Black Lace, Nov 28 2007, $7.99
In 1191 Sicily King Richard is getting married even as he leads a Crusade into the Holy Land. Amongst his retinue is Templar Knight Stephen the Comte de Calais who he directs is to help recently widowed Edwina de Morville overcome her “grief”. Stephen and Edwina fell in love four years ago and were to marry, but her odious brother Fulk sold her to abusive Templar Knight Hugh de Morville. Stephen and Edwina still love one another and he frees her from a cruel chastity belt enabling them to make love. They obtain Richard’s permission to marry.
While on separate vessels sailing the Mediterranean, a storm scatters the crusaders. This is the omen that the star-crossed lovers face, as soon afterward rogue Templar Knights and nobles on both sides of the Holy Land fight keep them apart as if their destiny is to never be together. However, their love is so strong that each does not fear disobeying Richard, challenging Saladin, and confronting the papal leadership in order to be together.
The second erotic “Prize” historical romance (see the equally heated Ancient Roman BARBARIAN PRIZE) is an exciting historical starring two protagonists who face all sorts of danger in order to be together. The story line is fast-paced especially once the couple goes to sea and never slows down as fate seems to want to keep them apart, but love pushes them together. Although Hugh displayed no redeeming quality even when dying from quatrain fever (at least based on his widow’s memories), fans will enjoy this interesting look at the reign of King Richard II as he leads the Crusades expecting to receive godly glory for his triumphs.