Alicia has kept Hawkspoint estate running and prospering for the past six years. Although hers was an arranged marriage, Alicia found her husband, Reys to be a kind and gentle man. Wed only six months, Reys went to join the Crusades. That was five long years ago, and although Alicia still holds out hope that he will return, she must face the possibility that he is dead. A strange, scarred minstrel is asking questions and has her concerned about his motives. When Alicia confronts the man, her world is forever changed.
Although a short story, this is a wonderfully moving and erotic read. The characters are surprisingly well developed for the length of the story. Flashbacks are used to concisely explain the past so that the story can continue with the present. Alicia and Reys are truly incredible people and I really felt for both of them. Besides being emotional, this is also a very sensual and sexy read. It's the perfect story for rainy Sunday afternoon. It will leave you smiling.
Alicia was barely a bride before her husband Reys left on Crusade, and she has waited six years for any word on his whereabouts. Without a strong lord, the castle is in a precarious position and it is only a matter of time until the king orders her to remarry or tries to take the keep by force.
When a mysterious hooded minstrel shows up at the castle, the man’s furtive actions lead Alicia to believe he is a spy. She confronts him—and discovers he is no stranger. Reys is scarred emotionally and physically by his years in a foreign prison. Now both are left wondering if there is a future for them or if the love they once shared is gone forever.