Title: Ransom My Heart
Author: Princess Mia Thermopolis & Meg Cabot
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pub. Date: 2009
Genre: Romance/ Historical Romance/ Chick Lit/ YA/ Fantasy
From Goodreads: Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia and star of Meg Cabot’s insanely popular #1 New York Times bestselling Princess Diaries books, has “penned” her first historical romance novel . . . with help from Meg Cabot
He’s a tall, handsome knight with a secret. She’s an adventurous beauty with more than a few secrets of her own. Finnula needs money for her sister’s dowry, and fast. Hugo Fitzstephen, returning home to England from the Crusades with saddlebags of jewels, has money, and lots of it. What could be simpler than to kidnap him and hold him for ransom?
Well, for starters, Finnula could make the terrible mistake of falling in love with her hostage.
Princess Mia Thermopolis, Meg Cabot’s most beloved character, has always been an outspoken animal-rights activist and committed environmentalist. In keeping with Mia’s true spirit, Meg will be donating her advance to Greenpeace.
My Reveries and Ramblings:
Finnula Crais is a female Robin Hood, known as Fair Finn. She helps feed the poor (by stealing from the rich). She is a skilled archer. If that isn’t enough to cause the town to gossip, she also wears men’s clothes. gasp The horror! When Finnula’s unwed sister becomes pregnant, Finnula is forced to help. Finnula goes in search of a rich man to take hostage to pay for her sister’s dowry. She captures Hugo, a knight on his way home from the Crusades. An amused Hug allows himself to be captured. Their journey back is filled with tension (will they or won’t they)-it is intense. I don’t want to give anything away but that is only the first half of the book. The second half is drenched in mystery, and romance too.
Finnula and Hugo were great characters. Finnula is a redhead tomboy who won’t let anyone push her around. Hugo, on the other hand, is arrogant and bossy. They are constantly arguing. Most of it is playful though. He wants her to wear dresses while she insists on wearing men’s clothes. Underneath all their arguing, they really love each other. The great thing about these characters is that neither changed who they were for the other, they learned to compromise. They both kept their values, which I think makes them work well together-especially for the story. It’s the main cause of their constant head butting.
Ransom My Heart is a great novel filled with romance (lots of it) and a bit of mystery. The only problem was that it was a bit predictable. Having said that though, I really enjoyed reading it. There were some comical moments throughout. An all together easy read for adults.
Warning: some sex scenes.
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