Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up. It’s the middle of summer and during this time of year, I yearn to read novels that take me back into the past. Lately, I’ve been enjoying Medieval Historical Romances. It started with Jude Deveraux on Canada Day and I’ve worked my way through quite a few more as it’s almost time for my vacation. Why do I love this particular genre? I’m not sure but I think it has something to do with virile knights and the ladies who love them. Anyway, here are my must-read recommendations if you love the genre as much as I do:
When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka Tyler wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style, he’s intrigued.
Rebeka is no ordinary seventeenth-century woman—she’s travelled back from the year 2011, and she desperately wants to return to her own time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to find out what’s killing Arik’s land. But as she works to decode the ancient runes that are the key to solving this mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.
As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart, and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.
Lovely Zared Peregrine was the pride of her family, a treasure her rough-hewn brothers would strive at any cost to protect from their ancient enemies, the Howards. The Peregrines had suffered loss enough. Thus Zared’s brothers trained her in the arts of war, and dressed her in boy’s clothing. Beyond the castle walls, none knew that the youngest Peregrine was a girl….
Yet when the magnificent Knight Tearle Howard returned from a lengthy sojourn in France, it took him but one glance to discover that Zared was most definitely female, and beautiful. Now, as the enmity between their families raged on, Tearle would mount a bold campaign to win the ravishing spitfire’s heart — and save her from his brother’s dark and deadly obsession!
She can’t allow his love for her to destroy him…
When Nicholas Spencer, Earl of Grayson, returns to claim the woman he loves, Lady Josephine Knightly isn’t willing to forgive him for abandoning her six years ago. But neither can she resist the man he’s become.
Two days after Josephine signs the marriage contract she discovers a nasty secret that will destroy her family. The only way to protect them—to protect the only man she’s ever loved—is to disappear…or die.
Nicholas won’t make the same mistake twice and let Josephine Knightly go. She loves him. He felt it in their one kiss before he left, and in the single kiss she allowed since his return. But she’s doing everything in her power to sabotage the marriage even before it’s begun. Nicholas doesn’t care. If Hell is where he must live to have her, then she must stand by his side in the fire.
She’s kidnapped on the morning of her royal wedding–by her groom’s most dangerous enemy.
Treachery leads battle-hardened Highland lord Darach of Glenshiel to abduct an innocent: wealthy Lady Laurien d’Amboise, betrothed to the knave who betrayed Darach and his men. Stealing the delicate beauty from the steps of Chartres Cathedral on her wedding day, he vows to keep her safe–and untouched–for she is a hostage to be bartered for the freedom of his beloved Scotland.
But soon he discovers that his lovely captive has unexpected strength, fire–and plans of her own. From a besieged French castle to the untamed Scottish Highlands, Darach and Laurien are swept up in wild adventure, dangerous secrets… and forbidden love that puts their honor and their lives at risk.
An RWA Golden Heart Award Finalist: Best Historical Romance of the Year
“Fast-paced action, a very likeable heroine, and a story that keeps you enthralled from page one.” -Rendezvous
“A compelling, memorable romance. HIS STOLEN BRIDE joins the ranks of the finest medieval captive/captor stories along with those by Elizabeth Stuart and Johanna Lindsey. 4 1/2 stars (highest rating).” -RT Book Reviews
A full-length novel of 100,000 words
Adult content: steamy love scenes
An earlier edition of this novel was originally published by Avon Books under the title Falcon on the Wind
This extensively revised Author’s Preferred Edition ebook includes new scenes never before published. Also includes a link to exclusive, multi-media bonus content: “The Making of His Stolen Bride: The Story Behind the Story.”
The Jacobite Rebellion–not the best time to get drunk, hook up with a guy, and lose your sister.
A drunken bet…
When computer game designer Traci Campbell gets too close and personal with a bottle of Glenfiddich while vacationing in Scotland, she whisks her kilt-obsessed sister back to 1689 to prove hot guys in kilts are a myth. Hello, hundred bucks! But all bets are off when she meets Iain, the charming playboy in a to-die-for kilt.
Wrong place, wrong time, wrong name…
Iain MacCowan regularly falls in love at the drop of his kilt. The mysterious red-haired lass with the odd accent is no different. But when his new love is discovered to be a Campbell, the most distrusted name in the Highlands, his dalliance endangers his clan’s rebellion against King William.
It’s all hijinks in the Highlands until your sister disappears…
Traci thinks men are only good for one thing–thank you, Iain!–but when she awakens once again in Ye Olde Scotland and her sister is gone, she must depend on the last person she wants to spend more time with. He wants to win a heart, she wants to keep hers, but can these two realize they’re meant for each other before the Jacobite rebellion pulls them apart?
The Warrior Trilogy: Book 1
She was promised to another, but her heart belonged to him alone . . .
Abducted on the way to her wedding, heiress Isabel de Lamere is unaware that the scoundrel planning to use her for his own gain is the cherished champion of her childhood: Griffin, the White Lion. Yet even as she discovers his treachery, Isabel cannot deny that Griffin lingers in her dreams, awakening the passion in her steadfast heart.
Then a twist of fate puts a price on both their heads, embroiling them in a life-and-death chase that will force Griffin to choose between his own freedom and his fierce desire for the woman who would redeem his noble spirit. But to reclaim his lost honor, the White Lion could lose Isabel forever. . . .
The Warrior Trilogy reading order:
White Lion’s Lady
Black Lion’s Bride
Lady of Valor
(Complete trilogy also available in a 3-in-1 ebook boxed collection.)
LADY AT ARMS: A “clean read” rewrite of the bestselling WARRIOR BRIDE, published by Bantam Books, 1994
HE WAS THE VILEST OF MEN
Lizanne Balmaine has spent years honing her skills at arms, determined she will never again be at the mercy of any man. When she comes face to face with the one who stole her future, she seizes the opportunity to exact revenge. Soon he is her prisoner, at her mercy. But something is different about him, something that makes her question her purpose. Is it possible a man can be so changed? More, can she right the wrong that could lay ruin to her family?
SHE WAS A QUESTION NEVER BEFORE ASKED OF HIM
Ranulf Wardieu does not seek a bride, nor a settling of scores when his mission for the king places him in the path of a beguiling, raven-haired maiden. But fascination turns to fury when she imprisons him. Accused of wrongdoing, the nature of which she refuses to reveal, he discovers the lady is as skilled at wielding a sword as she is at verbal sparring. When he bests her at her game and his jailer becomes his captive, he is determined to learn what wrong he has done her. However, as they engage in a battle of wits and wills and he glimpses her woman’s heart, he discovers Lizanne is a question never before asked of him—one his own jaded heart refuses to answer.
After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?
The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.
Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences.
This book was previously published under the pen name Morganna Mayfair.
Christiana and her two sisters, women of power in medieval Europe, are left alone to defend their family’s home when Duke William of Normandy invades England in 1066. When they are unable to fend off the invading army, the leader of their enemies claims Christiana was promised to him as his wife, along with her home and her family’s lands. Betrothed to another, she fights him, but finds herself married quickly.
Roland joined William of Normandy for the potential to become a land owner. A second son, he knows the only way he will ever own anything is by joining forces with the powerful ruler. He’s told there are three sister witches defending their home and the oldest is his promised bride. Both Christiana and Roland are used to being in charge. Will the sisters be able to fight off the coming evil to fulfill their destiny? Is it possible for two headstrong people from different cultures to find a way to live as husband and wife?
In the spirit of the Mists of Avalon, Lady of the Eternal Hearth presents the epic love story and courageous adventures of Nora, a healer with power far beyond human abilities, and Gawaine of Lothian, King Arthur’s captain of field and most loyal knight.
Set in 6th century post-Roman Britain and Scotland, Nora’s tale begins with the disappearance of her beloved kinsman, Gildas, archdruid of Britain and apprentice to the famed Merlyn. Her quest to find him leads her to legendary Camelot where she meets Gawaine. But, secrets of her sordid past with King Arthur’s bastard son and apparent heir, Mordred, and his mad mother, Morgaine, loom over her shoulder. She desperately tries to conceal her identity by working in the kitchens of Camelot and befriending head cook and would-be spy, Lorelei.
However, the undeniable attraction between Nora and Gawaine turns to love, and he vows to help her find her kinsman. As their search for Gildas unfolds across the hills and moors of southern Britain, they discover a conspiracy to usurp King Arthur’s throne and a vengeful curse that’s destroying the lands. Meanwhile, Nora learns of her powerful past life, an uncontrollable dark side to her Goddess-given gifts, and her place in a sacred order of the Goddess amongst the Priestesses of Elemental Power. This legacy includes the Lady of the Lake, who has control over water, as well as other lady priestesses who possess power over fire, air, and earth.
As the pieces fall into place, will Nora and Gawaine find Gildas? Can they and their allies save ancient Britain from the curse, the conspirators, and especially the ruthless and maniacal Mordred? Is Nora strong enough to control her unbelievable power and claim her legacy? Does she even want to?
Lady of the Eternal Hearth stretches across genres. Historical figures mixed with those of Arthurian legend and a host of new characters give this novel a truly historical/fantasy/Arthurian romance vibe.
Author’s Note: This novel contains content that may be inappropriate for individuals under age 18.
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