A Sword For His Lady by Mary Wine

A Sword For His Lady by Mary WineA Sword For His Lady by Mary Wine

Series: #1 Courtly Love
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on July 7, 2015
Pages: 348
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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I am always keen for a good medieval romance so I thought I would try this new series by a new to me author. This one was set during the times of Richard the Lion Hearted and his brother Prince John of Robin Hood fame though there is no tie to that legend (sadly). An honorable knight, a kingly commission, a spirited lady, a greedy rival, and a pivotal piece of land all mean for an exciting romantic adventure.

The story opens with Ramon de Segrave made a Baron and appointed to King Richard’s Baron’s Council. Ramon has been Richard’s right hand man while away at war in the Holy Lands, but now Richard calls upon his most trusted knight to serve him in a different capacity. Richard sends Ramon into the Welsh borderlands to secure that land and marry the widow who holds it all to act as a stabilizing element to keep the Welsh under control and also gain a profitable holding. Ramon is not happy with this quest because after being cuckolded by one wife, he is not keen to take another even for Richard. However, he will do his duty by his king. When he sees the widowed Lady Isabel, his duty becomes lighter and much more attractive.

Lady Isabel Camoys was married off too young and to a man who didn’t treat her well or appreciate her. Now that she is a widow and holds her husband’s lands as her own, she has no intentions of ever giving over control to a man again. Her position is precarious at best now that Richard has taken all the knights for his new crusade with the Welsh threatening in the west and robber barons and renegade knights and men looking to increase their power and wealth in Richard’s absence. She knows the sensible path is to accept de Segrave’s protection and even to to accept him as her lordly husband, but old fears rise and she will fight the changes that have come upon her to her utmost.

The situation changes when Ramon’s predictions about her situation come true as another knight enters the picture determined to take her and her lands by less than honorable means. Suddenly Isabel realizes that her stubbornness and distrust might have endangered her life and the life of the people in her care. Ramon shows his strength, honor, and battle skills hoping it is enough to save them all.

Alright, so this one had so many elements that I love about medieval romance plots. A beautiful, strong lady is holding key lands and a knight is sent to strengthen that hold through marriage and his knowledge. There is the greedy villain who uses the knight’s honor against him even as the poor knight has a tough wooing of fair lady. I had a good time with this story line up to a point.

I get that Isabel had a bad experience and she was very young at the time so it traumatized her and I get that we need some barriers so the romance isn’t bland, but a naive, willful woman who ignores common sense and wisdom can only keep me interested up to a point. She pulled a few stunts that cracked me up when she tried to outwit Ramon, but she had more than one stubborn-stupid moment, too. Her treatment and mistrust of Ramon who proved himself time and again started to get old after a while.

Ramon was the strong point. He was truly swoon-worthy whether it was his sword fighting, brilliant tactics, sharp wit, or sensual lovemaking. Definite hero material! He was amused by Isabel’s antics and had such patience with her while she doubted him and fought him all the way.

The passion and sizzle in the romance whether it was the verbal sparring or Ramon showing Isabel what she missed out on the first time around was good stuff.

The book sets up for what is to come in the series and I am definitely interested to get Ramon’s second in command’s story.

Medieval era historical romance fans should give this one a go particularly if feisty heroines, passionate romance, and the true knight in shining armor with skills that will make you swoon does it for you.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I have this one on my TBR mountain. I’m always a sucker for Mary Wine’s historicals.

    • Haha! Yes, the ol’ mountain. I have so many on mine, too.

  • It’s been a while since I read a medieval romance or a historical romance for that matter. I have yet to read this author though. Thanks for the great review.

    • I was eager to read a medieval b/c it had been so long for me, too.

  • I don’t think I’ve read a Medieval era historical romance. I picked up one by Elise Marion that deals with the king author era and I’m dying to read it. This sournds good too, I’m goiing to add it to my wishlish, which is steadily growing out of control, lols.

  • I have been listening to a medieval romance series so I was curious about this. Overall it sounds good even if her actions would frustrate me. The cover is gorgeous

    • It was definitely an overall good read. She was young, naive, and feckless in her fears that he would turn out to be like her deceased husband which caused her to ignore sound advice and her own safety. He steadied her and was amused by her so it worked out.

  • Do you remember Romy & MIchelle? Oh Ramon!!!

  • Oh dang. This is one I just LOVED the cover but didn’t have time for. He sounds utterly lickable. Glad she was for the most part good even if a bit frustrating at times.

    • Oh yes, swoony hero who had it all going- sexy, fighter, sense of humor, loyal, and respected by the guys. She definitely had it good though it took forever for her to get with it.

  • Lindy Gomez

    I love a feisty heroine, especially when it comes to historical romance! The Medieval Era in history is so interesting! Isabel sounds like she was a frustrating character at times, but Ramon sounds very swoon-worthy! Great Review Sophia 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Oh me too, Lindy! Medieval era is a blast to read. This pair sure had me muttering a few times, but they got it sorted and I was happy to see them together.

  • oh yay!! I am so glad you enjoy this one! Even though the drama could get a bit too much, I still liked it at the same time. I did love the way that this author wrote this though and the way it played out was fun. One of the best medieval romances I have read in a while! Both characters were so fun to read.

    • Oh hey, Renee! It’s fun to see we read and enjoyed the same one.

      I did have to try for patience as the heroine sorted out her fears, but at the same time I liked her spunk. I hadn’t read any by this author and now I am eager to keep going with this series and try some of her highlanders.

  • OOOOOOO! Medieval era romance I AM SOLD. That is definitely my type of romance. I will be looking into this one, Sophia! Say no more 😀

    Have a fantastic weekend, Sophia 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • You’re so easy, Alyssa! Haha! But so am I!

  • Carol Luciano

    I have read Mary Wine’s Scottish Historical Romance books . They are some of my favorite reads. I’m putting this on my TRL. Thanks or your review.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • I want to read more of her books. I’ve heard the Scottish ones are fab, too, Carol! Hope you enjoy this one.

  • I haven’t read a good historical in a while. Think I’ll add this to the watch list. 🙂