Genre: Medieval Romance
You’ll like this if you like: A Warrior, Revenge-Bent Heroine, Women Sneaking into Men-Only Places, or an Enemy-Turned-Lover Romances.
Cleanliness: At one point, the hero is searching her for weapons and runs his hands up the heroine’s legs. They kiss… though that kind of goes without saying 😉 At one point, the heroine asks the hero to teach her how it is with a man and a woman, but he refuses, since she’s a lady and betrothed to another. (Complicated, I know.)
Hero Type: Brooding/Protector
Favorite Profound Quote:
“A man’s body could be trained in the ways of service and honor, but his heart did not always follow.”
Favorite Descriptive Quote:
“Though the men on the walls usually called to Annyn and bantered over her frightful appearance, her name did not unfurl any tongues when she approached the drawbridge.”
12th century England: Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made.
For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind—to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her heart whispers that her enemy may not be an enemy after all.
Baron Wulfrith, renowned trainer of knights, allows no women within his walls for the distraction they breed. What he never expects is that the impetuous young man sent to train under him is a woman who seeks his death—nor that her unveiling will test his faith and distract the warrior from his purpose.
I’ve read all of Tamara’s currently published books, so I figured I might as well go back to reread to the ones that haven’t been reviewed. And trust me, they’re as good through the second read-through as they are through the first.
I remember this was the very first Tamara Leigh book I’d ever read. Ironically, I’d been avoiding reading her books for a while, though they kept on popping up on on “suggested books.” I bought a boxed set for romance, and this book was part of it, so I figured I might as well read it. And I loved it.
The development is a bit slow at first, since there’s some set-up, but it all comes together so beautifully. I loved re-experiencing Annyn and Wulfrith’s relationship. Annyn reminded me a bit of Mulan since she disguises herself as a man and trains among them. Though she obviously wanted to avenge her brother, she was compassionate and honorable, and her soft heart stopped her from making an immutable mistake.
And then there was Wulfrith. He was head of all the warriors and took a personal interest in teaching Annyn when she was disguised as a young squire. And after she was “unveiled,” he was very protective of her, despite her betrayal. It was so much fun seeing the tug between these two very strong-willed characters as they both try to deny their feelings for each other.
Other books by Tamara Leigh:
The Vexing (Age of Faith Book 6)
What do you love to see in a romance? Characters that start out hating each other? A strong-willed heroine?