Good morrow, medieval romance lovers. Welcome to Medieval Monday. #MedMonSpring21 Wander through the amazing blogs and discover new or new-to-you medieval romance authors and books. The theme is First Kiss.
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Today I’m sharing an excerpt from Jenna Jaxon.
(Time Enough to Love, Book 2)
By Jenna Jaxon
Tagline: The worst betrayals come from within.
After a night of passion with her betrothed, Sir Geoffrey Longford, Lady Alyse de Courcy is eagerly looking forward to her wedding. But when Geoffrey is forced to marry another, a heartbroken and possibly pregnant Alyse finds herself in her own private hell. She must either gamble with her reputation or marry someone she does not love.
A reputed connoisseur of women, Thomas, Lord Braeton, has dallied with many ladies of King Edward’s court, although he has favored none. However, as Geoffrey’s best friend, Thomas has sworn to serve and protect Alyse, an oath now sorely tested when he agrees to marry her—in name only—to guard her reputation. Yet, as they grow closer, and Thomas discovers Alyse’s sweet but spirited nature, he comes to desire a marriage in truth.
Can he overcome her memory of Geoffrey, or is Thomas doomed to burn with passion for a woman he can never possess?
After learning that her beloved Geoffrey has been forced to marry another woman, Alyse is talking to Geoffrey’s best friend, Thomas, about her best option going forward--marriage to him.
He drew her into his arms. “Then believe, Alyse, though I am not your beloved, I promise to keep you and protect you for all of our lives.” He bent his head and whispered in her ear, “I would not abandon you to the care of one chosen by your father, with no regard for you at all.”
Her head ached with the swirl of emotions plaguing her. Love for Geoffrey, hatred for his father who had betrayed them, thankfulness for Thomas’s care of her--and despair at the life she must now live.
Before she could voice an objection, he sat back and hurried on, forestalling any protest. “I have conferred with the king today, and he has granted my petition to marry you. He will send to your father, offering my suit in lieu of the one he broke.”
Outrage bubbled within her, making her mouth purse as she worked up to an eruption of invective. He had contrived the whole thing before ever asking her--what good were his pretty word and sentiments if it was already a fait accompli?
Last week’s snippet on Sophia Nye’s blog: https://sophianyewrites.com/blog/
Follow along next week on Celeste Barclay’s blog: https://www.celestebarclay.com/blog
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