Forbidden Night with the Prince (Warriors of the Night #3) by Michelle Willingham
Series: Warriors of the Night #3
Also in this series: Forbidden Night with the Warrior
Published by Harlequin Historical
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
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A lifetime of being good…
One night of sin!
A Warriors of the Night story: virtuous Joan de Laurent is fated never to marry. Three betrothals, each ending in the groom’s death, have convinced her she’s cursed! But only her hand in marriage can help darkly brooding Irish prince Ronan win back his fortress. To break the curse, Joan must risk all to spend one forbidden night with the royal warrior…
Joan de Laurent believes she’s cursed. She has had two betrothals and both of her intendeds died before the wedding! She heads off to Ireland to meet her third betrothed and guess what? He’s dead too! Of course he was older, but still!
Ronan Ó Callaghan is an Irish prince who heads to the MacEgan holding to gather reinforcements. His step-brother staged a coup and took over his father’s throne, taking his father hostage. Ronan cannot let this stand and asks the MacEgan’s for warriors. They say they’ll provide them but the de Laurent brothers can also provide warriors. Unfortunately they’ll only do so if Ronan marries their sister. Ronan isn’t interested in marrying but when he meets Joan he is quite taken with her.
Joan doesn’t want to get betrothed again. She doesn’t want to take the chance of killing another man. When she starts to have feelings for Ronan, she especially doesn’t want him to die. She gets desperate and goes to an old medicine woman to ask how to break the curse. The woman tells her to have Ronan drink a potion and then Joan is to lay with him and once they have the curse will be broken. Joan is skeptical but she’s also desperate, so she goes for it. They spend a wonderful night together and Ronan even agrees to marry Joan, but Joan won’t marry him as he refuses to have kids. (He believes he killed his brother and nephew.) The two need to come to an agreement so that Ronan can get the warriors he needs and save his father like he couldn’t save his other family members.
This was a good story. I felt so bad for Joan! With her believing that she’s cursed and everyone acting like she’s the devil, I’d want to leave as well. Ronan was good for her as he brought her out of her self-induced shell. She wasn’t a meek and mild person but felt she needed to act like one in order to break the curse. I loved how Ronan dealt with Joan and she with him., they were really perfect for each other.
I felt that the part of the story that dealt with Ronan and his step-brother was also well done. It seemed very realistic – something that I could imagine happening (even though I’m not really up on my Irish medieval history).
In the end I enjoyed the book and found it entertaining – a nice way to spend a quiet evening.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5