I read Romance novels to be swept away by the passion- made tense by intrigue- be angered by betrayal- and in the end- to be buoyed by the hope of a love that conquers all. Shameless pandering? Yes, in part. But the promise of a good romance is a few hours lifted from reality and mystified by the poetry and allure of an all-consuming love. Bride of the Dragon fulfills that promise with vitality.
This novel has it all- the dark wooded hills of Pagan Wales, , the pomp, circumstance, and intrigue of Court, the tension and excitement of a tourney, and the triumph of a love that knows no limits. The heroine, Lady Isobel places her trust in Lionel, a step brother who lives for greed and ambition. He looses a tournament and cannot pay the price he wagered. As a result she is given as a prize to the Dragon, the fierce and formidable competitor who bested her brother on the tourney field. Despite her belief that she has been betrothed to a savage barbarian, she soon finds the Dragon, now known more intimately as Morgan of Nels, to be considerate, caring, and extremely handsome. What develops between them is powerful- an intense love, a deep respect, and a searing passion that few novels can match. Through intrigue, deception, and war they must learn to build a trust in one another that transcends the boundaries of country- a trust as strong as the love they share.
Their story throws them into a conspiracy that involves the anger of a king, the betrayal of family, the dark days of plague, and the horror of battle. A story so masterfully woven should only be further unraveled for you by the author. Buy it, settle down with a pillow and a cup of hot chocolate- and let yourself be captivated by the Bride of the Dragon...
Isobel De Lacy's brother wagers their house and her person on a jousting tournament, but he loses to "Morgan of Nels, the infamous Dragon Knight" who claims his prize and hauls her off to Wales. Isobel hopes for a rescue, but Morgan does his best to change her mind.