Welcome to Week 4 of Medieval Monday! In case you missed our previous posts, fourteen medieval romance authors are sharing a “First Kiss” scene from one of our books. We’ll post our scenes in small excerpts from now until May 10, with plenty of links so you can catch up whenever you join us.
To see all the posts for today, visit our Facebook Group, Medieval Romance Lovers. We’ll have fun giveaways every Friday, so be sure to drop by and comment on the Friday Giveaway post!
This week Jenna Jaxon is sharing a sweet snippet with us from her book Betrayal, a beautiful medieval romance. Enjoy!
Scene set-up: After learning that her beloved Geoffrey has been forced to marry another woman, Alyse is talking to Geoffrey’s best friend, Thomas, about her best option going forward–marriage to him.
She cupped his face and smiled. “Not very lonely, I would wager, my lord–your reputation gives the lie to that.”
“Mere gossip at the court, lady.” His lazy smile lit his face. “You should know the truth from the lies by now.”
“I should like to believe you, Thomas.” She barely whispered the words, her heart beating too fast. Could she do this? Did she have a choice?
Last week’s snippet on Bambi Lynn’s blog: https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com/
Follow along next week on Daryl Devoré’s blog: https://daryldevore.blogspot.com
The worst betrayals come from within.
After a night of passion with her betrothed, Sir Geoffrey Longford, Lady Alyse de Courcy is eagerly looking forward to her wedding. But when Geoffrey is forced to marry another, a heartbroken and possibly pregnant Alyse finds herself in her own private hell. She must either gamble with her reputation or marry someone she does not love.
A reputed connoisseur of women, Thomas, Lord Braeton, has dallied with many ladies of King Edward’s court, although he has favored none. However, as Geoffrey’s best friend, Thomas has sworn to serve and protect Alyse, an oath now sorely tested when he agrees to marry her—in name only—to guard her reputation. Yet, as they grow closer, and Thomas discovers Alyse’s sweet but spirited nature, he comes to desire a marriage in truth.
Can he overcome her memory of Geoffrey, or is Thomas doomed to burn with passion for a woman he can never possess?