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Publication: September 29, 2014
Publisher: Regan Walker
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours
HE WOULD NOT BE DENIED HIS PRIZE
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?
The Red Wolf’s Prize surprised me. In a good way. The premise sounded really interesting and since I am attempting to get back into reading more historical fiction, I took a chance on this one. I do not regret it one bit.
The language took some getting used to seeing as how this was the first medieval historical romance that I have read, but once I got into to, I starting loving it. I discovered a strong and smart heroine and an equally strong hero. That’s one of the things I enjoyed most about this story.
Both Renaud (aka the Red Wolf) and Serena are strong and have a mind of their own. But because they come from a different background, they each have different ways of handling things like the nearby village. Renaud is a fierce and tough warrior and he has this idea that since he owns the land and the village, it’s okay for him to take and do whatever he wants. And Serena is more concerned with preserving the way of life the villagers already have and keeping everything the same, especially since her father was the one who set everything in place years before.
And the romance? Sizzling hot. From the moment Renaud lays his eyes upon her disguised as a servant, he is intrigued. He knows he wants to have her, but he doesn’t force her into anything. Serena is mortified by her feelings. She is attracted to him, but because of who he is and because his people may have killed her father, she tries to resist him. And she does a pretty good job of that. Expect for when they come in close contact with each other. Renaud and Serena have an undeniable chemistry.
The author did a really nice job with the descriptions and world building. I could picture everything unfolding as I read. Not only did I find myself caring about Serena and the Wolf, but I was also wanting to know more about the secondary characters as well. This book is the first in Medieval Warriors Series, so I cannot wait for book 2!
RATING: 4½ out of 5.
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About the Author
As a child Regan Walker loved to write stories, particularly about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits took priority. One of her professors encouraged her to pursue the profession of law, which she did. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool. Regan lives in San Diego with her golden retriever, Link, whom she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses. For more information please visit Regan Walker’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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