Thursday, April 5, 2012

"Dangerous Favor" a Review

I read Joyce DiPastena's latest release, Dangerous Favor, practically in one sitting. I loved it as much as I have loved her previous books, Loyalty's Web, and Illumination of the Heart, maybe even more. In Dangerous Favor, Joyce gave a great description of handsome and rugged knights jousting, and I find that action-packed sport enthralling to watch even now. (As seen on the History Channel Sunday nights with Full Metal Jousting.)

In Dangerous Favor we first met one of the main characters, Etienne, in Loyalty's Web. Now it is 5 years later and we get to see into his life when he meets the beautiful Mathilde. While he falls quickly in love with her, it seems that she can't see past his overly-handsome best friend, Lord Therri to know Etienee's true feelings. I think the love triangle works beautifully, and the writing is superb. Joyce never fails to bring out the emotions needed to pull the reader along to the end of the story.

Big Announcement:
I read Dangerous Favor on my Kindle Fire, (I love my Kindle Fire) but I also bought a copy in paperback before it was available in ebook format. If you leave a comment, you have a chance to win that (un-paged-through) paperback book. No extra tricks, no questions to answers, just leave a comment that you read this review and leave your email address so I can write to you to tell you the good news. If you aren't comfortable with that, then check back in two weeks and see if your name has been drawn as the winner and you can write to me personally at

Here is the back cover blurb:

Mathilde needs a champion!

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?

Here is an excerpt that I stole directly from Joyce's website, and I can't think of a better piece to put up for you. I loved it!

Mathilde’s violet eyes turned misty again. Etienne imagined she longed for some man to be thus stricken over her. No doubt it was of Therri she dreamed. What had she called him? The Vision? Etienne’s mouth quirked up in rare envy of his friend.

She sighed and forced her gaze—reluctantly, he thought—to refocus on his face. 

“Pray, sir, it is most unchivalrous of you to tease me this way. If you are a true knight, you will honor my request and give me back the ribbon.”
Etienne hesitated. He wanted to wear her favor, but he realized it was equally important to him that she should think well of him. If he continued to refuse her request, she would think him a churlish brute.
Before he could decide how to answer, Hermaline swept through her half-circle of mounted attendants, apparently tired of waiting for her would-be champion to return. She bore down upon Etienne and Mathilde with sparkling eyes, her veil fluttering in her hand like a banner of war. If he were to surrender Mathilde’s ribbon, he told himself, then he must at least arm himself with some other shield in its place.
“If I give it back to you,” he said quickly to Mathilde, “what will you give me in exchange?”
“In exchange?”
“You agreed last night to grant me your favor for the tournament today. If you insist that I behave as a ‘true knight’ and return the ribbon you gave me, then I demand you keep your word as a ‘lady’ and grant me some other favor in its stead.”
“But I told you last night that I have nothing else to give you.”
Hermaline was nearly upon them.
“Then,” he murmured to Mathilde, “I hope you will forgive me, for I am about to behave most unchivalrously.”

Go to Amazon and you to can buy your very own copy of Dangerous Favor either in paperback or on Kindle. 

Next Thursday Joyce DiPastena will answer some very unusual questions for me in an author's interview. Visit and leave another comment for an additional chance to win her book.  


C Simper said...

I've read your review and look forward to reading Dangerous Favor. I am currently reading Loyalty's Web and really enjoying it.

Donna McNeil Gonzales said...

Nice review. I guess if I win I could have it sent to my house. Maybe DD would like to read it because I won't be home until Thanksgiving.

Joyce P Smith said...

Nice job with your review. I enjoyed reading about Joyce's book and you made a good representation of it I thought. Kudo's to you and to Joyce for a job well done!

swerra said...

Superb writing and a love triangle, with joisting thrown in for good measure...sounds like my kind of book!! I will have to check out her other titles!

Kaylee Baldwin said...

Oooh, I really want to read this one. :)

kayleebaldwin at gmail dot com

Wendy A. Jones said...

Pick me! Pick me!

I've been wanting to read Joyce's latest. Thanks for the giveaway, Debra!


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Books Are Sanity!!! said...

Oh I loved your review and I have been wanting to read Dangerous Favor! I really hope I win this one, I loved Loyalty's Web! Thank you for the review and giveaway!

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Julie Martin Wallace said...

Debra, I love the review. I too watch that full metal jousting, very interesting. I read "Dangerous Favor" on ebook too but I would like the chance to win it to keep with my other collection of favorite books. Check out my blog on who I'd cast for "Dangerous Favor" and tell me if you agree or had someone else in mind when you read it.

Anonymous said...

Really excited to read this book. Please consider me for your giveaway. Thank you.

Debra Erfert said...

Anonymous, would you please leave your name? Or I can't put your entry into the hat in which I'll find my book winner.

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