Married and widowed at a tender age, Princess Isabel Plantagenet understands her duty: to wed a new husband chosen by her father for the purpose of consolidating his power. Faulke Segrave, a rogue suspected of high treason whose past wives died under mysterious circumstances, is hardly suitor material, but his piercing blue eyes spark a fire in Isabel that makes her feel oddly safe and deeply curious. Quite a pair they will make, for she has dark secrets of her own that can never see the light of day. Faulke does not relish this arrangement any more than his bride does, but he can’t deny his attraction to this poised, beautiful woman whose level gaze and strong command make him ache to have her. Her seduction becomes his conquest, even as deception and murderous scheming draw closer, threatening Faulke’s life, his heritage, and his cherished wife.
The Bottom Line: As a means of full disclosure, I had no idea this book is the fifth in an ongoing series. I tend to have an aversion to reading a series out of order, but don’t really feel like I was missing anything of great significance by reading this book as a standalone. It took me far longer than usual to finish this book, because I never found anything in it to just set me on edge and make me want to keep going until the very end. I can’t say I found anything wrong with the book, the writing is fine, the characters, are fine, the plot is fine, but fine isn’t exactly a rousing recommendation. For myself, I wanted more from this book in terms of its depth, depth of character, depth of plot, even depth of general description. While I generally enjoy this particular genre, and I found this book to be OK, I don’t think this book is going to appeal to the hardcore lovers of the genre.