Taming The Beast
After years of turmoil, Roderick Cherbon has left the Crusades to return to the home he loves. But the wars have changed him, and the heir who thought to heal his father's injustices has become a vicious beast of a man, scarred inside and out. He will speak to no one, see no one; he leaves the shadows of his ruined keep only under the darkness of night. And even in death his father mocks him: to retain his land and title, Roderick, the Beast, must marry.
Lady Michaela Fortune is reviled for her poverty, ridiculed for her dreams, and preyed on for her soft heart. Humiliation and want dog her beloved family, and her pride is an indulgence she can ill afford. Cherbon and its shattered lord offer a solution. But to court a man who has fallen so low, Michaela will need all her grace and beauty to harbor any hopes of taming the beast. . .
Praise for The Warrior. . .
"A spirited tale rich in intrigue, betrayal, ancient magic, and a love destined to overcome all odds." --Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author
"Grothaus definitely has talent and a true feel for the era." --Romantic Times
Grothaus (The Highlander) dresses up a standard forced-marriage story with references to Beauty and the Beast in this capable 12th-century historical romance. Lord Roderick Cherbon has returned home from the Crusades physically and emotionally scarred. He must nonetheless wed before he turns 30 or lose his home and wealth. Enter impoverished Lady Michaela Fortune, who believes herself engaged to Roderick's cousin, handsome Lord Alan Tornfield. When Alan weds another, humiliated Michaela decides to take Roderick's offer instead, though she knows it will be hard to win his trust. Alan confuses matters further by continuing to court her, but does he want her as his mistress or is he more interested in the Cherbon estate? Though marred by occasional anachronistic language ("Necessary rooms?" "Oh, you know... where you go to tinkle"), this romance is solid and entertaining.