Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Paperback; 245 pages
HE WOULD NOT BE DENIED HIS PRIZE
Sir Renaud de Pierrepont, the Norman knight known as the Red Wolf for the beast he slayed with his bare hands, hoped to gain lands with his sword. A year after the Conquest, King William rewards his favored knight with Talisand, the lands of an English thegn slain at Hastings, and orders him to wed Lady Serena, the heiress that goes with them.
SHE WOULD LOVE HIM AGAINST HER WILL
Serena wants nothing to do with the fierce warrior to whom she has been unwillingly given, the knight who may have killed her father. When she learns the Red Wolf is coming to claim her, she dyes her flaxen hair brown and flees, disguised as a servant, determined to one day regain her lands. But her escape goes awry and she is brought back to live among her people, though not unnoticed by the new Norman lord.
Deprived of his promised bride, the Red Wolf turns his attention to the comely servant girl hoping to woo her to his bed. But the wench resists, claiming she hates all Normans.
As the passion between them rises, Serena wonders, can she deny the Norman her body? Or her heart?
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Walker crafts a narrative of deceit, passion with loads of adventure in this wonderful historical romance. Sir Renaud de Peirrepont, a Norman knight, is gifted the realm of Talisand and its English lady Serena as his bride.
Renaud also known as ‘Red Wolf’ is captivating. He is a force to fear when in battle, but in time of peace his demeanor is respectful and reasonable. His magnetism is noticed by the ladies. Serena, an English lady bitter towards Normans is less than thrilled to take Renaud as her husband. She’s very ingenious and feisty. A beauty, attracting much attention. The sexual tension mixed with undeniable chemistry creates a stir with this sultry adversarial match. Will desire trump allegiance or will Serena flee and buck the order of King William? Suspense along with Serena’s various ploys keeps your curiosity revved.
Walker cleverly blends romance with the merging of the Saxons’ and the Normans. These two clash, at times find peace. Constant work in progress as two former enemies attempt to live in agreed harmony. Conflicts, budding romances all make for excitement mingled with subtle humor. Secondary characters and their stories only add a layer of interest to an already stellar plot.
All around great read, if Medieval times appeals to you along with a spicy romance involving two tempting characters you won’t want to miss this book. Book 1 in a series, I plan on reading future installments, too well presented to pass . Walker succeeded in setting, characterization and narrative.
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About the Author
As a child Regan Walker loved to write stories, particularly about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits took priority. One of her professors encouraged her to pursue the profession of law, which she did. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool. Regan lives in San Diego with her golden retriever, Link, whom she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses. For more information please visit Regan Walker’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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Review at Historical Romance Lover
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Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
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Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
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Review at The Life & Times of a Book Addict
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Review at Book Marks the Spot
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Spotlight at Romantic Historical Reviews