STORY: London’s colorful marketplaces proclaimed the city’s splendor and wealth–a golden prize disputed between King John’s devouring greed…and the warrior barons who challenged his throne. From the flames of the bitter struggle came the men and women who dared to forge their own unique destinies…
Lissa de Flael
Willful, bold and beautiful, she as a burgher’s daughter, married and widowed in a nobleman’s cynical conspiracy of power. Yet her independent heart remained untouched–until one man fired her senses in a single glorious night of desire…
Sir Justin FitzAilwin
Wellborn and feared, the warden of London’s peace in a ruthless age of war, he waged a desperate private struggle for Lissa’s love–his life, his hope, his destiny.
Their joining was a shining, embattled alliance, menaced by an unseen enemy, yet fated by the passion that stirred deep within their souls.
REVIEW: I can’t believe I never read this author! Where was I for the past twenty-so years? Well, I’m really glad that Roberta Gellis has decided to publish her back list in ebook format as I’m sure to stock up on some exceptional reads. If I am to ‘abandon’ my regency world, the book better be good, and this one was excellent!
This is a historical romance and mystery all wrapped up in one fascinating tale of pageantry in the 13th Century England during King John’s reign. Lissa de Flael’s goldsmith husband, Peter de Flael has been murdered and Sir Justin is assigned to investigate the crime.
The author clearly knows her craft and her research into this era has paid off as she paints us a picture of this long gone era filled with equal measure of merchants, barons and royalty of Medieval England.
From the first page to the last, the author never fails in holding my attention while I slowly become embroiled into the intrigue and mystery of the very interesting and engaging plot, but what fascinates the most is this authors prose and historical detail which brings the Medieval Age to life. Ms. Gellis leaves nothing to chance and revels in her telling of this era and its inhabitants; its daily routine; its politics and the overall workings of the society our hero and heroine come from and belong to.
If you’re in a mood for character driven, suspense filled love story with medieval setting, I highly recommend this story. It truly will take your breath away!
ARC provided by NetGalley.