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"Wow,loved this book. It kept me reading until 2am. I had to force myself to put it down to go to bed. This author certainly knows her history." Helen Scott Taylor, author of Oceans Between Us
"Markland has done her research and it shows. The plot moves at a nice pace, never lingering. The characters are interesting and likable. The supporting cast of characters helps to round out the story and give the novel its epic effect." Stephanie Burkhart, author
"...the historical detail is impressive, the events helping drive the story, intertwined with a very strong romance...The reader is sucked into...the middle of politics, intrigue, and the trappings of life in that era...masterfully done..." -Fiction is Oxygen
From the Author
Dear Reader, While my books can be read as stand alone stories, here's a recommended reading sequence.
Conquering Passion If Love Dares Enough Defiant Passion A Man of Value Dark Irish Knight Haunted Knights Passion in the Blood Dark and Bright The Winds of the Heavens Dance of Love Carried Away Sweet Taste of Love Wild Viking Princess
This was a good read. The h/h both have very complex personalities, but I began to understand them a little toward the end of the book. However, what I did not understand is why they waited til the end to declare their love for one another; I understand they had lots of pride, but that was ridiculous. Had it not been for that, I would have given this book a five star rating. I understand why the hero had an affair with another woman after The Battle of Hastings, it was a horrid battle, which left the warriors emotionally bereft with the loss of many of their fellow warriors and the witnessing of the blood and carnage afterwards, made him seek out emotional comfort in a woman's arms; that is understandable to me, although I don't condone unfaithful behavior, in all fairness, he was not a married man, he was betrothed to the heroine. I would recommend this read and am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
First I fell in love with the cover (the other cover)... then I fell in love with the characters. An excellent book that draws you into the story to the point of where you're standing on the sidelines screaming, "don't do it, don't do it" lol. I needed a tissue or two as well, but an excellent book/audio ebook with excellent writing. I will say I probably wouldn't have bought it with this particular cover though, so I'm glad whom ever changed it. Gary furlong did an excellent job on the audio version which I listened to first so I'd know the correct pronunciation of some of the names. I love listening to the different dialects which he does so well. I'd easily recommend this one to my friends. I'm early awaiting the next one. Hopefully there will be a following audio book.
I couldn't stop reading, finished at 3 a.m. The Author presents a beautiful tale true to its time period. The characters are engaging and very human - they aren't cardboard cutouts, they both have flaws that aren't pretty. Heroine Mabelle is a bit more willful and opinionated than she should be and Hero Ram is not the perfect obedient son his father thinks he is. Set in a time of war and political posturing (1066), treachery abounds in this plot and both Ram and Mabelle must be on their toes at all times. So why didn't I give it 5 stars? There is a little purple prose that made me cringe, Ram and Mabelle are apart for much of the novel (it takes place over 10 years), both H and h know they love each other long before they can say it out loud and it bothered me that even after marriage and children they had such a hard time saying it to each other, and, lastly, I have to admit some of the battle scenes first confused and then bored me. I actually Googled a map of the area mentioned just to see if I could understand it better (it didn't help much). I'm buying the next in the series and highly recommend it to anyone.
Gallien had been married before but after his wife died having her lover's child. He swore he would never wed again. Peridotite dePontrouge was a lady in waiting at the palace. She was in love with Geoffrey Plantagenet. He instead married Maud the daughter of the king of England. Peri was too pretty to stay around Geoffrey so his wife wanted her gone. A marriage is then arranged and performed between Peri and Gallien both did not want this wedding. He at times was hurtful towards her and did not trust her. I think the author has a wonderful way with words.you want to keep reading to see if he will take a second chance at love .She also has to forget her old love and accept him as her lover and husband. They also have periods of separation when he goes to war. I have read three other books by her and liked them as well.
I don't think this book works very well as a stand-alone. I've read the others in the series and think a new reader would be quite lost by starting with this one. The story is quite short, the pace brisk, and the romance develops seemingly from out of nowhere. Still, I am a fan of this series and appreciate the author's attempts to portray this time in history. If you love medieval romance, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning of the series and read the set. You won't be disappointed.
I absolutely loved the story and all the characters. Sometimes had to really think of who was who as the names would run into one another. I would recommend this book to all who love to read about strong warriors- the description of them is great. The story line is awesome - just wanted to keep reading and hoping things would come out like I like them to. Highly recommend this writer.
I didn't want it to end. This tale is like a beautifully woven tapestry of history, political intrigue, and romance. Both writing and editing is top-notch and the story really grabs your attention and holds it through the entire book. No sagging middle here, there's no time and so much going on. Heroine Peridot is a refreshing mix of innocence, curiosity, and bravado and Hero Gallien is an understandably cynical, jaded, warrior. I loved the subtle details and nuances that made the historical aspect believable while still highlighting the romance as the focus of the book. This book is probably the best 99 cents I ever spent and I'm going to go back and download the rest of the series.
It was a rather long novel and covered a lot of time but it was so interesting to read. There was a lot of historical fact thrown in and the hero and heroine didn't really have a lot of time together as Ram was always sent to some war by his King. And I found it strange that they hadn't even confessed their love for each other even after having 3 children but then thinking about it, it is quite probable as love was never really a pre-requisite for a good marriage. I did fall in love with the hero and I probably would've done what Lady Ascha did. I liked Mabelle and her strength of character. I liked also that there were also other interesting characters and a secondary love story that was pretty hot, too! This was such a fantastic story - Thank you Anna Markland!