by Lisa Cach
George and the Virgin
Love Spell, June, 2002.
Paperback, 349 pages.
Subgenre: Time Travel
George is at the top of his profession. Known as St. George the Dragonslayer, he's worked his way to the top of the professional wrestling world, and is famous and wealthy. Against his better judgment, one evening he allows his artsy sister to put him into a hypnotic trance. He's immediately transported back to medieval England, to a village named Markesew. The villagers explain to George that a hungry dragon lives on a nearby island, and that the dragon demands a virgin as a sacrifice once a year -- the terrified girls are rounded up and fed to the beast, keeping the village safe for another year. Believing that he is in a hypnotic trance and that this is all part of his exploration of his psyche, George accepts the challenge to defeat the dragon and rescue the virgin. He makes his way to the island castle, where he meets Alizon, the mysterious mistress of the island. When he declares his intent to kill the dragon and set her free, Alizon seems less than thrilled. Determined to find out what secret she is hiding, George sets out to charm Alizon and to figure out how he is supposed to kill the dragon which seems all too real.
George and the Virgin is a funny and sexy romance, which has a professional wrestler (think The Rock) as the hero. George is a decent guy who is convinced none of the adventure is real -- and his psychoanalysis of what it all must mean is truly hilarious. Alizon is a feisty and determined heroine who is anything but a shy, medieval miss, and her interactions with the strange knight from the future are very entertaining. This is a lighthearted and funny story that is sure to put a smile on your face.
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This review was published in the September, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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