Grieving from the death of his wife, Lord Colin Campbell listens to the cries of his newborn son whilst penning a missive to the king. With no marriage prospects, Colin petitions his majesty for help in finding a stepmother. Never again will he fall in love—the death of a woman brings more pain than losing a whole contingent of men on the battlefield.
Feisty, quick tongued and smart, Margaret Robinson is delighted when her father receives a messenger from the king…until she discovers what news he brings. In a sennight, she will wed the notorious Black Knight—her life is about to end.
Tension builds during the wedding and deteriorates from there…until an accident draws them together. Just when their love begins to blossom, a dire request arrives from the Pope. Colin must join the Crusades at once.
Their fragile love is forced to withstand the seductions of hell—Margaret tempted by a scoundrel laird—Colin courted by Satan himself. Aye, the war for Christendom could very well ruin their dreams forever.
Review: I went into this series completely blind, unaware that the journey Amy Jarecki would take me on would shatter me only to build me back up again and make me desperate for more.
Lord Colin Campbell is terrifying, known as the Black Knight, he’s feared throughout Scotand, though thats not how we first meet our hero. Our first meeting with him takes place in a nursery. With a broken man. A man that’s missing a part of himself–a man who’s trying to put the pieces of his life back together. What good is he as a provider? As the Laird of his castle? Protector of Scotland? If he cannot even keep a wife? His wife has died giving birth to a beautiful newborn son (thankfully we see this son later on in other books). And he’s in dire need of someone to help take care of his son while he’s off fighting for God and country.
Enter in Margaret, a gorgeous young woman who’s only trying to do her duty for the King and for her family. Only, she isn’t aware she’s about to marry the Black Knight. And the Black Knight wrongly assumes that he’s about to marry some old spinster with a lazy eye.
Their first meeting is adorable, you can feel the tension spark between them. As a reader you want them to fall in love instantly. Instead, what we are given is a girl hell bent on trying to gain his affection and love by doing everything right. And a man who is afraid to fall for another woman only to lose her again.
Their love blossoms and grows, and eventually, Colin gets his head out of his @ss and ends up seeing whats right in front of him.
You think the story’s over.
It’s only just begun. And this is where Amy takes what could be a typical romance novel and weaves a tale of betrayal, mistrust, lies, and greed. You’ll have to read to find out if their romance survives the crusades and the pursuit of a jealous enemy who will stop at nothing to win, regardless of who he kills in the process.
I adore Amy Jarecki’s writing. This is a great start to a fabulous series.