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Book 1: The Willing Wife

Title: The Willing Wife
Author: Claudia Dain
Rating: 4/5
1 / 50 Books. 2% done!
Pages: 362 pgs
Total Pages:
362 / 15000 words. 2% done!
Next up: Hunter's Prayer By Lilith Saintcrow

First Line:
England, 1155
"I want neither lands nor wife," Rowland grumbled.

Summary: Husband #5
She was a wife most willing - Four previous arranged marriages had taught Nicolaa the necessity of allowing a strange man access to her bed, her body. Now King Henry had gifted her with yet another new husband. Would he be overeager, undersized or just plain underfoot, as she had found the males before him?

She was a bride most eager - Anxious even to get the bedding over and done with. Rowland had expected a timid girl in need of gentle wooing. What he found was an experienced lover whose obvious indifference to his romantic legend challenged him to wring a response - any response - out of her disturbingly tempting body.

She was a woman most unready - Nothing had prepared Nicolaa for a mate who actually meant to stay, a companion who really wanted to know her thoughts, a bed partner who shockingly sought to bring her pleasure. Could it be that she had finally found a man capable of love?

Source: Back Of book

My thoughts:
I have finished my first book for the challenge(s)(Yay!). The Willing Wife is a 12th centruy romance novel, not recomended for youths (graphic content).
Though the writing style is good, I found parts a little slow. I was not dragged in and made to read every free second just to find out what was going to happen next, but it was a good book. I think it's an excellent example of the hurt that people can inflict on another that will last long after they've gone and how it effects every aspect. While there are some darker aspects of the story it shows that there can be something to come out of the dark and help your dreams live again.

The next book:
The book I am about to start is the second in its series. Having read 6 books by Lilith Saintcrow before (the Dante Valentine series and the first book of the Jill Kismet series) I have high hopes that this will be just as good as the others.

Blessed be.
Tags: romance

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