- File Size: 1087 KB
- Print Length: 297 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Historical Classic (March 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 15, 2014
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IGLONOE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lord Rowan DeCourtenay is in awe of the audacious female he found in the garden. As she is called away, he can not help but wonder how such a tempting morsel can indeed plan to take the veil.
Cecily leaves the convent as her home Brantham keep is in trouble and she learns she must wed by her Queen's command. Of which she finds herself much more agreeable with than being forced into marriage with the hideous man Fulke.
Rowan also must wed by the Queen's demand. As Rowan is a widower, with painful memories and a shadowed past, another marriage is the last thing he desired. Yet he knows he is duty bound to take Cecily to wife. However he battles his inner turmoil, wondering if he truly deserved such a lovely lady.
Circumstances bring them together again and Rowan is forced to pose as the half brother of Cecily's intended groom. As they travel together, fleeing the men of their shared enemy Fulke, their attraction to each other builds. Soon Cecily can not imagine anyone other than this man being her husband. Rowan struggles with the guilt of his duplicity as well as his growing love for his promised bride. He hopes she will forgive him and still offer her love once his real identity is revealed.
It's been a long time since I read a Harlequin Historical but I was reminded how good these books can be. This well plotted medieval tale pulled me right in and took me on an eventful ride with an enjoyable conclusion. The hero and heroine are well suited in temperaments which makes for an enticing match of wits. Great story!
Cecily and Rowan are not your normal hero and heroine. Cecily is so full of spunk and very smart. She worms her way into Rowan's heart. For the sake of the plot, Rowan travels with Cecily without her knowing his true identity. He reasons that if she doesn't know who he is, that he'll get to really know her and won't be fooled like with his first wife. He charms and protects Cecily on their trek and without the outside world to give them problems, they sparkle together. Once the truth comes out, the problems arise. I really wanted things to work out for this couple.
There is also adventure involved, this is a medieval romance after all. I don't normally read from this genre, but I had so enjoyed A Gentleman of Substance that I decided to try another by this talented author. Once again Deborah Hale has written quite a page turner.
If medieval adventure is your preference, you'll enjoy this one!