England, 1483. Peace reigns, but old enmities are stirring once again as two great dukes set their sights on the crown. Amid the strife, Heloise, maid of honour to Richard of Gloucester's duchess, and Sir Miles Rushden, adviser to the Duke of Buckingham, are about to be ensnared, in both the deadly battle for the throne--and love...
This story follows one Heloise Ballaster, a silver haired young woman with a touch of precognition. She gets forced into a marriage with the very wonderful Sir Miles Rushden, and they mutually decide to work on getting the marriage annulled so that they can go their separate ways... not to mention that Sir Miles is previously betrothed. But before they can manage it, Heloise is kicked from her father's home, and decides to follow Miles to get him to accept her... or at least protect her until they get their annulment.
The historical accuracy in this book is pretty well straight on. I know that the author takes some liberties, but all the liberties that she took were based in fact.
It was really fun "Seeing" Miles deal with what he feels for Heloise, and what he thinks he should feel for her. The same goes for Heloise. Their banter is witty, and wonderful, and sparks off each other.
The one thing I didn't like was how cruel Miles could be sometimes. It honestly just seemed out of character for him, and the fact that Heloise accepted it, and him for it seemed to be just... not quite right.
Otherwise, this is a great historical romance read. Don't let the cover fool you, it's rich in history instead of fluff.
The warring Houses of York and Lancaster have sheathed their swords, but the peace is fragile and old enmities are stirring once again as two great dukes set their sights on the crown. Amidst the political strife, Heloise Ballaster, maid-of-honour to Richard of Gloucester's duchess, and Sir Miles Rushden, friend and adviser to the Duke of Buckingham, are about to be ensnared in personal conflict as well as the deadly battle for the throne that could destroy them all. With her startling silver hair and rumors of her second sight making her unmarriageable, Heloise has endured much at her family's cruel hands. But| she suffers the ultimate humiliation when her father kidnaps Sir Miles Rushden and forces him to marry her at swordpoint. Sir Miles escapes, but Heloise is forced to seek him out and throw herself at his mercy...or otherwise be cast out penniless. A man of strong ambitions, Miles Rushden intends to become one of the powerful elite behind the king--the marriage with this upstart merchant's daughter must be annulled. He never again expects to see Heloise Ballaster, but somehow, under false identity, she works her way into Buckingham's household. She charms everyone around her, and he is certain that she cast a spell over him...else why is he finding himself so drawn to his lovely young bride? "--