The Beast of Renald by Amber Dane
The Northern Knights Series, Book 3
Publisher: Amber Dane (August 2013)
412 pages, eBook (purchased myself for $3.99)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: Red Heart
As part of his spoils of war, Darc is commanded by the King to not only take possession of the land that was won, but to wed Caroline, the widow of the conquered lord. Due to their pasts, they each have good reason to distrust others and secrets on both sides complicate their relationship from the beginning. Darc and Caroline's relationship was rocky, at best, and it was hard to watch their stubborn determination not to be the one that gave in first in their troubles, not to mention the personal demons that Darc just could not shake, making him a frustrating character to like. However, I felt their problems, given the circumstances, and the portrayal of their relationship were painfully realistic. Both their gradual evolution of character and the growth of their relationship were so wonderfully orchestrated into a gritty, genuine picture of two people with real problems coming together, that in the end it was beautiful to watch. You have to follow them through a lot of hard times to get there, but the ending was awesome! Great series!