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Friday, May 14, 2010

Dangerous Enchantment by Margaret Blake

Dangerous Enchantment by Margaret Blake
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (251 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Book Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Kate knows she is dicing with danger. If the Lancastrian Lord who has been granted the house and land of her deceased husband, discovers the truth of her “stepson’s birth, both their lives will be forfeit. A romantic historical suspense of love and intrigue set in the turbulent 1480’s.

The intrigues of royalty and nobility make life complicated and perilous for Kate, but she keeps her vow to King Richard whom she had loved from afar. In the rugged country of Yorkshire, Kate and the boy Richard (rightful heir to the throne) guard their secret well.

With the help of Eagar, who came with them at the behest of the king, Kate rejuvenates the run-down estate of her husband, Lord Mellor, whom she knows only by reputation. Even though she is only eighteen, she had learned how to manage a household and servants during her years at court with a querulous queen.

Mellorsdale estate prospers. However, it becomes the property of the crude warrior Welshman Efan Caradoc by edict of the new king Henry Tudor after King Richard and Lord Mellor are killed and the war is lost.

Kate had also learned the art of plotting, planning, and scheming. With the help of Edgar and the abbot, she keeps Richard safe, but the price is high. She pays with her freedom to keep Richard from being sent away to be a page and to keep herself from being sent to a convent.

Efan Caradoc, son of a kitchen wench, has no idea who his father is. He survived only by being meaner than the brutes that mistreated him all his life until he grew big and tough. Having proven himself a loyal and winning warrior and leader, he is awarded Mellorsdale.

Uneducated, with no knowledge of the rugged, inhospitable Yorkshire country and with no experience managing an estate, Efan resents Kate’s abilities, but needs her help. Thus, begins an uneasy relationship as Kate and Efan struggle with life in tumultuous times. From two vastly different backgrounds, they suffer hurts, emotional upheavals, and share breathtaking moments of intimacy, but Efan declares there is not such thing as love. How they bridge the gape in their beliefs and reach their happy-ever-after makes Dangerous Enchantment a tension-filled, page-turner.

Margaret Blake’s captivating characters and her descriptions along with a plot that keeps the reader’s rapt attention make Dangerous Enchantment good reading.