Mancusi delivers a chick-lit time travel starring Chrissie Hayward, who first appeared in A Connecticut Fashionista
in King Arthur's Court. Though die-hard historical readers might take offense at her liberal literary license, her tongue-in-cheek wit and clever take on Robin Hood and his Merry Men is enjoyable.

At a Renaissance faire, Chrissie receives an unusual call from her boss, Kat, who is in the future and needs Chrissie to go back in time and convince Richard the Lionhearted to give her blood from the Holy Grail. No sooner said than done. With some help from a gypsy fortuneteller, Chrissie is in Sherwood Forest looking at Robin Hood.

But the Robin she encounters is nothing like either Cary Elwes or Kevin Costner; he's not the hero type either. He and his band are not robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, they're hiding from the evil sheriff. It takes Chrissie, with her outlandish notions of bringing the legend to life, to show them the way. Maybe everything in the history book isn't true, but Chrissie finds the sheriff hasn't been overrated, and she needs her wits and wiles to save Robin and Kat. (Love Spell, Feb., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin