Published by Avon on november 24, 2015
Genres: Highlander Romance, Scottish Romance
Source: Advance Reader Copy
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New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands returns with the unforgettable story of a reluctant bride and groom who soon find common ground in the bedroom . . .
Bastard daughter to the king, Rosamunde was raised in a convent and wholly prepared to take the veil . . . until King Henry declared she would wed Aric, one of his most valiant knights. Suddenly she found herself promising to love, honor, and obey.
Rosamunde's education had not covered a wedding night, but the handsome warrior she was now bound to seemed intent on giving her a lesson in the art of pleasure. In no time, Aric was certain she would surrender to the irresistible passion he promised.
And while Rosamunde's spirited nature often put her at odds with her new husband, his mastery in seduction was quickly melting her resolve—and capturing her heart.
I read this one a while back, and I remember enjoying it. It looks like Avon is giving it a brand new cover and re-issuing it November.
Rosamunde is the daughter of the king, the bastard daughter. But he likes her and provides for her. She is raised in a convent, and then one day her father tells her that she has to marry one of his knights, Aric. The problem is that she has been raised in a convent, and instead of becoming a Bride of Christ, she’s now becoming a bride to a flesh and blood man.
Aric for his part, has found his fiancee with another man, so he’s vowed never to marry…until King Henry declares otherwise. We have an unwilling bride and groom, neither of whom knows what to expect! Especially with the king acting so out of character.
There’s a funny scene with the Reverend Mother trying to prepare her for the wedding night, and a cucumber may have been used as a euphemism 😉 This scene stuck with me for so long that when we at Got Fiction? used to be called Demon Lover’s Books & More, we named an award the Golden Cucumber.
The bedding scene is just hysterical and over the top, in true Sands style. Rosamunde is following the advice of a nun, who compared the bedding to that of a bull. So Aric is trying to figure out how to handle his very willing, but very wrong new wife, when her father the king starts banging on the door bellowing to hurry up already! Oh but this scene was ridiculous! I about died of laughter. This was by far the funniest scene in the book, and I couldn’t stop giggling.
I will say that Lynsay Sands has a specific sense of humor that seems just a little too silly for me. I find her books predictable, BUT that being said, I do feel that it’s sort of why people go back. Her books always offer the reader a comfortable experience. When you pick up Lynsay Sands book, you know what you’re going to get. Many people want that, and Lynsay Sands delivers.
***Review copy provided courtesy of Avon Books