This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for By Royal Command
Date of Review: 05/21/12
Katrin has a man problem. There are many men who want and desire her but she only wants one.
Katrin of Courtenay was quite happy living in her deceased husband’s holdings although the people there could have had more food and support. She is then ordered back to King Ethelred’s side so that he can arrange another match for her but more importantly shore his borders against the Danes. On the journey, she finds herself involved with Eomond, her protector for the journey. She is very attracted to Eomond and decides to seduce him to get her way in things. It is the reality of court life that brings things undone for Katrin and she is sent to marry a baron, a second son. Eomond had been sent away to fight but returns just as she is leaving and he feels very betrayed. Even the title and lands cannot repair the hurt he feels.
Katrin arrives at her new home and finds that the both earl and the baron, the man she is destined for, are rivals for her affections. When Katrin arrives at her future husband’s home and finds a tourney happening and the Black Fox is the main attraction, a man known to be close to the baron. He takes her and she discovers it is her future husband, and this is a secret she must keep. Rafael, an almost bishop in the church, and Katrin talk about their future and she indicates that she will not renege on the marriage contract. In the meantime, the earl has designs upon Katrin even to admitting that he should have married her when he had the chance instead of the Welsh woman. This causes all manner of complications but nothing more so than when her past lover, Eomond, arrives at the keep.
This story is told in two parts, Katrin’s life before her second arranged marriage then her new life with the de Senays. Her two lives are very different but Katrin has rules she lives by but does fear authority and realizes she is but a pawn in the game and outwardly complies with “the rules” even though she works them to her advantage if she can.
The intriguing part of this story is you really do not know which of the men Katrin will end up being with, Eomond or Rafael or Borovic, until much further into the story and Katrin is forced to make choices. It is the battle for her affections that frightens her the most and she and the dowager must work out an ego soothing solution to the problem.
I really enjoyed this story especially as it was a little different to the usual girl meets boy and have problems. She really did have her choice of men but did follow her heart.