Today I’m excited to spotlight Jenna Jackson’s newest release, Betrothal. Jenna is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. I totally enjoyed her 7 Days of Seduction novella and am currently reading her sensual Only Scandal Will Do. Now for a peek at Betrothal…
Blurb for Betrothal:
Lady Alyse de Courcy has fallen in love with Lord Braeton, a nobleman in King Edward III’s court and a man to whom she has barely spoken. Fate, however, has decreed her betrothal to his best friend, Sir Geoffrey Longford—a handsome and imposing knight, yet hardly the man she wants to wed.
When Sir Geoffrey is bound in betrothal by his father, he could not have expected the beautiful stranger to win his heart the moment they meet. Nevertheless, the fascinating Lady Alyse has done exactly that, and his feelings for her only grow as he learns more of her gentle yet spirited nature. But Alyse’s infatuation with his friend casts doubt on whether she can ever return his regard and their wedding day is fast approaching…
Will he have time enough to win her love?
Excerpt for Betrothal:
“What do you require of me, Majesty?” Her mouth so dry she could taste sand, Alyse fought to speak in a normal tone. With a sigh of relief, she dropped into a deep curtsy, hiding her face in the folds of her skirt. If only she could remain bowed thus before His Majesty for the remainder of the evening.
King Edward laughed. “Obedience, Lady Alyse, as I require of all my subjects. As your father requires of his daughter.”
Her heart thumped wildly in her breast. That could mean but one thing.
“Rise, my lady.”
She did so on unsteady feet. “I am ready, as always, Your Majesty, to obey my father as I would you.”
Holy Mary, let it be Lord Braeton.
King Edward lifted an eyebrow toward Alyse. “A very pretty answer, my lady. And are you ready to accept your father’s decree for your betrothal? His messenger has today reached me with the contract, as I am to stand in his stead in this matter.”
Alyse took a deep breath and hoped her voice did not tremble. “Yea, Majesty, I will obey my father.”
King Edward nodded and leaned over to whisper something to Queen Phillipa, who sat beside him, heavy with their twelfth child.
Mere seconds before she learned her fate. She could scarce affect an indifferent pose before the court when inside every inch of her quivered with anticipation of the name. His name, pray God, on the king’s lips.
In her mind, she heard the word.
The king straightened, glanced at her then at the man by her side.
“What say you then, Sir Geoffrey? Does the lady not speak fair? I vow she will make you a proper wife and a dutiful one as well.”
Alyse turned, until that moment unaware that Geoffrey Longford stood beside her. Chills coursed down her body as the king’s words echoed in her mind. The sensation of falling backward assailed her, as though she rushed away from the tall man at her side even as his figure loomed larger and larger in her sight.
Not Lord Braeton.
Her numbed brain repeated the phrase, trying to comprehend that instead he would be her husband. Geoffrey Longford.
God have mercy on me, for by the look of him, this man will not.
Fearful, she cringed as her gaze climbed higher, over his chest, over his chin, finally resting on the dark blue eyes turned toward her.
Geoffrey returned her appraisal, his gaze sweeping her figure as a smile crept over his face. “Your Majesty.” He spoke to the king but his attention remained fixed on Alyse. “When my father told me of the betrothal contract before I left his home, I resolved to play the dutiful son. Now, however, I find I do not wish to act that role after all.” His eyes held hers as he paused.
Dear God, does he mean to renounce me here before the entire court?
Alyse stared at the man beside her, willing herself to remain upright, despite the waves of ice and fire alternating through her body.
“Now I find I would rather play the ardent lover.”
An amused murmur ran through the Hall at his words. Sir Geoffrey grinned, his eyes sparkling with humor and something more. Despite the uneven light, Alyse saw an unfathomable promise in their dark depths. She took a shaky breath and looked away.
Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. Her historical romance, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in a series of five interconnecting novels, was released in July 2012. Her contemporary works include Hog Wild, Almost Perfect, and 7 Days of Seduction. She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as a member of Chesapeake Romance Writers. Her medieval romance, Time Enough to Love, is being published this summer as a series of three novellas. The first book, Betrothal, released on April 19th.
Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.
B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/betrothal-jenna-jaxon/1115182506?ean=2940044481251
30 thoughts on “Spotlight on Betrothal – Jenna Jackson’s Historical Romance”
Thank you so much, Dani, for having me on your blog today! This is a gorgeous site!
Oh, and did I mention I’m giving away a copy of Betrothal to one commenter? 🙂 Leave a comment telling me your favorite historical romance and your email address and you’ll be entered to win!
The black and white lighthouse, isn’t that the one on the Outer Banks? I was just there a couple of weeks ago.
Great excerpt from a great author.
The blog is gorgeous.
Thanks! The lighthouse is Bodie Island Light and was just reopened after renovation. I can’t wait to get down there and climb it!
Thank you, Daryl! I go down to the Outer Banks every summer and love to look at the lighthouses. Thanks for coming by!
Looking forward to reading your book Jenna. I wish I could name an historical romance I love, but I’m a new reader to the genre!
Thank you, Christine! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Can’t wait to read this one!! And love your site, Dani! My favorite historical romance is The Secret by Julie Garwood 🙂 Congrats on the release, Jenna!!
Appreciate you compliment on my site! I’ll pass your information on to Jenna.
Hi, Jennifer! I hope you enjoy Betrothal when you get a chance to read it. 🙂 And thanks for coming by today!
I love the premise of this one, Jenna, can’t wait to read it! Johanna Lindsay is one of my favorites…and I’ll go with The Gift. I read that one every holiday season, its just yummy. 🙂
Don’t enter me in the giveaway, I’ve got Betrothal waiting on my reader. 😀
Thanks for stopping by, Kristina. I’ve read The Gift and all of the Mallory series. Love it!
Lovely spotlight. I agree, this is a wonderful book!
Thank you so much, Ella!
I love the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.
But I really like your books too, Jenna:)
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I so want to read the Scarlett Pimpernel! I have the soundtrack from the musical and love it! Thanks for visiting today. 🙂
I love this story! Congrats on the new release, Jenna. This is a great blog, Dani!
Thanks, I’m glad you like my blog!
Thank you, Casea! I love it too, but I’m very prejudiced. 🙂 Thanks for coming by.
I’m reading Betrothal for the second time, and it’s just as much fun and romance as the first time around. Good writing makes stories like Betrothal “keepers.”
I’m so glad you’re enjoying this book a second time around, Patricia! That puts a smile on my face for sure, to think it’s a keeper. 🙂
I can’t wait to read this book. But I have to. Edits now, reading later.
I so understand the concept of work before pleasure. I just hope the edits are also a pleasure to work with. Thanks for coming by, Liza. Hope you enjoy Betrothal when you get your “reward.” LOL
I need more time in my day to read this book! Ahhh!!! Congratulations, Jenna Jaxon!!
I keep asking for 48 hour days, Sheri, but no one will listen! LOL 24 for writing and 24 for everything else. I think it’s a marvelous idea. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the book when time allows. Thanks for coming by!
I just love the premise of this book. And the cover 🙂
Thank you. Sharon! Yes, Danielle Fine did a first class job with that cover. Thanks for coming by!
Thank you so much, Dani, for having me on your blog today! I had a fantastic time!
Great fun! We’ll do again sometime.
I like the way you write. And the excerpt looks good too.
Bought my copy and looking forward to reading it! Congrats on your release, Jenna!! Love the blog, Dani!! 😀