The worst betrayals come from within.
Welcome to Week 2 of Medieval Monday! This season’s theme is “First Kiss”. It's going to be a very romantic spring!
This week I am pleased to host talented author Jenna Jaxon. The snippet is from her medieval romance Betrayal, Book 2 in her Time Enough to Love series. I just love the title, and the snippets are even better!
In this scene:
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.
Enjoy the snippet!
Thomas glanced down at her hand, still clasped in his. “You do not care for me as you do for Geoffrey. You love Geoffrey.”
These were not questions, neither were they spoken with regret or sentiment. She supposed Thomas had no illusions about her feelings for him.
“And would it help, perhaps, to know that while I respect you, I do not love you as Geoffrey does?”
Alyse raised her head sharply, but after a moment’s thought, she nodded and said, “Aye, that puts us on equal footing, mayhap.”
He squeezed her hand and continued. “It is simply an arranged marriage, such as any young woman might hope for. Have you any objection to me as suitor other than your continued affection for Geoffrey?”
About the Book:
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?
Last week’s snippet can be found on Jenna’s blog.
B & N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/betrayal-jenna-jaxon/1118591851?ean=2940045674331
Follow along next week on Bambi Lynn’s blog.
And if you’re interested in this week’s snippet from Tremors, be sure to visit Jenna’s blog.
My heart aches for Alyse! I'm eager to find out what happens next.
Thank you, Ruth. I loved this book so much, but it was so bittersweet it was difficult to write sometimes. Happy Medieval Monday!
Oh, what a tender yet sad scene. I think a kiss might just change things a bit :-)
Thank you, Cathy! I will tell you the kiss comes toward the end of the snippets, so you (and they) have to wait for it! :)
A wonderful snippet and scene, Jenna. Happy Medieval Monday to all!
Thank you, Mary! Happy Medieval Monday!
I love that cover!
So do I, Celeste! It's my favorite from the series.
I'm really starting to like Thomas! A beautiful scene to match a beautiful cover. Happy Medieval Monday, Jenna!
Thank you, Judith! Thomas is the only character I've written where readers dislike him intensely in the first book and fall in love with him in the second book. :) Like Alyse, I have always struggled between Thomas and Geoffrey myself. LOL
A bittersweet scene, but hope for a better future. Terrific book--and love your new cover!!
Thank you so much, Barb! This whole section of the book is bittersweet and beautiful in its own way. Happy Medieval Monday!
Love this, Jenna.
Thank you, Bambi! Happy Medieval Monday!
Any objection - other than your continued affection for Geoffrey. That's a pretty good "objection".
True. That is the number one problem with their relationship. And wait until you hear her response next week! :) Happy Medieval Monday, Daryl!
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