For generations, legend had stalked the battlements of the fortress Montsalvat. And now Alienor de Perpignan found herself promised in marriage to the man at the heart of the oft-whispered tales: Dagobert, Count de Pereille. A near-mythic being rumored to be a beast by day – and more than a man by night.
That Alienor was his true-destined bride, Dagobert de Pereille had no doubt. Indeed, with her exotic beauty and blade-bright spirit, she could be none other. But could he who bore the mark – and the curse – of ancient kings ever trust her enough to open his heart?
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This story has it all!
Alienor de Perpignan is betrothed by her adopted father to a mysterious man who she will meet for the first time on her wedding day. The legends of Montsalvat which whisper of Dagobert, Count de Pereille, as a purported man/beast, don’t begin to prepare her for her horrifying nuptials nor for her blissful nuptial night. The duality of her husband is only the beginning of the terror that stalks this couple, but as problems beset them, they begin to appreciate and trust one another, ultimately forming an unbeatable team which triumphs over the evil that threatens them. As always in Ms. Delacroix’s books, the story is told in language and sentence structure which, though easily read and relatable, gives a feel for the time the story is set in. Not many authors can accomplish this so beautifully (how many times do you find modern language or idioms sneaking into “historical” romances?). This story has it all, secrets, pledges, deception, betrayal, misunderstanding, trust, political intrigue, a unicorn (!), and finally, love. I highly recommend! A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.