In 1192, the Crusades under King Richard are raging in the Holy Land. When the despicable Sir Garrett of Fallonmour is killed by a ten year old girl he was about to rape, the King sends Sir Cabal, better known as Blackheart, to Fallonmour to guard the estate -- and Garrett's widow -- until he decides what to do with the property. Sir Garrett's brother is a supporter of King Richard's ever-plotting younger brother, and it is crucial that the vast estate not fall into his hands. Sir Cabal, bitter and weary from the long years of battle and killing, sets off for England on his new duty. He is surprised by Sir Garrett's widow Emmalyn: she is beautiful and has managed the estate brilliantly in her despised husband's absence. Cabal is overcome by her beauty and spirit, but his sworn duty is to protect her and the land. Lady Emmalyn is terrified of what will happen to her people if her brother in law takes over her land -- but is the brooding, handsome Cabal any better alternative?
Medieval England is the setting for this passionate and sensitive tale of a knight and a widow who long for love to heal their damaged hearts. Tina St. John does an excellent job of bringing medieval days to life, and her heroine, Emmalyn, is a treasure. Strong, yet hemmed in by the strictures of her time, she is an inspiring heroine who longs for love -- but on her own terms. Sir Cabal is a powerful but noble knight whose anguish over his past might keep him from finding his heart's desire. This is a passionate and touching romance which should thrill lovers of historical romance.
Left a widow by her cruel husband's death, Lady Emmalyn of Fallonmour is determined to control her own destiny, until her hard-won vows of independence are threatened by the mysterious warrior sent to protect her castle on order of the king. Emmalyn is now at the mercy of Sir Cabal, a feared knight known as Blackheart.
Skilled at war and hiding a tormented past, Cabal swears allegiance to no one but himself and his country. But once he meets Emmalyn, he finds his strength tested by this proud beauty who stirs his blood with desire, tempting him to defy his king and surrender his heart...
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