Bastard mercenary Amaury de Aneford saves the king's life and is handsomely rewarded. Amaury does not mind being knighted or being offered a duchy or that his new wife wears black to their wedding. What he does mind is being ordered to perform "the deed" with literally dozens of witnesses (from the archbishop to the dairymaid) outside the door. But perform he does, and splendidly.
Married life proves a great surprise to the newlyweds. Amaury always believed that women were weak and in need of correction and instruction. He quickly learns that his beautiful bride, though an ingenue, is no timid flower.
Lady Emma Eberhart de Aneford is a spirited and courageous woman, capable of slaying her own dragons and who will not let Amaury shirk his conjugal duty.
Amaury is stunned, Emma is elated. The newlyweds often match wits, but stand together to protect their home and their people against murderous enemies and treacherous foes.
THE DEED, a debut work, is wonderful! Starting on page one, readers are swept up in a delicious, merry and often breath-catching roller coaster ride that will keep them on the edge of their seats and laughing out loud. A true delight! SENSUAL (Apr., 400 pp., $4.99)