With steady patience, Sir Branford teaches his young wife the pleasures to be found in their marital chambers. Though still unsure of herself, Alexandra begins to open herself to the possibilities and opportunities of her new life. As Branford expresses his desire to have more than a marriage of political contrivance, Alexandra finds facets of her new husband that promise protection, loyalty, and maybe even love.
As she gains a deeper understanding of her husband, Alexandra soon discovers there is more to being Sir Branford's wife than sharing his bed. Queen Sunniva had told her to be "noble of heart," and when the lives of aristocrats rest in Alexandra's hands, she finally begins to understand the importance of her position in the court and in her husband's life. Soon, Branford begins to appreciate how valuable a gift Alexandra is to his kingdom.
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The anticipation of this book nearly killed me. But I am most certainly not complaining. The wait for this book was completely worth it. The connection forming between Alexandra and Bradford is beautiful. The forced alone time allowed them to build a deeper relationship. I love the extremely innocent mind of Alexandria. She is just so pure and sweet. Watching her grow as a woman and learn to trust in Bradford and finally take that leap of faith with him was worth every tease we got along the way. So where do we go from here? We have been waiting for 2 1/2 books for this to finally happen. Well there are just so many ways for the story to go. Now that Alexandra is faced with the reality of the cruel world they live in what will she do? I just know that Bradford possessive ways are going to stir up some problems but let's be real her. That alpha possessive stuff is pretty steamy. I look forward to seeing where this story goes.
4 - "You are so different from every woman I have ever known..." Stars! The Consummation which is part three of this seven part series, really gives focus on the relationship that is now slowly building between Sir Brandford and Alexandra. What was initially thought of as a business arrangement is turning into so much more for our couple. The trust that was so fragile for them at the beginning is starting to grow as the attraction between them flourishes. I like that we are starting to see a little more mettle from Alexandra in this one, I am not talking about a massive personality change or anything as she is still very unsure and nervous a lot of the time, but her back-bone is starting to show in certain situations, and her thirst for knowledge in all things to do with her new station in life, and in looking for ways to endear her more to Branford made some of their interactions pretty entertaining. The sexy-times finally arrive between husband and wife as well, as I am sure you can guess from the title, and as usual the author didn’t disappoint. I like that we also saw a more softer side to Brandford too, you see that he is starting to realize that there is more to being a husband than bedding his wife and producing heirs, but have no fear the warrior with a heart of stone is still very much apparent as well. "I am a violent and brutal man... It is in my nature, when I am angered it is how I have always resolved the issue at hand… I do not wish to be violent toward you again. I wish to trust you and have you trust me, but this is how I have always been. I want to be different toward you-for you." The Shortcoming is due for release mid-July, going on the blurb it looks like things are about to get a bit more stressful for our couple with a potential war with the neighbouring kingdom of Hadebrand brewing. ARC generously provided by the author, in exchange for the above honest review.