His Captive Princess by Sandra Jones


His Captive Princess by Sandra Jones
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (138 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Earned respect is sweet…but deserved revenge is sweeter.

Warren de Tracy was assured the Welsh village of Dinefwr would be an easy conquest, as would the widow of its fallen prince. Wedding her will appease the locals and win the respect of his liege, the usurper King Stephen.

Instead, Warren is ambushed, taken prisoner by a hooded Welshwoman with skin that glows like moonlight. If he must die at her hands, at least his honorable death will silence the whispers of disloyalty hanging over his name.

Princess Eleri has never seen a knight as stoic—and as eager to die—as Warren. She’d love to oblige the bastard, but something in his ocean-blue eyes stays her hand. Plus, suspicion nags at her, for the arrows that wounded him and killed his men are Norman, not Welsh.

A ghostly prophecy portends danger that thrusts the enemies closer together, where hate explodes into passion that won’t allow Eleri to surrender Warren to her vengeful clan. But returning him to his king breaks more than it mends…and for Warren, retaliation will be sweet, indeed.

Sandra Jones keeps tensions high, dangers lurking, tempers on edge, and love scenes spicy as the story makes its way to an unexpected revelation.

His Captive Princess is a vicarious journey to twelfth century Wales to travel for a short while with princess Eleri, a widow and shield maiden, at a time when she must deal with the wounded Warren de Tracy. He is a Norman, the bastard son of the now-dead King Henry. He is an out-of favor, excommunicate Templar, sent by the new King Stephen to take control of Deheubarth, now headed up by seventeen-year-old Prince Lew, the brother of Eleri’s dead husband. Moreover, Warren de Tracy is to marry the widow, Princess Eleri to bind Deheubarth to England.

Good gracious, what a tangled mess things get in as the struggle for power, peace, and personal fulfillment propels the characters along. Eleri, in her pagan belief in “the ugly woman” at the river, suffers emotional stress. She fears for the people she loves but cannot seem to protect. She is on tenterhooks just trying to deal with Prince Lew, his power-hungry cousin Vaughn, and her father, the head of the royal Aberffraw family of Gwynedd. With Warren de Tracy added to the struggles and clandestine activities galore, complications multiply. Eleri must make hard decisions. Amidst all the conflict and hate, love slips in and refuses to leave.

I really wanted more of the loose ends tied up before the story ended. But I enjoyed the short journey with Eleri and Warren de Tracy in Wales. It intrigued, whether we were in the huge, leafy trees hiding or in a fancy castle. In this harsh, bitter time when pagan and Christian ways mixed and neighbors plotted against each other, how love survives and thrives makes good reading.

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