Lady Juliana Verault gladly left England – and its men – far behind in her quest to live as a Beguine. But the Christian community ceases to provide a safe haven when she’s called to travel to Palermo, Italy, where she’s entrusted with a letter from the pope that could radically change the church’s stance on women.
Juliana holds the key to upending the power structure throughout Europe, but only if she can dodge her cousin, King Edward I of England, and his plans to marry her off as political leverage.
Edward sets Sir Robert Clarwyn, a knight errant and loyal hunter of criminals and traitors, on Juliana’s trail to retrieve her. Robert has never failed to bring home his target before . . . but then, he has never encountered a quarry like Lady Juliana, who can befuddle and bemuse him with just a smile.
If he can’t find a way to compel her to return to England, he’ll lose any chance of regaining his family lands and redeeming his heritage. Yet Juliana must complete her mission or risk endangering her gender’s future in the faith.
With danger and intrigue mounting, Robert and Juliana must rely on each other and be willing to risk everything . . . including their hearts.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
This is the first time I have read anything by the lovely author Rue Allyn and wow did I ever enjoy this book. So much that I stayed up until 1am to finish reading because I just couldn’t put this down, I just had to know what was going to happen and how the book was going to end.
I fell in love with Robert right from the start, a knight, dashing, honorable even though he doesn’t think so, strong, and will do anything to protect the woman he gives his heart to. And Juliana, how can you not love her, head strong, very head strong, stubborn, yes she is, beautiful, a smile that melts and a heart of gold.
Rue wastes no time weaving a spell and you are sucked right into the story. You sit on the edge of your seat while Robert struggles to keep Juliana in line, and to keep his task, given my king Edward, in line. So hard to do with the head strong, stubborn Juliana.
You are shouting at Juliana to stop, don’t do it, it is going to turn out badly, you can see it coming. Of course she doesn’t listen and Robert the knight to the rescue. The banter between these two had me laughing and shaking my head at the same time.
And just when you think things are at its worst for Juliana, Oh your heart will melt at what Robert does to save her. Oh and how he treats her after, that is what dreams are made of. Yeah he is an all time amazing Book Boyfriend for sure.
Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.