Published by HarperCollins e-books on July 20th 2010
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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.
¬¬Reviewed by Evelyn¬¬
ALWAYS, the newest novel by best-selling author Lynsay Sands, is a delightful tale of two mismatched people forced to marry under unusual circumstances. This is the first book by Ms. Sands that I’ve had the pleasure to read, and it truly was a pleasure, a five star pleasure.
Rosamunde, the illegitimate daughter of King Henry, was raised in a convent where it was her job to take care of the animals in the stables. She was educated by the nuns, and was planning to take her vows to join them when her father suddenly arrived, insisting that she marry one of his knights, Aric Burkhart, that very afternoon. Both Rosamunde and Aric are confused but feel they are unable to say no to the king. They marry, and after a very awkward introduction to the physical side of marriage dictated by the king, they set off to a far off estate that the king has provided for them.
To give away anymore of this wonderful story to the readers would cheat them out of enjoying the romance, the awkwardness, the suspense, the joy and the comedy that takes place as they set out on their journey, not only to their new home, but to get to know each other and learn what it means to love someone and be married, especially when thrown into the situation against their wishes. The two main characters are very likeable as they plod their way through unknown territory, both literally and figuratively. Not only did I find myself cheering for this unlikely pair, I also found myself laughing out loud on many occasions
The plot is complex, with many twists and turns to keep the readers guessing. When we finally arrive at the very satisfying conclusion, there is the feeling of having been on a very exciting rollercoaster.
If ALWAYS is the standard for a Lynsay Sands novel, I can’t wait for the next one!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.