Splendid feel of medieval times: fortified castles, powerful men, strange superstitions. A time in history dressed in dark moods, dark beliefs, and dark conspiracies.
Lady Linnea de Valcourt had the misfortune of being born second -- the second identical twin. The setting is the middle ages -- bewitched times -- strange superstitions reign high. Many believed twin births were the symbol of evil -- the sharing of a soul. The first baby possessed all the good of that divided soul; the second child held all the evil. Therefore, they should destroy the second child. Only through their mother's love did little Linnea live. She survived the infant death but not the marked childhood -- a childhood filled with resentment, rejection, and deterrence. Linnea's brothers and her vicious grandmother encouraged such appalling behavior.
Move forward eighteen years and now they call upon Linnea to save her family. She will be the substitute bride and marry their hated enemy Axton de la Manse. Linnea will execute a scheming plot, the result -- de la Manse's collapse and death.
Rexanne Becnel filled the storyline with mystery. I couldn't determine the direction the author was choosing, but such deception was an excellent tactic. Each chapter's ending dispensed astonishment much to this reader's fascination.
The sensuality is hot - interesting use of a gold chain.
Not a well known author but a great writer. Love all of her stories & this is one of them. Very interesting facts about how twins were dealt with in 12th century. Great story with lots of romance & steamy scenes.
I like the premiss of the story however it had more description than dialog. I prefer books with equal amount of both. It was like a silent movie playing in my head.
Rediculed and cursed was her shame but still trys to save her twin sister from a marriage from a man bent on vengeance to his archenemy's daughter
Now, to save her beloved twin sister from a terrible fate, she will sacrifice herself by impersonating her as the bride of conqueror Axton de la Manse. Yet, how is it that she feels such fiery passion when she lies with this grim despoiler of her home?