In the glittering, sumptuous court of Eleanor of Acquitaine, betrayal lurks around every corner. The queen is at odds with her king, and to obey one could mean treason against the other. Even Alienore, considered the most virtuous lady at court, holds secrets; He is called the Raven—his face scarred by a Saracen blade, his voice raspy with the effects of Greek fire. His parentage is unknown, his prowess legendary. And he'll sell his sword to the highest bidder. As his piercing eyes track her every move, Alienore wonders who he's working for now.
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About the Author
Laura Navarre writes dark and sexy historical fiction, from the elegant court of Eleanor of Aquitaine to the glittering palaces of Imperial Russia. Her academic degrees include an M.A. in National Security Policy from The George Washington University and a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University. For ten years she worked with a U.S. Government agency to control the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Navarre’s novels are spiked with political intrigue inspired by the sinister realities she experienced in real life. She is currently a student in the Stonecoast MFA program on Writing Popular Fiction.
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"The Devil's Temptress", by Laura Navarre, is a superbly told tale of medieval political intrigue and the two passionate lovers caught in the court's spidery web. Alienore of Lyonstone is the personal scribe and favored lady-in-waiting of Eleanor of Aquitane, the displaced wife of Henry Plantagenet, King of England. Secretly trained in the skills of a knight of battle, Alienore takes up the cause of women she believes to have been wronged. She meets her match on the battlefield in the form of a mysterious dark knight known as the "Raven". Scarred inside and out, the Raven uses his position as master-at-arms to cloak his hidden agendas. Is the black knight honorable, or is he the Devil in human form? Should Alienore give in to the powerful longings created by the Raven's tough and tender manner? Will he give his heart, something he has vowed never to do again? Ms. Navarre spins this enthralling romantic tale with great skill and historical detail. "The Devil's Temptress" is a very involving adventure which is also richly characterized. Highly recommended!
The heroine, Alienore, is a strong young woman in a world where most women are only chattel. Refusing to accept the match made by her brother she flees to France to become the Privy Chancellor to Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Alienore is pure of heart, and somewhat naive and innocent of the ways of people, yet she is surrounded by courtiers who live and breathe deception, with ulterior motives behind every deed and word. While honest in many ways she strives to deny her passionate nature due to the sins of her mother by assuming the role of the Queen's most virtuous Lady. Raven is her dark hero. He is darkness, just as much as Alienore is lightness. He has experienced the evil that resides in the soul of man during his Crusade, yet he has lived through those heinous and abominable acts committed against humanity. He is mysterious, brooding, and somewhat sinister...at least that is how he projects himself to others. And though he feels that he has lost all his faith in both God and humanity, and thinks that his soul, as well as his ability to love, has been eradicated...deep down where it matters most, he is strong, and honorable, and redeemable. They are both courageous as well as champions to the causes that they believe in. I think the author does an incredible job of creating the world that the characters live in. I thought that the character of Alienore was very intriguing, though maybe not completely believable. The reader is led to believe that she has lived a very sheltered life prior to fleeing her home and seeking shelter with the Queen, her Godmother. Because of that, I did find it a little hard to believe that she would be appointed as the Queen's Privy Chancellor given her young age and her naiveté, despite her bravery, though it did work to the Queen's advantage which, more than likely, is the reason for the decision to give her such an important role in the Queen's entourage. There are a few brief, yet affecting and intimate love scenes that explore their relationship, however I wish there would have been a few more revealing love scenes because I felt that it was important for Alienore's character to explore the passion that she tries to repress because of her Mother's infidelity. She becomes "Lady Virtue" because of this past scandal, and while The Raven tempts her to recognize the passion within herself that she ardently wishes to deny...she eventually succumbs to his seduction. I wanted to see Alienore recognize her true self because of her Devil's love. No one can argue the importance of having a great hero and heroine, but in a story like this one, you also have to have great villains. This story has a cast of great villains! Some are really evil, others are subtly manipulative...i.e. the type of characters that you love to hate ;) Because of complexity of the plot revolving around the villainous characters, I felt that the ending was a bit confusing, and as a result the dramatic end didn't have as much intensity as it could have had. Yet, despite a slight tendency to overuse descriptive adjectives and a somewhat liberal use of purple prose, I really enjoyed The Devil's Temptress. It has great intrigue, betrayal, deception, and of course love. I think it really captures how precarious life was for someone living in a royal court in this tumultuous time period. Overall, I felt it was a very good read that any fan of historical romance is sure to enjoy. Overall: 4.25 stars Reviewed for Seductive Musings blog.