I usually get in these weird reading moods and this time happens to be one of them. So I am reading things out of order in book series and at times new authors but Ms. Elizabeth Rose is not really a new author for me. I have always enjoyed Ms. Rose’s stories and this one had such an interesting title that I had to withhold reading my other books just to fit this book into my schedule. Thank goodness that Ms. Rose didn’t really disappoint me because she knows how to write an in-depth intriguing story with some nicely developed characters. Plus greatest thing of all, this book despite being part of a series can amazingly stand alone.
Lady Sapphire de Burgh from Blackpool hates being married to her current husband the baron of Lydd. Sapphire had dreams of a nice family, children and she is supposed to be married to Lord Roe Sexton since her father arranged her marriage to Lord Sexton. Unfortunately Lord Sexton was killed in a battle overseas. Instead Sapphire is trapped in this marriage with Baron Lydd who also sleeps with other women. Sapphire decides to get back at Baron Lydd deciding to go secretly to a pub in the village. Sapphire just wants to watch things and escape her life for a little bit. Sapphire happens to meet an unknown dashing noble knight and can’t resist his allure she also can’t resist her desire to sleep with him. That one night makes Sapphire realize what she is missing in her marriage but she mistakenly assumes that she will never see the handsome knight again. When the handsome mysterious knight who is Lord Roe Sexton her supposed betrothed comes back to the castle and meets Sapphire he instantly recognizes her. What is Sapphire to do will Roe Sexton keep their tryst a secret from her husband or will he expose her.
Even though Roe doesn’t show up until about the third chapter I was instantly captivated by him. He had the mystery thing down pat. Sure he was arrogant and condescending at times especially with Sapphire I couldn’t help but like him there was just something about him. Sapphire did strike me as a brave somewhat foolish beautiful woman. At times Sapphire annoyed me in her single mindedness about love she didn’t know what would happen to her when she would do things which wasn’t always good. She was willing to take her hated life and have a secret tryst. Sure in a sense I was hoping it didn’t happen but I was glad it did. I am curious to see what happens to Sapphire sisters Amber and Amethyst. Well of choose now after reading this book I definitely have to read the rest in the daughters of the dagger series.