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Blood Keep by Wend Petzler

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When Nicolas Drago arrives at the gates of Blood Keep, the most feared castle in all of Christendom, to deliver a letter to the reclusive Lady Isabella, nothing could have prepared him for what meets him. Riding a warhorse named Lucifer and wearing armor with the infamous Demon Lord’s sword at her hip, Lady Isabella is nothing like any noblewoman he’s ever met. When Nicolas learns King Edward has ordered her to wed him, his surprise turns to horror.  

Can a man of honor and a woman with secrets build a marriage and survive the evil lurking in the shadow of Blood Keep? Or will the castle’s legacy of death and betrayal destroy their dreams for a better future?


Excerpt:

“Sir Drago, I’ll have my letter now.”
Clearing his throat, he fought the urge to retort, reminding himself of her station and his lack of one. Osric handed it to him. When she withdrew a white handkerchief from under her chain mail and wiped away the sweat collecting along her brow, he asked, “My lady, are you in need of a physician?”
Otto and Brandon rushed forward, alarmed by his question. Isabella’s hand whipped up, halting them. “The letter?” She coldly eyes him as she waited for him to place the letter into her extended hand.
Scowling, Nicolas did so and returned to his seat, retrieving his cup. Eyes narrowed, he watched her as she broke the wax seal. Scanning the contents, he saw the blood drain from her face, and rage contorted her lush mouth into a snarl as she speared him with such hate and fury he actually recoiled in his seat.
Jumping to her feet, she shook the letter in her left hand at him as her right tightened around the hilt of her sword. “Have you any prior knowledge to the contents in the letter I have?”
Wary, he shook his head. “I have none, my lady. Why do you ask?”
She leaned nearer to him, as if searching his face for any sign of dishonesty. Swallowing hard, he met her furious gaze steadily. Dear Lord in Heaven, what the hell was in that letter?
Apparently satisfied, Isabella released her sword and returned to her chair with an air of defeat. She motioned for Otto and Brandon to approach, giving them the letter. Together, they read it and abruptly looked to her, then to Nicolas, who was about to scream from the strained silence.
Unable to take it anymore, Nicolas jabbed a finger at the letter. “What did His Grace, King Edward write?”
“Here. Read it for yourself.” She took it from her men and tossed the letter to him. “I believe you’ll find the irony of it to be quite amusing.”
Taking up the parchment, Nicolas quickly read the contents, halting at the word “marriage”. Jaw dropping, he looked up at the seething woman. The hatred burning in those beautiful eyes confirmed it. The King had decided it time for Lady Isabella to remarry, allowing her to choose between him and Lord Alden. Grinding his teeth, he realized they both had been maneuvered by the King of England!
Whom would she choose?
Her next words left him reeling.
“When do you, my lord, wish to wed?”
Stunned, he stared at her dumbly. Never having given marriage a serious thought, content in serving King Edward, he was forced to face it immediately. The merits of marrying Lady Isabella were enormous. The upside—he would become a baron, rich and powerful, an entire army at his command. However, the downside saw him married to a strong-willed woman who rode a possessed piece of horseflesh named Lucifer! Damn, he needed more time to consider if marriage to the Baroness would be a suitable fit—for him!
Quite certain Lady Isabella desired not to marry any more than he did, Nicolas called her bluff. “When do you wish to have the ceremony?” Uncertainty flushed her sallow features, then was replaced by a cold, calculating expression. Suddenly, he wasn’t so assured of himself around the unpredictable female.
“Brandon, fetch Father Abraham! We wed in one quarter of an hour. Does that suit you, my lord?” She glared at Nicolas.

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  1. The Romance Studio

    Posted by Unknown on 6th Jan 2013

    Nicolas Drago, the king's champion known as the Red Dragon, was commissioned by the king to deliver a letter to the widowed Baroness Isabella of the castle known as Blood Keep. What he didn't know was the letter told Isabella she must marry either Lord Alden, her late husband's brother and her worst enemy, or the stranger, Sir Drago. The mysterious lady hold secrets as dangerous as Blood Keep itself and commands two armies of her own left to her by her twin, the infamous Demon Lord. The choices being what they were for Isabella, within an hour, Drago became the Baron of Blood Keep with its the dangers and enemies.
    This is one of the best medieval romances I've ever read. It's full of mysteries and twists and turns that you don't expect. Every time you think you know all Isabella's secrets, she comes up with one more surprise. Isabella is a strong, capable woman trying to do her best for her people in a very difficult time period. I think every woman will want to identify with her. Drago is hunky and scrumptious. He's the kind of man a woman could swoon for. He's a warrior but he's still a man. That means he will constantly confused by his wife and the position she's created for herself at Blood Keep. He tries to understand and, because he tries, he becomes the perfect husband for Isabella.

    I had a hard time putting this book down. The characters are all so real and the situations and dangers are so compelling, you don't want to leave the world Wend Petzler has created. The secondary characters, Michael and Gabriel, are called the Archangels because they served the Demon Lord in battle and now protect Isabella. Two more hunky warriors around the place just adds to the eye candy. The clashes between the new Baron and his Baroness are fun to watch as they learn to be friends as well as lovers. I know you'll enjoy this medieval delight.


  2. The Romance Studio

    Posted by Unknown on 25th Dec 2012

    Nicolas Drago, the king's champion known as the Red Dragon, was commissioned by the king to deliver a letter to the widowed Baroness Isabella of the castle known as Blood Keep. What he didn't know was the letter told Isabella she must marry either Lord Alden, her late husband's brother and her worst enemy, or the stranger, Sir Drago. The mysterious lady hold secrets as dangerous as Blood Keep itself and commands two armies of her own left to her by her twin, the infamous Demon Lord. The choices being what they were for Isabella, within an hour, Drago became the Baron of Blood Keep with its the dangers and enemies.
    This is one of the best medieval romances I've ever read. It's full of mysteries and twists and turns that you don't expect. Every time you think you know all Isabella's secrets, she comes up with one more surprise. Isabella is a strong, capable woman trying to do her best for her people in a very difficult time period. I think every woman will want to identify with her. Drago is hunky and scrumptious. He's the kind of man a woman could swoon for. He's a warrior but he's still a man. That means he will constantly confused by his wife and the position she's created for herself at Blood Keep. He tries to understand and, because he tries, he becomes the perfect husband for Isabella.

    I had a hard time putting this book down. The characters are all so real and the situations and dangers are so compelling, you don't want to leave the world Wend Petzler has created. The secondary characters, Michael and Gabriel, are called the Archangels because they served the Demon Lord in battle and now protect Isabella. Two more hunky warriors around the place just adds to the eye candy. The clashes between the new Baron and his Baroness are fun to watch as they learn to be friends as well as lovers. I know you'll enjoy this medieval delight.


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