GEORGE AND THE VIRGIN
Love Spell, Jun 2002, 368 pp.
Athena employs a special crystal to help her unhappy brother professional wrestler “Saint” George Arlington finds a modicum of contentment. George is not only recovering from an injury, but frets over learning children have been injured copying his vaunted finishing move. Instead of just hypnotizing George into some sort of harmonic trance, Athena sends her sibling back to medieval England. George believes his sibling has mesmerized him so when he meets Emoni it is easy for him to pledge that he will slay the local dragon so that the villagers won't annually sacrifice the virgin to keep the beast satiated.
He travels to the dragon's island where the caretaker knocks George out, which leads to his incarceration by the old crone who feeds the dragon. As a professional wrestler, George can tell the crone is a beautiful young woman in disguise. George fails on his first two attempts to slay the dragon even as he fantasizes about his hostess. To her chagrin Alizon is very attracted to the weird outsider. Still if George survives his fight with the dragon, will he convince Alizon that this is his fantasy and in it they belong together?
Lisa Cach ingeniously takes a contemporary professional wrestler and sends him back in time to fight a virgin eating dragon. Anyone who reads the tale will know that Ms. Cach is a brilliant innovator as this humorous time travel tale succeeds because the story line never deviates from not taking itself too seriously. Readers will relish the professional wrestler seeking a “script” to fight the dragon in this comedic romantic romp.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner