Catherine Linwood is amongst the favored of Tudor Queen Mary–until her physician father dies mysteriously. She’s distraught, shunned and desperate for answers. Catherine’s only ally is Sir Brandon FitzAlan…who is willing to risk his life to protect hers. While the handsome stranger’s courage and wit soon capture her heart, his true allegiance and purpose is uncertain.
Brand is well used to the lies and shadows of court. Yet nothing prepares him for his sizzling attraction to innocent Catherine, or the deadly plot she is tangled in, for her father took a secret to his grave that could tear Catholic England apart. With one chance at salvation, Brand and Catherine begin a cross-country journey that reveals the shocking truth…and a burning passion that could save or destroy them both.
Oooh, those Tudors–such a scheming, duplicitous, and bloodthirsty bunch! Poor Catherine was way over her head at court and didn’t even know it…
A novella, but Ms. Davidson managed to fit a full story in there. Neither the romance nor the suspense part felt rushed, but it was still short enough to fit into my busy weekend schedule. I loved both Catherine and Brand’s characters, and together made a great couple as they worked to clear Catherine’s name and figure out what happened to her father. The drama of Tudor England is definitely captured here–I see that Ms. Davidson has another novella set in the era (His Forbidden Lady) which I’ve already added to my TBR–hopefully there’s more to come!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.