The Willing Wife

The Willing Wife

by Claudia Dain

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Book 3 in a series of five. Rita finalist.

Autumn 1155, England. She was a willing wife. Nicolaa had been married four times before; she knew how to welcome a stranger into her bed, to give him her lands, her house, and her body. But she had also learned how to keep herself separate, to keep her heart intact. All she had to do was wait. This latest husband of hers, this Rowland the Dark, would leave her as each of her husbands had before him.

He did want a wife. Rowland had married once, and still loved that long ago wife; he had no wish to marry again for no one could replace the wife of his heart. Yet when a king orders a man to wed, he weds where and when and to whom he is told. So it was that Rowland and Nicolaa found themselves married.

Nicolaa in all ways was a wife most willing and Rowland had no wish to hurt her by rejecting her. He would deal gently with her, showing her tenderness where her other husbands had shown only selfish self-interest. What Nicolaa is unprepared for is a husband who intends to stay, who plans to insert himself into her life and try to find a way into her heart. Her heart will remain untouched; it must. A woman who has had five husbands knows one thing about men: they do not stay and they do not care.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012680204
Publisher: Claudia Dain
Publication date: 04/21/2011
Series: Warrior Knights , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 704,684
File size: 949 KB

About the Author

Claudia Dain has been published in romance since 2000. She is a two-time Rita award finalist and a USA Today Bestselling author. She writes Women's Fiction as Claudia Welch. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

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The Willing Wife 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Very Different................................................................................... H and H both have believable and understandable  obstacles to overcome.   Interesting to see a romance novel where they don't start panting over each other 5 minutes after they meet.  Instead they develop a relationship little by little and then things start to heat up.  Interesting details about the lifestyle of that time period.  Well written.  I'll  buy another in this series for sure.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1155 England, King Henry II provides a gift of land accompanied by a wife to Rowland the Dark of Aquitaine though the recipient wants neither an estate nor a spouse. The bride, Nicolaa of Cheneteberie accepts her fate as she has been widowed four times before and realizes that she might as well cooperate because she has no rights or even a nay say to these arranged marriages. Though he preferred to remain single, Rowland knows no one lives to reject a regal present so he wants to make the marriage work. He goes out of his way to earn Nicolaa¿s trust. He begins his campaign to gain her love when he first concludes that she sees him as a passing nuisance because he plans to stay by her side if he can overcome the nightmares of his past. Medieval romance fans will enjoy THE WILLING WIFE due to the interesting lead characters whose basic understanding of survival makes it possible for the reader to absorb quite a sense of the era. The story line engages the audience because of the attitudes of Nicolaa and Rowland, but also on the other hand makes for insignificant disputes between them. With this novel and books like THE MARRIAGE BED, readers will deign this author as one of the sub-genre¿s aristocracy. Harriet Klausner
Amy_Atwell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! A romance in the true sense of the word.Nicola has a wealthy holding, and the King has married her off for the 5th time. Her 4 previous husbands all sought annulments after she was unable to conceive a child. She has no faith that a husband will stay, so she remains docile, agreeable, and WILLING until the latest man disappears and she can continue in her monastic style life, surrounded by women, weaving and stitching tapestries.Rowland, the latest husband, is a warrior who obeys his King¿s bidding. A widower who has never forgotten his beloved first wife, he sees Nicola¿s pain and distrust. While he never thinks to love her in his heart, he vows he will remain by her side forever. He is a husband she will not be rid of. A wonderful story, full of interior monologues, great secondary characters, and emotional journeys as hero and heroine must give ground and take chances of the heart to win eternal love. Beautiful.
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