Genre: Medieval Romance
You’ll like this if you like: Stories of Healing, Red-Headed Heroines, and Potentially-Romance-Ruining Secrets.
Cleanliness: Other than the usual kissing (surprise, surprise), they’re once in her bedroom, and she kisses him while on his lap, but they don’t go any further, and he leaves soon after.
Hero Type: Brooding/Alpha
Favorite Profound Quote:
“If there were magic in the world, Helene thought a sincere apology would be among its most powerful spells.”
Favorite Descriptive Quote:
“It was Helene, her voice pouring over him like warm oil.”
“’Tis said family creates a multitude of since.”
Helene of Tippet is not her father or her brother’s keeper. Yet when she is enlisted to use her healing skills to aid a fallen knight, the secret she holds close threatens to visit her family’s sins upon her. Now she is in danger of loving where she should not—a man of the nobility, and one who has cause to despise her if ever he learns of the blood that courses through her veins. Dare she reveal herself? Dare she trust a warrior so bitter and intent on revenge? Dare she love?
Sir Abel Wulfrith, a man bred to battle, has the scar to prove one should never trust a woman. But when he is wounded by his family’s enemy, he finds himself at the mercy of one who could prove his undoing. Now he faces a battle against which no strategy can prevail, no blade can defend, no heart can escape unscathed. Can he forgive Helene the sins of the father—more, the sins of the brother? Can he reclaim his faith? Can he love?
In a way, I feel like this book combines some attributes of the last two (The Yielding and The Redeeming), making this story a potent mix of angst, longing, and sweetness. From the first moment I read about how Abel and Helene met in the previous book, I fell in love with them, and I started reading their story as soon as possible.
Early in the story, which begins in the previous book, Abel is bitter and inconsolable over the loss of much of the grip in his right hand. He seems ambivalent, like he’s lost the will to live, until Helene’s name is mentioned. He demands that no matter what happens he doesn’t want her to help heal him. After rescuing her earlier, he doesn’t want her to see the strength he’s lost.
But of course, she does come. Though he’s furious at her and tries to chase her away, he’s still attracted to her and jealous when she spends time with Sir Durand.
The romance quickly picks up speed, but as it does, Helene is constantly reminded of the secret she’s withholding from him, the secret that could ruin any chance she has to share a life with him: she’s closely related to the men responsible for Abel’s near-crippling.
I loved seeing the romance develop between these two and how Abel gains not only his physical strength but a spiritual strength he never had before.
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