Though he'd been raised with his brothers by the League of the Blade as an experiment, Robert Hilliard is light-hearted, taking life as it comes. But the League doesn't approve, and gives him one last chance to prove himself. A high member of the council has died, and the League believes his mistress, killed him. Robert must prove Sarah Audley's guilt or lose his standing in the League. But when he encounters the red-haired beauty, Robert is convinced of her innocence and is determined to find the real murderer, no matter the price.
Sarah, a widow whose late husband's family blamed her for his accidental death, doesn't realize she's suspected in the viscount's death, a man who was a father figure to her--never her lover. She's uneasy with her instant attraction to Robert, and when she learns his purpose to prove her guilt she knows she can never trust him...
About the Author
Julia Latham has an abiding love for the Middle Ages, when knights were knights and ladies had to tame them. After several varied jobs, the last in computer programming, she realized her life's dream of being published with Avon Books. She lives in Central New York with her three children; her dog, Apollo; and her husband, Jim.
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In 1487 Oxfordshire, someone murders League of the Blade Bladesman Viscount Drayton. His Blade peers wonder if this unknown adversary learned of the top secret society and its mission to rescue the innocent, accused or abused. King Henry orders Drayton's former student Bladesman Sir Robert Hilliard to investigate and bring the female killer to justice; blade-style or be booted out of the organization that has no room for failure. Widow Sara Audley, allegedly killer of her husband, is the only suspect based on Drayton purportedly finding proof she is a black widow. Robert quickly concludes Sara, nursemaid to Drayton's heir five years old Francis, is innocent of both murders. However, an unknown adversary is using her to distract people from the real killer. With her help he plans to find the culprit, but also must keep the woman he loves and Francis safe. The latest League of the Blades medieval romance (see Taken and Seduced, and One Night Only) is an exciting late fifteenth century whodunit that subtly uses Sir Robert's inquiry to somewhat anchor time by the lack of modern forensic tools, but only partially achieves the feel of the era. Still the lead couple is a terrific pairing as the hero goes against the cautionary advice not to trust her as men who do die. Sara, on the other hand, struggles to prove her innocence while also protecting Francis. Fans will enjoy this entertaining historical romantic suspense. Harriet Klausner