by Rexanne Becnel

March 2000
ISBN: 0-312-97402-7
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

The third book in Ms. Becnel’s ‘Rosecliffe’ series brings us back to Rosecliffe Castle and yet another tale of love and war.

Welsh knight Rhys ap Owain disguises himself as a wandering minstrel and arrives at Rosecliffe Castle to reclaim his birthright and take vengeance on his hated enemies. And he will use Isolde FitzHugh as his pawn. With Isolde’s father away, Rhys plans to seize Rosecliffe and his enemy’s daughter, striking a blow that is decades overdue. What he doesn’t plan on is the desire that his beautiful hostage will ignite in him.

In the throes of first passion, Isolde is no longer faced by the stranger who has lit the fires of passion buried deep inside of her. She now sees the face of her dire enemy and oh how she hates Rhys ap Owain. The one man who has brought such aching pleasure to her life, only to have it crashing down around her when she realizes his ultimate goal - to take all that she loves and holds dear, including her innocence.

This is the best of the three books, in my opinion - Ms. Becnel has saved the best for last. Rhys and Isolde set the pages on fire with their passion and anger. Throw in a cast of supporting characters and you have yourself a bestseller! Nothing is lacking to the reader’s imagination, you will feel everything that the characters feel, and you will be right there beside them when the passion is so thick the air crackles. This is a definite keeper!

Reviewed in November 2003 by Debbie.

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