by Marianne Mancusi

February 2007
ISBN: 978-0-505-52674-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Lovespell
Mass Market Paperback

Chrissie Hayward has mixed feelings about her weekend assignment as a fashion photographer with "La Style". On the plus side she gets to hang out at a medieval faire in a realistic gown. On the minus side is having to work with Kat Jones who is a very shallow fashionista. When Kat doesn't meet Chrissie at the appointed time to leave the faire, Chrissie is annoyed. Chrissie's annoyance turns to disbelief when she receives a cell phone call from Kat who needs to be rescued from the future. Chrissie must go on a quest to the time of Robin Hood and King Richard in the 12th century for a drop of blood from the Holy Grail if she is to save Kat and return her to the 21st century. Chrissie finds Robin and his Merry Men to not be quite the stuff of legends, but maybe with a little nudging from her they will fulfill their destiny and help her with her mission.

Chrissie has just separated from her snake of a husband after betrayal of the worst kind, so she's not ready for romance and Robin still seems to be pining over Maid Marion. Still how can Chrissie not be attracted to Robin who is way more handsome than any actors who ever portrayed him in movies?

Time travel has always been a fascinating premise for a novel as evidenced by classics such as The Time Machine and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Readers seem to be enthralled with tales of the possibilities of traveling into the past or future first hand.

Ms. Mancusi has done her research to give an authentic feel to the historical setting. She also injects plenty of laugh-out-loud humor as Chrissie gets herself into scrapes. Along with all the fun and frivolity, there is underlying compassion for human frailties and foibles.

Steamy romance blends seductively and seamlessly in A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest she has crafted a tantalizing tale that will appeal to a wide range of romance readers.

Reviewed in April 2007 by Roberta.

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