Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review: Dangerous Favor by Joyce DiPastena

From Goodreads:  Her father has been accused of stealing from the king, an allegation that has reduced her family to poverty. She has one chance to find and marry a man who can help her prove her father's innocence. Lord Therri, heir to a rich barony, has the wealth and connections Mathilde needs to delve into the mysteries of her father's past. Furthermore, Therri embodies all her romantic dreams.

Etienne, the younger son of a disgraced family, has neither wealth nor connections, but is smitten with Mathilde at a glance. She finds the knight intriguing, but believes he is only out to seduce her. While she seeks for a way to win Therri's attention, Etienne tricks her into granting him her favor, an embroidered white ribbon, for a tournament, setting in motion a dangerous chain reaction of events. Can Etienne save Mathilde from a nightmare from her past and prove himself the true hero of her dreams?

Not long ago, Joyce was holding an online release party for this book, Dangerous Favor.  She had some awesome giveaways going on and they all included books and chocolate!  I'm telling you, Joyce totally rocked the house with this one.  I'm a fan of Joyce DiPastena.  I love her books and I was chopping at the bit to read her latest.  I entered the contest and guess what?!  I won!  Well, I didn't win Dangerous Favor.  I actually won a different book (one that I already own) but Joyce was so kind.  She sent me Dangerous Favor in the box with all the chocolate and swag I won.  I swear it was like Christmas.  I was so excited to get my hands on Dangerous Favor.  (happy, happy, joy, joy)

If you don't know Joyce's books, you really should.  She is so good at writing sweet medieval romances.  Her stories will transport you through time.  You will find mystery and intrigue, history and of course, romance.  Joyce really does her homework when she writes a book and it shows in her writing.  She knows her medieval stuff.

I loved the story of Mathilde and Etienne.  Mathilde is young and very inexperienced in the ways of courting and romance.  Her loyalty and courage on the other hand, runs deep.  Wanting to free her father from the shame and accusations that have been laid at his feet, Mathilde seeks out someone who will take up her cause and extend the help she so desperately seeks.  Mathilde has no idea the danger she is about to unravel and fortunately for her, she picked the right men to aid her.  Etienne is all that and more.  Sheesh, talk about your knight in shining armor.  Who wants one?  Me, me, pick me!  I'm still dreaming of Etienne and his six pack, or was it eight pack?  His silken raven curls . . .

Oh, sorry.  Temporary distraction.  I loved Dangerous Favor.  I LOVED Dangerous Favor.  I love the way Joyce writes.  She weaves such a fantastic medieval story.  I'm so grateful to her for sending me her book.  

You can find Dangerous Favor at Amazon.
You can learn more about Joyce and all her books at her website.


  1. It's been a long time since I've read a medieval romance. Maybe it's time I read another one. And the cover is very pretty. I might have to hunt this one down if only to read about the eight pack and raven curls :)

  2. I just bought the book over the weekend and can't wait to read it!!! I LOVED her first two and I'm not even a big reader in the medieval romance category!

  3. Love the story, it grabs you right away. I have not read medieval romance for years, but I would love to buy it and read the whole story.

  4. i've heard a lot about this author, thanks for the review!

  5. I, too, LOVED Dangerous Favor. Etienne is so dreamy! And Joyce is so sweet!


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