Title: Ransom My Heart
Author: 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 Crais needs money for her sister’s dowry, and fast. Handsome Hugo Fitzstephen, Earl of Stephensgate, returning home to England from the Crusades, has money–saddlebags of gold and jewels–and lots of it. What could be simpler than to kidnap him and hold him for ransom? Especially when he’s more than willing to allow himself to be caught by such a winsome captor.
Well, for starters, Finnula could make the terrible mistake of falling in love with her hostage, only to realize he’s been lying about his identity all along ….
But then, so has she.
Now their lives—and the lives of everyone they know and love—could be in mortal danger.
Is Finnula in hell? Or is she in heaven? (taken from goodreads.com)
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and it came with a warning. Now, I'm going to pass that warning along. This is actually an adult book, unlike most of the books I review on my blog. I definitely wouldn't recommend this one to anyone under the age of fifteen or sixteen. Having said that, I feel no guilt whatsoever in recommending this novel :)
As I've said in my other reviews, Meg Cabot can do no wrong in my eyes. She is the queen of chick lit. Still, I have to say this isn't my favorite novel of hers. I think her talent lies in the realistic fiction department, not historical fiction. I did get a kick out of reading a book written by Mia Thermopolis. It brought back memories of the Princess Diaries series.
Finnula was a fun protagonist to follow. Strong and independent, her stubbornness was both admirable and annoying. Despite her hatred of men and marriage, Finnula can't help but fall for the handsome (and, I might add, crush-worthy) Lord Hugo.
When I reached the midpoint of the novel, I felt like the story was coming to a close. Boy, was I mistaken. The plot picks up once more and takes a new, exciting turn. What started as a steamy romance becomes a murder mystery, among other things. In my opinion, the second half of the novel was more intriguing than the first.
Overall, Ransom My Heart was an entertaining romance novel. While I don't think it has quite the same feel as Cabot's other novels, I would still recommend it to all of my romantic followers.