My enemies know me as Lord Bannor the Bold, Pride of the English and Terror of the French. Never in my life have I backed down from any challenge or betrayed so much as a hint of fear—until the war ended and I found myself a reluctant papa to a dozen unruly children.
Realizing that I couldn’t lop their little heads off or throw them in the dungeon, I sent my steward out to find them a mother and me a bride—an attractive, meek, maternal creature too plain to tempt me to get her with child. You can imagine my horror when he returned with Lady Willow of Bedlington, a spirited beauty who made me think of nothing else!
With her cloud of dark curls and the sparkle of passion in her eyes, Willow was everything I’d sworn to resist. I never dreamed she would join forces with those mischievous imps of mine to teach this cynical warrior just how sweet surrender can be.
Bannor the Bold,
Lord of Elsinore
I have been wanting to read this book for quite some time, but I never got around to purchasing a copy until here recently and let me tell you, I don’t know why I waited so long, it was EXTREMELY good. It was just as others said about it in their reviews that I’ve read, highly humorous. Charming the Prince had me from the start, from the very first chapter when Bannor was trying to escape and hide from his devilish imps. I have never read a book by Teresa before, but let me tell you, she sure can pen some good witty dialogues with her characters and gut busting scenes. I don’t know how many times I giggled or snickered with laughter.
I loved all the characters, minus Blanche and Stefan of course. Everyone stood out with their quirky personality that I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite. But I will say, I loved Bannor and Willow. They were great together and their scenes… HUMOROUS. He wanted a bovine wife, someone whom wasn’t a pretty face that he would lust after, he just wanted a wife who would be a good motherly figure to his unruly lot of 10 children. But to his horror, Willow is anything but plain or bovine-ish, he finds her beautiful and suddenly finds himself in a big pickle. He does’t want a wife with a pretty face, so he devices a plan with his children to drive her crazy with their devilish antics, but William is made of sterner stuff and soon turns the table on Bannor with his children and her forming mutiny against him. Willow shows Bannor that she isn’t going anywhere and Bannor’s defenses begin to crumble and his heart starts to warm toward her.
Both Bannor and Willow were great characters. Willow is a strong young woman, whom is treated poorly by her stepmother and step siblings. She just wanted a home where she felt like she belonged and for someone to love and her make her feel like a princess again, something her father made her feel before Blanche entered the scene and greedily stole her father’s time and affections. Even though she wasn’t treated fairly at her home growing up – her stepmother treated her as the servant / nanny – , she didn’t let it get her down, she was still a strong, fierce young woman. Now Bannor, he was a good man, taking in any orphan who is left at his castle gates, claiming them as his own, giving them a love home. He does this due to his childhood and knows what it’s like being a bastard child and orphaned at a young age. He doesn’t care how many children are left to him, he will always take them in. I think he is a great man for this, even though he is a fierce warrior, he has a kind, gentle heart, which is what I liked about him, plus his humor too.
After finishing this book and enjoying it so much, I am highly curious about other books of Teresa’s.