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message 1: by Susan (last edited Mar 12, 2018 05:11AM) (new)

Susan (shaydock) | 707 comments Love is not always easy. Life throws the weirdest road blocks and what should be like floating on a cloud is like riding an emotional roller coaster.


Why now? If he planned to force her he could have done so anytime. Last

night, even yesterday.

“Do not run away.” He did not shout but the command carried clearly over

the water. His lordly tone did not reassure her at all. Holding the gown

made movement awkward and she let the skirt fall. A mistake, that. The

fabric served like a wick and immediately she was dragging heavy sodden

drapery.

He was upon her in an instant, grabbing her around the waist. She twisted

and squirmed and pushed with the arm not clasping the gown to her body.

She opened her mouth to scream but a rough palm gagged her. “Cry out

and I will hit you,” he growled.

He began dragging her toward the bank, saying something she didn’t hear

while she blindly struggled. How could she have been so stupid! Of

course, he wanted his bondwoman with him. More convenient than

seeking out whores.

She leveraged an elbow sharply into his stomach and he spit a curse. The

lake and bank blurred past while he turned her around, lifted her, and

slung her over his shoulder.

She poured desperate arguments onto his back. “Release me! Do not do

this! You are honorable and chivalrous knight—”

“Be silent!”

“I won’t! Think of your soul. My God, you went on a crusade. You are

probably guaranteed salvation. Would you risk that for a few moments—”

“Hell’s teeth, woman, I just told you…” He climbed up the bank and

dumped her down beneath a tall bush. She rolled and scrambled to crawl

away, still clutching the we gown to her chest. Firm hands grabbed her

hips and dragged her back, then flipped her. She watched in horror as he

descended on her, immobilizing her with his body.

“Spread your legs.”

She beat at his shoulders and face with her free hand. “You had better kill

me, you animal, because if I live I will not be silent. I will go to the royal

courts! I will see you burned or castrated!”

“Spread them!” He pressed her flailing arm up over her head and with

hand and yanked your legs apart with the other and pushed the wet skirt

up to her thighs.

“Oh saints! How could she have been so foolish as to ignore what he was capable of?

He grasped her hair, forcing her face to meet his. “I said I am not going to

hurt you! Listen!” His tone and eyes brought her panic up short. He

glanced over his should, across the lake. “Listen.”

Gasping shallow breaths, she turned her attention in the direction of his

gesture. Sounds of horses and talk rumbled across the water. A different

alarm replaced her fear.

“How many?”

“Between twenty and thirty.”

“Colors?”

“White and scarlet.”

“Evil guy….”

“Perhaps not. No doubt you think I should have stood in the road and

hailed them to be sure first.”

“We are along ways from city though.”

“But we are close enough.”

She could see the road over his should. The first riders appeared in view.

What would they see if they looked…if they looked down the lake? A

basket maker’s cart and donkey, and a man and woman coupling, under a

bush. Better than a half-naked woman bathing and Hero sleeping on the

hill, especially if they came from city. Or an unattended cart which might

tempt the overbold. A cart with her ruby in it.


message 2: by Leigh-Ayn (new)

Leigh-Ayn | 1184 comments No clue


message 3: by Dls (new)

Dls | 2093 comments Mod
No idea. But I have to wonder why he didn’t just say “someone’s coming, we need to pretend we are having sex”.


message 4: by Susan (new)

Susan (shaydock) | 707 comments Heehee


message 5: by Nicole (new)

Nicole (nikanne) | 222 comments So typical of the man continuing to demand rather than explain ... this behavior makes the book seem familiar but I don't think I've read it.


message 6: by Susan (new)

Susan (shaydock) | 707 comments That is hero


message 7: by Irisheyes (new)

Irisheyes | 896 comments Sounds familiar but I can't place it.


message 8: by Stacey (new)

Stacey (staceyissassy) | 1275 comments Don't think I know it.


message 9: by Susan (new)

Susan (susaninaz) | 1018 comments This book better redeem itself. I was never fond of "bodice rippers."


message 10: by Susan (new)

Susan (shaydock) | 707 comments Not a bodice ripper


message 11: by Janga (new)

Janga | 1070 comments Mod
I don't recognize it.


message 12: by Susan (last edited Mar 13, 2018 01:45PM) (new)

Susan (shaydock) | 707 comments A different time in history. Medieval culture had different rules and bondswomen had a hard row to hoe. Addis and Moira knew the rules and Moira had her own code wishes for a happy life.

By Possession. Written
by Madeline Hunter
(2000)


message 13: by Stacey (new)

Stacey (staceyissassy) | 1275 comments Susan wrote: "A different time in history. Medieval culture had different rules and bondswomen had a hard row to hoe. Addis and Moira knew the rules and Moira had her own code wishes for a happy life.

By Posse..."


I will definitely be checking this out. Thanks for sharing. :-)


message 14: by Janga (last edited Mar 13, 2018 02:43PM) (new)

Janga | 1070 comments Mod
I have read it along with Hunter's other medieval, but it has been more than fifteen years. I'm not a big fan of medievals, so I've never reread those books.


message 15: by Susan (new)

Susan (shaydock) | 707 comments Okay


message 16: by Leigh-Ayn (new)

Leigh-Ayn | 1184 comments Thanks for sharing. I haven't read many medievals but will check it out.


Aly is so frigging bored | 857 comments Mod
I remember trying this book, but I don't remember why I disliked it :D
I love medieval romance, but it's really hard finding ones that I like. Thanks for sharing!


message 18: by Dls (new)

Dls | 2093 comments Mod
Thanks. I have read at least one medieval by her—I will have to look this up.
Yes, it was different times, and it can be challenging for an author to translate those in ways we are comfortable with. I think Joan Wolf and Mary Balogh both wrote several books that deal with this, particularly where the men are adulterous. They end up faithful, but their behavior and path to fidelity are true to their times.

In this case it just seems saying what he wanted would get it faster but it’s probably also true to the times that she would panic and not hear what he said.


message 19: by Susan (new)

Susan (shaydock) | 707 comments Nice discussion


message 20: by Janga (new)

Janga | 1070 comments Mod
Susan wrote: "Okay"

Susan, I didn't mean for my comment to sound rude. It was my clumsy effort to explain why I did not recognize a passage from one of my favorite authors. Generally, the puzzles I can identify are from books that I have read several times. I'm a big rereader, but medieval romance is not a subgenre I generally enjoy and thus seldom reread. It's a strange reaction since I spent decades teaching literary texts from the period.


message 21: by Irisheyes (new)

Irisheyes | 896 comments Great pick, Susan! I LOVE Madeline Hunter's medievals. I've read them all and By Arrangement is my favorite. I think that's what I like about medievals - the rules were different and certain behaviors could be explained away because of the time they lived in. If you like medievals I would recommend Jo Beverley's DARK CHAMPION and LORD OF MIDNIGHT. Both are excellent.


message 22: by Susan (new)

Susan (shaydock) | 707 comments Thank you I will read all three I like to learn when I read makes it more intriguing for me. I read a lot of other genres and carefully chose topics they are intriguing to me.


message 23: by Susan (new)

Susan (shaydock) | 707 comments I will tell you I had to read to the end to figure out if hero and heroine were able to be together in the right way so
all were happy


message 24: by Stacey (new)

Stacey (staceyissassy) | 1275 comments Irisheyes wrote: "Great pick, Susan! I LOVE Madeline Hunter's medievals. I've read them all and By Arrangement is my favorite. I think that's what I like about medievals - the rules were different and ..."

I'm going to check these rec's out, thanks. :-)


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