Summary: FEARLESS IN BATTLE
His surcoat still bloody from battle, William FitzAlan comes to claim the strategic borderlands granted to him by the king. One last prize awaits him at the castle gates: the lovely Lady Catherine Rayburn.
TENDER IN BED
Catherine risked everything to spy for the crown. Her reward? Her lands are declared forfeit and she is given this choice: marry FitzAlan or be taken to the Tower. Catherine agrees to give her handsome new husband her body, but she's keeping secrets, and dare not give him her heart. As passion ignites and danger closes in, Catherine and William must learn to trust in each other to save their marriage, their land, and their very lives.
Review: A medieval romance marred by major trust issues between the two main characters.
This romance had promise. I really liked the prologue where the two characters meet for the first time. It was a very sweet interaction and I wished that Catherine and William could have had a chance to fall in love and get married. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and time passed. They meet again under less auspicious circumstances. I can understand the distrust William would have of Catherine. She did betray her husband after all and that was a betrayal of wifely duties and duties to God. Sadly, this distrust continued throughout the novel and I am not even sure he still fully trusts her.
I can understand why Catherine is wary of William. The whole situation is terrible. Her reactions to him, especially in bed, are understandable given her previous husband. William expects her to enjoy sex with him, which she eventually does. Then something happens to break that trust between them. I forget exactly what since so many incidents occurred. It really went like this: she trusts him, he does something to break that trust, she doesn’t trust him, he trusts her, she does something that breaks his trust, and so on and so on. There was some drama and love at last.
Recommendation: I would recommend this to those that enjoy medieval romances.