The Marriage Bed

The Marriage Bed

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by Claudia Dain
     
 

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Book three in a 6 book series.

Spring 1155, England. He was a novice monk, pledged to God throughout this earthly life, never to know the joys of the marriage bed, never to be tempted by a woman. and most especially not by this woman.

She was a woman in love with a novice Benedictine monk, betrothed to his brother, never to know the joy of his kiss,

Overview

Book three in a 6 book series.

Spring 1155, England. He was a novice monk, pledged to God throughout this earthly life, never to know the joys of the marriage bed, never to be tempted by a woman. and most especially not by this woman.

She was a woman in love with a novice Benedictine monk, betrothed to his brother, never to know the joy of his kiss, never to be tempted by a man she could never have. Then, at a word, they were married, against all logic and against Richard's will. Richard did not want a wife, and he did not want Isabel. Isabel had only and ever wanted Richard, and now he was hers. By God's own will, he was hers.

In the marriage bed, she would turn this reluctant monk into a man of passion. In the marriage bed, they would become one body with one purpose...all she had to do was get him there.

Editorial Reviews

Mrs. Giggles
When I find myself rereading and actually analyzing and dissecting the story in my mind, I just have to give this book a keeper status.
Jennifer Keirans
For an unusual, sensual story set in a very believable medieval world, I strongly recommend The Marriage Bed. This is an author to watch.
Judi McKee
Complex, challenging and one of the most romantic books I've read in a long time, this is definitely a trip worth taking.
http://www.likesbooks.com - Jennifer Keirans
For an unusual, sensual story set in a very believable medieval world, I strongly recommend The Marriage Bed. This is an author to watch.
http://www.theromancereader.com/dain-bed.html - Judi McKee
Complex, challenging and one of the most romantic books I've read in a long time, this is definitely a trip worth taking.
http://mrsgiggles.com/ - Mrs. Giggles
When I find myself rereading and actually analyzing and dissecting the story in my mind, I just have to give this book a keeper status.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012680150
Publisher:
Claudia Dain
Publication date:
04/21/2011
Series:
Warrior Knights , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
315,376
File size:
907 KB

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Meet the Author

Claudia Dain has been published in romance since 2000 and is a two-time finalist of the Rita award. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

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The Marriage Bed 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stand the hero. I hated the way he consummated their marriage, he was selfish and heartless. I had to stop reading this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A MONK! AS YOU BEGIN TO READ THE BOOK WHAT MAY COME TO MIND IS WHY DID ANYONE GIVE THIS BOOK MORE THAN 2 STARS? YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE THE READ IN ORDER TO KNOW WHY. AS A MONK RICHARD IS WRESTLING WITH DEMONS. AS A HUSBAND AND KNIGHT HE IS A DEMON. ISABEL AS AN ORPHAN RUNNING TO RICHARD--IS A WISHFUL THINKING VIRGIN. AS A MARRIED WOMAN YOU CAN ONLY FEEL SO SORRY FOR HER. THIS BOOK COMES TOGETHER NICELY OF COURSE. ON A SENSUAL SCALE OF 1-10 ONE PART IS A ZERO AND THE OTHER ENCOUNTERS ARE A 6.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Marriage Bed is a compelling romance which will keep you up all night turning pages. The conflict between the hero and heroine is unique and formidable--no mere mis-understanding here. The passion they feel and try to hide will keep your attention right through the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is set in medieval times with the hero and heroine having a past relationship in their youth. Circumstances separated them over a year ago, and with the death of the heroine¿s father, they meet again. In this tale, the heroine has long been in pursuit of the apparently reluctant hero, so all would seem to be well for her when she is again able to see her love, but is it??¿ Claudia Dain has a talent for fully developing her characters and revealing compelling reasons for their inner struggles. Yet Ms. Dain keeps her reader engrossed by not telling all until the very end! This author writes for a reader who wants a truly believable story beneath the sexual tensions and between the sexual liaisons. Ms. Dain writes a ¿new¿ type of romance ¿ be prepared to cry, to wince, and to rejoice! This journey is not always pretty, not always comfortable, but it is ALWAYS gripping and, ultimately, supremely satisfying!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1155, when Lady Isabel Dornei¿s father dies she travels to the nearby abbey knowing she will be physically safe until her betrothed arrives for her. The heiress is not quite as sure of the haven when it comes to her heart because her beloved Richard, brother to her fiancé, seeks ablution while studying to be a monk at the abbey. Word soon arrives that her betrothed died so the honorable Richard marries Isabel to keep her safe.

Though Isabel and Richard love one another, both feel guilty that their relationship formed with the death of his sibling, especially knowing deep down inside that they prayed for a miracle to bring them together. Realizing that they obtained what they wished for at a high cost, both must find a way to overcome their deep regrets over the death of Richard¿s brother or remain doomed to a marriage of unhappiness in which love turns hollow.

Medieval romance readers who enjoy strong lead characters and deep historical setting will find THE MARRIAGE BED quite appealing though the story line ambles slowly forward. Isabel and Richard make for an engaging plot because they both feel love and the torture of guilt. More of a twelfth century character study, Claudia Dain provides her audience with a change of pace historical relationship drama.

Harriet Klausner