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Rating: 4 Cups
Lady Amalie Murray is in the service of Scotland’s Princess Isabel. She has vowed never to marry, but her brother has other ideas. She is as strong willed as she is beautiful with a secret in her past.
Sir Garth Napier, Baron Westruther has sworn to find the man who killed his friend and kinsman Will Douglas. That man is almost certainly connected to the Earl of Fife, and he is sure that Lady Amalie heard something relevant, if he can only get her to tell him. She is nothing like the perfect spouse he has envisioned for himself, but he can not stay away.
Royal politics are never as convoluted as in fourteenth century Scotland. The new king is frail and his brother is king in all but name and determined to consolidate his power. The Murray family is caught in the middle of the turmoil, but Lady Amalie is determined not to be a pawn in both Fife and her brother Simon’s quest for power. Sir Garth is unlike any man she has ever met, and she actually feels safe with him, very unusual since an incident in her past. Garth is not yet ready for marriage and Amalie has sworn never to marry, so their love story is bound to be full of turmoil.
Aside from the Scottish politics, which lost me from time to time, this story was very difficult to put down. Amalie is a great character, very determined not to be under her brother’s power, but unable to resist Garth. Garth is exactly what she needs; he is big and protective, and has a sense of humor and the patience to deal with Amalie’s damaged spirit. The other characters are vividly written, as is the setting. I felt like I was there. I will definitely be reading this series.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More