On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.
Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.
With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.
REVIEW: *I received a copy for my spot on the blog tour. This does not affect my review.*Rating: 5/5 stars
Release Date: August 13th 2019 byPublisher: Northern Lights PressI loved this story, and even read it twice already! Both times I fell in love with the story and characters all over again, and can’t express how much that means to me! I often don’t reread, and almost never reread back-to-back, or soon after finishing since the story is too fresh and I’m not a fan of predictable, but this one was different, and it’s so exciting to find a story I can enjoy again and again, and the emotions are still fresh and exciting as if I was reading it for the first time!
I really enjoyed the balance of duty and honor, the plot involving the princesses, and their stories, and the budding romance in this story. While this is a prequel/novella it sets up the rest of the series beautifully and has a complete story in itself, or mostly, but also leaves readers wanting to know how things play out for the princesses now that we learn how they spent many of their early years.
I’ll admit, I enjoyed the slow-burn between Lance and Felicia, but I liked that their mission and purpose remained focused on the princesses, and that their safety and well-being was paramount to the story, as it’s their story too, and I’m equally excited to find out what happens to the sisters, and how they handle the news of their birth and origins!