From the bestselling author of Lion’s Bride and The Ugly Duckling comes this passionate tale of danger, adventure, and romance that sweeps from a Saxon stronghold to a lovers’ bower in the cool, jade green forests of Wales.
She was a prisoner bound by duty and desire. . . .
Taken as a slave, fiery, tempestuous Brynn of Falkhaar was awed by the magnificent warrior who stood before her. Known for her skills as a healer, she had been brought to his battlefield tent to save his dying friend. Yet in the days and nights ahead, the sensual conqueror made it clear she might be more than nursemaid to his soldiers. She could be the intimate plaything of his seductive desires.
He was a conqueror for whom nothing was forbidden. . . .
Dark, brooding, and passionate, Lord Gage Dumont was a man used to conquest. And yet with one look at the beautiful slave he’s been given as his spoils, he realized she held him prisoner. As she fought to save his friend with her healing powers, Dumont felt her fiery touch deep in his scarred soul. Though he may have already owned her body, what he wanted was her heart—and for that he would risk everything.
The popular and prolific author of Beloved Scoundrel combines romance, adventure, fantasy and the Norman invasion into a largely enjoyable whole. Raised to an independent womanhood by her mother, the healer Brynn of Falkhaar is now enslaved to the devious Saxon, Richard of Redfern. Hoping to better his position, Richard offers her services to one of the victorious Normans at Hastings. Under the watchful eye of Gage Dumont, an extremely tall, extremely wealthy and, yes, extremely handsome Norman warrior who is also the bastard son of the king of Norway, Brynn manages the miraculous cure of his great friend, the Saracen Malik--thereby winning Malik's devotion and the warm attentions of Gage as well. Alternately rebuffing and acquiescing to his advances, Brynn uses Gage's passions to protect those she loves from Richard's continued evil-doing and to wrangle a one-way ticket to Gwynthal, the island setting of idyllic childhood memories and the location of an immense hidden treasure that is her birthright. Although Brynn and Gage are appealing enough, they are far less real and engaging than Malik, the entirely too charming, warmhearted heathen, and Adwen, Richard's quondam submissive wife determined to never again be any man's fool. Brynn is the weakness: sanctimonious about her role as healer, she is also the anchor for a rather far-fetched fantasy element.
Really enjoyed the twist at the end.
The entire book was really enjoyable. The characters were enjoyable with just enough toughness in the male. But what the ending truly left me with was a wonderful feeling of love between the two leads. Good read!!
This is an excellent book! Must read it.