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.
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)