Review: VOW OF DECEPTION by Angela Johnson
Reviewed by Barbara
As a knight, Sir Rand Montague’s allegiance is to King Edward I. But when the king orders Rand to escort Rosalyn Harcourt to court in order to wed her off to Sir Golan—a crass knight Rand abhors—he’s torn between duty and desire. For Rand has never forgotten the woman he spent one unforgettable night of passion with…
After suffering abuse at the hands of her deceased husband, Rose wishes to never wed again. But when Rand rescues her after Sir Golan attempts to compromise her, she agrees to marry Rand in name only. However, sharing such close quarters with Rand brings back memories of their torrid rendezvous—and tempts Rose to give in to an all-consuming desire…
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Released: November 2010
Why I Read It: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
At the king’s command, Sir Rand Montague arrives at Ayleston Castle. He has been charged with returning the widow Rosalyn Harcourt to court so that she may be wed. A loyal and revered knight, Rand always follows through with his orders. This time, however, it is taking every ounce of strength he has to do as he was charged. The sister of his childhood friend, Rose has always held a special place in his heart. It pains him to know that she suffered so terribly at the hands of her late husband. He is tormented further to know that he will soon be delivering her in to the arms of yet another man, even knowing how desperately she wishes to refrain from marrying again. To add to his turmoil, every look at Rose plagues Rand with thoughts of the one night of passion they had spent together many years before.
With the death of her husband, Rose was finally free from years of abuse. But with land and wealth, Rose knows she is a target and could easily be handed over to any lord to marry. Not willing to fall victim to yet another husband’s cruelty, she is determined to take a vow of chastity. But the Bishop has been delayed several times in coming to her, so Rose concludes she will simply have to go to him. But before she gets a chance to leave, Rand shows up on her doorstep demanding she return with him to court and turns her hopes of freedom in to dust.
Once they arrive at court, Rose is terrified to learn that she is set to marry Sir Golan de Coucy. A strikingly handsome man, he seems kind, but there's is something in his dark eyes that leaves Rose with a feeling of unease. Not to mention, there are the rumors of his involvement in his late wife's demise. But, Rose hasn’t a choice in the matter. The king has ordered the marriage and so if she doesn’t want to attract the king’s wrath, she will do as she is told.
In true romance style, it isn’t long before Golan shows his true colors and Rand is there to protect an emotionally and physically drained Rose. Willing to do anything to keep her safe, Rand offers to marry her just to keep her from Golan’s clutches--and those of any other Lord or Knight who may wish to claim her.
And so Rand marries Rose, if only to protect her. Their marriage is never meant to be anything more than a marriage of convenience. Rose doesn’t want a “husband” and Rand doesn’t want a “wife”, especially when some sort of tragedy has always befallen any woman he has ever loved. But, he doesn’t love Rose, does he?
Emotionally and physically he struggles to keep his promise to keep his hands off her, even as his fear comes to light and he realizes that he is surely falling in love with Rose. Not only will he have to convince this emotionally beaten woman that he’ll never let any harm befall her, but because of past demons, he needs to convince himself as well. Especially now that Golan is hell bent on revenge.
I almost immediately bonded with Rose, which for me is rare. Heroines in romance have a tendency to agitate me with their trivial nonsense. Rose, however, was a woman who was just so broken emotionally after all she had suffered at the hands of her husband. I’ll tell you, the man was a bastard. A true villain. I couldn’t help but sympathize with her turmoil which only made it easier to understand her motives and reactions. Rose may have come out of her hardship stronger, but the damage remained, making her feel it was impossible for her to ever love or be loved again.
Rand’s character was very well constructed both emotionally and physically. He’s strikingly handsome with a smile (and dimple) that could melt even the coldest of hearts. But, like Rose, he suffered emotionally. Only with Rand, his pain was from self inflicted hauntings from his past. Because of the kindhearted and good man that he was, he believed himself responsible for any wrongs that fell upon those he loved. The pressure to always save them, and the regret if he didn’t overwhelmed him. He is also consumed with the need to prove himself worthy after having been tossed aside by his own father years before. While reading this tale I couldn’t help but fall completely in love with Rand’s character. He is physically strong and determined, definitely not someone to toy with, and yet, his tender and emotional side completely steal your heart. Powerful and gentle all in one package…sigh…
Angela Johnson’s portrayal of this time period and these characters was beautifully written. There are a few twists and secrets which are revealed throughout the story. The romance was passionate and very emotional. Over all, I thought the author succeeded in writing an adventurous and romantic tale that is sure to keep you turning the pages.
My Rating: 4 Stars
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Kat refuses to forgive him. But Alex will not be gainsaid. He vows to seduce her all over again and his searching kisses reawaken the sensual fire they once knew—until an enemy determined to destroy them both closes in. Now Alex must risk everything for the one woman whose love he wants forever.
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