[724]: No Good Deed by Kara Connolly

No Good Deed
by Kara Connolly

Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?

Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.

This was a chockful of fun.

I was immediately drawn to this book because I’m a huge fan of the Robin Hood legend and when I saw that Ms. Connolly’s take would feature a gender twist of sorts, I knew I had to read it.

Present-time Ellie was an archer who was dealing with the recent loss of her brother. She also lived in his shadow for he was an Olympian as well. On her way back to her hotel, she followed a man dressed in a friar’s frock with whom she thought was the same one who distracted her during her during the competition. One topsy-turvy turn, however, brought her all the way back to the 12th century; specifically, at a time when most of Nottingham was suffering in the hands of the Sheriff.

It was not long ago that I read a time travel such as this one where the character was pulled all the way back to Medieval times. Both characters went through the initial shock of finding themselves stuck and unable to come home at will. In Ellie’s case, it wasn’t just a matter of retracing back her steps to see if she can somehow find her way home. This girl finds trouble at every step of the way, and no matter what she does to lay low, the trouble finds her regardless.

I love the characters she meets and the parallelization with the characters of the original legend. And because she’s an American set in her ways, she brings about shock with the way she acts and speaks at every turn. I love seeing the reaction of those around her. She’s full of spunk; courage when there’s none to be found and kindness towards the people with whom she only just met. There might be a romance brewing on the horizon but honestly, that’s just cake. The story is great the way it is. I adore the friendships she developed amongst the people of Nottingham; the thieves and the bandits; the nuns and the outlaws.

I’m not sure if this is going to be a series, but damn. I need more. No Good Deed is a great adventure set in Medieval England. If you’re a fan of the Robin Hood legend, Connolly’s take is sure to keep you entertained from page one to the last.

  • This sounds like a great read Joy… I love Robin Hood… I’m sure I’d like this too!

  • As a die-hard Robin Hood fan, I’m definitely intrigued by this one! For some reason it wasn’t on my radar at all, but I’m liking the sound of it — especially Ellie.

  • Ohh, YAY for enjoying this book so much sweetie 😀 You do make it sound all kinds of awesome. I’m not sure time travel is really my thing.. sigh.. but I do like Robin Hood 😉 Aaaalso. MISS YOU. <3

  • This is the first I’m hearing about this book, but it sounds like a lot of fun. I’ve not read a lot of Robin Hood stories, but I love watching the movies (Mel Brooks’ Men in Tights and Disney’s are my favorite). I’ll have add this to my TBR pile (**Wonders if it is available on audio** LOL).

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • This sounds like a really fun book! I doubt I would have discovered it or picked it up based on the premise alone, but your review convinced me. I like Robin Hood, and having a gender swap on the idea would be pretty fun too.

  • This is the kind of book I’d honestly write off. I kind of had, when I saw it come in at work, but now you’ve got me curious! I love a fun book!

  • kindlemom1

    So glad you liked this! I really enjoyed it as well. 😀

  • i have read books like that in time travel sense, but first time it went all the way back. Love the Robin Hood inspired book, I do say.. at least she’s no maid marian XD

  • Oooh, this sounds original and fun, Joy! I love the thought of a contemporary American woman shocking the hell out of the medieval folk! I’ll have to check this out! 🙂

  • This sounds like a lot of fun. Time travel and Robin Hood sounds great. I am glad you enjoyed it.

    • It is! It took me a few hours to read it. 🙂

  • I didn’t read this review carefully because I’m JUST about to start the book—but curiosity got the better of me and I just had to see your general impressions. I’m excited that you enjoyed it because that makes me happy to pick it up!

    • Ohh you’d enjoy it, Nicole. I really love these characters and how Ms. Connolly put her stamp on an old tale.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Ohh, a time traveling archer, how fun! This clash of cultures is undoubtedly entertaining, and what an original idea! I’m not a fan of Robin Hood myself, but I’m sure I’d enjoy drawing parallels.

    • Right? That’s exactly what I thought. It’s original!

  • Adriana C

    It sounds really good, thanks for the review.

    • I hope you’ll have the chance to read it, Adriana! It’s really good. 🙂

  • RO

    I always enjoy a book with a strong female lead, and her feisty character sounds cool. It’s been so many years since I read a time travel novel, but I can definitely see myself getting on board with this one. Your review is really good. Hugs…RO

    • Hi, Ro! Thanks for checking up on me. 🙂 I’m slowly finding my legs. Hehehe.

  • Karen

    You liked it more than I did but I thought it was a lot of fun.

    For What It’s Worth

  • I haven’t heard of this book but it sounds so interesting! I love archery in books 🙂

  • As a huge fan of Robin Hood, I will be adding this to my reading list. Thanks for putting it on my radar.

  • How cool – a new take on Robin Hood + some time travel. Sounds so intriguing! I hope it turns into a series – this world sounds way to good just to be a one time deal 🙂

    Sarah @ A Weebish Book Blog

    • I’m hoping too! There are a lot of characters that need to be explored further.

      Thanks for visiting!

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I love archery and I love Robin Hood. I haven’t heard of this one before somehow but the concept is fantastic and you’ve convinced me to check it out!

    • It is! It’s very light considering her life is always seem to be in danger. Lol.

  • Yes! I’m so excited to see you liked this one Joy. I’ve had my eye on No Good Deed as I’m a fan of Robin Hood and the time travel bit. Ellie sounds wonderful with her spunk and charm, plus archery. Yes, please. Definitely adding this to my Goodreads shelf. (:

    • Then, you’d certainly enjoy this one, Kim. Ellie doesn’t back down from anything even from a duel against an expert swordsman! I swear, she cracks me up!

  • OK so this sounds like a whole lot of fun. I’m here for the Robin Hood vibes in this one as well as a spunky heroine who confuses those around her. That just just sounds entertaining in every way! Glad this was a great read, Joy! And so glad to see you post a review here!!!

    • Surprisingly good! Time travel is typically not my cup of tea but I’m a fan of the Robin Hood legend so it was no contest. I knew i’d like it. 🙂

      Thanks for being patient!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I hadn’t heard of this one, but I really like the sound of it. I’m glad to hear it’s a fun one.


    • Ellie is such a fun character. It’s weird because she barely gave a thought to how she was going back home because she was too busy saving her ass and other people’s as well. Lol.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Ohh! I am so glad you enjoyed this one. I hope to read it soon. I love Robin Hood and Medieval England, so I think this is right up my alley. Great review!

    • Yassss, girl. I hope you’ll enjoy this one!

  • I hope they do not mean THE plague as it was not around yet

    • Nope. No plague. She was squeamish about their mode of medical treatment, though. Leeches. Blech.

  • I don’t think I’ve read a retelling about this story so I confess that I’m quite intrigued!

    • It’s fairly new. 🙂 I hope you’ll get the chance to read it.