Chained by Elise Marion
House Toustain … House Maignart … two royal houses once embroiled in a bloody feud … Twenty years of peace now broken in an instant …
Sir Caden Maignart has been captured, beaten, locked in a dungeon, and wrongfully accused of kidnapping and oath-breaking. Determined to free himself and his men, and clear his besmirched name, Caden does not count on the willful nature of his captor, Lady Gwendolyn Toustain, the daughter of the man who was once his father’s mortal enemy. After several attempts at escape, the lady orders him bound and chained to a wall in her chambers—where he will remain under her personal guard at all times and kept from conspiring with his men. While the lady's high-handedness infuriates him, Caden cannot deny that everything else about her drives him to distraction. Forced into close proximity with her, Caden soon finds it hard to remember his mission of escape.
When Lady Gwendolyn of House Toustain first lays eyes on her prisoner, one thing about him is abundantly clear: Sir Caden of Daleraia is a dangerous man. Yet, she must show him no fear. The captured band of knights from Daleraia are her only clue in the mystery surrounding the disappearance of House Toustain’s sons, and it falls to Lady Gwen to seek justice. Is this kidnapping merely the ploy of mercenaries out for a ransom? Or has Sir Caden acted on the order of the High Lord of Daleraia and broken the peace? As she searches for the answers, she never expects the surge of passion that ignites between herself and her prisoner. The longer he remains in her clutches, the more Gwen realizes that though she has him chained, she is the one who has been captured.
I always enjoy a good historical romance and Chained has it!!
The Toustain and Maignart families had had an agreement long ago of peace until something happens that throws them all at each other’s throats. Old kings and their old ways and new princes and their not so good ways.
Lady Gwen Toustain is the sister of three brothers. When she hears that they are missing after a skirmish it is her duty to find out who is behind it and get her brothers back. She is strong and brave until she meets Caden Maignart the son of the enemy. She imprisons Caden so that she can find the truth in what happened to her brothers. Gwen has other thing to worry about as well like a forced marriage with Lord Gaiwan Bainard. Gwen has never know what it’s like to have freedom and to do as she pleases, it has always been told to her and decisions have always been made for her, but with Caden she is in charge, she in control .. or so she thinks.
Caden Toustain is a knight, strong and bold. He is a fighter and a lover of many. He is looking for answers of his own when his and his men are captured and questioned in the disappearance of three brothers from the House of Toustian. His capture the young Gwen does not know who he is and the more time they spend together Caden is realizing he must know her.
Adventure, mystery and love always make for a good read by all. I love that the main female character, Gwen is a strong women and doesn’t take crap from no one… GAWIWAN.. yeah you!! Then there is Caden the strong fighter, tamed by Lady Gwen. Ms. Marion sets the scene so well. I truly felt like I was in the kingdom of Alemere. I thought that Ms. Marion layout out the realms for the reader in a way that anyone could get swept up in this majestic land. I will not hesitated when asked to return to Alemere, I would recommend this read to all that enjoy a good historical romance. I was thinking about Caden for days…..Seriously HOT! I need my own Dalerian Knight. I cannot wait until December for the second book of this series Bound.
Head on over to Ms. Marions website you will not be disappointed in what you find there. If historical romance is not your cup of tea then check out some of her other books.
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