Betray not the heart…
Lady Domina is playing a daring game. After her father falls gravely ill, she hides the truth of his condition and continues to rule in his name. Then one of the king’s knights arrives on royal business, and she must find a way to deceive the arrogant, handsome intruder.
Sir Luc of Braecon is fiercely loyal to the king. His battle scars prove it. When he is ordered to investigate reports of an insurrection, he swears to find the traitor. The first clues lead him directly to the Lady Domina. As the relentless knight exposes one secret after another, he finds that nothing about the tantalizing lady is what it seems.
Soon Domina and Luc are locked in a dance of deception, lust, and betrayal, each turn bringing them closer to a finale where winner takes all. Considering the stakes, the real danger is falling in love…
The second book in the Swordcross Knights: A series of full-length historical romance novels set in the vivid and beguiling world of medieval Britannia.
It is a tribute to Cole’s writing that she can take a time period , which is personally not one of my favorites, and write a story that I love. And I did love this story. It had everything a reader lives for: intrigue, mystery, and, of course, love. Like all of Cole’s heroines, Domina is a strong woman acting nothing like a woman of her time period should act. Naturally, this gets her into all kinds of trouble. She was beyond stubborn, but who could blame her? It’s not like she had anyone she could rely upon.
I liked Luc as well, although he really, really (times a hundred) angered me in the beginning. His personal growth – from power obsessed jerk to honorable knight – was believable and a delight to read. Too bad he couldn’t have given up on his stubborness as well.
Although I figured out who the ‘bad guy’ was fairly early, there was still plenty of mystery and intrigue to keep me flipping the pages. I couldn’t put the book down – even when my dog looked at me with puppy eyes and begged me to go for a walk.