A fine tale that features a heroine willing to go against the conventions of the time. Good quality fiction and a nice romance with a bit of mystery, this story is filled with interesting characters and gives the reader a you-are-there feel of the time period.

As a member of the Queen’s Guard, Isabella de Lacey has traversed France, Hungary and Bulgaria with King Louis and his Crusaders. Now in Greece, so Louis can meet with Emperor Manuel, Bella wanders if the Emperor can be trusted. Bella has a secret mission as the queen’s spy. Her target: Raoul Laskaris, Emperor Manuel’s most trusted guard. Hard and cruel, Bella discovers he is also handsome, kind and intelligent. As political intrigue threatens the lives of the Queen’s guards, Bella and Raoul find themselves allies and, finally, lovers. When Raoul must decide between loyalty to his emperor and saving Bella’s life, which will he choose? (MEDALLIONMEDIAGROUP.COM, dl $9.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley