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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Getting Medieval with Romance - Wicked Sinful Nights by Julia Latham

Today’s Romance selection is a historical romance that is set during the Medieval Era – when men were rough and women were chaffed! (just kidding!)

Wicked Sinful Nights
By Julia Latham
Avon Books; $6.99

The second novel in Julia Latham’s “Raised By The Blade” trilogy, “Wicked Sinful Nights,” is the story of middle brother, Robert Hillard and the red-headed woman who steals his heart.


Reckless Sir Robert Hilliard has one last chance to remain a member of the League of the Blade, the daring fraternity of elite knights that secretly raised him. A fellow Bladesman has been poisoned, and Robert must uncover enough evidence to hang the murderess. It seems quite simple, really...until he meets the red-haired beauty and falls hopelessly under her spell.

He may be handsome, but Sarah Audley quickly discovers that Robert's no knight in shining armor. He's out to convict her for murder! Though Sarah vows her innocence, forces beyond her control are gathering against her. Even worse, she cannot deny her own flaming desire for this man who's so dangerous...and so irresistible.To satisfy their burgeoning passion, Robert may have to sacrifice his only dream. But he’ll gain something even more precious--Sarah's undying love.

My Thoughts:

I’ve always been fascinated with the amount of research and details that must go into a historical novel. Authors have to be so careful to get all their facts straight, in order to create a realistic, although fictional, world for their characters.

Julia Latham had done a marvelous job of weaving a tale, set in a time long ago, that captures the reader’s imagination. Her series, “League of the Blade,” told the stories of a secret group of knights in the King’s service, and with a break-off trilogy of stories, “Raised By The Blade,” Latham writes of three brothers who were raised by the Knights as an experiment.

“Wicked Sinful Nights” is the second book in this trilogy, and while it is a great stand-alone story in its own with enough backstory to bring new readers into the storyline, it would be helpful to be familiar with the previous books to fully enjoy the growth of the characters.

Sexy, full of knights and damsels in distress, and historically fascinating, “Wicked Sinful Nights” is sure to warm up any cold, wintery night!

About the Author:

Julia Latham has an abiding love for the Middle Ages, when knights were knights and ladies had to tame them. After several varied jobs, the last in computer programming, she realized her life's dream of being published with Avon Books. She lives in Central New York with her three children; her dog, Apollo; and her husband, Jim. Check out her website at http://www.julielatham.com/ for more information on her previous books.


Jennifer said...

Great review, I like your wit as well, chaffed. lol

Janel said...

I agree with you. I can't imagine how much research must go into writing a historical series!

Sheila Deeth said...

Lovely cover and nice review. Sounds interesting.