By Arrangement Author:Madeline Hunter The lady and the commoner... — Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn was not opposed to marriage. But she demanded to be married on her own terms, not as punishment for a romantic indiscretion, and especially not to a common merchant. Yet she was in for a shock when she met David de Abyndon. For she was confronted by n... more »o ordinary merchant but a man of extraordinary poise and virility. He was unaffected by their difference in social status. And even less affected by her well-thought-out arguments against their upcoming betrothal. Instead, it was Christiana who felt uneasy in the presence of this naturally lordly man behind whose cool blue eyes she sensed the most uncompromising of passions.
David de Abyndon understood Christiana's dilemma, for he too harbored a secret pain. How could he tell her that there was more to this arrangement than met the eye? How could he tell her about his deal with the king--a deal that meant he had all but bought Christiana sight unseen?
What's more, now that he had seen this beautiful, spirited woman, how could he convince her that the love she sought was not in the callow knight she had romanticized but in the flesh-and-blood arms of the man who may have bought her body--but in the bargain lost both his heart and soul?« less
A dishy, smart story with two compelling characters. After I finished it, I wanted to read Christiana's brother's story--I was that interested! Since that wasn't available, I ordered a whole mess of Hunter's books through PBS, and I'm loving her intelligent, thoughtful prose. If only all romances had such depth!
I have to disagree with the majority of reviewers! This book started out sounding like something I would love - a romance novel with a medieval setting that wasn't somewhere on the Scottish border!?! Historically accurate details! (I think).
The main characters however felt really flat to me. The plots David got wrapped up in were really confusing, and seemed more involved than could be expressed in a story that's supposed to focus on two lovebirds. In fact, romance seemed really half-hearted. Christina likes him because he makes her feel all sexy and he acts more noble than she thought a merchant could. David likes her because she's pretty and stays out of his way mostly. I found myself liking the sidekicks way more than the protagonists. I will agree with one reviewer - I really wanted to hear the story of Christina's brother after reading this one.