First in the Royal Dynasty series.
This was a very sweet read. Even with all the intrigue going on, I thought that Raymond and Alys were a very cute couple and it was a pleasure to have a story where most of the drama came from outside of the relationship.
I thought that the portrayal of Raymond was very realistic and well done -- he was courteous and gentlemanly and screwed up for all the right reasons. In short, he acted mostly as a man of that era should have. Perhaps just a bit more open-minded than they would have been, but I'm not going to complain about it since it made the story readable and not obnoxious. Although he did fall in love with Alys because of her appearance, I really liked that he was challenged by her at every turn and grew to respect her as a person in her own right.
Alys came off as anachronistic -- even with the love her father bore her, it seemed that he should have been stricter with what she did and acted than he was. I also thought that she was a bit worldlier than she should have been. The thoughts she had about her father and whores was decidedly strange, for example.
This story was a welcome respite from the real world for an afternoon and is greatly appreciated.
Book Blurb for Siren Song
A Blush Mainstream Romance
Book Length: Super Plus Novel
William of Marlowe and Elizabeth of Hurley loved each other from childhood and swore to marry no other. Their fathers had more practical and profitable intentions. William was told Elizabeth had gone to Ilmer to be married to Mauger and in his pain and rage took Mary of Bix to wife. Elizabeth, who had withstood starvation and beatings, yielded at last when a priest swore to her William had married Mary. But Mauger had taken Elizabeth for more than her moderate dowry. Soon her brothers were both dead and Elizabeth was heir to her father’s lands.
When Elizabeth’s father died, Mauger moved his family to Hurley. And when he saw the rich lands of Marlowe across the river, he decided to marry his son to William’s daughter, be rid of William, and have Marlowe too. William should have seen through Mauger’s false front, but his heart and mind were paralyzed by the horrible thought of Elizabeth in Mauger’s arms. And he nearly, so nearly, also became Mauger’s victim.
Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published in 1980.
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