A shared secret from their past could destroy their future…
Northumbria, 1077. In the years following William the Conqueror’s harrying of the North, Lady Alfreya of Tyrswick returns to her family home after seven years in exile. But instead of returning victorious as her dead father had promised, she returns defeated by Baron Sebastian de la Croix, the Norman who rules her lands.
To save her gravely ill brother’s life, Alfreya offers herself hostage to her enemy. As Alfreya gets to know her new husband, she finds he’s not the monster she feared, and their marriage of convenience soon becomes a bond of passion. But Sebastian is a man with a secret—one that could destroy him.
As a series of brutal murders haunt their nights, the man who betrayed Alfreya’s father returns claiming to be her betrothed. He has learned Sebastian’s secret and will use it to further his own ambition—using Sebastian’s own family—which will destroy Sebastian and mark him a traitor, and plunge an unprepared England into war with the Scots…
Review: Wow! This is a really great read! First of all, I am always looking for a well written Medieval period novel, but, these days with the over abundance of Regency novels out there, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack.
So, I was happy to find this one, but I was not expecting to be blown away like this! The author has obviously researched the time period, made the characters, language, dress, and laws authentic, yet the modern reader can easily relate.
Alfreya, is a strong female character, a warrior in her own right, with the ability to lead men, if need be. But, when her brother, Brice, falls ill with an infection, it’s time for Freya to work out a deal with the Baron Sebastian de la Croix. When it becomes clear that her dear friend was murdered and there are other similar deaths, the pair form an uneasy truce, that eventually develops into a fragile alliance, which blossoms into a full fledged passionate love story. But, there are those in their midst that pose a grave danger to their partnership and new marriage. Double crosses and back stabbings, intrigue, blackmail, and danger erupt keeping me on the edge of my seat!
Freya and Sebastian are perfect for each other- both are haunted by a death, both are fiercely loyal, both are passionate and honest. Sebastian is the stuff dreams are made of. He has an alpha temperament, but mostly in a leadership way, because with Freya, he is gentle, patient, and full of love, and is not bad to look at either.
Freya is the type of female character I like to see in a historical novel because she is a strong independent woman, who holds her own in a man’s world. Freya certainly experiences the wrath of men who do not like taking orders from a woman or having to answer to one, but she walks to the beat of her own drum, making her husband very proud.
So, if you are looking for an outstanding historical romance without Dukes, Earls, ball gowns and rules of polite society, if you want some action and adventure, epic battles, a sweeping love story, with just a hint of the paranormal, and a perfect Happy Ever After. Look no further. This one is about as perfect as it gets.