The Crusader's Vow
Fergus’ heart was broken forever—until Leila tempted him to love again…
Returning home to Scotland triumphant and entrusted with the precious relic of the Templars, Fergus is stunned to learn that his beloved Isobel has wed another man. He knows he will never love again, so a marriage of convenience to his friend and comrade, Leila, seems a fitting compromise. At least it will give Leila the security of a home and husband, even if it offers far less than Fergus desired of marriage…
Leila fears her past will pursue her, compelling to return to her former life, until Fergus offers the ideal solution. She yearns for more than a practical match with the valiant Highlander, but hopes to win his heart before revealing the love she has kept secret from him. All might end well, if Fergus’ former betrothed would just relinquish her hold upon him…
When those who hunt the Templar treasure in Fergus’ possession identify its location, both Fergus and Leila could lose far more than their marriage. Will they triumph over the past and trust each other in time to find happiness together?
The Crusader's Vow
Continuing the story of the Crusaders who rescued and protected the reliquary of St. Euphemia, Fergus returns to his home in Scotland, fiercely protective of both the relic and the young woman Lela, to whom he gave refuge while in Outremer. His 4 years of fidelity to his betrothed, Isobel, go unrewarded when he finds that she married within 3 months of his departure. As much to protect Lela as himself, he suggests a handfast with Lela, fully expecting that he will have to release her at the end of the year and day, so that she can achieve happiness with someone else. Lela, on the other hand, is determined to make Fergus fall madly in love with her, unaware that he already has. When Isobel sees a better future for herself in Fergus and tries to win him back, Lela’s future and very life is threatened. Beautifully written, in language reminiscent of the era in which the story takes place with enough twists and turns in the plot as to be a surprise when the conclusion is finally reached. Loved it! 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.