Lady of Eve by Tamara Leigh

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    Lady of Eve more than lived up to my expectations for a book from Tamara Leigh

    Fallen

    On the eve of her profession as a nun, Lady Graeye Charwyck is called home to Medland by the father who disavowed her years earlier for the devil’s mark she bears. Desperate to escape the convent, she agrees to wed a man she detests to provide an heir for her family’s holdings. But when the king declares the Charwyck lands forfeit and awards them to their enemy, Graeye once more finds herself discarded. Grieved by her father’s plans to return her to the convent, she yields to impulse and casts aside her virtue only to discover that the knight with whom she sinned is the new lord of Medland.

    Relentless

    Baron Gilbert Balmaine is a man nearly eaten through with desire to see the end of the Charwyck line for all the ills the family has visited upon his own. With the heir dead, the only remaining survivor too aged to beget another, and their lands forfeited for the atrocities committed against the Balmaines, light lies ahead–until Gilbert learns there is a daughter. And his world darkens further when he realizes she is the one who, on a starry night, tempted him past temptation. Certain she intended to trap him into marriage, he vows he will not rest until she is back within the walls of her abbey. Now if only he can forget her. If only that night did not have such far-reaching consequences…

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    Tamara Leigh
    Tamara Leigh

    Tamara Leigh’s Lady of Eve is a clean rewrite of her earlier Bantam Books release Virgin Bride. It is the sequel of Lady at Arms, which is a personal fav. Both these Medieval romances sweep you away into a time of knights and ladies, chivalry and honor, swords and daggers.

    This is a wonderful book with what I found to be a perfect blend of plot and character interaction. Since a key part of the premise is tied to lost virtue, I wondered how it would be done in a way that allowed the reader to understand the heroine’s intentional decision to go against her beliefs. Not only did I understand her decision but also her regrets; it set up the rest of the story perfectly.

    Due to how the relationship begins, it feels like there’s a greater focus on physical attraction than I typically find in books I read. All of it is clean, but it is pervasive. So if you prefer the typical 1-3 kisses found in Christian fiction, this would be too much for you. Personally having struggled in this area myself as a believer, I found Graeye’s inner turmoil very believable. In other words, given the theme of the plot, the focus on the physical made sense and was well-handled from the perspective that you always knew temptation was just that: temptation.

    A surprise favorite character was Groan, the dog. I loved the way he was woven into the story! Of course having had two Rottweilers, I’m a sucker for a big, protective, possessive canines.

    Though this is a sequel, it does stand alone. You will have a fuller reading experience if you have read Lady at Arms, but it is not necessary. Though since Lady at Arms is such a great read why wouldn’t you want to treat yourself to that one first? Both of these books are a treat, I’m so excited (though not surprised) that Lady of Eve more than lived up to my expectations for a book from Tamara Leigh. I’ve got a new fav!