Return to an age of danger and chivalry, when three daring knights-fostered together since boyhood in the warrior tradition-face their greatest challenge...winning the hearts of the women they love.
HIS LADY BRIDE - BOOK 1
A Passionate Battle of Wills...
He was a legend on the battlefield, but Aric Neville, known throughout England as the White Lion, had had his fill of intrigue and bloodshed. So he threw down his sword and walked away, to live a solitary life, cultivating a reputation as a sorcerer. But his prized tranquility was shattered when the villagers brought him a bride. Gwenyth de Auburd was a raven-haired beauty too impudent to ignore and too tempting to resist. When the war raging around them sucked Aric into his past again, he also fought a losing battle against his undeniable desire for the luscious, willful maiden...only to learn that he had come to cherish as his wife.
The Brothers in Arms reading order:
His Lady Bride
His Stolen Bride
His Rebel Bride
About the Author
Shelley Bradley is the author of Strictly Seduction, Strictly Forbidden,
The Lady and the Dragon, A Christmas Promise, and other romance novels.
Tim Campbell is a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has performed hundreds of titles in a variety of genres and was a finalist for the 2017 Voice Arts Awards best narration performance in nonfiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't normally read "bodice busters", so I'm not going to review this from that standpoint. Since there are no other reviews at the writing, I will say that this scored pretty high on that account in Amazon.
I read this because it was set in the time of Richard III, so I am commenting on it from that angle; it is an Evil Richard novel. Shelley Bradley tells us that it was inspired by Alison Weir's The Princes in the Tower, and apologizes to the Richard III Society, since she knows they will not like it. No matter, they will get their revenge picking at the historical inaccuracies and laughing their heads off at the historical howler in the Prologue, dated November, 1485. The hero Aric Neville convinced Sir Thomas More to investigate the fate of the princes and More was able to prove that they were murdered. More was in fact 6-1/2 at this time; I believe that Alison Weir pointed out that he was a child at this time.
I was not going to say anything further, but the author dedicates her book to: "With gratitude to readers everywhere who keep history alive by supporting fiction about days past." Then why doesn't she put more history in her fiction, instead of writing this vaguely medieval setting that could be almost anywhere, including a fantasy novel?
Great hero, ungrateful heroine. In the beginning I understood Gwenyth's feelings. She had been raised in a loving noble family to be a lady only to then be treated as little more than a servant when her uncle became her guardian. So, naturally she was upset when forced to marry a man, Aric, who lived in a hovel and was seen as a sorcerer. However, Aric treated Gwenyth with kindness, understanding and an endless supply of patience in the face of her constant name calling and bemoaning of her fate. She was justified in her anger when she found out who he truly was when he was called back into service. Again though, even after noting how miserable her husband was and acknowledging his reasons for leaving that life behind she continued to belittle him. Aric was weighed down with guilt for an event that led to an innocent's death. He refused to share this burden with Gwenyth. He also refused to allow her to perform her duties as his wife outside of the bedchamber, instead letting his father's young, beautiful and power hungry widow to continue running the household. Both of these made Gwenyth question her position and may have contributed to her acting out but didn't keep her from falling in love with him. Several times in the story Gwenyth does some soul searching and realizes what a brat she's being after repeatedly telling Aric that she seeks not just security but the running of a castle and servants since that's what she had been raised to do and vows to change her behavior because she loves him. However, when Aric asks her to go back to that hovel of a cottage with him that love is tested. She fails miserably telling Aric "you cannot give me everything my heart desires, then rip it away from me as if it meant nothing." Both Aric and Gwenyth have their faults. However, Aric seemed to learn from his and become a better person whereas Gwenyth would recognize hers, change for a bit then revert back to those same behaviors. Since that happened throughout the book, I'm left thinking it will continue to do so even after the end.