A sparkling prize, the beautiful Mellusine of Ulle is awarded to the bastard-born Bruno of Jernaeve as a spoil of war. Bruno vows to tame the rebellious spirit of the captive beauty– but ultimately surrenders to her charms. Born of different worlds, joined in the flames of passion and intrigue, they find new strength in each other's arms...and a burning love that defies all eternity."
(Terra's Thoughts) This delight is a classic of yesteryear and a great winter read for those long cold nights with a good cup of tea, warm throw and a bit of chocolate. Ahh.....Relaxing!
Bruno is the bastard child of the Blue Blood but with a mother who was a whore. This label will affect each and every part of him for the rest of his life even though those who love him don't see him as such. A man of impeccable loyalty, honor, patience and intelligence as well as handsome as the day is long is an understatement. Beloved trusted friend of the King of England and trusting handsome love of the Queen puts Bruno in a position of some import. There are those who will not see the right of a bastard born being held so high.
Mellusine of Ulle is a captive of the King of England who is treated more than fairly. Her father turned traitor to the King of England by siding himself and his sons with the King of Scotland thus leaving his lands and beloved daughter unprotected and in dire danger. Mellisune is not the mousy vapor stricken chit who cannot hold her own in times of danger and hardship.
Bruno and Mellusine are trust together into a marriage of convience for the realm of England. Neither are happy with the arrangement but make due and eventually come to care for each other. Their respect and honesty is a balm for wedded bliss and for a Queen who doesn't trust her captive servant.
This is a really nice story that shows we can have an honest romance with a history lesson thrown in without the sexual prominence overtaking our story line.
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition (November 1, 2011)