Harlequin Historical, Jul 2003, 5.25
For almost two decades Lord Raymond Beauchamp waited to complete his vow of killing his abusive older brother Alonso even while he received increasing indignities and mistreatment from his vicious sibling. By 1200, Raymond decides enough is enough and plans to lead a rebellion against his titled brother, but fate has other plans for him.
Welsh Lord Morgan, believing he can manipulate Raymond through using the man's quest to rid himself of his older brother's strangulating yoke, decides his daughter Ceridwen is the perfect bait to forge an alliance with the widower. Ceridwen wants nothing to do with either Beauchamp, remembering one of the English killed her Owain and treated her with disdain at a battle four years ago. Still, she reluctantly does her sire's bidding starting with the abduction of Raymond's beloved dog Hamfest as a hostage. If he wants his canine back, he must marry Ceridwen. As Ceridwen and Raymond fall in love, she tries to persuade him that he needs to lead the Welsh and English to freedom.
Perfect surname for a medieval author aside, BEAUCHAMP BESIEGED is an entertaining historical romance that sub-genre readers will want to obtain. The story line is loaded with action that brings to life to 1200 Wales. The lead characters are a delightful duo falling in love while his authoritative brother and her powerful father try to use them and Hamfest as pawns. Though his sibling is too nasty to accept, the audience will enjoy this fine tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner