Newly made English earl Grimme Kyneward must take a noblewoman to wife
to keep his lands and his life, but even if he knew how to woo a woman,
he doesn’t have time to do it properly. What does a knight do when he
has no prospects for a bride, but needs to get one as quickly as
possible? He snatches her, of course.
Never mind that Lady Brìghde Fàileach is the wrong bride; she has her own reasons for wanting to marry the first earl who plucks her out of her wedding just before she’s forced to say “I do.” That the earl has a deep and abiding aversion to brunettes is convenient for her, and the fact that he is also in need of a castellain to run his chaotic household is even better.
She is fully aware that a man in need of a noble wife will also be in need of legitimate heirs, but she readily agrees to it, freeing her from her father and fiancé forever, and giving her power to rule his household, which includes all his mistresses and bastard sons.
Grimme has no desire to bed Brìghde, but he must have a legitimate heir. Brìghde has no need to bed Grimme, but she’s absolutely certain she’ll enjoy the experience. And on the journey from her wedding to his lands, Grimme and Brìghde forge a friendship he is certain will last forever …
… but for his ravenous liege who covets everything Grimme loves and will kill to get it.
This is Book 1 in the Kenard Chronicles.