Lovelace’s latest historical romance is set amid the Second Crusade. It’s a romantic and compelling tale of a proud beauty and an honorable knight who find love in the darkest hour. Readers will particularly enjoy the quick narrative, spirited characters and nonstop action.
Her bed or her service? Sir Simon de Rhys, Knight Templar aspirant, is captured by pirates and sold into slavery. Lady Jocelyn buys the knight for a night of “service.” She is the king’s ward and a pawn in his political games. She hopes to prevent her upcoming marriage by ridding herself of her maidenhead. But one night is not enough, and the two are drawn together again and again, until duty, politics and war burst their happiness, as Jocelyn is summoned to her wedding and Simon to his order. (Harlequin, Jul., 288 pp., $6.25)