He was the vilest of men.
Lizanne Balmaine has spent years honing her skills at arms, determined she will never again be at the mercy of any man. When she comes face to face with the one who stole her future, she seizes the opportunity to exact revenge. Soon he is her prisoner, at her mercy. But something is different about him, something that makes her question her purpose. Is it possible a man can be so changed? More, can she right the wrong that could lay ruin to her family?
She was a question never before asked of him.
Ranulf Wardieu does not seek a bride, nor a settling of scores when his mission for the king places him in the path of a beguiling, raven-haired maiden. But fascination turns to fury when she imprisons him. Accused of wrongdoing, the nature of which she refuses to reveal, he discovers the lady is as skilled at wielding a sword as she is at verbal sparring. When he bests her at her game and his jailer becomes his captive, he is determined to learn what wrong he has done her. However, as they engage in a battle of wits and wills and he glimpses her woman's heart, he discovers Lizanne is a question never before asked of him - one his own jaded heart refuses to answer.
©1994, 2014 Tammy Schmanski (P)2014 Tammy Schmanski
Tamara Leigh's story about revenge is not your cookie cutter historical romance. It is about a Lady who for years prepares, by honing her warrior skills, to avenge the wrongs carried out against her family; and to protect herself from being ravaged by men. Without considering the ramifications of her actions to her family and home she imprisons a peer of the realm; the man she holds responsible for the attach on her family and her person. A man held in esteem by the king.
Great performance by Mary Sarah Ogliotta.
I watched a movie not long ago where a character intentionally put on an overly dramatic British accent. As soon as I heard this narrator, all I could think of was that character. I couldn't get over it...I'd love to listen to the rest of Tamara Leigh's books, but since all I can think of is that character I'll stick to reading them.
You can tell that to author wrote this in a different time in her life. Although it was clean, I felt her hero lacked strong moral character. There was little to no conviction on God and faith, And the beginning of lizanne action seamed silly and actually annoying through the first half of the story. However it did pick up but it lacked the thorough creative story line that her faith series held. Sometimes there was things her charecheter did that had no purpose. This is not typical of Leigh's writing, so I was a little disappointed. In the end it was an entertaining read. I may read another in this series or skip it.
It reminded me of everything I like about the movie Everafter, embodies strong female heroine and surprised with an even stronger hero. But be warned. There were times I listened on my lunch break and the story was so captivating I was sneaking long bathroom breaks to find out what happened next.
Renaulf. A knight in shining armor with a decidedly real manliness (and temper) to him.
Lisanne. I was absolutely "right there" with her the whole time.
Oh my goodness yes! Quite a few but that scene in the tent that I can only call "the scar" when Lisanne catches a glimpse of Renaulf's abdomen. I felt every emotion ripping her apart in that scene. And I HAVE to mention when Renaulf comforts her in her sleep. The emotional contrast and all his questions in that moment of audiobook were captured so beautifully by the narrator and told by the author.
I'm super picky about the time periods I'll read in historical fiction. Pretty much never had an interest in this time period but so, so glad I gave this one a chance. Will for sure be listening to more by this author and narrator combination.
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