Monday, July 1, 2019

The Characters We Love To Hate...Villains and Bad Boys

Welcome back to Medieval Monday and our exploration of dastardly villains and bad guys. This week's post is from my friend Barbara Bettis's latest book:
      Sir Paxton moved quietly in the darkness, nonetheless. Prince John likely had heard of the battle’s outcome by now. The would-be king would want to know why Paxton delayed in reporting.
      He’ll have his royal prick in a knot. Well, Hades. I couldn’t travel fast with a slashed arm, could I?
      He scratched on the wooden panel, an entry he’d used before, counted to four, then scratched again. After waiting what seemed an eternity, the door opened a sliver, and he pushed his way in. hen he saw whom he’d shoved aside— Shite. He dropped to one knee.


He’ll do anything for land, even marry her; she’ll do anything for her people, except marry him. If only either had a choice. It’s a marriage only love can save.

Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she’s much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn’t long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin.  

Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family’s castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother’s dying wish binds her to a stranger. Still, she’ll allow no rugged, over-confident, appealing knight to usurp her authority, even if she must wed him. Especially since he thinks a lady’s duties begin and end with directing servants. Alyss has a few surprises for her new all-too-tempting lord.

But when a common enemy threatens everything, Roark and Alyss face a startling revelation. Without love, neither land nor freedom matters.

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  1. Great premise, Barbara. Loved the snippet.

    1. Hi Rue! Glad you liked it. He's one of my favorite villains :)

  2. Looking forward to reading what happens next, Barbara! Happy Medieval Monday!

  3. Sounds like a great story. Best of luck with it.

  4. Ooh, the blurb promises a story fraught with tension!

  5. Hi Mary. thanks for hosting me on your lovely blog!

  6. Enjoyed reading the blurb and the much too short excerpt.
    All the best, Cat