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Summary

England, 1308. Three noblemen secretly gather to ally against their treacherous lord. But though each is elevated to a baron in his own right and given a portion of his lord's lands, jealousy and reprisals lead to a 25-year feud, pitting family against family, passing father to son.

England, 1333. The chink in Baron Boursier's armor is his fondness for a lovely face. When it costs him half his sight and brands him as one who abuses women, he vows to never again be "blinded" by beauty. Thus, given the choice between forfeiting his lands and wedding one of his enemies to end their feud, he chooses as his betrothed the lady said to be plain of face, rejecting the lady rumored to be most fair.

On the eve of the deadline to honor the king's decree of marriage, the fair Elianor of Emberly takes matters into her own hands. Determined none will suffer marriage to the man better known as The Boursier, she sets in motion her plan to imprison him long enough to ensure his barony is forfeited. But when all goes awry and her wrathful enemy compels her to wed him to save his lands, she discovers he is either much changed or much maligned. And the real enemy is one who lurks in their midst. One bent on keeping the feud burning.

©2015 Tammy Schmanski (P)2015 Tammy Schmanski

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lovely book. some women ARE evil

love the tails that make beauty out of ashes. happy for the happy couple and I think the other books will be wonderful

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  • Trevor
  • 17-09-15

Superb writer!

If you want to hear a great story and superbly gifted story-teller of historical romance look no further. Her writing is so fresh and thoughtful. The only reason for the four stars is that she bailed out on the romance of the bedroom scenes, leaving them to ones private imaginings for the most part. It kind of lost some of the build up for that though. Overall though a much -remembered author.

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  • A Voracious Reader
  • 17-12-16

Solid Characters

This one was a tougher read (listen) than I'm used to for a Tamara Leigh book. The characters were just as intriguing interesting. This story spent sooo much time, though, on the consummation (or not) of the marriage. It began to wear on me a bit. I'm also a bothered by characters who "fall in love" without having seen redeeming qualities in the other. Elianor and Bayard both have good reason to think ill of the other, and while they do see tenderness in the other eventually, I'd hope to see more of that before their feelings began to change.

I'm also not a fan of tales of vengeance, and I find myself getting impatient with it. The main characters are the victims, but it's still hard for me to read. Lots of people love that, so this whole series sounds like it would be for them.

Because of the vengeance theme, I'm not sure I'll finish this series but rather go on to other books by Leigh.

As always, the narrator did a fabulous job.

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  • Olwyn W.
  • 09-02-16

A great listen or read!

I used both audible and kindle for this book! Enjoyed the story very much! Narrator did a great job, and the story is true romance! You immediately love both main characters and feel apart of the intense roller coaster their affections soon to turn love is in. Great ending, snuck up to fast!

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  • Cynthia
  • 29-01-16

I think a might try one more

I found this book entertaining but not a wow factor. I still my try another one

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  • Unknown
  • 13-12-15

One of her best medieval works

Betrayal
Murder
Forgiveness and love
Love the story, can't wait for book two. As always the narrator does a spectacular job!

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  • MeWow Kitty Kitty
  • 13-08-15

Enjoyed

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are very interesting and the plot compelling. I definitely recommend.

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  • Alaska
  • 29-10-15

very enjoyable le and Clea

loved this book, very suspenseful and the build of haracters is awesome. can't wait to read and or listen to the next book

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  • rangerdragon
  • 12-12-16

Narrator put me to sleep

I'm going to have to read this one. The narrator's breathy, monotonous vocal quality actually put me to sleep. I think the story might be okay, but I can't listen long enough to fins out.

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  • miranda
  • 16-02-16

Perfect Pair

Tamara's story and Mary's narrating makes for a great combination! I can't wait to finish the series.

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  • Jennifer Major
  • 07-12-15

fantastic! story, fabulous narrator!

loved every moment of this story! Absolutely fantastic from the first word to the last!

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