*I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for my honest review.*
Lately, I find myself getting more into the genre of historical romance. As I do this, I’m discovering what I want more of. And one of those things is a medieval setting that isn’t the Scottish highlands. Therefore, when I read that this book was set in 13th century England, I was immediately intrigued.
Luckily, this book had more going for it aside from the time and place. The heroine was amazing. Strong, compassionate, and resilient, I was won over by her from the start. What also helped was the fact that she singlehandedly helped make her manor and town prosperous, while also ensuring that her tenants had good lives. I just found that so great to read about. Add all this to a backstory that made me want to see her happy, and I was quickly attached to her character.
As the hero of the novel, I wasn’t too sure if Marcus “The Beast” Blackwell could bring Ann that happiness. He started out the book seeming pretty cruel, but then, as the story progressed, it became clear that he was not so. As a knight in the Crusades, he had to work at overcoming his bad dreams and being in constant battles, while also acclimating himself to the idea of running a manor. It helped that he really was sweet with Ann, for the most part. He did have a bit of a temper, and he fell in love with Ann rather quickly, but still. He was good for her, because he made Ann a lot stronger.
The plot of the book followed Ann and Marcus as they got to know one another, after being forced to wed by the king. It didn’t help that this was Ann’s second marriage, and her first husband had died under suspicious circumstances, thereby convincing people Ann was a murderer. To add to that, she was also accused of being a witch. So the story dealt with love, drama, and the greed of men. The writing could have been a bit better in places, but it was still a good book.
In the end, I recommend this novel to historical romance lovers, particularly readers of medieval historical romance. The setting was done well, and the hero and heroine were really likable. I thought the relationship between them was functional and healthy, and the plot about Ann being accused of witchcraft and murder was well-done. I wasn’t ever bored, and I found it a pleasant way to spend an evening.
Amazon Best Seller Stella Marie Alden loves Zumba, yoga, watercolor painting, and all genres of romances.
Her first book, ‘How to Train Your Knight’, won Romance Writers of America coveted Molly and Show me the Sparks Contests, and placed in four others.
Truly remarkable, considering she’s only been writing for three years.
Growing up in Vermont, she loved to make up stories. Crayons fought each other over size and placement in their cardboard box and imaginary friends crowded the house. Her brother often complained. “Tell her no one’s here, Mother.".
Her career paths have varied. She’s been a librarian, a classical clarinetist wanna-be, recording studio engineer, broadcast electronics repairman, and now she architects software programs.
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