Thomas Lancaster, a widower with bad memories of marriage and a young son he barely knew was a hardened knight loyal to his king. In reward for his efforts fighting in the Crusades, King Edward gave him Middlemound Castle to hold for the crown. But the king decreed that he must marry the beautiful young widow of the castle's previous lord.
Lady Gloriana Stewart had suffered brutally in her first marriage and had no desire to marry again. Yet she had no choice. She had to protect her people and obey her king.
All she wanted was for her new husband to give her a baby.
Having already lost one wife in childbirth, Thomas refused to even consider it.
Sir Rowan Montgomery, Thomas's first knight, friend, and lover complicated the situation even more. Thomas didn't want to give up Rowan and Gloriana didn't want to admit she had feelings for her husband and for Rowan.
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(3.5 / 5) Thomas Lancaster is a widower who has recently received Middlemound Castle from King Edward for services rendered during the Crusades. He is a widower with a young son and, having lost his first wife to childbirth, he is unwilling to consider that path again. Lady Gloriana Stewart was badly abused during her first marriage. She isn't looking forward to re-marrying, but she has people to protect and disobeying the king is not an option. Her wish is to have a little bit of happiness and she sees one way to gain that is by having a baby. Complicating matters is Rowan Montgomery - a man who is her new husband's second in command, his friend.....and his lover. Matters get tangled between the threesome, but will they work out? Their Lady Gloriana was an...interesting read overall. The development of the relationship between Gloriana Stewart, Thomas Lancaster, and Sir Rowan Atkinson was well developed. How the characters interacted, the give and take, their history (old and new) kept me reading. Having said that, I did have a couple issues with the story. I would have liked to see more of a historical backdrop to the story. Considering the time frame (13th Century England) and considering the type of relationship involved, what I would have liked to see is more of the general attitude (pro and con) towards this relationship for the time. *SPOILER* Considering the effort that went towards Thomas's reclaiming his son, I would have also liked to see more of the son make an appearance in the storyline. My feeling is that, it was more of a "fought, got, done deal" kind of scenario that left me a bit deflated - especially since the character is expending a lot of effort to actually be able to have his son back in his life. *END SPOILER* Good way to pass the time, but not entirely sure the book will stay on my keeper shelves.