ebook, 480 pages
Published October 1st 2010
by Zebra Books
Is A Man She's Never Met
Bronwyn would never let her little sister be forced to marry a man as rough and wild as the new lord is whispered to be. Yet someone must form an alliance with him, or all of Hunswick will be at risk. So she steps forward, pretending to be her own sister.
And A Love She Never Expected
But the new lord is not so easily fooled. He knows Bronwyn is not the woman he has promised to marry. And yet, no matter how duty-bound he may be, there is no resisting the golden-haired beauty who so fearlessly gives herself to him. . .and awakens a passion unlike any he's ever known.
So I read this recently because tis the season. I thought it was extremely well done and I loved the time period the novel was set in. Both characters are extremely interesting and fascinated me.
Ranulf: A scarred, wounded warrior who believes the world has shunned him always makes for compelling reading, and it's no different for this character. I liked that he was so stubborn, controlled and yet totally out of control when it came to dealing with Bronwyn. He loved her, felt her love him in return, but he also had doubts about himself that made him doubt Bronwyn. It did get a little obessive at times, how much he worried about his appearance disgusting her, and testing her but it fit his character because he honestly thought women only fawned over men that were (by today's standards) GQ models. He had really convinced himself he would be alone because he'd been so repulsed in the past by others.
Bronwyn: Well, the woman was independent and she knew how to manage people--except for the new Lord of course. It was funny reading them argue and banter back and forth, and they both liked that the other had the guts to try and manage them, but Bronwyn had also always been under-appreciated by others. With two sisters supposedly more beautiful than her, she never felt beautiful herself. So Ranulf's interest in her is unexpected and her attraction to him dangerous she thinks because really, he's supposed to marry her younger sister. And although I might have cringed at the way Ranulf put their love to the test, I cringed at Bronwyn's insecurity too. It took both these characters a bit too long to communicate with one another, but in the end, it was the romance that fit them so well that made it all click into place beautifully.
The novel, naturally had a nefarious villain and I quite enjoyed the court politics as well. I don't think there are more novels but I'd love to read them because Bronwyn's sisters were clearly becoming involved with their own romances and I was truly invested in them as characters as well.
4 glittering stars