As a knight, Sir Rand Montague's allegiance is to King Edward I. But when the king orders Rand to escort Rosalyn Harcourt to court in order to wed her off to Sir Golan - a crass knight Rand abhors - he's torn between duty and desire. For Rand has never forgotten the woman he spent one incredible night of passion with...After suffering abuse at the hands of her deceased husband, Rose wishes to never wed again. But when Rand rescues her after Sir Golan attempts to compromise her, she agrees to marry Rand in name only. However, sharing such close quarters with Rand brings back memories of their torrid rendezvous - and tempts Rose to give in to an all-consuming desire...
(Terra's Thoughts) This is a new author to me and this is only her second book but one I'm sure most will enjoy. It's wonderful to see a hero get a conscience after being such an ass. I really need to know if duty to your King should stand ahead of duty to someone you love especially when you know what is about to happen is not in her best interest.
Rose Harcourt married a man she feel head over heals for as a young maiden only to find on her wedding night that this man is more scary and evil than the imaginary monster that we all fear to be hiding under our beds at night. She starts out as an innocent, shy and loving girl to become one who is broken with a secret close to her heart that terrifies her daily should that secret become known. A woman with a lot of abused baggage that may just scar her for the rest of her life to even the most gentle of men.
Rand Montague is a King's man and one of some importance. He is a man of duty and loyalty to his Liege no matter what the cost but will it come back to bite him in the ass later is the million dollar question. His secret love for a woman he cannot have rages a battle of his loyalty to the King or to this woman he has loved more than life itself for such a long time. What he is about to do will change Rose's life forever. Will he have the courage to do what is right though when faced with the possibility that even loyalty comes at a high price.
I really enjoyed this battle between right and wrong, good and evil, danger around each and every corner. The author has played her characters well and you just have to hate the evil, love the innocent and long for love to bloom in the face of uncertain odds.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Zebra; Original edition (November 1, 2010)