the only reason why I continued reading this book.
The plot was impressive. An Irish king marries a Norman enemy in an attempt to gain peace from the Normans for his people. What he doesn't expect is that Isabel is nothing like the Norman enemies he has seen murdering his tribe. She is kind, gentle, independent, and incredibly fierce. Patrick can't help but to fall in love with her. However, his pride and his peoples' opinion matter more to him than the woman who is trying so desperately to be the queen he needs.
In the end, I give this book 2 stars. It was an interesting read and the female protagonist was incredible, but the male protagonist left more to be desired. Nearing the end of the book, it also felt as if the story was being rushed suddenly. It flowed fairly well, but then suddenly it picked up way too fast and seemed to skip over things that could have been vital in making the story more enjoyable.