My Lady Faye by Sarah Hegger
Series: Sir Arthur's Legacy #2
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
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The fair Lady Faye has always played the role allotted her. Yet the marriage her family wanted only brought her years of abuse and heartache. Now, finally free of her tyrannical husband, she is able to live her own life for the first time. But someone from the past has returned. Someone she has never been able to forget.
After years of servitude as a warrior for King and Country, Gregory is now free to pursue his own path: to serve God by becoming a monk. The only thing stopping him is Faye. Gregory has loved Faye since the moment he saw her. But their love was not meant to be. How can he serve God when his heart longs for her? He can neither forsake God nor the woman he loves.
When Faye’s son is kidnapped, Gregory answers her family’s call for help, only to find that even in the most dangerous of circumstances, neither can fight their forbidden attraction. An attraction that now burns brighter than ever before. And it is only a matter of time until it consumes them both.
Faye was promised in marriage to the Earl of Calder but the life she thought she’d have as a wife and mother was not to be. Her husband was an abuser of the worst kind and didn’t hesitate to hit and rape Faye on a regular basis. She learned to never fight back as that’s what her husband seemed to want and it would excite him even more. Once her two sons were born she complied so that it would keep her husband’s attention on her and not her children. She took (platonic) solace from Gregory – the man she loved but couldn’t have.
Gregory had been fostered into the Earl of Calder’s home as a page but did not see what a cruel man Calder was until he married Faye. Gregory loved Faye deeply but had dedicated himself to God and the Church was going to become a monk.
Faye finally decided she’d had enough and escaped her husband. She took her two boys back to live with her father but the Earl of Calder kidnapped her oldest son back and the story begins with that kidnapping and Faye’s decision to go get her son back. Her family gets Gregory from the monastery as he knows the Calder castle better than anyone and Faye and Gregory set off to get Simon back.
While traveling the couple try to keep away from each other but their love runs too deep. Once they have Simon they think they’re home free but Calder is not a man to give up on anything and won’t stop until he has his children and wife right where he wants them.
This historical novel was a surprisingly good story. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it had such a tension to it with all the intrigue that it had me on the edge of my seat. The romance was nicely interwoven into the story but even that had its own sort of tension to it.
Gregory was a good man but was he torn! He had wanted to dedicate himself to the Church but he loved Faye so much that he was just dying inside without her. Faye only wanted Gregory but didn’t feel she could take him away from his true calling which put both of them at a standstill. I really enjoyed both of these characters and thought they were written very well. Both of them grew during the course of the book and I liked that they became better people and stronger-willed. I also loved how much they loved Faye’s children and it was very heartwarming.
My Lady Faye is a very good book with intrigue, romance, family and a little bit of sexy times. It’s a book I enjoyed and would definitely recommend.
Rating: 4 out of 5