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  • By Janet Bronaugh
    Apr 13, 2015
    Thank you! Thank you! A great read for those of us who like their characters mature, in adult relationships, and within a historical framework that isn't just window dressing for a weak plot and overwrought emotions. Engaging and intelligent characters with richly drawn details of period, place, and relationships in 12th century France make this book a most enjoyable read. Witty dialogue and a rogue's gallery of secondary characters provide humor as well as entertainment. You like these people; you want to hang out with these people! John and Mellisande, by decree of King Richard, are wed and bedded within days of meeting. "Blooded" both in warfare and marriages, suspicion, intrigue, and an under current of lust cloud their abrupt union. Both come with baggage. John, a mercenary commander of soldiers employed by King Richard, rules by the sword. He comes to France with a history of pillaging and destroying the very countryside he is now be baron. Mellisande, at the ripe age... More > of two and thirty, has put two husbands in the ground and was hoping to be left in peace to manage her father's lands and make her noble wines at Savignac Castle. Neither one was looking for matrimonial company and the constraints it bears. The marriage is the least of their worries as outside forces of holy men and fractious townspeople, who care not for their lord or their lady, work to bring down the barony. John and Mellisande aren't twenty something's bumbling about in bed consumed with love/lust of one another to the point where no real plot is evident. They have lives and important work to do and go about their business while eyeing each other to determine who is friend and who is enemy. I love that!< Less
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Black Velvet Seductions Publishing Co.
March 16, 2015
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.96 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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