For some reason, medieval romances seem to be out of synch right now, and it is a shame. Reading about fierce knights who conquer continents, falling under the spell of fiery beauties has always been one of my favorite pastimes. When several popular authors stopped writing in this genre, I thought it might fade into obscurity. A new author has restored my faith that all is not lost.
Paula Quinn has crafted a novel worthy of movie rights. Lord of Desire pays homage to an era when men were men, and women knew just how to tame them.
The most skilled warrior in England, Lord Brand Risande is known as The Passionate - not only for the way he embraces life, but also for his skills when the fighting is over. But his joie de vivre has been cooled by betrayal of the deepest kind. Where once there was warmth, ice shrouds his heart.
Lady Brynnafar Dumont is shocked by her father’s defeat, but relieved that the knight has spared his life. She dreads the day that her home will be taken over by the Norman victor, and worries what will become of her people. She will do anything to spare them and save her home.
When King Edward orders Brand and Brynna to wed, neither one is pleased. Brynna has no desire to wed the man who defeated her father. Brand has vowed never to give his heart again. Neither one expected the roiling passion that overcomes them, or the danger that stalks their every move.
If you love a good romance, with a nod toward Ivanhoe, then Lord of Desire will be a fine addition to your collection. If you have never tried a medieval romance, it would be a good choice, because it is one of the best in recent years. I am eagerly looking forward to Ms. Quinn’s next book.