In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nichola was forced to choose a husband from the assembled ...Show synopsisIn the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nichola was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender hear. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her. Ferocious in battle, seasoned in passion, Royce was surprised by the depth of his emotion whenever he caressed his charming bride. In a climate of utmost treachery, where Saxons still intrigued against their Norman invaders, Royce and Nicholaa revelled in their precious new love... a fervent bond soon to be disrupted by the call of blood, kin and country!Hide synopsis
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An English warrior sets out to capture a woman under order from his king. He gets there only to find she is a warrior in her own right. She has fought and won 3 prior take over attempts of her keep. Not only does she have fighting skills, she is a smart one. Using her wit to evade him, she does obtain santuary. However, every bit as skilled as she is with his brain, he thwarts her santuary and brings her back to his king as ordered. At court, it is certain that she will be forced to wed. As the knights get a look at her beauty, they form a line to challenge for her hand. Due to quick thinking and saving the life of a child, she is given the right to choose her husband, rather than to wait out a challenge. She chooses the warrior that outdid her in battle and in wit to take her keep - much to his near horror (even though he was set to challenge for her). She feels she is besting him in some way by torturing him with the marriage forced. While somewhere inside, she has also done it for her heart is finding him. The first skirmish takes place right in court when another man is surly from having been spurned by her. After all, he IS the most handsome man there.... At this face off, it is Nicholaa who wins the battle of wits and proves she will be loyal to her husband. On the way back to her old home - now his keep - they are ambushed. She takes an arrow meant for him when she realizes her brother is heading a rebellion and trying to kill him. Now he does not know it is her husband, just that it is his enemy. When he fells his sister - he retreats. Back at the keep she does not tell Royce it is her brother. She is loyal to her husband, but also feels like her brother deserves some loyalty also. Although she does not approve his methods of rebellion. She wants to care for her brother's child and her younger brother and does not want war at her home any longer. Her brother forces his hand when he comes back for his sister and his son and his younger brother. Caught he retreats to make other plans. All the while Royce is training the younger brother to be a true warrior even though an injury left him with only one hand. There is challenge from the court in games of skill they must attend. The Knight that was ignored by Nicholaa wants a match of skill in order to lessen his shame and make Royce appear less to his wife. However, his minions have plotted behind his back to try to kill Royce. The challenge takes place with her brother (the one with only one hand) leading the younger warriors as their lead. There is a confrontation at the games that forces Nicholaa to once again prove her skills.
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