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Droit de Seigneur - by Alice Gaines

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Category: Historical, Menage A Trois, Paranormal

Length: Novelette

MSRP/List Price: $5.50
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Description: After the atrocities of the Crusades, Guy of Bournwood has returned home to nurse his wounds and manage the estate he inherits unexpectedly. His heart is heavy, and his dreams are soaked with the blood of those he slaughtered.

Only the pretty young woman he hears singing in the village brings him any solace. Her fresh beauty and joyous purity act like a balm on his tormented soul. His eyes search for glimpses of her sweet face. His ears are attuned to her lilting melodies. His heart aches with unsatisfied desire, but this suffering is a welcome replacement for the pain of his uncleansed sins.

But Claire is to be married to a village man, and so Guy must face the unthinkable. Another man will take her innocence, a youth so unworthy of her that his merest touch would forever defile Claire.

Guy's only choice is to take for himself what is too precious to waste on her betrothed. He will exercise his droit de seigneur, his right of first night, and Claire's virginity will be his to claim.

If only this single night could last a lifetime....

To My Readers: Historians don’t agree on whether medieval lords actually exercised their Droit de Seigneur, but it makes for a good story. Who could resist healing a brave knight who’s been wounded in body and soul?

ISBN: 9781603103626 1603103627 Publication Date: 09/01/2009



Droit de Seigneur

Guy of Bournwood is a brave knight returned home from the Crusades to find himself lord of the manor. He must make a good marriage to a woman with powerful connections, but he can't get a village girl, Clair, out of his head. Too honourable to seduce her and cast her aside, Guy's dilemma is solved when his squire John reminds him of the law of droit de seigneur - as the overlord, Guy is entitled to deflower any bride living on his land. Guy's reluctant to do it, but his desire for Claire is too strong.

Claire had always thought her life would be simple and straightforward, but that was before Lord Guy's demand of her maidenhead. He treats her kindly and with such passion, she wants to know more about him-even though he's far above even her dreams. Claire helps Guy come to terms with the horrors of the Crusades-but when the wedding night is over, Claire must return to her husband and Guy seeks solace in war. Can they ever find a way to their happy ending?

I loved this book. Droit de Seigneur is incredibly romantic, and as a sucker for 'first time' stories, this one really hit the spot with me. Claire's bewilderment and innocence are lovely as she tries to comprehend and overcome the difference in station between herself and Guy. She's very practical, both in her responses to Guy and later with the way she deals with life with her husband. Guy is so tender, a knight out of a chanson geste who adores his lady from a distance and is careful to treat her gently when they're together. His anger at his own actions is heartbreaking, but his determination to win back Claire will bring a smile to your face.

Reviewed by: Maija - FALLEN ANGEL REVIEWS

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