Beloved Lord Mallory Burgess
This is the third book in a series that I love. (Beloved Knight, Beloved Honor, Beloved Lord, and Beloved Heart.) It doesn't really have to be read in order. I reread this one recently because I was thinking about it and got confused on a plot point. I quickly found my answer, but got sucked back into the story and just reread the whole thing.
In 1340, most of Anne's family is in exile, but she remains in Scotland. Her brother is held in the London Tower for killing the man that attacked her. She remains in a small croft on her family's lands, now held by an English lord, trying to find a way to rescue him.
Bayard Berkeley is a lawyer, trying to make the most of the Scottish land that the king gave him. He thought that removing his wife from London society would help their problems, but as soon as she gives birth, she leaves. Not one to let a baby starve to death, his housekeeper finds Anne and brings her home to be a wet-nurse.
Anne's once again living in her family's house, hiding her identity from her boss. But she can't help be attracted to him.
I love, love, love this series. The history, the court intrigue-- full of crosses and double-crosses. You're never entirely sure who is one what side. Burgess can spin a tale that keeps you on your toes, that's for sure.
As an FYI, this is a romance novel and contains several passages of graphic steaminess, as one could probably tell from the cover.
Book Provided by... my wallet, a very long time ago
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