Madelyne has suffered at the cruel hands of her brother Louddon. She doubts her worth but holds her honor intact when it comes to honesty and protecting others. When Barron Duncan of Wexton arrives at her home to talk with her brother and is captured instead, Madelyne risks her life to save him. She has no idea that Duncan plans to capture her in his own plan for revenge against the wrong Louddon has done to his own sister.
From the moment Madelyne sets him free and warms Duncan’s feet, she surprises him. Nothing she does is predictable and she certainly has none of her brother’s evil traits. Her kindness and unflinching honesty puts an immediate spanner in Duncan’s plan for revenge. He finds himself bewitched by the beautiful sister of his enemy and vows to make her his.
What a delightful tale this is. Light and romantic, it offers an escape into the political world of the English court. Madelyne is an endearing character, and funny too. Her penchant for always telling the truth no matter what, often gets her into trouble. She’s gentle and ladylike, but has no qualms about speaking her mind or responding with uninhibited passion. Her transformation under the guidance of Duncan is charming. Duncan is every girl’s dream: honorable, handsome, a warrior and yet tender when it counts.
The story did feel a little long near the end, but it was nicely tied up with some action scenes and a little politics on the side. Overall, a lovely, wonderfully romantic story.
Standout fiction heroines
They’re sexy and sassy with an extra side of saucy. Here are ten of my favorite fiction gals and what makes them stand out from the rest.
Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas: She’s no damsel in distress. This self sufficient gal needs no man to survive. She can fight with the dirtiest of them and come out on top.
Katy Swartz from Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout: Katy’s got her own book blog! That alone makes her supercool.
Bella Swan from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: Bella’s ordinary in the midst of the extraordinary. She’s clumsy and silly like the rest of us and that makes her relatable and human.
Hazel Grace Lancaster from the Fault in our stars by John Green: Hazel is a wise beyond her years. She’s got bravery in buckets and is not afraid to live.
Lyssa Peate from Double Life by S Usher Evans: Lyssa’s a woman in a man’s world and she’s doing a better job than them too. Juggling two identities is no piece of cake but this girls got the balls to do it.
America Singer from The One by Kiera Cass: Beauty with brains. America may have been chosen for her looks, but there’s so much more to her than meets the eye, and she’s not afraid to be herself and stand out.
Blue Sargent from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: She see’s things that would make other people run a mile but Blue takes it in her stride. From young, she’s been warned that she will cause the death of her true love, but that doesn’t stop her. She’s not afraid to love, even if it means loss somewhere down the line.
Shaylee Greene from Five by Caroline Greyling: Shaylee may be just seventeen but she’s no ordinary anxious teen. She’s got a mature head on her shoulders, she knows what she wants out of life and she’s chasing her dreams.
Beatrice Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth: Nothing can stop Tris from standing up for what she believes in. She’ll give up her entire family and more, and won’t hesitate to go against her upbringing and social expectations to be true to herself.
Sloan Masterson from Lost in Starlight by Sherry Soule: This girls got what it takes to uncover even the toughest of stories, and look good while doing it. She’s proof enough that you don’t need to be a size eight to look good.
These are just some of my favorite gals. Who are yours?