The daughter of the Prince of Wales (the real Welsh one) meets an English knight as a teenager and develops quite a crush. Years later she is married off to a feared English marches lord, an Earl who happens to be the same man.
like her but his father was killed by her father so that is not that easy.
Very well written, enough real history involved (Go Google it) and a complicated story. You really keep reading.
The naked chest on the cover and the title of the novel hints at all the bedsport involved but there is enough story in between.
Richard de Claiborne, the dark earl of Dunsmore, serves King Edward
Plantagenet well. Sworn to obey his king’s every order, he nevertheless
chafes at the command he wed the daughter of his enemy--a man who slew
his father in cold blood.
But King Edward wants peace in his
lands, and he will stop at nothing to get it. If he has to order his
most powerful Marcher lord to marry a Welsh princess, he considers it a
small price to pay.
Princess Gwenllian is a political pawn. When
she’s forced to marry the evil Black Hawk de Claiborne, she quakes at
his fierceness and brutality. But she does her duty to her father and
her people, knowing she will never surrender to her enemy.
the halls of Black Hawk’s great keep, Gwen glimpses a man who can be
tender and passionate—and who teaches her about breathtaking sensuality
and a desire so great it threatens every vow she ever made to keep her
heart locked tight.
As war once more looms between Wales and
England, Gwen realizes a terrible truth: she’s in love with the enemy.
When long-buried secrets threaten to destroy her fragile happiness, she
must make a terrible choice—or watch the man she loves sacrifice his
life to save hers…