Another Monday which means time for another excerpt in our Villains theme. Today’s comes from The Lady of the Forest by Barbara Bettis.
He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?
When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.
Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate’s past catches her.
When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.
“Remain and celebrate, or leave my property,” Sir Mortimer taunted.
Henry’s gaze caught Kate’s. Her eyes were wide, her lips parted, her cheeks pale. Revelation of the order had stunned her as much as it had him.
Her glance moved to Ulah, then Jamie, before returning to Henry in appeal. Damnation, why hadn’t he planned for such a turn?
Behind him stood Bernard and Declan, three of them against at least a score in the hall. Outside, Windom’s eight fighters faced equally overwhelming odds. Could Stonehill’s original force be counted on to join them?
Without more men, what could he do?
He darted a look over his shoulder. Declan winked.
By God! He’d try. But would it work?
“Lady Katherine cannot marry you.” Henry’s voice carried throughout the hall. “She’s wedded to me.”
How will Mortimer react to Henry’s claim? See next week at Jenna Jaxon’s blog: https://jennajaxon.wordpress.com/