Release Date: 01/07/2010
Target Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Synopsis: It's 1582 and eighteen-year-old Will Lacey's family is in trouble. After years of wasteful spending, his late father has run Lacey Hall to near ruin. Tasked with marrying his family back into fortune, the new Earl of Dorset is all set for a season at court to woo not just the Queen but potential brides with his jousting skills. But when Ellie – a strong-willed girl with nothing to her name but a worthless Spanish title – catches Will's eye, he faces a bigger battle than he could ever have anticipated.
My Review: Oddly enough it was a song I heard that put me in the mood for some Historical Fiction (The Chevalier by Serenity) and though this is a completely different era it satisfied my need for history, queens, lavish dresses and some heart-stopping romance. Summed up...this book is absolutely awesome!
Things aren't smooth sailing for either of the main characters or for Lady Jane (another favourite of mine!) and I spent most of the book mentally screaming at both Will and Ellie: 'Oi, will you two just forget duty and get together already?!' but since this is the 1500's one has to remember that duty was an important thing back then. Does this have a happy ending? I won't spoil it for you, but it has plenty of scandal, one particular obnoxious rude man, some incredibly emotional romance and a some truly strong female characters. I can't recommend this book enough :)