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message 1: by Kasey (new)

Kasey | 560 comments Mod
"What a cunning little liar you are," Hero snapped, grabbing her by the waist and hauling her from the saddle. "You know what plot. You were a part to it." He caught her by the arm and began dragging her forward toward the door of the priory, heedless of the heavy weight of Heroine's sodden mantle. "Although," he added bitingly, his strides long and angry, "I find it hard to imagine that a woman with your hot-blooded nature would actually commit herself to life in a cloister rather than marry a man--any man, including me."

"I don't know what you are talking about!" Heroine cried, wondering wildly what form of new terror a peaceful priory could possibly hold--particularly one which looked quite deserted.

"I am talking about the abbess from Lunduggan who arrived at the castle during our feast last night escorted by a small "army" of her own, and you dammed well know it," he snapped, lifting his fist and pounding imperatively on the heavy oaken door. "They were slowed by the rain, which was why your pious Father Benedict was forced to pretend to an illness that would delay the ceremony."

Her chest heaving with indignation, Jenny turned on him, her eyes shooting sparks of ire. "In the first place, I've never heard of Lunguggan or an abbey there. Secondly, what difference would it make if an abbess arrived? Now," she ranted, "you tell me something: Am I to understand that you dragged me out of my bed, flung me down a castle wall, hauled me across Scotland in a storm, and brought me here, because you didn't want to wait a day longer to wed me?"

His insolent gaze roved down her bare, wet bosom, making Heroine mentally cringe at his look of distaste. "You flatter yourself," he said bitingly. "It took nothing less than the threat of death, added to the threat of impoverishment to make me agree to have you in the first place."

Lifting his arm, he pounded with impatient vigor on the oaken panel, which swung open, revealing the polite face of a startled friar. Ignoring the friar for the moment, Hero glared contemptuously at his future bride. "We're here because two kings decided we were to wed with all haste, my sweet, and that's what we're going to do. You aren't worth starting a war over. We're also here because the prospect of being beheaded offends my sensibilities. But most of all, we're here because I find it irresistibly appealing to thwart your father's plans for me."

"You are mad!" she snapped, her chest heaving. "And you are a devil!"

"And you, my dear," Hero imperturbably replied, "are a b*tch!" With that, he turned to the horrified friar and unhesitatingly announced, "The lady and I wish to be wed."

A look of comical disbelief spread over the pious man who was garbed in the white robes and black mantle of a Dominican friar. He stepped back more from shock than courtesy, allowing them to enter the hushed priory. "I--I must have misheard you, my lord," he replied.

"No, you did not," Hero said, stalking inside, and hauling Heroine with him by the elbow.


message 2: by Dls (new)

Dls | 2093 comments Mod
Wow a medieval puzzler! I know I haven't read this one....
Great choice.


message 3: by Susan (last edited Jun 11, 2012 10:14AM) (new)

Susan (susaninaz) | 1017 comments A Mantle is a loose, sleeveless cloak, according to my dictionary. And she's wet and naked under it? Sounds like tons of fun!


message 4: by Irisheyes (last edited Jun 11, 2012 08:45PM) (new)

Irisheyes | 896 comments I think I know this one. It was a great medieval! None of her other books worked for me but this one did!


message 5: by Pj (new)

Pj Ausdenmore (pjpuppymom) | 100 comments How did I miss this one? Can't wait to find out what it is!


message 6: by Okie (new)

Okie (okieb) | 2088 comments Mod
Oh, gosh, I think I know this one! It sounds so familiar and if its the one I'm thinking- I loved it.


message 7: by Kasey (new)

Kasey | 560 comments Mod
The answer is A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught. It is an oldie, but a goodie!


message 8: by Irisheyes (new)

Irisheyes | 896 comments I had it right! Yay!!!! This is a real rollercoaster of emotions. This was one of the first books I read where I could see both sides and why they were each such jerks to each other while also seeing their good qualities. Just thinking about what he does for her at the end brings tears to my eyes.

Good one, Kasey! I'll have to dig this one out.


message 9: by Manda (new)

Manda Collins (manda_collins) | 1916 comments Mod
Wow! I read this one waaaaaaaay back in the day! Great choice, Kasey!


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