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As Alexandra tries to conform to her new life, she soon discovers that betrayal lies inside the castle walls. When noblewomen plot against her, Alexandra ends up on the receiving end of Branford’s rage. Earning the trust of her wary husband will be no easy task for the young handmaid.

Branford may know his way around their bedchamber, but he’s finding himself ill-prepared to handle the duties of both prince and husband. His missteps bring down the wrath of the queen, and he will have to do everything in his power to atone for his transgressions. Branford must find a way to open his heart to his new wife if either of them has a chance of overcoming the treachery ahead.

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“Please don’t get rid of me!” I finally cried out and then covered my mouth with my hand, horrified.

“Oh, Alexandra!” Branford shook his head.  “Why would you think such a thing?”

I had to look into his eyes because he sounded so sincere, and I needed to understand.

“Because I’m not good enough,” I said.  “I’m only a handmaid.  I don’t know how to be your wife.  I have no idea how to behave as the wife of a prince.”

“Alexandra,” he said, slowly drawing my name out.  “I’m not going to send you away.”

“You could,” I whispered, “or worse.”

“Alexandra,” Branford repeated, his voice nearly as quiet as my own.  “Have I given you any reason to think I would do such a thing?”

Sunniva’s words about assertiveness and being noble of heart came back to me.  Maybe he hadn’t said as much in my presence, but he hadn’t said anything to the contrary, either.

“You haven’t given me reason to think you would not.”

“Why would I cast you out?” Branford asked.

Did he want me to list all the reasons again, or was he looking for something else?  I was certain I had spent more time second-guessing myself in the last two days than I had in my entire life.

“You have…you could…there could be someone else you want to choose instead,” I whispered.

“What on earth are you talking about?”

I took a deep breath and decided if I didn’t say it now, I probably never would.

“I saw you…last night,” I said, hesitating a moment.  I took a deep breath.  “You were with that pretty woman from the court.”

I felt his chest muscles contract under the side of my face, and his arms gripped me tighter for a moment before he relaxed again.

“What do you mean, you saw me?”

“You were in the garden,” I said.  “While I was waiting for you, I went out to see what it looked like at night.  You were there…with that lady.”


“You were talking…and I heard you say…”  I paused, both to try to remember his exact words as well as wonder what on earth I thought I was doing.  If my words were taken as an accusation—right or wrong—against my husband and prince, the consequences could be dire.  He owned me, and if he decided to either cast me out for the favor of a new wife or keep me to the side as he entertained himself with someone else, there would be nothing I could do about it.

“Say what, Alexandra?”

“That you would have to replace me.”

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Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms – especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

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As always I want to thank Shay Savage and Lit Slave for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this review.

My heart hurts for Alexandra during this book. She is put through such a betrayal due to her naivete. And the way that Branford treats her makes me want to throttle him. I love the way that the queen reacts and how she makes him take time to get to know his wife, the way he should’ve gotten to know her before. Its also nice to see that he does a few things to make up for his horrid reactions. I like to know that they are getting closer, but still not close enough. 

I give this book 5 disarming kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri


My Review

This series gets better and better. This installment is better than the first.

The dynamic between our Lord and his new Lady seems to be changing, thanks in part to two very vindictive cousins. We also delve deeper in to what makes Branford so mistrusting of others and why Alexandra doesn’t see her worth. It so heartbreaking, yet very powerful. I’m loving the Queen. She is a no nonsense lady and is such a contrast to Alexandra. With these two it’s like a delicate dance. Branford knows he has to change his ways and make his new bride feel loved, and Alexandra isn’t sure how to navigate this world in her new role. Even though it was short, there is a lot of character development packed between the pages. Can’t wait until The Consummation!

5 swoon worthy kisses


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