Lady's Minstrel by N.J. Walters
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Length: Short Story (41 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Amaryllis
Alicia was barely a bride before her husband Reys left on Crusade, and she has waited six years for any word on his whereabouts. Without a strong lord, the castle is in a precarious position and it is only a matter of time until the king orders her to remarry or tries to take the keep by force.
When a mysterious hooded minstrel shows up at the castle, the man’s furtive actions lead Alicia to believe he is a spy. She confronts him—and discovers he is no stranger. Reys is scarred emotionally and physically by his years in a foreign prison. Now both are left wondering if there is a future for them or if the love they once shared is gone forever.
Against all odds, she kept her faith that he would come home to her. Alicia and Reys were wed a short time before duty to the king called him away to a distant land. Alicia was left all alone to handle her own new duties, managing Reys castle. She kept her faith that God would see him through his holy mission and bring him safely home to her. Yet as the years passed without any word or sign that he was safe, it became harder for her to cope. One night a mysterious man shows up and his behavior makes her suspicious. However, this is not just any vagrant. Love and light are about to re-enter Alicia’s life.
Alicia is a very strong woman yet not so strong that one cannot connect with her. I found her very easy to relate to and I liked her very much. One cannot help but feel sympathy for her plight, a young bride isolated from others by her social position yet having no broad shoulder to lean on. It’s easy to admire her. Reys is sexy, tender and strong, the husband a woman would dream of. He’s very good at love talk.
When they finally reconnect, the sex is romantic, breathtakingly intimate and sensual. Ms. Walters imbues the scene with much emotion. A thoroughly satisfying reunion scene.
This is a very short story but it's everything a short erotic novella should be. The characters are well developed and the plot is focused close on their erotic and romantic conflict. I enjoyed this tale very much and look forward to reading others by Ms. Walters. Sweet, sexy and romantic. A perfect quick read.