Friday, October 24, 2008
I love Brenda Joyce's books and this is one of her series that I stumbled upon when I was at Barnes & Nobles looking for new books to buy. The first book that I ever bought of Brenda Joyce was The Conqueror the first book in the de Warenne Dynasty series. I loved it so much that when I found out that there were more books of the delightful de Warenne family I just had to buy them. I loved reading all about the books of the beginning of the de Warenne family that started in 1069 and continued on to the present year in the series of the mid 1800. I have to say that I was very intrigued with this novel when I read it the first two times and when I read it for the third time I only loved it more than before. Brenda Joyce is such a talented writer and I have been a loyal fan since I found this novel at the bookstore and I've bought as many of her books as possible.
I love historical romances and I've read all types of them so it was a joy to read this novel for the first time. Like a pagan god, Rolfe the Relentless rode into Castle Aelfgar to claim it as his prize—and Lady Alice as his bride. Rolfe de Warenne is lauded for his bravery in France and in England he was the hated enemy but once ensconced in his new domain, Rolfe became determined to tame the Saxon beauty Ceidre, Alice’s illegitimate sister, whose spirit and sensuality made him risk treason to have her—not Lady Alice—in his bed. Mysterious and seductive, Ceidre was no lady but a spy for the rebel cause of her noble half brothers and she is always refusing to bow to this arrogant warrior who ignited her forbidden passion. She was swept into a dangerous liaison tied to the fate of England and kings and yet with his kisses on her lips, his skillful hands on her body, she would have to struggle not to surrender to.
There were times in this novel where I would have loved to kill Ceidre's half-sister Lady Alice because she was so evil to Ceidre even though Ceidre was always kind to her. Rolfe and Ceidre had their issues because their people were mortal enemies but they got through all that ingrained hatred and fell in love with one another. Throughout the entire novel I was rooting for Rolfe and Ceidre to end happily with one another because they had to struggle through many heartaches to be with one another and the children they had together before they could legitimize them with marriage. I haven't been disappointed by any of her novels in this series or any of her other works and I don't think I ever will because they only get better with each book that comes out. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
THE CONQUEROR $ 6.99 (Book 1)(423 Pages)
THE INVADER
Like a pagan god, Rolfe the Relentless rode into Castle Aelfgar to claim it as his prize—and Lady Alice as his bride. Lauded for his bravery in France, in England he was the hated enemy. Once ensconced in his new domain, Rolfe became determined to tame the Saxon beauty Ceidre, Alice’s illegitimate sister, whose spirit and sensuality made him risk treason to have her—not Lady Alice—in his bed….
THE PRIZE
Mysterious and seductive, she was no lady but a spy for the rebel cause of her noble half brothers. Refusing to bow to this arrogant warrior who ignited her forbidden passion, Ceidre was swept into a dangerous liaison tied to the fate of England and kings. Yet with his kisses on her lips, his skillful hands on her body, she would have to struggle not to surrender to…

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