Fulk de Jobourgh is a knight of the court of King William, commanded to oversee the lands of a noble who was hanged for treason. He is also instructed to marry the dead traitors rebellious daughter and ensure her loyalty to the king. He brings her to the altar, and to his bed, before galloping off once again to command in the Kings war. Although Alwyn, his unwilling bride, is barely able to remember the face of Fulk, she cannot forget her response to his touch. At every turn, she thwarts his efforts to take control over her fathers estate, and finds herself enslaved by her passion for him. Will she be able to resist the sensual pleasure of his touch in order to save her rightful legacy and family honor?
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This solid historical romance transcends its basic formula with a convincing setting integral to the tale and believable characters. A decade after the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror gives his knight Fulk de Jobourg ownership of Castle Morlaix in Wales and orders him to marry its heiress, Lady Alwyn Lesneven. Fulk arrives to find his intended ``trussed like a Martinmas pig''--the only way Fulk's followers can get the refractory young woman to the altar. ``Rotten luck,'' thinks Fulk, who dutifully marries her and then heads off to hunt Welsh rebels. Left to cope with the sickness and famine dogging the region's inhabitants, Alwyn makes her share of mistakes, dispensing justice that is more tender-hearted than shrewd and undercutting Fulk's efforts to evade the Earl of Chester's demands for loyalty (and money). Fulk has his own shortcomings, accusing Alwyn of treachery where--sometimes--there is only innocent error. But gradually, grudgingly, they come to recognize each other's value and forge a union greater than its parts. Under the name Maggie Davis, Deauxville is the author of Satin Doll.
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