"A delightful "Taming of the Shrews" romance"
In 1173 England, King Henry would prefer warring with
the French rather than deal with another protest from
either Lady Tiernay or Lord Holden. The two neighbors are
always squabbling even if the latter has been fighting on
the continent. Now both have the audacity to send letters
of complaint to His Highness. Henry has enough on his
plate without having to deal with this troublesome
twosome. However, the clever King decides the easiest way
to end this neighborly dispute is to order the two
combatants to marry one another. Thus the war becomes
Lady Tiernay rejects her monarch's plan. She uses a
variety of ruses to force Holden to plead with King Henry
to stop their marriage. Lord Holden quickly comprehends
the trickery of his betrothed and tries to trump her so
that she begs off with His Highness. Love blossoms so that
neither one wants to entreat King Henry with repealing his
BLISS is a refreshing tale that provides plenty of
amusement to readers due to the antics of the enticing lead
couple. Sub-genre readers used to medieval romances
containing action-packed save the estate story lines will
find this plot as a fresh change centering on an amusing
battle of the sexes. Though a subplot involving subterfuge
on Holden's estate is exciting and well written, it feels
as if it does not belong with the overall humorous theme.
Lynsay Sands will become a household name to those fans
seeking a beautifully crafted historical romantic romp.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 24, 2001
Something had to be done. It had gone on too long, and if King Henry received one more letter from either of the feuding nobles, he'd go mad. What Lady Tiernay needed was... well, she was a beauty, but whoever married the nag would truly get a mixed blessing. And Lord Holden, could all the rumours regarding his cold heart be lies? The man certainly had sobered since the death of his first wife.
If he was smart, Henry would force the two to wed, make them fatigue each other with their schemes and complaints. Yes, it was only fitting for them to share the bed they'd made - 'til death did them part! Who could tell, perhaps they would eventually find each other suitable, perhaps Lord Holden would find his bride the sweet breath of new life. Heaven alone knew what would happen when the two foes were the last things between themselves and the passion they'd never known they'd wanted.