There is nothing like a Scottish epic romance with historical undertones to escape from life for a little bit! Mindless and fun.
I couldn't put this one down. It made me want to actually be the main character. One of the best romance novels I've read.
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of Robert the Bruce's battle to keep Scotland free, KNIGHT TRIUMPHANT tells the tale of Scottish warrior Eric Graham and the English woman, Igrainia of Langley, he holds captive.
The English are holding Scottish prisoners at Langley Castle when the plague strikes, killing Igrainia's beloved husband and hundreds of the prisoners, among them Eric's wife and daughter.
In his grief and anger, Eric takes Langley, a strategic keep, and Igrainia as hostage.
For all her intelligence, nursing skills and beauty, Igrainia knows she is little more than a political pawn. But she will not be treated as less than a lady by the barbarous Scot. In a bold move to keep Langley in his hands, Eric marries Igrainia before she can be forced to wed a powerful English noble.
As war rages about them, and the Bruce fight for the right to rule Scotland, a battle of wills rages at Langley as Igrainia slowly surrenders to the passion Eric ignites in her. Their lover's idyll does not last long as forces gather to free Igrainia and take Eric prisoner.
KNIGHT TRIUMPHANT is a marvelous example of what makes Shannon Drake's romances "keepers." She creates characters who are passionate about life, freedom, and each other and then places them in actual historical situations with real people. There is no lack of sexual tension or biting repartee and the sizzling love story is perfectly woven into the fabric of the history.
a Scottish epic about the cost of war and the rewards of love...
After her husband Afton, Lord of Langley, falls prey to a deadly plague, Englishwoman Igrainia finds herself a captive in her own castle... held hostage by Scottish warrior Eric Graham, whose wife and son -- prisoners of Lord Langley -- have also perished there.
To Graham, Igrainia is merely a political pawn, a pretty prize to dangle in front of the English king. But when the king refuses a trade -- Igrainia for the wife of Scotland's ruler Robert the Bruce -- Graham forces Igrainia to marry him, though the proud noblewoman would rather rot in her own dungeons than accept one gesture of kindness from her captor.
What Graham never expects is the desire that his strong-willed bride stirs in his soul. And when Igrainia discovers the true heart of the fearsome knight, her life -- and loyalties -- will never be the same....
Really great romance novel. The usual conquer the kingdom, take the lady captive and then fall in love. Perfect for an evening read.
Good historical novel set in Scotland dring the times of Robert the Bruce. It is interesting to watch the building of a relationship between the hero and heroine.
One of the first historical romances I'd ever read and I LOVED it1 Very well written; it will keep you turning those pages to find out what happens next. You'll really feel connected to the characters.
From the back cover: "After her husband . . . falls prey to a deadly plague . . . Igrainia finds herself a captive in her own castle...held hostage by Scottish warrior Eric Graham. . ."