- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon - US; Reprint edition (15 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006201966X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062019660
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 22.7 g
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Rumor has it that Lady Murie, King Edward III's goddaughter, is stunninglybeautiful, with bright blue eyes, goldenhair, and a bewitching smile. Rumor also has itthat the doting king has spoiled her rotten.When Sir Balan spies her wailing and sobbingin public, he decides that Lady Murieis the last person he would ever wish tohave as a bride.
But there is far more to Murie than meetsthe eye--and soon Balan discovers, to his greatdelight, that he'd be lucky indeed to deservesuch a bride. Unfortunately, he's not the onlyone to discern this truth . . . and the othersuitor is much less honorable. Now a plot isafoot and Balan must prove himself a chivalrousknight and win the love of Lady Murie . . .
About the Author
Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty, charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career of it. Visit her website at www.lynsaysands.net.
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Murie is the brattish god-daughter of the king. He needs to marry her off. Balan is a nobleman whose lands have been devastated by the plague. He needs a bride with a good dowry to restore his people's prosperity.
The two leads have a sweet romance but I had serious déjà vue. The sunny heroine growing close to her surly spouse was the same couple from every Lynsay Sands book. But there is a great depiction of daily medieval life and endearing side characters, including Balan's little sister. Look out for a truly hilarious bedroom scene at the start as Balan tries to dispose of a body while being amorous.
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This is a tale of two people growing to love each other, the interactions between them is often funny, with misunderstandings but at all times honest.
There is action and intrigue, passion and eroticism, most of all there is love.
"The Brat" (Murie) is the spoiled goddaughter of the king who was orphaned at a young age and lived at court since. Balan is a baron from the northern lands of England who has faithfully served his king through his warrior skills, but his lands have suffered as the plague wiped out more than half of his people. He is in need of a bride with a sizeable dowry to restore things to what they once were, and he has come to court to seek such a lady. Unfortunately, the pickings are slim... and then The Brat is thrown into the mix as the queen has deemed it time for her to wed. No WAY does he want to get saddled with a selfish, spoiled woman no matter how beautiful she is. But there is something he (and many others) don't know... Murie isn't really a brat. It was an act she put on to survive life at court amidst jealous women who would otherwise make her life a living hell. Now that she is ready to marry and permitted to pick her own groom, will he give her the chance to prove she isn't really a brat?
This book is one I have re-read many times and never seem to get tired of! I love the plot, and the execution is flawless! There is action, mystery, scandal, and lots of steamy goodness! I especially appreciated that when there were misunderstandings that could have thrown a major wrench in the progress of the story, the author had them settled quickly. It is a pet peeve of mine when there are miscommunication issues because if the MCs would only talk to each other, it would all be sorted out. Thankfully, Sands was on my anti-unnecessary angst wagon and kept things flowing. Highly recommended, fun, yummy read!
Plot --- 5/5
Main Characters --- 5/5
Supporting Cast --- 5/5
Steam Level --- 4/5
Violence --- minimal
Language --- don't recall any
POV --- 3rd
I can always count on Lynsay Sands for a great Medieval Romance. All of her books are really good.
King Edward has ordered his Goddaughter Lady Murie Somerdale to wed. Him and the Queen has been know to spoil her endlessly. The court thinks she is a Brat and use to getting her way. Murie is bought to court as the Kings Ward after her parents death as a very Young child. She was taunted and berated by the other ladies in the court. She learned to put defenses up once she met a real friend Lady Emilie. The two become very close friends and Emilie teaches her how to defend herself from the mean girls by Crying and Screaming in tears. LOL
The King and Queen love Murie and are very kind to her.
Lord Balan Gaynor has come to court accompanied by his cousin Osgoode. He needs to marry a very rich lady to bring Gaynor Castle and lands back up to its normally high standards. The Plague know as the Black Death has killed off most of Balan's tenants. Lots of castles and mass holdings throughout the land have gone to ruin and poverty because of the Black Plague.
Balan and Osgoode overhear a plot by Lord Malculinas and his sister Lauda to trick the Kings goddaughter Murie into marrying Malculinas. They set out to stop it.
Balan is the one who falls into the plot and Murie chooses him to marry.
Once married someone is trying to murder Balan. Murie is not having it. She thwarts every attempt made on his life. Murie is a wonderful young lady. She is No Brat at all. She is kind, intelligent and compassionate. Although bought up in a privilege lifestyle she is hardworking and intent on bringing her new home up to high standards.
Balan and Murie have one Hot erotic marriage. The story moves quickly. You sort know early on who the villain is but why is the wonder of it.
Great love story great secondary characters. I loved Osgoode. I hope he has a story. The only thing I wanted was and epilog to find out if Emilie and Reginald had there baby and if Balan and Murie had an heir.