Vow of Seduction (Zebra Debut) Mass Market Paperback – 2 Nov 2009
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Lol! When I spotted this word in a very weird sex scene I assumed it was merely a bad typo - until I looked up the meaning. Clearly my limited imagination was not grasping everything the author was trying to convey. Probably just as well it went over my head. Sir Alex de Beaumont has pledged to go on crusade with Edward Longshanks (soon to be Edward I), but he fears telling his new bride and slips out quietly after consummating the union. He disappears and is believed dead, but returns just as Lady Katherine (Kat) is preparing to wed again. Kat not being your typical meek and well-behaved Medieval Miss she declares her husband to be a "treacherous bastard" among other names and denies her husband her bed (why the King and the priests didn't insist she be an obedient wife and submit to her husband.....). Alex is part alpha male and part wimp and pleads with Kat to allow him the chance to regain her trust - but if he can't he'll go to the Pope and get an annulment (how on earth he thinks he'll get that when even Kings had a hard time getting one of those I'll never know....).
There's also a mystery surrounding the attack on Alex and his imprisonment, and the threats on his life continue upon his return to court and include a couple of baddies referred to as Scarface and One Eye (how original). Of course Kat gets involved despite Alex's efforts to keep her in the dark and just like any other well bred medieval noblewoman she can pull the dagger from her boot and throw it with daring precision as well as being able to tumble the bad guy over her shoulder, rides astride like a man (at court, no less while attending on the Queen) leap tall buildings with a single bound.....Read more ›
When her wedding ceremony is stopped due to the arrival of Alex, Kat's life gets turned upside down again. Alex wants her back as his wife but Kat isn't sure that she can trust him again. They make a wager where Alex will try to prove he is trustworthy, but if he fails he will offer Kat an annulment.
The bulk of this story consists of the interactions between Alex and Kat. These appear mostly to be Alex trying to seduce Kat and Kat going along with that but then saying she can't trust Alex. This reader found much of this part of the book pretty boring and far too repetitive. There was also a sub-plot about who was responsible for getting Alex imprisoned on Crusade, who is trying to kill both of them now, and an old flame from Alex's past. But none of these extra plots was enough to lift the book from the mundane, particularly as I found the overall premise - that Alex's one night with his wife is life-changing and yet he still runs off on Crusade, despite him not wanting to marry and being in love with someone else at the time - unconvincing.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009