Bedding the Enemy

Bedding the Enemy

by Mary Wine
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keir McQuade takes his new role as Laird very seriously. Unlike his ruthless father and his treacherous brothers, Keir fully intends to fulfill his duty to his people and that means marrying and providing heirs as well as pledging fealty to the English King. Keir prides himself on being an honorable man and his word is his bond but he never would have imagined the trials and tribulations he'll face just by visiting the King's court. Helena Knyvett is sick and tired of her brother Edmund's abusive and manipulative ways. He's using her to advance his place at court and his latest plot would mean the ruination of a Scottish girl, Raelin, one of the Queen's ladies - something Helena isn't willing to aid him in doing. Helena hates court and all the backstabbing and mind games but when she captures the attention of one very determined Scotsman things definitely get very interesting. Like most titled young women, Helena has been raised with the knowledge that she'll marry to further her family's social position and wealth. Love isn't even a consideration. That doesn't stop her from being drawn to Keir despite her brother's obvious disapproval. While she goes through the motions to do as her brother demands, Helena befriends Raelin and fervently prays that nothing untoward happens to her. Unfortunately Helena's brother proves to be every bit as ruthless as she believes him to be and he assaults Raelin. Keir witnesses the attack and comes to her rescue before she's seriously harmed but that puts Keir in a precarious position. Edmund's position as a peer of the realm means that he gets away with many things he really shouldn't. In this case, Edmund miscalculated because Helena was with Raelin at the time of the attack and she backs up everything Keir and Raelin say happened - at great personal risk to herself. For Keir, rescuing Helena from her deranged, self-involved brother is going to be rather tricky. He's a highlander and thus deemed unworthy. Fortunately, the King is a Scotsman and he has his own ideas on how to handle the whole situation. The English court is full of ambitious men, scandal and intrigue but throw in a love match and you're adding kindling to the fire. Some people will stop at nothing to obtain their goals - can Keir and Helena survive Edmund's maneuvering or will they meet their fates in the Tower of London? Mary Wine sweeps readers back in time and deposits you in King James Stuart's court amidst all the brilliant fashions and posturing right down to the uglier behind the scenes treachery and scandal. BEDDING THE ENEMY blends fascinating characters with stunning portrayals of ruthless ambition. Throw in love at first sight and a larger than life Highlander and you have the makings of a breathtaking historical romance. I had to admire Helena and Keir's honesty and refusal to cower in the face of adversity. They're strong individuals who instill you with a feeling of empowerment, like you can achieve anything if you're willing to believe. As you can tell, I love this book and hoping there will be more to come involving characters introduced in BEDDING THE ENEMY - including Raelin. A girl as spirited as Raelin certainly needs a story of her own. Mary Wine's attention to detail makes it easy to visualize the scenes while her whimsical and sometimes lighthearted approach brings them to life. BEDDING THE ENEMY is definitely a must read historical romance.
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Momov4 More than 1 year ago
My favorite is the second in the series!
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kmTX More than 1 year ago
Another typical Scottish romance. Like the author and would recommend to others. I have now read several others and would continue to do more by this author. I wasn't disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent Read!!!! So exciting, lots of romance, mystery!!! One thing, some author's leave out the age of the main characters like in this book. I like to know the actual age so I can picture how they look!!! Love this author, keep the books coming!!!! Highly Recommend!!!
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RomanceEnthusiast More than 1 year ago
Set in the court of King James Stuart, Mary Wine brings the values, morality, prejudices, intrigue, and scandals of 1604's English aristocracy to life in this fast paced historical romance. Laird Keir McQuade, the quintessential Scottish hero, travels to London to make an oath of homage to James Stuart, repair the damage to his clan's good name, and to find a bride who will be an asset to his clan. The "love at first sight" encounter with Lady Helena Knyvett and their developing relationship is steeped in romance and sensuality. Very likable hero and heroine with good character development. The greedy, scheming, Edward Knyvett, Lady Helene's brother, has surprising plots and plans throughout the book that make for a suspenseful and page-turning read. Edward is a character that you can truly hate! Bedding the Enemy is a 5-star read that I could not put down. I'm looking forward to reading more Mary Wine.
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