Hate the title, liked the story. Medieval romance focusing on a woman who has been married for her lands and holdings four times and is not looking forward to the fifth wedding.
I had heard of Dain and wanted to read something by her. I thought the book was okay, but I wouldn't rave about it like some others have.
The Willing Wife, a medieval romance with very interesting hero/heroine whose basic understanding of survival makes it
possible for the reader to absorb quite a sense of the era. . this is the darkest and most complex of the installments.
The characters are smartly written, engaging, and learn from their experiences, evolving in different ways. Good twists and
turns. This book is not heavy on physical intimacy, if that is what you prefer, but it was certainly a good story.
The entire book focuses on the two main characters. The secondary characters, in no way, detract from their tale. Rowland
and Nicolaa seem to be very strong willed people. This makes for many battles between them and great reading for the readers.
My only real complaint is that the villain seldom made an appearance.
Great love story! ****
In 1155 England, King Henry II provides a gift of land accompanied by a wife to Rowland the Dark of Aquitaine though the recipient wants neither an estate nor a spouse. The bride, Nicolaa of Cheneteberie accepts her fate as she has been widowed four times before and realizes that she might as well cooperate because she has no rights or even a nay say to these arranged marriages.
Though he preferred to remain single, Rowland knows no one lives to reject a regal present so he wants to make the marriage work. He goes out of his way to earn Nicolaa's trust. He begins his campaign to gain her love when he first concludes that she sees him as a passing nuisance because he plans to stay by her side if he can overcome the nightmares of his past.
Medieval romance fans will enjoy THE WILLING WIFE due to the interesting lead characters whose basic understanding of survival makes it possible for the reader to absorb quite a sense of the era. The story line engages the audience because of the attitudes of Nicolaa and Rowland, but also on the other hand makes for insignificant disputes between them.
She was a wife most willing. Four previous arranged marriages had taught Nicolaa the necessity of allowing a strange man access to her bed, her body. Now King Henry had gifted her with yet another new husband. Would he be overeager, undersized or just plain underfoot, as she had found the males before him?
She was a bride most eager. Anxious even to get the bedding over and done with. Rowland had expected a timid girl in need of gentle wooing. What he found was an experienced lover whose obvious indifference to his romantic legend challenged him to wring a response-any response-out of her disturbingly temping body.
She was a woman most unready. Nothing had prepared Nicolaa for a mate who actually meant to stay, a companion who really wanted to know her thoughts, a bed partner who shockingly sought to bring her pleasure. Could it be that she had finally found a man capable of love?