Published: 1st September 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Author: Sarah Hegger
The fair Lady Faye has always played the role allotted her. Yet the marriage her family wanted only brought her years of abuse and heartache. Now, finally free of her tyrannical husband, she is able to live her own life for the first time. But someone from the past has returned. Someone she has never been able to forget.
After years of servitude as a warrior for King and Country, Gregory is now free to pursue his own path: to serve God by becoming a monk. The only thing stopping him is Faye. Gregory has loved Faye since the moment he saw her. But their love was not meant to be. How can he serve God when his heart longs for her? He can neither forsake God nor the woman he loves.
When Faye’s son is kidnapped, Gregory answers her family’s call for help, only to find that even in the most dangerous of circumstances, neither can fight their forbidden attraction. An attraction that now burns brighter than ever before. And it is only a matter of time until it consumes them both.
I do love a good historical book, I do tend to stick to regency or Scottish ones (all the lairds and such) but this medieval one was great. It is the second in the series but you can read this as a standalone story. It will just give you a feel for the author’s style of writing which will make you want to pick up the first one if you haven’t already.
Lady Faye was stuck in an abusive marriage for years where she would be beaten for her husbands pleasure – you don’t find out about the whole of it until the end but you do get the idea that her leaving with her sons was the best and safest decision she could have made. She enlisted the help of Gregory to get them to safety back at her fathers home. She has been back with her family for over a year and had just started to feel safe, even with her heart being broken after Gregory left. That all changes the moment she realises that her sons have gone missing. When the younger one is found he tells them that his brother has been taken and the note left says by whom – Calder her husband.
Gregory has carried the guilt about not acting sooner to help ‘his’ Lady Faye for some years and even after getting her and her boys back to the safety of her families home he stills feels it. He has always known that he wanted to be a monk and never questioned it until me met her. From the moment he laid eyes on her he has longed for her and seen her as his in all but name, which is one of the reasons he has not taken his vows just yet. The Abbot can see that he is not ready as he is not ready to give her and her sons up in his heart, which is a good thing, as Faye needs him now more than ever. Gregory answers the family’s call to help and soon comes up with a plan to get Simon back.
When Faye finds out that Gregory is going to go and try and get her son Simon back she insists she goes with him. It is her son and she will not stand by weakly anymore. After getting Gregory to tell her family of the mistreatment she suffered at the hands of her husband her family are shock and want his blood. Faye gets them to agree to let her go with Gregory but say she has but two weeks before they are coming to get her back.
The journey alone gives both Faye and Gregory almost too much time to think about things that neither thinks they should speak – their feelings for one another. The tension slowly builds between the two the more time they are with each other and even with the dangers that they face you can see the love slowly coming to the surface. It’s just whether Gregory can decide what path he truly belongs on – towards his god or his lady.
A lot of twists and turns along the way, which is always good when the book is created around a journey the characters are physically going on. Felt drawn into the story and couldn’t put it down for needing to know what was going to happen and whether Faye and Gregory could have their happy ending that they so deserved.
4 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.