This is from another book which I’ve been making my slow way through lately. A Medieval fantasy romance and by a very fine lady and author I know from the 99cent Ebooks blog. Vijaya Schartz:
Bent over the stone basin, Melusine let out a sigh of relief when she heard Sigefroi decline the offered bride. She had watched and listened in pure fascination, committing to memory every precious detail. Was she beautiful enough by Sigefroi’s standards? If he preferred plump girls as the fashion went, he might not like her swarthy slender look. The loving part could easily be feigned, though. Melusine had learned from spying on mortals that most men became dolts when it came to love, and flattery usually worked miracles. Still. The Great One said Melusine must truly love the man in order to be redeemed. From a faraway past, the image of her aging father, King Elinas, came unbidden through the water basin. Grief and disappointment distorted her father’s kind face, making Melusine’s heart ache at the remembrance. Why had he trusted her when she and her sisters only sought revenge? She now understood that Elinas blindly believed in his daughters’ love. How Melusine regretted sealing his unjust fate… much too late. The mortal king must have died over a century ago, miserable and alone in his cave. The curse forbade her to find out exactly when.
I also liked this one: Seducing Sigefroi (Curse of the Lost Isle Book 3) (Vijaya Schartz)
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Melusine struggled to bring her mind to present matters and consider her situation. She had a substantial dowry but no lands. Still, she fulfilled Sigefroi’s breeding requirements. Her mother, a royal princess of Bretagne, had become a queen in her own right. Her father had reigned over the kingdom of Strathclyde, now part of Scotland. Her family’s tragic story, however, had since become local legend. She hoped Sigefroi wasn’t familiar with the unfortunate dynasty of Strathclyde.
Here’s the synopsis:
Luxembourg – 963 AD – To offset the curse that makes her a serpent from the waist down one day each month, Melusine, exiled Princess of Strathclyde, must seduce and wed a mortal knight, the shrewd and ambitious Sigefroi of Ardennes.
Sigefroi, son of the Duke of Lorraine, suspects Melusine is not what she appears, but her beauty, her rich dowry, and her sharp political skills serve his ambitions. He never expected her to soften his stone-cold warrior heart.
So close to the Imperial court, dangers and intrigue threaten Melusine. War looms on the horizon, a Mermaid was sighted around Luxembourg, and Sigefroi’s bishop brother questions her ancestry. If anyone ever suspects Melusine’s true nature, she will burn at the stake…
Want to read more? Seducing Sigefroi is available at Amazon.