Medieval Romance. England, 1268.
When his brother is abandoned near death at the gate of his keep, Lord Nicholas de Bremont seeks revenge against those he believes guilty: Lord Crefton and his treacherous daughter, Elizabeth. But the old lord is too feeble for Nicholas to fight. Desperate to protect her father, Lady Elizabeth offers to take his place, but as Nicholas’s wife.
Nicholas vowed never to have a family and risk passing his cursed second sight on to a child, yet how else can he make Crefton suffer but to take away his only daughter? Determined to make Elizabeth pay for her part in his brother’s injuries, he adds a punishing stipulation to her offer–he refuses to bed her, dashing her dream of a family.
As they feign a true marriage, Elizabeth tries to guard her heart from the angry lord who appears to despise her, yet his small acts of kindness crumble her defenses. Nicholas attempts to keep his distance from the beautiful lady, terrified Elizabeth will unveil his dark secret, but is tempted every moment he’s with her. When his visions divulge a villain who intends her harm, Nicholas must choose whether to accept her trust and love, or keep his secret and claim vengeance.
Review: I was excited to read this book as I had just finished book 1 in this series, A Vow To Keep, in which we meet Lady Alyna and Royce. This story takes place years later and features their son, Nicholas.
When Nicholas’s beloved brother is left at his castle gate, barely hanging on to his life, he vows revenge to those who hurt him. He is lead to Lord Crefton and his beautiful daughter, Elizabeth. Nicholas falls under Elizabeth’s spell until he learns about who really imprisoned and left his brother at the brink of death. To protect her father, Elizabeth offers an exchange – she will marry Nicholas and become his wife in name only.
Nicholas finds himself falling for Elizabeth but feels like he is failing his brother, who is still fighting for his life. In anger, he refuses Elizabeth’s offer for a marriage in every sense of the word and tells her that he will never father any children. But can that last?
Nicholas broke my heart. He works so hard to hide his gift that he has alienated himself from anyone who is not in his confidence and that is very few. He feels like he let his parents and his brother down by not allowing his sight to show him the danger for his brother.
While the end of the book is quite predicable, the rest of the story is actually really good. It kept me reading way beyond my bedtime. Lana Williams in a great writer who really puts a lot of depth into her characters. I can’t wait to read more.