This is a great story. It's a twist on the usual knight in shining armor. The lovers actually communicate with each other - none of the usual "He/she must feel this way about me..." I enjoyed it.
Set in the time of her "Dark Champion", it is another good story from Jo Beverley.
As the King's champion, Renald de Lise arrives just after Lady Claire's beloved father, Clarence of Summerbourne's, death. Because of her father's involvement in a rebellion, Claire and her home are now forfeit to the King and the man he has sent to claim them.
Claire discovers that though Renald is a proud and powerful warrior he is also a man who has worked his way to the top and will stop at nothing to gain control of that which has been granted by the crown. He must claim Claire as his bride. She soon understands that she cannot outwit him and that he is a man whose passion and sensual assault on her senses leave her breathless. She is his wife in all ways and would be his soulmate except for the terrible secret Renald carries.
Once Claire learns of his role in her father's death, she craves vengeance against the man who is legally her husband and the keeper of her heart.
Pretty good read, a bit of intrigue and romance.
He entered her life in the midnight darkness of a storm, and in the shadow of her gentle father's death. She was forfiet to the king's champion. He took possession of Claire like a conquerorr, and set her heart racing. Then she learned his terrible secret...
He entered her life in the midnight darkness of a storm, and in the shadow of her gentle father's death. A rebellion had left Clarence of Summerbourne dead - his castle and his daughter, Claire, forfeit to the king's champion. Renald de Lisle arrived at the castle gates as a warrior, took possession of Claire like a conqueror, and set her heart racing as her lover. Amid moonlight and velvet, she became his bride; atop tangled bedclothes she discovered passion. Then she learned Renald's terrible secret and vowed revenge against this man she had wed, this man she loved with all her heart...
As Renald tasted her skin, a shiver of ecstasy passed through him, swelling him to the point of pain....
Jo Beverley explores a woman's limited choices in the medieval world with sensual authenticity in this companion book to her earlier medieval Dark Champion. When Claire Summerbourne's father is killed for supporting a traitorous rebellion, and his estate is awarded to king's champion Renald de Lisle, she powerfully resists the expected next step--that she marry de Lisle in order to provide her family with support and protection. Gradually she realizes that de Lisle isn't the wolfish brute she expects, that his touch can be tender and arousing as well as harsh. But before their union can be consummated, she learns that it was Renald who killed her father in legal combat. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The same rebellion that left Clarence of Summerbourne dead also left his castle and his daughter, Claire, forfeit to the king's champion. Renald de Lisle arrives at the castle gates as a warrior, takes possession of Claire like a conqueror, and sets her heart racing as her lover. Amid moonlight and velvet, she becomes his bride; atop tangled bedclothes she discovers passion. Then she learns Renald's terrible secret-and vows revenge against this man she had wed, this man she loves with all her heart.
I haven't read this book so here's a Library Journal Review:
Forced by a forgotten promise to his autocratic grandmother to marry by his 25th birthday, the earl of Saxonhurst consults his servants, flips a coin, and ends up married to gently bred but impoverished Meg Gillingham. He doesn't realize that in her desperation Meg has invoked the powers of an ancient Irish statue to help her out of her difficulties?with sexy, magical, and ultimately dangerous results. A charming, outspoken heroine, a magnetic, unconventional hero, and a diverse cast of well-drawn secondary characters come together in a fast-paced, intriguing plot with a holiday setting that features a touch of evil, a dash of bawdy humor, and enough of Beverley's trademark page-singeing sensuality to satisfy the most demanding reader.