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Genre: Historical Romance
Henley's at the top of her form, balancing history and passion to perfection. Using the tumultuous reign of Edward II as backdrop, she gives us a heated romance and a hero and heroine who are an integral part of the historical events. Her depiction of the intrigue-ridden court is quite accurate and includes several highly explicit scenes between Edward and his male lover. Without stinting on details of the struggle between Edward, his estranged wife, the Marcher barons and the Scots, she still gives readers an outstanding love story. This is what historical romance is all about: getting your romance in perfect harmony with history.
Brianna de Beauchamp, the daughter of Jory de Beauchamp and the Earl of Warrick, is a stunning beauty whose curiosity about the court is piqued when Roger Mortimer and his son Wolf visit her home. Though betrothed to Lincoln Robert de Warenne, Brianne is attracted to the virile Wolf. She tries to resist the attraction, but he employs his Celtic gift of second sight to woo her in her dreams.
As their families are swept up in the tumultuous struggles between Edward, the Despencers and the Marcher barons, and Wolf's father, Queen Isabelle's lover, is imprisoned in the Tower, Brianne and Wolf are caught up in the perilous politics of the era that threaten their love and their lives. (Signet, May, 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: May 2007