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Captive of the Border Lord Good book with plenty of intrigue Thomas has been sent by the king to bring Bessie's brother John to court as hostage for the clan's behavior John had made the king angry see Return of the Border Warrior but refuses to betray his own honor To save her brother Bessie volunteers to go in his place They in turn make Thomas responsible for her safety Once there Bessie has to learn to navigate a way of life far outside anything she has experienced beforeI liked Bessie In the first book she was mostly in the background so I didn't get much of a feel for her In this one the family stubbornness is very evident in her She is determined to be the one to go Once she is there she realizes that nothing is as it appears on the surface and finds herself depending on Thomas to show her the way And though she had sworn to find proof of his treachery against her family what she found instead was a growing passion I liked her combination of naivete and confidence She didn't understand the things that went on at court but she was well aware of who she was and she wasn't going to be any less than what she expected of herself I also liked the way that she decided to fight for Thomas and herself while trying to stay true to her rootsThomas was a little harder to know Because of his position as Warden he had to be able to deal with Scots and English He had grown up learning the art of compromise and how to read shifting loyalties and emotions There are some things he has done in the service of the king that haven't turned out the way they were intended and that creates even problems As he tries to do his job and still protect the Brunsons he finds out that the only way he can protect Bessie is to marry her He had sworn never to marry again after the disaster of his first marriage but felt he had no choice He was also trying to fight his attraction and growing feelings for her and losing that battle When things come to a head Thomas has to make a choice between his king and his bride As a Scot I really object to the great big 'Tudor' label on the cover as anyone who knows the slightest thing about Scottish history will know that there was never a Tudor dynasty in Scotland It's just as wrong as if a book about Henry VIII was labelled Valois You might think it's not important but it's just one example of the don't know and don't care attitude of many towards Scotland's distinct history and culture and the Anglification inflicted on us since union with EnglandAnyway the book was ok The second time reading this it was like new because I had absolutely no memory of the first time Probably because while the historical aspect of this is good the romance is distinctly lacking My favorite sorts of historical romance novels have always been those with generous portions of both history and romance so when I wanted to get back into reading historical romance I knew that Blythe Gifford would deliver the goods In this second installment in the Brunson Clan trilogy Bessie Brunson steps up when the Scottish king demands a Brunson as hostage For those who have read the first book in the trilogy we really can't blame the king but did Bessie have any idea what she was getting into when she offered herself instead of her brothers? No ma'am and that's where things get interesting Lord Thomas Carwell has his own reasons for wanting to satisfy the king with his Brunson hostage but when love comes into the mix it's the worst possible time and place Though Bessie doesn't trust Thomas and she has reasons he's the only one who can help her when the king has plans that will separate her from her beloved home forever Watching Bessie and Thomas fall in love and sort out their path to happily ever after is as intricate and beautiful as the Court dances Thomas teaches Bessie when she first arrives talk about tension ahem and feels believable for the world in which they live Ms Gifford's love of history and talent for creating believable characters both shine through This book will best be enjoyed by those who have read the first book in the trilogy Return of the Border Lord and whets the appetite for book number three Highly recommended will read again this book was ok to read The characters had trust issues and a lot of self doubt But when they learned to take a chance on love both blossomed in to new people Bessie the selfless sister of the powerful but stubborn Brunson clan has sacrificed herself for her family's honor and is at the mercy of the court of King James Ill suited to court life she must confront their mortal enemy Lord Thomas Carwell dressed in nothing but borrowed finery and prideUnderneath the relentless gaze of her captor she's enticed not only by him but also by the opulence of a world far removed from her own When the furious king demands her brother's head Carwell is the only one to whom she can turn But she must pay the ultimate price for his protection I uite liked this Tudor era romance I didn't necessary feel like the story was very compelling or believable but it was entertaining enough The characters were described one way and they acted completely different in the way they were described I had issues with that but not enough for me to lower in my rating It was a uick read for me the genre was a different one for me which is probably why I gave it a 3 star it was a breath of fresh air against all the Regency that I had been reading If you have a lazy afternoon this wouldn't be a bad book to pick up Miniseries The Brunson ClanCategory Historical RomanceThe next installment in the Brunson Clan chronicles is bold exciting sensual and filled with colorful historical intrigue Gifford's lively portrayal of a daring clan at odds with their king is just the type of romance Scottish medieval fans crave RT Book Reviews rated 4 stars Miniseries The Brunson ClanCategory Historical Romance Excellent continuation in the Brunson trilogy first historical romance i have read and i first it took me awhile to get into it but then I was hooked it was a fun read enjoyed it


About the Author: Blythe Gifford

After many years in public relations advertising and marketing Blythe Gifford started writing seriously after a corporate layoff Ten years and one layoff later she became an overnight success when she sold her Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist manuscript to Harleuin She has since written medieval romances featuring characters born on the wrong side of the royal blanket Now


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