Quinn concludes her debut trilogy (after Lord of Temptation) with this pitch-perfect medieval romance between two vibrant protagonists. At the request of King William of England, Lady Tanon Risande is betrothed to Prince Gareth ap Owain of Wales to obtain peace between the two countries. Tanon remembers Gareth fondly from their childhood, but she has difficulty reconciling the carefree youth with the hardened warrior he has become. Upon their marriage, Tanon feels an undeniable attraction to the gruff prince, but refuses to submit to a man she doesn't love. Struggling to gain acceptance from the Welsh people and to adjust to life far from the finery of her English home, Tanon's determination and beauty-as well as her well-hidden vulnerability-conspire to draw Gareth from his first duty, to secure the safety of his people. Romance between the pair is sensual and organic, and bolstered by an intriguing political subplot that puts a traitor among Gareth's camp. The author's smoothly paced narrative, attention to period detail, and playful, understated love scenes will transport readers. This outing proves that relative newcomer Quinn is an author to watch.
Reviewed on: 12/04/2006 Release date: 12/01/2006 Genre: Fiction