Sir Renaud de Pierrepont, the Norman knight known as the Red Wolf for the beast he slayed with his bare hands, hoped to gain lands with his sword. A year after the Conquest, King William rewards his favored knight with Talisand, the lands of an English thegn slain at Hastings, and orders him to wed the heiress that goes with them, Lady Serena.
SHE WOULD LOVE HIM AGAINST HER WILL
Serena wants nothing to do with the fierce warrior to whom she has been unwillingly given, the knight who may have killed her father. When she learns the Red Wolf is coming to claim her, she dyes her flaxen hair brown and flees, disguised as a servant, determined to one day regain her lands. But her escape goes awry and she is brought back to live among her people, though not unnoticed by the new Norman lord.
Deprived of his promised bride, the Red Wolf turns his attention to the comely servant girl hoping to woo her to his bed. But the wench resists, claiming she hates all Normans.
As the passion between them rises, Serena wonders, can she deny the Norman her body? Or her heart?
This is the first medieval that I’ve read that dates back the oldest – to the Saxon period. I thoroughly enjoyed it especially Serena and Renaud’s relationship – how she fools him into thinking she is a servant but he ends up finding out who she really is which leads to him wooing and claiming the bride he was promised and so much desired. I loved the part where he learns that Serena ‘the servant’ has left the castle and he goes looking for her, finding her notching off arrow after arrow just as fast and good as a man which leads him to suspect she is Serena – his must promised and wanted prize – which leads him to carrying her to the stream and dipping her hair into the water to reveal her flaxen blond locks and her real identity. Due to the time this book is taken place, the dialog is written a bit differently but still understandable an it doesn’t deter you away from reading – in fact it adds to the book, making it feel medieval-ish. I look forward to the other novels from this series and author.