Title: Dark Under the Cover of Night
Author: Jayne Castel
Genre: Adult historical romance
If there is anyone out there who still thinks that self-published books aren’t as good as Traditionally published books, they should read this one—bearing in mind that it is historical romance of course. The point is that this is beautifully crafted and expertly edited. It’s tight and streamlined. There is not a word out of place and not a hint of anything extraneous. The plot is such that I literally couldn’t put the book down. I finished it in one afternoon and evening, and I loved it every moment of it.
The story is as gritty as the era it is set in—the year 624 AD—where women are for pleasure and breeding, and belong either to their fathers, their husbands or, if both are dead, to their brothers. The men are Warriors, they have to be, but some of them are brutal and cruel as well. The question is, will our heroine escape the brutal ones and find a man who can love her the way a woman is meant to be loved.
Raedwyn, the fiery daughter of Raedwald King of the East Angles, has just been married to a man old enough to be her father. It is a political alliance and on her wedding night, Raedwyn realizes with disappointment that theirs will be a loveless marriage. However, fate has other plans for Raedwyn the Fair.
Outlaws ambush her new husband’s party on their journey back to his long ship and Raedwyn finds herself captive of a bitter, vengeful warrior – Ceolwulf the Exiled. Ceolwulf has a score to settle with King Raedwald and Raedwyn is his bargaining tool.
Caelin, Ceolwulf’s enigmatic son, follows his father on his quest for revenge. Fiercely loyal to her own father, Raedwyn isn’t prepared for her wild attraction to Caelin – or for its consequences. Theirs is a passion that could tear a kingdom apart…
The characters are rich, complex and believable, and both Raedwyn and Caelin had my sympathy from the beginning of the book. In many ways Raedwyn has the sensibilities of a modern woman, she wants to be respected, not used, but she is trapped as much by the time she lives in as by her father’s wishes.
The few sex scenes are brief and powerful, but never gratuitous.
This is a must read for historical romance lovers and it’s an excellent one for anyone who doesn’t usually read that genre but would like to try it.
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