Author: Jenna Jaxon
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Time Enough To Love Series (Book Five)
Publisher: Rising Phoenix Publications
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Synopsis: Alyse and Geoffrey, Lord and Lady Longford, have journeyed to the glittering Christmas Court of King Edward III in the year 1349 to wait upon the king and take part in some Yuletide merriment.
However, when Geoffrey is suddenly called into the king’s service again, Alyse must remain at court, attending the queen and persuading her rebellious sister to accept an unwanted betrothal.
When rumors of Geoffrey’s death arise, Alyse fends off an old suitor who wants to renew their friendship. But how long will he take “No” for an answer?
Christmastide celebrations, disappearing spouses, and treachery galore!
Lady Alyse is settling happily with her new husband and baby. She has even begun to try to conceive again, in hopes of giving Geoffrey an heir. But their peaceful days are interrupted when the couple is summoned by their king to attend court for the holidays.
Their arrival at court is not all feasts and dancing. Alyse's sister has become betrothed to a man from their past, Guy, who puts our couple on edge. Guy still harbors feelings for Alyse, and despite being promised to another, he is determined to worm his way into Alyse's arms by any means necessary.
This novella is the fifth part of a continuing storyline. I was not aware of this when I signed up to review it or I would have preferred to start at the beginning, with the first book. As it was, I did go back and read the synopsis' of the previous books in order to have an idea of where we were in the story, which did help.
As for this installment, I really had no trouble keeping up with the plot even without reading the first four books. The point of view does switch between characters, which gives a more rounded view and helped to fill in the blanks of prior plot threads.
I liked Alyse and Geoffrey from the start and their affection for each other was obvious early on. This made it easy to root for them to overcome the obstacles headed their way. There is a bit of suspense here and there with some secrecy thrown in and plenty of romance, too.
In all, it was a good medieval read with likable characters and a few twists along the way. Four suns!