"Engaging Conqueror romance"
In 1075 England, Widow Lady Jenova asks her best friend,
King William's confident Lord Henry to visit her at remote
Gunlinghorn. William drops everything to travel the four
days in wintry conditions to see Jenova to learn what she
needs from him. There, she shocks him when she tells him
that she is considering marriage after mourning the loss
of her spouse for the last two years. Her chosen one is
neighbor Alfric Baldessare, who would bow to her wishes
and wants to know what he thinks especially since her
potential groom's father demands that he be named estate
guardian in the event of his son's death. Henry knows
that the elder Baldessare hates him over a regal land
decision so he has doubts about the match.
While riding, a sudden snowstorm sends Jenova and Henry
seeking shelter. When they find refuge, they hold each
other tight for some warmth, but soon make love to the
shock of them both. Jenova realizes that she is in love
again though has doubts after her first husband's betrayal
and Henry hides his feelings. However, the elder
Baldessare plays "matchmaker" when he abducts her five-
year-old son to force her hand.
KISSING THE BRIDE is an engaging Conqueror romance
starring delightful protagonists and wonderful secondary
players to include a romance between the villain's
daughter and Henry's top aid. The villain is so crazy
that he seems like a caricature, but then again his
actions force the lead couple to confess their inner
feelings. Sara Bennett provides a fine historical that
fans of the William era will treasure.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 6, 2004