Claimed by Tarah Scott (@TarahScott)
Beautifully written, full of wit, passion, courage, and non-stop action. The story takes place in Medieval England as Lady Rhoslyn is commanded by Kind Edward to marry his knight Talbot St. Claire. She reluctantly leaves the monastery where she’s lived since the death of her child but has plans of her own rather than following her king’s commands. Her plans don’t truly come to fruition and ends up marrying Talbot much to her chagrin. While living with her new husband she realizes he’s not the barbarian he thought him to be however has decided on never agreeing with him, whether right or wrong, just because he’s an English knight and believes his loyalty will always lie with England and deserves to be disliked. Ok, that last part I made up but only because there were times that was exactly what she sounded like.
Talbot is the epitome of honorability and courage, a true knight in shining armor by all standards. He’d do anything for his loved ones, those that served him right, and those he’s bound to honor and serve. Rhoslyn is reluctant to trust him because she was forced to marry him. Add to that the politics of the time made her wary of anything English and of anything that would not give her a sense of self-respect and independence as a woman. Unfortunately, that same set of mind got her into more trouble than her husband could help her get out of. It took her a while to earn some of his trust but he was ever so patient, ever so tender and loving, even at her worst petulant and irascible moments. Now, truth be told, romance does not take center stage in this story, and that’s part of why I loved it so much. The story in itself revolves around how they get to know each other and learn to trust one another and for that they have to conquer many obstacles and defeat many enemies, including their own emotions. There are plenty of love and tender moments between the two but the actual romance, the actual moment when you know the two have finally accepted one another does not happen on one page, it actually creeps up on you and leaves you wanting more. All in all a great book and will definitely will read more of the author.
** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review **
Fourteen months ago, Lady Rhoslyn lost her husband and infant son to a fever. Now, by order of King Edward I, she is yanked from the healing tranquility of a convent to marry the king’s favored bastard knight. Rhoslyn has no intention of returning to the home where her husband and child died. Neither does she intend to hand over her fortune to the ‘Dragon’—no matter his sweet promises and warm kisses.
Talbot St. Claire tires of war. Seventeen years is enough. King Edward will never release him from service, but the king promises Talbot will find some peace in front of his own hearth. Talbot expects to find a horse-faced, hostile woman in the Scottish heiress Edward commands him to marry. Instead, he discovers a fiery Highland beauty worthy of a man’s respect... and love. Talbot determines to do anything to win his new bride’s acceptance. Anything except the one thing she demands: betray his king and embrace his Scottish heritage.