Written by: Connie Mason
Released: November 28, 2001 by Leisure Books
Summary: Connie Mason's medieval is a lusty tale of deception and desire. In one horrifying hour, Rose of Ayrdale's life was shattered. Lord Dragon, one of King John's fiercest knights, brought the news that Rose's father was dead and revealed that he had been commanded to marry the traitor's widow or daughter and claim the estate. Rose was certain that neither her grieving mother nor Starla, her twin sister who longed to become a nun, could bear to wed Lord Dragon. But it was equally clear that their new lord had no wish to bind himself to a defiant maiden like Rose. Convincing the Dragon that Rose was the name of the sweet-tempered, biddable twin he was inclined to wed was accomplished in a matter of moments. Fortunately the deception did not have to last long. Indeed, before the hour was over, fiery Rose had subdued her true nature long enough to convince the Dragon it was her sister he'd wed -- and had seen her mother and gentle sister on their way to the sanctuary of a nearby convent. Though she feared the Dragon's wrath when he discovered her pretence, Rose was content with the fruit of her labours -- and pleased to have taken at least this small vengeance against her unwanted overlord. She'd be surprised to realize that the Dragon was already wondering if he'd been too hasty in sending the spitfire to the convent and taking the timid twin to wife -- for he is a man of powerful passions who would find the spirited Rose a perfect match.
In high school I went through a major four-year phase of romance-only novels. Whenever I would go to the bookstore I would prowl the romance section almost all the time and used book shopping was my favourite. I also went through a major Connie Mason binge and I read a lot of her books almost exclusively for a few months. This book was no different but for some reason it was the one that stuck with me the most.
A few months ago I had this urge to re-read this book (though I thought that it was a different one that I had) and I was really happy that I found it on my shelf. There was really no rhyme or reason for me wanting to re-read it, but I stayed up late one night reading over half of it. I think that settled my fix because I haven’t picked it up since, but still.
There is so much that happens with these characters and their story. The use of multiple perspectives and narratives just adds to the drama and the passion. Mason truly can weave a story that keeps you turning the pages. Plus, she has strong female leads with equally strong male counterparts who are incredibly manly and gorgeous. The only complaint that I have is that her cover models all look the same. Complete Fabio look-alikes.
I love curling up with books like this and escaping into whirlwind romances. This is a great romance to read and I highly recommend it. I give it an 8.5/10 knowing that I will most likely read it several more times; every few years or so most likely.