Mystique (Bantam Books Historical Romance)
A tantalizing story of a mythical knight and a headstrong woman whose bold quest for a mysterious crystal will draw them right into a whirlwind of treachery–and hope.
When the fearsome knight known as Hugh the Relentless swept into Lingwood Manor like a hurricane, each person cowered–except girl Alice. Sharp-tongued and unrepentant, the flame haired good looks believed Sir Hugh used to be no longer somebody to dread however the resolution to her goals. She knew he had come for the awesome eco-friendly crystal, knew he will be displeased to discover that it was once now not in her ownership. but Alice had a proposition for the darkish and forbidding knight: In go back for a dowry that will loose Alice and her brother from their uncle's grab, she could lend her powers of detection to his warrior's talents and jointly they'd get better his valuable stone. yet at the same time Hugh accredited her phrases, he additional a of his personal: woman Alice needs to comply with a short lived betrothal–one that will quickly draw her deep into Hugh's nice stone castle, and right into a conflict that may threaten their lives...and their merely likelihood at love.
A revered knight. His liege lord made him a present of numerous high-quality manors.” “Pray, proceed, sir,” Alice brought on lightly. “A marriage was once prepared for him via his family members. the girl used to be an heiress. It used to be thought of a good fit and Sir Matthew used to be, through all debts, a lot happy. yet that didn't cease him from lusting after the younger daughter of 1 of his associates. Her father held the fief of Scarcliffe. My grandfather attempted to guard his in basic terms baby yet Sir Matthew confident her to satisfy him in.
way more conducive to the examine of typical philosophy. “That ridiculous legend didn't support matters.” Joan led the way in which alongside one of many backyard paths. “ ’Twas an excellent nuisance to have it striking over our heads these kind of years. i want to have a number of phrases with the fool who invented it.” Alice glanced at her in shock. “Surely you don't think within the legend yourself?” “Nay, however the humans of Scarcliffe definitely do. i have to admit that the longer those lands went with out a powerful lord,.
Sits beside him within the presence in their humans in order that all will see that she respects her lord and is unswerving to him.” Alice sucked in her breath and attempted to swallow her bread on the similar rapid. She briskly sputtered, gasped for air, and commenced to cough. Hugh frowned in situation. He reached out and slapped her forcefully among her shoulders. “Are you all right?” “Aye,” she controlled. She stuck her breath and swallowed numerous instances to eliminate the wayward chew. “I’m fine.” “I’m happy to.
grew to become to Reginald. “Go and fetch your mom from the tower. inform her that i glance ahead to creating her acquaintance. inform her that Sir Hugh’s men-at-arms are right here to assure her protection and yours.” “Aye, my lady.” Reginald slid down off the grey palfrey. He shot Eduard an indignant look as he dashed up the stairs and disappeared into the corridor. Eduard planted hamlike fists on his hips and faced Alice. “You’re risking greater than you recognize by means of dabbling during this company, woman Alice. Aye, a ways.
The heavy oak paneling. “Many ladies have entered a convent for that reason.” “I notice that. yet I desire to ask the sister if that used to be her reason.” Joan’s eyes met hers. “And if it was?” “Then I desire to recognize if the fellow who broke his vow of betrothal to her used to be Hugh’s father, Sir Matthew of Scarcliffe.” Joan frowned. “But in accordance with the story, Sir Matthew by no means did holiday his vows. From all i've got ever heard, he absolutely meant to marry the woman his family members had selected for him. every person believes.