by Leslie Hachtel
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Just released: May 8, 2015
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Historical, Romance
Paperback: 178 pages
"A fortnight a fortnight," Lady Dariana chanted as she galloped her gelding across the meadow toward the stream. "A fortnight, indeed. Well, I won't do it. I won't!"
Furious at being used as a political pawn, the Lady Dariana defies King Henry VII by faking her own death to avoid marrying a man she has never met. Praying the king will not retaliate against her father, she seeks refuge in the forest and learns to fend for herself. When William, a warrior knight, is felled by an arrow, she saves his life and arranges his rescue before fleeing to avoid discovery.
William awakes from his injury to be told he imagined the beautiful woman in the forest. Besotted and determined to make her his own, he hunts her down and tricks her into marrying him, intent on turning her defiance into love. But even as he begins to succeed, their enemies join forces to end the marriage—even if it means that Dariana must die. When Dariana is abducted, William must track her down to fight for her life and their happiness. And, Dariana, once the most defiant of brides, must channel her own strength of will into survival, both for herself—and for the child she now carries.
Interesting look at marriage and alliances and enemies in the world of Henry the vii and Henry the viii. Oh, the things people would do for power...
I liked how this story described the plight of royal women and the various routes that were open to them.
The storytelling and romance was in keeping of the time period. So, not as sexy or erotic as the cover may suggest. The romance developed quickly with not too much push pull between the couple which worked alright for this storyline.
Loved how the main character, Dariana, was a strong character on her own and remained so when she was part of a couple.
About the author:
However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and has so far produced five novels, including three historicals. "Texas Summer", her contemporary, is now available as an e-book and in print on all major book sites. Her second historical, “The Defiant Bride”, was recently released and is also available as an e-book and in print. “Captain’s Captive” will be published by Black Opal Books this year.
Leslie lives in Cordova, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband, a wonderful stepson, Matt and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.
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