Aristide, Landre, and Perrin pledge only three loyalties in life: their King, their captain, and their passion for each other. So when the musketeers discover a plan to accuse M. de Trville of treason, the initial impulse to kill the messenger, Benot, is tempered by their need to unmask the plotter. But their first two suspects, the English ambassador and Cardinal Richelieu, prove to be innocent, forcing the musketeers to delve deeper into the inner machinations of the French court. Meanwhile, Aristide finds himself falling in love with the ill-fated messenger, a blacksmith without a home who rouses all of his protective, possessive instincts. Benot, however, has no interest in any man. Torn between desire and duty, Aristide must find a way to protect the King and clear his captain’s name-all while heeding the demands of his heart. Read the story of the musketeers’ friends, Teodoro Ciza de Vivar and Lord Christian Blackwood, in Checkmate.
When you hear people say, how much sex is too much sex? Well, this story is a great example of too much sex. Which is a shame because the story itself was rather good. But I found myself forwarding through the sex scenes to get to the story. And since there are rather a lot of sex scenes I probably finished this a lot quicker that normal.
As far as the actually story, brilliant story, great plot, intrigue keeps you guessing on who is behind it all. And how will they foil the plan. The host of charaters are well played off each other. Would have liked a little more back story on each main character but it wasn’t the main focus of this book.
The narrator did a wonderful job keeping up with all the voices and accents. You could tell each charaters, and with some scenes having six or more that could be tricky.
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