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Lady Reina is in trouble because he father died in the crusades without settling her marriage plans. Now she is getting attacked by men who want to marry her for her wealth and estates. When she is taken captive by the mercenary knight Ranulf, she strikes a bargain with him. Instead of taking her to the despicable old Lord Rothwell, she will agree to marry Ranulf. He is handsome beyond belief and a giant of a man who she thinks can protect her lands.
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Ranulf is illegitimate, has suffered from an affair with a selfish well born beauty and wants to avoid an obvious lady like Reina. And besides, she is too tiny and bossy. But the offer proves more than he can resist and he soon finds he wants to take Reina to bed as often as possible. But he is a big brute and his new wife tells him she wants him to pleasure her.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   royalty loving nonroyalty

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   blissful Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   a teen Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   demanding Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   90% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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