Saturday, September 5, 2009
An innocent young beauty finds herself the fulcrum of a struggle for feudal power. Along with her ample dowry, Emma finds herself promised to Amaury de Aneford, a landless knight whose able sword has preserved the King's crown—and whose rugged good looks make her heart skip a beat. But on the wedding day, as a rival knight gallops toward the bridal chamber, Amaury will find that making love to his naive new bride will take consummate skill. For in the conjugal bed, Emma is astonished to learn there is more to a wedding night than just a sound sleep - and more to true love than she's ever imagined.
A quick review of a cute medieval on the humorous side. My first romance by this author. Ditzy but good hearted heroine, Emma, who is borderline TSTL has been married for two years but has no idea of what really goes on in the marriage bed. Her husband (who I suspect must be gay, though we never find out) never properly beds her. She goes to King Richard (as in the Lionhearted) and ask him to make her husband do his duty. Richard does so, and the husband kills himself on the way to his wife. So, she's now a young and very pretty widow - and a very rich widow as well.
Amaury, our hero who is indeed rugged and handsome (but as dense as pea soup at times) is in need of his own lands. Bastard born, the King has now made him a duke and he's en route to marry the new widow Emma. Sight unseen, he's convinced she must be an ugly old hag, why else would her dead husband not have bedded her? Anyway, as soon as Amaury gets to her castle, he finds out how wrong he was about her and that they must wed and consummate the marriage immediately or else this other dastardly knight will try and marry her first. And so the mayhem begins...
Amaury must do "the deed" - in haste! Poor Emma has no idea what's in store for her. She was sweet, but really, really naive, to the point where she was borderline annoying. Still, I found the book amusing as these two must deal with each other's quirks and habits and get rid of a lot of pre-concieved notions of what makes a marriage.
I enjoyed it! A quick read with the sexy moments that were hot and some moments were funny as well. There is also the side story of who is trying to kill Amaury and how many times will his new young wife rescue him? I recommend it, and am eager to read the next book, The Key which I hear is hilarious.