by Bertrice Small

May 2003 Reissue
ISBN: 0-451-20637-1
Reviewer Graphic Button New American Library
Trade Paperback

Buckle your seatbelts people and turn on the air conditioning because you are in for one hot sweaty wild ride. Bertrice Small’s latest is a reissue of an old favorite of mine. It is the story of a young woman’s sensual journey of self-discovery and love. Do not miss this one.

Blaze is the beautiful 15-year-old daughter of Lord Robert Morgan and the eldest of his eight daughters. This story about the sweetly, innocent country bred Blaze, takes place from 1521 through 1536, a treacherous time in England’s history that was full of intrigue and drama. Her financially strapped father is relieved to have settled the future of one of his daughters, when Blaze weds fabulously wealthy Lord Edmund Wyndham, Earl of Langford.

Over time, Blaze and Edward’s relationship grows into a loving friendship that is enriched by the passion they feel for each other. Blaze grieves deeply when Edward is killed in a hunting accident only three years after they’d married. Unfairly, Blaze blames Edward’s nephew Anthony for the accident. In an effort to take her mind off of her loss, Blaze immerses herself in the court of King Henry VIII.

While at court, Blaze’s sensual beauty arouses the courtiers, makes her the object of envious gossip, and enraptures the king himself. Reluctantly, Blaze becomes Henry’s mistress and later his friend. In her role as Henry’s unofficial adviser, Blaze helps him with the politically sensitive matter of his divorce from Queen Catherine of Aragon. When Henry’s roving eye spies Anne Boleyn he marries Blaze off to Anthony Wyndham. In spite of Blaze’s reluctance to marry Anthony, she falls deeply in love with him almost against her will.

This wildly vibrant story is filled with seriously passionate love scenes in vivid detail. Bertrice Small can always be counted on to deliver breathlessly sensual reads. As a devoted fan I am truly grateful for this author’s continued good work.


Reviewed in June 2003 by Cynthia.

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