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A Norman loyalist, Lady Jocelyn bristles when ordered to marry Wulfstan, a Saxon sorcerer. She nurses a painful secret and would rather bathe in a cesspit than be pawed by such a man...until her lifelong dream of motherhood rears its head.

A man of magic and mystery, Wulfstan has no time for wedded bliss. He fears that consummating their marriage will bind their souls and wrench his focus from the ancient riddle his dying mother begged him to solve. He's a lone wolf, salving old wounds with endless work. But Jocelyn stirs him as no woman ever has. 

Their attraction is undeniable. Their fates are intertwined. Together, they must face their demons and bring light to a troubled land.
 

©2017 Judith Sterling (P)2018 Judith Sterling

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  • CLINTON, MS, United States
  • 10-08-18

Predictable; Over-the-top

This story had the requisite runes, riddle with similar riddle language, a stone site, magic, etc. Sigh. For a time, the quest to consummate their relationship was interesting and not entirely predictable. But then 3 major arcs of the story, including the culminating moment, near the end of the story, was predictable as well as the answering quest guiding point. And, of course, it was an immediate attraction. And Jocelyn is the loveliest and Wulfstand the most beautiful man ever and his sister the sweetest, etc. etc. Sadly the story is also replete with several common over-the-top "romantic" phrases, including actually using the phrase "smoldering eyes." Seriously. The story has 3 mini sex scenes with only 1 being intercourse near the end. And the location of the final act, Jocelyn's virginity ending, was ridiculous. Plus, they were the briefest and most over-wrought sexual moments in written history. Once again, the book didn't live up to the book sample.

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Wonderful story and characters, great narration

Audio-book: Narrator – Rebecca McKernan

This is my first audio narrated by Ms. McKernan so it took me a little time to adjust to her voice/accent. I slowed down the speed a tad and it was perfect. She did a freaking amazing job of all the characters both male and female as well as secondary characters some who had different accents and she aced them all! There were a few times I could hear her swallow or take a breath but they were few and far between. Overall, I loved this audio and would look for more narrated by her!


Jocelyn does not want to marry a Saxon as she has bad blood with them, at least with the barbaric kind like her intended bridegroom, Wolfstan. However, she soon learns there is more to the man than what is on the surface. And some of it could bring danger into her life. While Wolfstan will marry the Norman beauty, he cannot allow himself to consummate the marriage. There are dark shadows in his past that prevent him for reaching for her despite her allure, and a mystery that must be solved as well.

I love books set in the period and I especially enjoyed this one. The hero and heroine were both well developed and I was cheering them on all along the way. Wolfstan’s secrets intrigued me even as they pulled Jocelyn further into the area of his life that he absolutely did not want her a part of. She was so feisty when need be and he was powerless to her pull. When she decided to take matters into her own hands and seduce him, the poor boy never stood a chance.

This is a fast paced read/listen and never bogged down with unneccesary information. The secondary characters were wonderfully interwoven into the storyline and I was completely invested in what the outcome for all of them would be. Considering this couple take some time to try and make babies (Jocelyn’s greatest desire), there was plenty of steam as they two are drawn to each other despite the reasons they should not be.

I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to digging into the next one, immediately.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Wow!

This story is set in the 1100’s. An awesome historical romance that has suspense, magic, and romance. The author is a great story teller with a wonderful imagination. This is the second book I’ve listen to of hers and they just become more more intriguing. The narrator does a good job with the characters.
This is a must listen to because it draws in into the story.

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love it

Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to listen about and more. Such a great story I will listen again and again. A keeper!!