Warner, 2006 (2006)
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Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella
ady Emma De Leon comes forward after Flemish mercenary Darian of Bruges is charged with the murder of an English nobleman, telling King Stephen in front of his court that Darian was with her the entire night, and so could not have been the killer. Lady Emma was already out of favor, as the daughter of a traitor.
arian is not too pleased that Lady Emma lied for him, but is interested in how she found out about the scars in his most intimate places. He is even more unhappy when ordered by the king to marry her. After they travel together to Kent, Darian plans to leave Lady Emma while he heads to London to find out who framed him for the murder. But their hopes for an annulment of the unwelcome marriage are foiled by the fact that they can't keep their hands off one another. Lady Emma has always had visions and ends up with terrible headaches when she tries to suppress them. When she finally tells Darian about her visions and how she saw herself as his lover, he is not skeptical as she thought he would be, but very supportive and helpful.
grabbed my interest right from the beginning. Lady Emma is a fiery character who meets her match in Darian. They fall in love hard, but will they be able to stay together, as it seems they have so much against them? Shari Anton has a knack for reeling readers in with characters who come to life through her pages and transport you into the historical world. I eagerly await her next story.
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