Marjory "Jory" is a little stupid for my taste; she made me want to scream! But all in all it was a good book, just not my style of heroine; I like them less spoiled and more adventurous in going for the one that they love!
marame reviewed Infamous (Medieval DeWarenne, Bk 2) on
This book follows A Year and A Day and is Jory de Warenne's story. You might also want to read the Plantagenet Trilogy: The Falcoln and the Flower, The Dragon and the Jewel and The Marriage Prize, which are loosely related. It's told in 3 parts and is written in an overview style. I never felt like I really knew who Jory was as a woman. Overall, this book lacks heart and soul.
Attracted as much to the earl's rakish reputation as to his gorgeous body, Marjory de Warenne ignores the warnings to avoid Guy de Beauchamp heeding only the advice of her best friend Princess Joanna Plantagenet to go out and get him. She begins her seduction to lure Guy, who is used to women desiring him.
However, Guy finds this lady tantalizingly different. He sets out to stamp her as his. The siren is being seduced by the womanizer as much as the womanizer is being seduced by the siren. Both want more with neither satiated beyond the moment. Over the years as rebels constantly try to bring down King Edward's reign, Guy and Marjory find a love affair that supersedes infidelity, betrayal, and treason that engulfs the two lovers.
Few writers, if any, can mingle real historical people like Joanna with characters so that the historical figures come alive and in turn make the protagonists seem real as well as Virginia Henley consistently does. In INFAMOUS, Ms. Henley brings the late thirteenth century England vividly alive through the actions and intrigue of the real regal court as much as by her pairing of Marjory and Guy. As always this is must reading for sub-genre readers as Ms. Henley provides a compassionate historical love story that transcends the era it picturesquely depicts.