Read this one before Lord of Midnight
I hated this book. It started out well, and was well written. But the undercurrent of violence towards women made me a bit uneasy. Then came the big payoff. A very artificial and contrived scene which seemed to be there only to support the male lead whipping the female lead. We are to believe that him whipping her, no doubt leaving a lifelong scar across her back, is a sign that he loves her.
There's enough violence to women in the world already, it doesn't need to be glorified and excused, as it is here. Although she's clearly a skilled writer, I would never buy or pick up another Jo Beverly book. I felt dirty for reading it, and it bothered me for days after finishing it.
Generally 16 year old maidens are a bit too "dithersome" for me. But Beverley did a great job of creating realistic characters. Plus I love those ancient tales of love and drama.
This was my first time reading a book by Jo Beverley and my first time reading a book set in the 12th century. I absolutely loved it. It wasn't so "smushy" as I call some romance novels and I will be reading the rest of this series and more of Ms. Beverley!
Orphaned and desperate, Imogen of Carrisford flees when a brutal lord invades and takes possession of her castle. There is only one man she can turn to for help: FitzRoger of Cleeve, who is rumored to be a ruthless champion in battle. Imogen is stunned at the very sight of him, yet she dares not trust this warrior to put her desires before his own. But even as she vows independence, she finds herself succumbing to the gentle fury of a warrior's love...
Damsels in distress and knights of olde
Fast-paced love story. Heroine flees when brutal lord invades & takes over her castle, she turns to a ruthless champion to help her.
Jo Beverly is an excellent writer. This is a reissue of an earlier work from 1993 when she was writing Midievil rather than regency romance. As always, an entertaining story of passion and adventure.
This was a good historical, and the first book I've ever read by this author. Fun characters and an interesting story!
Jo Beverley has another winner here. I almost did not read this book because of a review I read that said the Dark Champion of this book, FitzRoger, had raped a young girl. I don't know where this came from, but it did not happen! FitzRoger did have two men flogged for drunkeness and for raping a young girl.