Templar Prize (Black Lace) Mass Market Paperback – 6 Sep 2007
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At last free of a disastrous forced marriage, Edwina de Moreville accompanies Princess Berengaria and her betrothed, Richard the Lionheart, on a quest to the Holy Land to recapture Jerusalem from the Saracens. Edwina has been happily reunited with her first and only love, Stephen the Comte de Chalais, one of Richard's most loyal knights but, although their passion for each other is as strong as ever, the path before them will be far from easy.
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"We should not," Edwina protested, all too briefly, before his lips covered hers. She thought she would swoon from the sheer bliss as Stephens tongue unexpectedly eased its way into her mouth. She clung onto him like a drowning woman as the pleasure overwhelmed her, making a soft entreating sound as he pulled her even closer, crushing her breasts against his muscular chest.
At last free of a disastrous forced marriage, Edwina de Moreville accompanies Richard the Lionheart on a quest to the Holy Land. Recently reunited with her first and only love, Stephen the Comte de Chalais, their passion for each other is as strong as ever. But the path before them is shrouded in danger and betrayal.
A terrible storm at sea awaits, as does the cruel Emperor of Cyprus, Isaac Comenius. And Stephen has enemies of his own, including the Guy de Lusignan, King of Jerusalem - a tyrant who also wants Edwina. At the besieged city of Acre, their desperate situation becomes even more perilous. Renegade Knights Templar and a Saracen nobleman all seem determined to part the couple forever. And even Saladin has a part to play in their destiny.
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Stephen is busy on various missions for his King and he and Edwina have little time to spend together, but they look forward to the end of the war and the chance to be together properly. In the meantime, however, they suffer storms at sea, kidnap and imprisonment. Circumstances and enemies conspire to keep them apart - until eventually Edwina is rescued from a powerful Saracen's harem and returned to the King, only to be told Stephen is dead. Distraught, in her weakened state she is bullied into a marriage she doesn't want. The only question is - will Stephen evade his captors and stop the ceremony in time?
I thought the plot was really interesting, a little different to the more modern-day Black Lace novels I've read of late, and a welcome change. I thought the sex scenes were really arousing and definitely made you wish you were in on the action! However, they were a little few and far between for my liking - the romping was so hot I wanted to read more of it! Definitely a very sexy book which I'd recommend to others, though the ending was a bit of an anti-climax.
Gotta love the cover of the book too - he could be my knight in shining armour any day!
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While on separate vessels sailing the Mediterranean, a storm scatters the crusaders. This is the omen that the star-crossed lovers face, as soon afterward rogue Templar Knights and nobles on both sides of the Holy Land fight keep them apart as if their destiny is to never be together. However, their love is so strong that each does not fear disobeying Richard, challenging Saladin, and confronting the papal leadership in order to be together.
The second erotic "Prize" historical romance (see the equally heated Ancient Roman BARBARIAN PRIZE) is an exciting historical starring two protagonists who face all sorts of danger in order to be together. The story line is fast-paced especially once the couple goes to sea and never slows down as fate seems to want to keep them apart, but love pushes them together. Although Hugh displayed no redeeming quality even when dying from quatrain fever (at least based on his widow's memories), fans will enjoy this interesting look at the reign of King Richard II as he leads the Crusades expecting to receive godly glory for his triumphs.