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Lady Danger
by Sarah McKerrigan
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Warner, 2006 (2006)

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* *   Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton

In the summer of 1136, three daughters of the Lord of Rivenloch swim nude in a pond as Sir Pagan Cameliard and Colin Du Lac watch. The men think they are safely hidden from view, but the eldest sister, Deirdre, sneaks up on them from behind while they fixate on the other two. Deirdre proves that she's more than just a refined lady - she and her sister Helena are both skilled fighters, as good as any man. Miriel, the youngest, however takes after their deceased mother, who was frail and lady-like.

What the sisters don't know is that Pagan and Colin are members of a group of Normans who have come to take over their family's castle, a gift to Pagan from King David. One of the sisters will be forced to marry their new lord. When Pagan and Colin find out who the three sisters are, Pagan decides to marry the youngest (and least difficult) Miriel. Deirdre has other ideas. At the wedding, Deirdre (disguised with the help of Miriel's maid Sung Li) takes her sister's place.

Once husband and wife, Pagan and Deirdre argue over everything, including who has the right to rule the castle. Deirdre refuses to give up her authority. Pagan feels that her place is by his side, as a submissive wife. It takes a lot of convincing to change his mind, but in the meantime, Deirdre - frustrated by the chain of events that led to this situation - defies his orders by training every day with the men, practicing with her sword and wearing chain mail. Pagan isn't sure whether he's turned on by her independence, or furious that she dares to defy his every command.

While I always enjoy a good historical romance, in particular those set in medieval times, I wasn't sure what to think of Lady Danger. While I loved the banter between Pagan and Deirdre, and the antics of both Deirdre and Helena (who's even tougher than her sister), at times it seemed that the story wasn't going anywhere. It is obvious this book is setting up the trilogy, since a huge part of the novel has Helena disappearing with Colin as her hostage. The novel does end on a climactic note, which will please the reader.

I would have liked to see more of the father, an old man who still mourns the loss of his beloved wife. Overall, this is an entertaining read, but some may find the meandering plot a bit distracting. I look forward to the second book in the trilogy, and recommend Lady Danger to anyone who enjoys medieval romances.

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