A Sword For His Lady by Mary Wine

A Sword For His Lady by Mary Wine
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (352 Pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

He’d defend her keep…

After proving himself on the field of battle, Ramon de Segrave is appointed to the Council of Barons by Richard the Lionheart. But instead of taking his most formidable warrior on his latest Crusade, the king assigns Ramon an even more dangerous task—woo and win the Lady of Thistle Keep.

If only she’d yield her heart…

Isabel of Camoys is a capable widow with no intention of surrendering her valuable estate. She’s fought long and hard for her independence, and if the price is loneliness, then so be it. She will not yield… even if she does find the powerful knight’s heated embrace impossible to ignore.

But when her land is threatened, Isabel reluctantly agrees to allow Ramon and his army to defend the keep—knowing that the price may very well be her heart.

Both the Hero and the Heroine have been dealt a bad hand in the field of love.  The road to a fulfilled love life is not easy for them.

I love Historical Romance and this one has been set in the times of King Richard, the Lionheart. This is my first foray into this particular time period therefore I may not be the perfect one to say that the Historical aspect of the story was well written, but it seemed so.

Ramon is a newly appointed Baron. He’s sent by his King to not only woo the lady of Thistle keep but also protect her land from invaders. However, the lady of Thistle, after the death of her husband, has been taking care of her people alone and is completely against trusting the baron for the protection of the keep.

Isabel, the lady of Thistle keep is an independent and intelligent woman however, with her bad marriage it has become difficult for her to trust in men again but Ramon will not accept no for an answer.

The story line was simple, though the emotions weren’t. Miss Wine did a wonderful job in developing the story but it felt like it lacked consistency in some aspects. For example, Isabel’s stubbornness in not trusting Ramon and being adamant that both of them don’t have any relationship or passion for each other. They are attracted to each other, which Isabel couldn’t ignore for long but she did try. “The lady doth protest too much” would be fitting for Isabel’s attitude. Thankfully, Ramon was able to convince her otherwise.

Putting that aside, this historical novel was filled with passion and history. The ending was well written with twists and turns that kept me reading and looking forward to their HEA.

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