by Elaine Barbieri

March 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8439-6014-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

England, 1075

Valiant Sir Dagan one of Williamís most trusted knights is on a mission and he must not fail, William depended on him. Still weak from a leg wound sustained weeks ago; Dagan is attacked, brutally beaten and stripped of all but his loincloth. The thieves were unable to take his loyal steed Conqueror, and Dagan mounts allowing the horse lead to take Dagan for help. Conqueror takes Dagan right into the caring arms of an angel who goes by the name of Ross.

Hendsmille Keep...

Baron Guilbert de Silva had been awarded Hendsmille Keep for his efforts in Williamís victory. But the once loyal de Silva was becoming intoxicated on his new power, and was plotting against his sovereign with Williamís enemies. Unaware that William had dispatched a spy to uncover his treachery, the Baron continued his reign of cruelty against the conquered Saxons. De Silvaís penchant for debauchery with innocent women was what prompted master builder Hadley Wedge to disguise his beloved beautiful daughter Rosamund. Chopping her long silken hair to a boyish length and hiding her luscious curves under boyís garb still could not hide her from the evil Baronís scrutiny. He was making more and more demands on the ďboyĒ Ross. Dagan is nursed back from the brink of death by Ross. Dagan soon learns Rossí secret, and he vows to protect her and her people from the Baronís clutches. Dagan becomes more then just Rossí protector and The Rose and the Shield will unite to bring down a common foe all in the name of love!

Master romance writer Elaine Barbieri is as comfortable in a western saddle as she is with a medieval sword, and demonstrates her versatility with her latest historical romance novel The Rose and the Shield. A strong capable heroine is found in Rosamund/Ross who is not afraid to go up against the despicable villain de Silva to protect the man she loves, Dagan. Some tried and true plot lines are woven into The Rose and the Shield. I.E., heroine disguised as lad, spurned jealous ex-lover, a common villian, but hey, thatís why we read romance novels!

Reviewed in March 2009 by Bonnie.

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