The Bargain by Julia Templeton
Publisher: Berkley (November 2006)
292 pages, eBook (purchased myself for $9.99)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: Red Heart
King William orders Renaud, a Norman Knight, to take back possession of Braemere (a strategic fortress) and capture the Saxon rebel who has taken it, but when he arrives he finds not one but two Saxon rebels, Adelstan and his twin sister Aleysia. With her brother facing death, Aleysia makes a bargain with Renaud, exchanging the use of her body for her brother's life. I loved Aleysia and Adelstan's close relationship and her unfailing loyalty to her brother. My one complaint with Renaud was that he seemed to have unrealistic expectations of loyalty from Aleysia, given she made no secret about her motivations or her determination to save her brother, but once he got over his jealousy in that regard, he was a compassionate captor that grew into a great character willing to face even King William to protect Aleysia. I loved Aleysia's transparency and sense of duty. I am excited to read the sequel, The Conquest, about Aleysia's brother Adelstan!