A MEDIEVAL WORLD OF ROMANCE AND HEARTBREAK AWAIT YOU IN THIS LOVELY WELL-WRITTEN TRILOGY
Title: Betrothal, Book 1 of 3 (Time Enough to Love) Novella
Author: Jenna Jaxon
Genre: Medieval Romance
Story Setting: June, 1348; London, England
Published By: Rising Phoenix Publications (April 17, 2013)
About the Author: Jenna Jaxon is an author of historical and contemporary romances. Her historical romance, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in a series of five interconnecting novels, released in July 2012. Her contemporary works include Hog Wild, Almost Perfect, and 7 Days of Seduction. She’s a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and member of Chesapeake Romance Writers. Her medieval romance, Time Enough to Love, is publishing as a novella trilogy. The first book, Betrothal, released on April 19th. The second, Betrayal, released January 31.
Jenna has read and written historical romance since a teenager. Although a romantic, she loves to incorporate a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, or surprise. When not busy with her books she enjoys her time as director of local theatres.
For further information about Ms. Jaxon http://jennajaxon.wordpress.com
About the Story: Lady Alyse de Courcy, attendant of Princess Joanna of King Edward III’s court, loved Lord Braeton from a distance. He didn’t know she existed until his best friend betrothed her. Sir Geoffrey of Longford was betrothed to Lady Alyse before he met her through his father, as was the norm at that time. He loved Lady Alyse at first sight, however. Lady Alyse didn’t feel the same way. She wished it were Lord Braeton.
To make matters worse, Sir Geoffrey didn’t present himself very well. One moment he was quite courtly, the next possessed with jealousy toward his long standing friend Lord Braeton. Would Sir Geoffrey’s jealousy and his hot and cold approach to Lady Alyse prevent her from loving him? Would she always wish that she could marry Lord Braeton?
Excerpt from Betrothal:
God have mercy on me, for by the look of him, this man will not.
Fearful, she cringed as her gaze climbed higher, over his chest, over his chin, finally resting on the dark blue eyes turned toward her.
Goeffrey returned her appraisal, his gaze sweeping her figure as a smile crept over his face. “Your Majesty.” He spoke to the king but his attention remained fixed on Alyse. “When my father told me of the betrothal contract before I left his home, I resolved to play the dutiful son. Now, however, I find I do not wish to act that role after all.” His eyes held hers as he paused.
Dear God, does he mean to renounce me here before the entire court?
Alyse stared at the man beside her, willing herself to remain upright, despite the waves of ice and fire alternating through her body.
“Now I find I would rather play the ardent lover.”
An amused murmur ran through the Hall at his words. Sir Geoffrey grinned, his eyes sparkling with humor and something more. Despite the uneven light, Alyse saw an unfathomable promise in their dark depths. She took a shaky breath and looked away.
“I affirm Lady Alyse to be all that could be hoped for in a wife. Please you and God, we shall make the match and with all good haste.”
His self-satisfied tone and the thought of his outrageous teasing touched a contrary nerve in Alyse. She pulled her wits together and beamed brilliantly at her newly-betrothed lord. “Take care, my lord, for the wise women say, ‘Marry in haste, repent at leisure.’”
Sir Geoffrey raised a dark eyebrow while those around the banquet all laughed. Heat pounding at her audacity, Alyse watched helplessly as he reached over and lifted her hand. “Such repentance could never be suffered too slowly, my lady, if ‘twere your gentle hand that held mine through it.”
My Thoughts: The novella, fast-paced and solidly written, had me well engaged in the story. I saw Lady Alyse as a woman who would give her heart completely to the man she loved and I enjoyed how she affected Sir Geoffrey with her sweetness and sincerity.
Each of the three main characters were well-developed and quite believable. Jenna Jaxon’s talent with words vividly painted each scene and her use of medieval language made it genuine. The happy ever after that I was hoping for at the end of the story, didn’t quite happen. It did make me want to read book 2, however. If you enjoy medieval reads, the dialog in this one is superb.
Jenna Jaxon is blog touring for the next couple of weeks. Here is her tour schedule. http://jennajaxon.wordpress.com/blog-tour/ Stop by, she has very enticing excerpts from her next novella.
Betrayal, the second book released January 28, 2014. If you would like to purchase the first part of the trilogy, Betrothal, it is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Betrothal-Time-Enough-Love-ebook/dp/B00CF6UZFW/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1366769710&sr=1-2&keywords=betrothal