After losing her mother in a blaze of fire, thirteen-year-old Taylor Sullivan fled Castle Sullivan with only a golden ring, and a bitter legacy of rage. Armed with a sharp dagger and a quick sword, she hired out as a mercenary, sworn to deny her womanhood and her noble heritage. Soon though, the fateful ring brought a bold knight in hot pursuit-a relentless lord who would condemn her to death or redeem her in flames of passion.
Noble knight Slane Donovan was duty-bound to find the woman with the Sullivan ring after her powerful father decreed she would be his brother's bride. With Castle Donovan under siege, it was her dowry that would save his family's ancestral home. But even as the fierce young beauty eluded Slane's grasp, her sensuous charms enflamed his heart-daring him to break the code that bound him to family and claim her forever as his own.
Reviewer: stacey renee (rochester new york) -
Medievil history is not my fav genre so when the story opens with
young Taylor's mother being burned at the stake for infidelity, my "rating" dropped some. This was, of course, a natural way of punishment in that era so is true to the story. 13 yr old Taylor is made to watch this horror by her unforgiving father but runs away from home the same night. 8 yrs later we find the 20 yr old Taylor is a beautiful, swashbuckling, mercenary with a sassy attitude. She is so charismatic and really terrific. Slane Donavon, our honorable knight, is under an oath of allegience to find Taylor and bring her back to marry his brother, thus aligning 2 castles. The rest of the story is based on Slane's efforts to get her back safely, since others want her dead. Lots of dueling with this robust pair with each other and against their enemies. One lovely love scene which creates a moral dilemma for our knight of honor. And a surprise ending when Taylor herself is about to be burned at the stake for refusing to marry richard! A nice story with great, great characters.
Taylor and Slane's story is one of true self-discovery. A very touching and action packed story. Full of passion but not at the expense of plot and depth. I very much enjoyed thie Laurel ODonnell story.
After losing her mother in a blaze of fire, 13-year-old Taylor Sullivan flees Castle Sullivan with only a golden ring, and a bitter legacy of rage. She hires out as a mercenary, sworn to deny her womanhood and her noble heritage. Soon though, the fateful ring brings a bold knight in hot pursuit