Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
As the new castellan, Sir Nicholas Beringar has the daunting task of rebuilding Ravenmoor Castle on the Scottish border and gaining the trust of the locals—one of whom wastes no time in trying to rob him. Instead of punishing the boy, Nicholas decides to make him his squire. Little does he know the thieving young lad is really…a lady.
Lady Elizabet Armstrong had donned a disguise in an attempt to free her brother from Ravenmoor’s dungeons. Although intimidated by the confident Englishman with his well-honed muscles and beguiling eyes, she cannot refuse his offer. Nicholas senses that his new squire is not what he seems. His gentle attempts to break through the boy’s defenses leave Elizabet powerless to stem the desire that engulfs her. And when the truth is exposed, she’ll have to trust in Nicholas’s honor to help her people—and to surrender to his touch…
This is an enjoyable historical romance set in Scotland. The reader is drawn into the story with historical perspectives and engaging characters and this first book in the trilogy will keep readers coming back for more.
Sir Nicholas Beringar is the new castellan to Ravenmoor Castle, with Scotland in turmoil since the death of King Alexander III, King Edward of England intervenes until Scotland can choose their new leader. Nicholas arrives and immediately begins rebuilding, not only the failing castle but also the relationships between England and these Scots. This is not a easy task as the prior castellan was a brut who tortured and imprisoned many causing distrust and hatred.
Lady Elizabet Armstrong lives at Wolfhaven Castle, a short distance away. With her brother and father imprisoned within Ravenmoor she is worried and sets about freeing them. When her plan lands her as the new squire for Nicolas she is hopeful but must make sure her disguise is not revealed.
A well written engaging romance taking place in one of my favorite settings, the Highlands of Scotland.
Elizabet is a determined, strong willed young woman but is suffering from the sting of never being able to please her father. She is willing to take matters into her own hands and rescue her clan members to prove to her father she is worthy of his love. This one track mind gets her into more trouble and interesting situations.
Nicolas is a wonderful hero, a truly good person that wants to help the people of Scotland. Unfortunately there is so much distrust because of previous dealings with England that Nicolas is having to work much harder than he should. When he comes across Elizabet/Thomas he feels he can use the relationship with the young boy to help bridge the gap with the locals. For Elizabet the attraction toward Nicholas is immediate and she fights her feelings but Nicolas who likes the boy wants to forge a friendship, and before he questions his growing feelings, he finds out the truth and it does not take long before the two admit to a passionate attraction and chemistry that sizzles. But of course there are always obstacles and the danger increases when Lord Dunsten, a neighboring clan leader causes problems, it is only with the collaboration and trust that Nicolas and Giric form can they get through the danger as there are kidnappings and perils.
The pace of the story works well, as the author weaves the tale using the turmoil of the times. Slow at first when we are just getting to know Nicolas and watching the growing relationships he is forming but the pace picks up with the increased danger and does not stop until the satisfying conclusion. The only issue I had with the story is I thought the relationship between Elizabet and her father was left up in the air, I did not know what the problem was and never heard more. There are several secondary characters that play important roles in this story, most important is Elizabet’s brother Giric who will be in his own story next time. This is a great start to a new series and I would recommend it for those that enjoy the Highland settings with a passionate romance.
I give An Oath Taken by Diana Cosby 4 stars!