Year of our Lord, 1276.
In the hours just before dawn, blasphemous curses echo throughout the stone manor. A knife clatters to the floor, and a feisty young widow is bound, blindfolded, and led to the marriage altar. The king couldn't possibly have sanctioned this farce of a marriage, could he? After all, she alone transformed a few mud huts and starving serfs into a flourishing town, never once hesitating to pay generous taxes to his royal kingdom. Abandon her beloved people to be ruled by her new husband, an ignorant Templar knight? "Never!" the Lady Ann vows.
A murderous witch for a wife? The Beast of Thornhill finds himself in the middle of either a cruel jest or an evil conspiracy. After returning from the Holy Wars, he accepts bestowment of a small parcel of land in return for saving King Edward's life. But the reward comes with a warning regarding the estate's mistress. Despite his insatiable attraction to the black-haired beauty, he allows her time to warm to him while observing her strange, forward-thinking ways. But when all is on the line, will he stand by her through the inquisition, or will they both hang for her secrets?
©2015 Soul Mate Publishing (P)2016 Stella Marie Hammond
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"A Feel Good Romance"
This is a good novel for those of us who enjoy lighthearted frilly romances. It is a “feel good” romance with an entertaining plot and charming characters. A winner for true romance enthusiasts.
However, I must add that this book is not exactly historically accurate in regards to some dialog and/or events for the time period. To be honest, after listening to it, I’m not sure if it was meant to be totally accurate but written more “tongue and cheek” style. Either way, if you aren’t loyal to time period accuracy….then I think you will enjoy this book like I did.
Oh, and FYI... this book does have some detailed sex scenes so Adults only recommended.
The narrator did a good job overall. My only critique would be that the “Beasts” voice was a bit flat or monotone at times. But, like I said, overall a good job.
Happy Listening! I'm off to the next. ;-)
"Might have been better with a different narrator"
I didn't care at all for the narrator. The story could have been developed a bit more. The Lady Ann started out as a strong determined woman who could hold her own but every time she displeased her husband Marcus she turned into a weak victim giving up and accepting she would receive a beating from him or meekly get ready for her execution which never happened. I just didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I couldn't wait for it to be over.
"Not really worth the read."
The overall story was good but details were a bit cheesy and narration was not well done at all. Found it difficult to follow at times when there was no break between one scene and the next or when the narrator was rushing to through the lines. Definitely not a book I would recommend.
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