Nicholas de Piaget is finished with demoiselles more interested in his riches than his heart. He is certain he’ll spend the rest of his life in his leaky castle, watching others enjoy wedded bliss, until he stumbles upon a flame-haired maiden in distress. His honor demands that he help her return home – if only his heart would allow it.
Jennifer McKinnon is convinced that there are no more knights in shining armor – at least not in Manhattan. Then a chance trip to England leaves her wondering if a happily ever after might be in her future. Little does she know that a hero of legendary chivalry awaits her … eight hundred years in the past.
But desires of the heart and dangerous secrets threaten to tear them apart, and only time will tell if true love can lead them to a fairy-tale ending…
If you’ve read Kurland’s Dreams of Stardust, you’ve had an introduction to the handsome and deadly Nicholas de Piaget, a man in possession of a wonderful keep in France and a leaky one in England. On his way to once again see to Wyckham, he and his two youngest brothers John and Montgomery watch a woman appear out of nothing. They also witness one of their enemies grab her and prepare to burn her at the stake for being a witch.
Of course, our chivalrous Nicholas steps in, punches the jerk out, and rescues Jennifer, who instantly tries to go back through the timegate she came through. Poor Jennifer. She is well aware of time gates given her brother rescued his love through one and her sister found her husband back in time as well. But she never had any intention of doing the same thing.
One of the things I love about this book is Nicholas has to eat a bit of crow. He was quite cruel to Jake in Dreams of Stardust mainly due to jealousy. And he refused to entertain the idea that Jake was truly from the future…I mean Future. (If you’ve read her books, you’ll get the joke.) But with the proof of another Future individual right in front of him… and especially as he falls head over heels for her – fighting it quite heartily at times – he had to realize just how wrong he was. And he owned up to it. Now there’s a man worth having. I think Jennifer’s a lucky girl… even if she lives without indoor plumbing while in the past.
Once again, we interact with the de Piagets, see the life of a nobleman in the thirteenth century, get a couple surprise visitors to the past, and yes, get a wonderful HEA complete with chocolate.
Who could ask for anything more? (Okay, yeah. I would love a Nicholas of my own 😉 )