Genre: Medieval Romance
You’ll like this if you like: a Revenge-Bent Hero (if you’d like to read about a Revenge-Bent Heroine, go back a book), Enemies Turned to Lovers, Character Arcs Centered Around Vengeance–or turning from it.
Cleanliness: One of their kisses nearly turns into something more, but the heroine puts a stop to it, since at this point in the book, the hero hasn’t developed the character to do so. Something similar nearly happens again, but this time it’s the hero who pulls up short.
Hero Type: Alpha
Favorite Profound Quote:
“Sir Durand… holds you in high affection. I would not have you lost to him.”
She shook her head. “Even were I lost, I am not his to be found.”
Favorite Descriptive Quote:
“Her pretense of indifference nearly puddled out from under her.”
The Unveiling, the first book in the Age of Faith series, introduced readers to the formidable Wulfrith family during Duke Henry’s battle for England’s throne in 1153. Now, four years later, Henry wears the crown, but the Wulfriths are no less defiant—and no more amenable to forging alliances through king-decreed marriage.
She had killed a man. Or so it was said…
Convent-bound Lady Beatrix Wulfrith is determined to aid her sister in escaping marriage to their family’s enemy. Unaware of the sacrifice that awaits her, she leads their pursuers astray only to meet with an accident that forever alters her destiny and takes the life of a young knight whose brother vows he will not rest until the lady is brought to justice.
Lord Michael D’Arci is a warrior and a womanizer whose foul mouth and impatience bode ill for all who trespass against him. Falsely accused of ravishment years earlier, he refuses to believe Lady Beatrix’s accusations against his deceased brother. However, when he finds himself at the mercy of that same woman who clings to her convictions and faith even when it threatens to prove her undoing, his quest for justice wavers.
I loved seeing Michael D’Arci grow and develop throughout this book, going from angry and bitter to faithful and protective. Beatrix is easily lovable with her strong faith, kind spirit, and soft heart. Thanks to a combination of those, Michael D’Arci eventually comes to believe she didn’t murder his brother, though she has no proof but her fragmented memory.
It was harder to read through the development in their relationship in the earlier parts of the book, since Michael is very, very angry (as you can imagine). The only tenderness in their interactions comes from Beatrix. Of course, this provides lots of conflict and clash, and it forms the foundation for a much more tender side of their relationship that comes later.
As far as plot goes, there are no complicated mysteries to unravel, but it has more than enough twists and turns to be engaging, and there are plenty of both high-tension and romantic scenes between the characters.
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How do you like seeing the relationship develop in a romance?