Talk about hostility and mistrust, it is in full abundance in MY GALLANT ENEMY. And if ever, there was a more spoiled, childlike heroine than Lady Lilliane of Castle Orrick, I have yet to discover her!
In 2005, Rexanne Becnel is considered a personal favorite, her books are a must buy for this 'poor' reader. However, in 1990, when Becnel released this medieval romance, she certainly hadn't attained her future expertise.
Corbett of Colchester is a robust, arrogant knight. He returns to England a veteran of the hard-fought Crusades. Corbett is regarded as a favorite in the King's court. His assigned duty: to keep peace in England's volatile northern territories. To achieve his goal, he weds his enemy's daughter: Lady Lilliane.
Lady Lilliane of Orrick, the eldest daughter of Lord Barton, is not happy with her arranged marriage. Definitely, not happy - until she hits the marriage bed. Ah, then she is stroked and pacified . . . until the morning light . . . and then . . . I hate you, my lord . . . And . . . Bed me, my lord . . . I despise you, my lord . . . AGAIN . . . Bed me, my lord . . . And . . . so goes MY GALLANT ENEMY . . . Good grief! Grief: deep mental anguish, annoyance, or frustration - exactly!
The book's friction is hung right around Lady Lilliane's pretty little neck! Becnel created a 'child' in this heroine. This confused, impertinent, young woman consistently scoffs at sound advice regardless of the ramifications. On the other hand, the reader REALIZES the consequences, consequences which create an uncomfortable read.
The years have been good for Rexanne Becnel; she has sharpened her skills nicely, developing into a very good author. To fully appreciate this rewarding author, check out: "The Bridemaker", "The Heartbreaker", "Christmas Journey", or "The Maiden Bride". These books shine with Becnel's talent; on the other hand, MY GALLANT ENEMY is dim in comparison.
Reviewer for: Romance Designs