It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Hero and heroine first encounter”. Each author has selected an excerpt from one of their books to share with you over the next few months.
I’m excited to share the eighth excerpt from Barbara Bettis’s book, Lady of the Forest. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.
When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.
Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate’s past catches her.
When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.
Kate knelt beside the knight while Oscar and Sam’l wrestled with the green surcoat covering a mail hauberk. A film of blood covered one side of his forehead and temple where the rock had scraped. She’d need to clean that wound.
“What is this mark?” She touched a red place on his lower cheek.
“He weren’t quite out,” Oscar said. “I had to give him a tap on the jaw.”
“Damn tough bastard,” Sam’l agreed. The words scarcely left his mouth when he paused, dull red flushing his face. “Sorry, m’…uh…Cade.”
Kate didn’t answer. She reached out to brush the knight’s hair from his eyes—and paused.
Come visit me next week for the next installment: https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/ And leave a comment for a book drawing at the end of the tour. To review last week’s installment: https://ruthacasie.blogspot.com/